I am once again throwing myself upon the mercy and kindness of my Chowhound friends to help me girlfriend and I maximize our 24 hour Toronto experience. I've read lots of the posts here and have some good ideas but with Toronto being such a spread out city, I wanted to check on some locations and distances.
Our homebase for the day is on the west side of downtown at the Hotel Victoria (Yonge and Wellington, near the King subway station). I need to plan against four specific meal options:
LUNCH: We're arriving just in time for lunch, so would be great to go somewhere near the hotel. Looking for something really interesting that could serve as an introduction to fall eating in Toronto. Ideally someplace walkable from the hotel-- uniquely Toronto, no chains!
EARLY DINNER: We're thinking of heading to Mississauga for an afternoon draw at the Curling World Cup (very excited about this!) and we could either eat dinner after the event somewhere out there (the event's at the Hershey Centre), or on the way back, or even at/near the hotel.
LATE DINNER: We're also considering heading to a rock show at The Phoenix Concert Theater on Sherbourne, right off the streetcar line. We'd be looking for someplace where the kitchen is open until at least midnight on a Thursday night that's either in the neighborhood of the club or somewhere on the way back to the hotel.
BREAKFAST: We're not big breakfast-out people, but if there's something near the hotel that gets rave reviews (I've seen a couple really positive breakfast reviews on the board but didn't know where those places were relative to us!) it might lighten our spirits on the way out of town!
So I know it's a lot to ask, with these four meals, but I can tell you that looking around on this board can make all of the difference, and it's improved my visits to all kinds of places. I'm not super picky, but I do want to get the best possible experience in Toronto and since I only make it up there every few years at best, I'm looking for good, interesting, unique, and earnest food. No stars or 5 stars, doesn't matter if the food's good. What do you think? Can you help? THANK YOU THANK YOU!