All the things we want to eat at Summerlicious in Toronto, right now

Toronto is hands-down one of the best cities to eat and drink in Canada. It’s a veritable playground for those who want to flex their foodie muscles. There’s tours, events and of course, thousands of unique dining options. Today marks the start of Summerlicious in the city. It’s a chance to locals and visitors alike to savour the fresh flavours of summer and Toronto’s diverse culinary offerings through three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at 200 of the cities coolest restaurants. Not sure where to start? We got you. Here’s what we’re looking forward to eating most!
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Maple Leaf Tavern

955 Gerrard Street East mapleleaftavern.ca
We recently got a taste of Maple Leaf Tavern’s signature Caesar Salad — affectionately called ‘Find The Bacon’ by their Executive Chef Jesse Vallins — and it was impeccable. Jesse and his team add fish sauce to the house made dressing to punch up the imami flavours. The glorious slab of house cured bacon perched atop the hydroponically grown baby romaine lettuces helps too.  
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Hawthorne Food + Drink

60 Richmond Street East hawthorneTO.ca
This Ontario sour cherry cake with velvety smooth lemon sour cream whip was one of our favorite things from last year’s Summerlicious — and we’re thrilled to see it back for 2018! Hawthorne is a super cool business. For those of you that don’t know, it’s a social enterprise by the Hospitality Workers Training Centre that provides free training and career development for people in need of skills and employment. HWTC trains approximately 300 participants a year at Hawthorne and other industry partner facilities, including unemployed youth and those in receipt of Ontario Disability Supports and Ontario Works.
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The Wickson Social

5 St. Joseph Street thewicksonsocial.com 20151217-wicksonsocial590-07 Hitting a home run for the cities many vegeterians, the folks at The Wickson Social are serving up a pan roasted halloumi and shaved root salad With pickled golden raisin in a Dijon dressing situation we’ve got our eye on.
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The Chefs House

215 King St East thechefshouse.com
 

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We love eating at The Chef’s House. It’s like dinner and a show, every time. This student run restaurant has an ever changing menu and gives you a behind the scenes glance at the process behind every dish. One of their appetizer options caught our eye this time around. It’s a Melon Gazpacho with Compressed Cucumber and Feta Cheese… and it sounds like summer on a plate!
42774653731_6706543b51_z Other things we’re dying to try?
  • The chocolate tart with crème fraiche and sour cherry from lbs. Restaurant
  • The Kiramasa Lettuce Wraps with butter lettuce, crispy potatoes, kewpie lime, lime and pickled fresno peppers from Kasa Moto
  • The Pozole Rojo with Pork shoulder, guajillo broth, hominy corn, lime, oregano and macha oil from Los Colibris
  • The Ontario trout, fermented leek & himrod grape vinegar with cabbage glazed in malt syrup & salted unripe grapes at Montgomery’s

To book your reservation, head to toronto.ca and scroll to the restaurant of your choice. There’s even a ‘Locally Sourced Menu Available’ filter option!

 
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