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Anniversary Dinner?

I"m having a three year anniversary with my man, and I'm looking for a nice restaurant to go to Saturday night. I'm not much for making reservations and as it is already Friday is there anywhere nice around downtown Toronto where I won't have to wait for an hour?

Really love kind of upscale funky restaurants in the downtown core.


Saving Grace is quite simply 'amazing' Grace

Went for breakfast at Saving Grace on Dundas St. the other week. I had been trying to find this hole in the wall breakfast restaurant for some time and finally, with the help of a clever significant other, was led in the right direction.

Saving Grace is part of the tiny, chic and trendy breakfast restaurant trend going on in downtown Toronto. Located at the corner of Dundas and Trinity Bellwoods it is right across the street from a tiny, chic and trendy coffee shop. This proves quite useful for morning coffee as the lineups for this one room wonder can go from 30mins to up to two hours. And yes the customers actually wait that long... and so did we!

Once inside, there were only three of us as our fourth could not wither the wait, we were seated at a little booth and handed a menu, although we were told that the blackboard specials are the best bet. The food was AMAZING and totally worth the wait. Saving Grace has basically taken Canadian breakfast fare and added a piece of the middle east to all its meals. There were scrambled eggs with some sort of delicious chutney which was made with pomegranate and I had a breakfast taco mixture with curry - delicious. The service was great and the best part, other than the old children's toys that surrounded the restaurant, remember those old plastic dinosaurs? Was the delicious Espressado, a comblination of espresso and avocado - I promise you will melt as soon as you taste it.

A great experience, worth the wait, and who knows you may even dine with a celebrity if you're lucky - my friends had seen Michael Cera the week before!