The cat remains away, and I'm still looking to play. You can view the initial thread from a few days ago via the link below. As you can see, I've actively sought out many of your recommendations, and posted reviews of my experiences.
I've got four days of child-free chowdom remaining, and am looking for more recommendations for secret (and modestly priced) little places in the downtown/ west end. I've been to BackAlley BBQ (middling), Bitondos (heart-rending) and Double Happiness (pretty good, for the price). More suggestions along those lines would be appreciated! I promise that I'll post reviews of every place I visit.
Some potential specifics: is there a good place on Bloor btwn Dufferin and Lansdowne? I may go up for a chowconnaissance. I'd like a great Chinatown spot, too. Already been to Swatow. What about all the new little spots on Queeen West?