This question is Toronto-based. I need a place where I can take someone out for an inexpensive, relaxed meal and conduct an interview.
In New York City, I used to do my interviews in coffee shops - what would be called a diner in the rest of the country (even across the river in New Jersey). Coffee shops were perfect: large menu, decent food, I could afford to pick up the tab, and no one ever rushes you. The relaxed atmosphere, unpretentious and anonymous, helped people feel comfortable talking.
But do coffee shops or diners exist in Toronto? I haven't seen them. I don't want to go to a Tim Horton's or a Starbucks, I need something with a decent menu for dinner. Maybe what I need in this town is a pub? There certainly are a lot of good pubs in T.O.
In any case, pub, diner or coffee shop, those are the requirements: inexpensive, decent food, relaxed and informal atmosphere where we won't be rushed. And preferably near College & Spadina. Any ideas?