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Mid-upscale, not too adventurous, non-drinker friendly for Saturday night

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Mid-upscale, not too adventurous, non-drinker friendly for Saturday night

Jacquilynne | Oct 13, 2004 12:45 PM

I'd like to take my mother someplace fairly nice for dinner on Saturday night.

It can't be terribly expensive since she's a bit old-fashioned and would freak out if the bill came to more than $100 for two people, even though she wouldn't be paying for it. Probably dinner for two for $75 would be more in her comfort range, though she'd still secretly think I was being too extravagent.

She's neither entirely adventurous nor timid in her eating. She'll eat different ethnic cuisines, though she's not terribly fond of Japanese, she likes Indian and Thai, as well as the usual European types. We are both on diets, but as long as everything isn't deep fried, we can probably splurge a little bit for one night.

Helping on the cost side of things, but hindering on the food side of things, is the fact that she's terribly allergic to alcohol. We need someplace with a menu that has choices that won't include alcohol in all the sauces and desserts and such (not everything need be alcohol free, but there shouldn't be a heavy reliance on it in the ingredients), and also places that will not snootily look down upon us for not ordering wine or other alcohol with the meal.

Geographically speaking, anywhere in the GTA is fine, since I'm driving, though parking is good.

So far, I'm considering George's trattoria on Eglinton (yummy risotto, mmmm), Friscos in the city (which I haven't been to since it lost it's Al), or 350 Farenheit (which fits nicely with the diet plan though I've never been) but welcome other suggestions or comments on these.

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