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chowhound visiting - recs & second opinions?

chow-a-holic | Nov 1, 2005 06:20 PM

I'm visiting this weekend. I have a conference in Rochester next week, so I thought I'd come up early and hop on the ferry over to Toronto for a few days -Fri, Sat, and early Sunday.

My budget is cheap up to moderately expensive, (like I'd like to spend 8-30 Canadian dollars for dinner - depends on the type of food; maybe 15 for a nice lunch). I like authentic places, lots of ethnic, like Indian, Chinese (esp. Dim Sum), Japanese (esp. ramen). I also love really good French bistro food, especially in a cozy little place that's not too stiff. Also, maybe some kind of little Italian place that's not too heavy. I like authentic sorts of experiences, so can appreciate good traditional pub fare, etc. Uniquely Toronto experiences are good, too . . . So I might have a drink at Canoe for the view . . . etc (unless you have other ideas for something along those lines - a place that I should just go to soak up the atmosphere or view, even if I just have a drink).

I'll try to avoid chains, gimmicks/hype without substance, super-swanky, anything too yuppie (though I like organic, locally grown produce, free-range, etc. and some ppl may find that yuppie), or where I'll have to wait a long time for a table.

Also, I'll be dining alone, so places where I wouldn't be too out of place with a notebook or magazine, or eating at the bar. (I did see the earlier post from a solo traveller, and got some suggestions from that.) However, I'm not too worried about this issue either.

I'm staying near downtown, just sw of the U of Toronto campus. I'll have a car, but would rather walk or use public transport.

I've done some research already, but only on the internet.

Here are some places I've learned about - please let me know what you think, or if you have better ideas.

Jamie Kennedy
Indian Hut
Little India (queen st.)
Michelle's Brasserie
Mildred Pierce (everyone seems to like this place. I'm thinking lunch - dinner maybe more than I want to spend - but if you tell me I must go, maybe I will splurge)
Café Margaux
La Palette
Le Paradis
Quartier (prix fixe?)
Okonomi House
Tokyo Kitchen
Shogun (for sushi lunch specials)
Le Papillon
Irish Embassy

Also, centrally located coffee shops with wireless internet so I can read Chowhound!!

Finally, I'll be driving on Sunday back to Toronto, and will need to get lunch or an afternoon snack somewhere along the way - recs for anything interesting along the way are appreciated.

I know I've asked a lot, but maybe I'll inspire a few responses. Thanks so much in advance. If you're ever in Austin, TX, I'll return the favor!!!

Camille (chow-a-holic)

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