Hi, I'm meeting someone for the first time for drinks...and if all goes well, dinner.
I'd like to keep things centrally located (or in Leslieville), affordable and simple - either have drinks in one location and walk to dinner for second location. Or, even simpler, stay in one place.
From what I've read/heard, Sidecar sounds like a good bet - not too expensive, not too casual or too romantic and has great drinks. The food sounds like it could be a hit or a miss. I can't tell. It would bug me to pay full price and be disappointed considering they offer prix fix during the week and I'm not going at that time (I'd go during the week if only I could trust myself to stick to one drink!).
My date is into red wine, so it would also be nice to go somewhere w/the same idea in mind. I love Gio Ranna's for a first date but I'd like to try something new.