Subject: Re: Question about Toronto
Hi Vince, I have lived in Toronto for over 20 years and have watched the boom in restaurants, eating out many times a week from cheap Mexican food to $200 meals. I would not recommend the CN Tower for a meal. By all means go up to the top and look around, but the food is not worth writing about, the service is not very good and you may be disappointed. If you would like to eat a fine meal in a sky high setting, I'd suggest the top of the Harbour Castle Hotel which is about a 10 minute walk from your hotel and gives you a chance to walk along our beautiful harbour area on Queen's Quay. The food is very good.

Your hotel location will give you access to dozens of fine restaurants east of your hotel (Biff's, Canoe, Aqua) or Avalon on Adelaide Street West, and cheaper, quicker places such as the roadhouses that line Front and Wellington Streets near the Skydome. For a bit of adventure, go up to Queen Street. Le Select Bistro is great and has a prix fixe of three courses for about $30.00. It also has a huge wine list with very knowledgeable servers. Ask the owner for wine suggestions - he knows all the wines in the restaurant's large cellar. Or head to College Street in Little Italy for a wide variety of spots.

I also highly recommend Papillon which is on Church Street below Front and a block from the St. Lawrence Market which was previously recommended. It's great for lunch - sunny and pleasant and good Quebecois food. For fun, in that area, go downstairs into C'Est What? It's a bar/restaurant with great small dishes and excellent local beers and wines.

Your only problem will be choosing from the large variety of places to eat.

On a personal note, I would not recommend Movenpick. It's very touristy and noisy, serve yourself and expensive for the mediocre food.

Happy eating and look forward to your restaurant report. Enjoy Toronto.