Got some recommendations from this board. I am not a serious foodie, but will give my impressions.
Thursday night went to Trattoria Giancarlo. This was the best meal of the weekend by far. The best part however, was that EMERIL LEGASSE, yes THE Emeril came in for a bite to eat with 4 friends. It was awesome. We were cool and ignored him. Enjoyed pasta with chicken. The downside for me was the salad which had some really bitter greens. My friend had the mozzarella salad, it was very good. So was the dessert - chocolate cake with a salty sweet sauce. The waiter helped us chose wine that was within our price range ($50 or less)without acting like a snob. He was great. Diner for 4 with 2 bottles of wine, 4 beers, salad, dessert and tip $300
Friday night we went to Laide. We had a large party (6) so it was a bit difficult to crowd around the small table. The Tapas style of eating was new to us, but we loved the food. I had ravioli with squash stuffing. Hubby had lamb then mussels. Others had tempura shrimp, ribs and bison. The only miss was the bison - ground and served with penne noodles. The penne noodles did not seem to be homemade like the ravioli, just big and thick. We just didn't like it. The waitress was awesome, friendly and attentive but not annoying. They gave us a free round of shooters because the kitchen got mixed up and the lamb went to the wrong person. As an aside, there are vintage black and white porno movies with no sound, playing on one wall. They would be difficult to ignore. It is very reasonably priced. Dinner for 6 (10 tapas dishes) with at least 3 drinks each and 3 desserts plus tip $300
Saturday we went to the Boiler house. I had the steak - baseball cut which I had never heard of. It was not very tender. It was supposed to be served with yam frites but they must have run short as there were french fried potaoes mixed in. I had also never heard of the practice of charging $5 to susbstitute a menu item (garlic mashed for frites). The Mill Creek beer was good. We were upstairs which was not very intimate. It reminded me of a cafeteria, unlike downstairs which has a lot more ambiance. Dinner with about 2 drinks each was about $90 per couple.
When I come back to Toronto I will not go back to the Boiler House - it was fun to go to the Distillery District but there are a lot of other restaurants I would rather try.
Thank you for all your advice on this board!