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Jan 23, 2004 10:45 AM

Serial Diners?

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Has anyone ever dined with the Serial Diners? I've been thinking it sounds fun, and would like to join them, but I'm a bit intimidated by the idea of embarassing myself or something. Any experiences or thoughts on the subject?


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    The Berserker

    A good friend of mine is a regular attendee. My impression is that it's more of a social event than a quest for a fine dining experience. I believe that the core group is in their 20s and 30s.

    I'll be seeing my friend later this week, and will ask him about it. If I find out anything more, I'll post again.

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    1. re: The Berserker

      Thanks, I actually sucked up my nerve and went on Friday night. A very interesting and eclectic group of people. We were set to go to Garuda Indonesian on Eglinton, but alas, it was no longer there, and in its place was Tokyo Sushi, so according to the rules, we went there instead. Food was excellent, service not so much. Though I did appreciate the almost entirely non English speaking waitress going over to the one large group I could see in the restaurant and asking them if they were the Serial Diners.

      It's true it is much more a social event than a culinary one - after all, they go to every restaurant, regardless of merit. But they are keenly interested in the dining experience so it's not entirely a social event.

      I will certainly join them again, subject to the location of the restaurant, as I'm in Markham and they use the downtown phone books to pick restaurants.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Sounds interesting.....what age group?

        1. re: Jacquilynne
          Kristine Maitland

          "Interesting and eclectic" is a nice way of putting it. *wry smile*

          I've been a member of Serial Diners since 1998, though I have known about the group since 1990. I don't go weekly (as location and price determines my attendance).

          Keep in mind that while Serial Diners uses Toronto Yellow Pages, Not all the restaurants listed in the YP are actually in the downtown area.Indeed, some are not in Toronto at all. SD has been known to end up in places like, say, Port Credit.


      2. I was declared the youngest diner at the table (not counting someone's 11 week old son) at 26, though I'm not even close to the youngest attendee ever. I'd say most people in the group were late 20s or early 30s, though one member said she was 51.

        1. I know that we chowhounds met a few time last year. We did not have a meet this year. Not sure if the organizer is working on a February meet.

          1. Sounds interesting. How does one get in touch with this group? Do they just do downtown Toronto randomly by the phone book? How often do they meet?

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            1. re: Lesli

              I just showed up one night, which was perfectly acceptable to them, though there are email addies and phone numbers for some of the organizor people available at They don't go randomly, but rather very precisely in alphabetical order, but yes, just based on what's in the phone book. Every friday. Including, I noted, when looking at last year's schedule, on Boxing Day so they're pretty committed.

            2. I happen to know the founder of the Serial Diners, Jason Taniguchi. He is a good friend of mine, a very nice and very funny man. I haven't been to a serial dining event myself, but what people have said about it is pretty accurate (social event with food, eclectic bunch etc).

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              1. re: cardamom


                You're a good friend of Jason's? Kewl! I know Jason from my previous job. Next time you talk to him, tell him that Sandee ex-Sentient says hi and I'll see him on one of the Serial Diner Fridays!


                1. re: Sierramum

                  I have this theory that everyone in Toronto is related to Jason by no more than 3 degrees of separation.