I know there are dozens of recommendations on here, but everyone has their own idea of what casual or cheap means. I'm getting a small group of friends together for my bf's birthday, and I'm seeking a restaurant that fits a few criteria...
- good food! Any kind. Only stipulation is that one of my guests can't do peanuts or nuts. Good desserts would be a bonus.
- not outrageously expensive. To me, this means, between $16-26 for mains. As an example, for his last birthday in Toronto, we went here: http://www.universalgrill.ca/dinnerMe... - a really nice neighbourhood-y place that you can get drinks, courses and dessert without completely destroying your bank account until the next payday
- some atmosphere, but not so loud that you can't hear the person next to you
- not too far from a metro
I still don't know the city that well, I've been going on my own instincts and Chowhound recommendations - but typically don't eat (what I consider to be) expensive dinners out on a regular basis.
I've been to Sparrow with friends - this is close to the kind of place I'm looking for (though a step up from grilled cheese would be nice). Went to Le Cartet for lunch once - if their lunches were dinner at a different restaurant, I'd say that's the perfect sort of place.
Any thoughts? I'm trying to give specific examples of what I'm looking for, hoping that helps with recommendations. Thanks in advance!