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5 new Toronto restaurants to go to with your BFF this fall

The ever-elusive friend date just doesn't get as much love as it should, and making and cancelling and rescheduling plans with pals is practically a sport here in Toronto. As summer activities slowly grind to a halt and temperatures drop, enjoy the lull between the Thanksgiving and Christmas craziness and catch up with your BFF at one of these new Toronto spots.

Here are my picks for new places to dine with your BFF this fall.

Janie Jones
Popular for brunch but they've actually got a dinner menu that brings the same "British mods on holiday" theme, combining Dave Love's traditional British cooking with exotic influences. Share an "English Pizza" with your BFF, topped with baked bean sauce, two kinds of bacon, black pudding and fried eggs, and reminisce about how you bonded over The Clash.

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The name of this place roughly translated means "chill, everything's all good," kind of how your best friend makes you feel. Their motto here is peace, love, and sticky rice, and of course Thai food means sharing. Construct some pork lettuce wraps together as you sip the imported national beer of Laos if this crazy warm weather keeps up, or cozy up with curry on a cold day.

If you and your bud are beer geeks and miss the watering hole Me & Mine on College, try checking out what's taken up residence in its place. This European and Belgian style beer bar serves sharing plates like "Flaming Moe" pickled eggs for Simpsons fans and an eminently shareable porchetta poutine with pesto curds.

Why let the west end have all the fun? This new Canadian comfort restaurant near Pape and Danforth is serving a local, seasonal menu with house made salumi, ricotta, and pasta along with great lamb shoulder entrees and simple but excellent cocktails, wine and beer.

Want a cute day out in a lovely boho environment where you get to sample some true Moroccan cuisine? B'saha is serving merguez sausage, date avocado shakes, and to make sure no one bails, you can order the tagine twenty-four hours in advance so you know you're locked in. This is a good place to bring that BFF who enjoys pots of mint tea a little more than pitchers of beer.

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Where are you bringing your BFF once you finally lock that friend date down? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of Sabai Sabai by Jesse Milns.

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