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.
Little India (queen st.)
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)
Quartier (prix fixe?)
Shogun (for sushi lunch specials)
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!!!