Summerlicious: A Taste of Toronto

Twice a year, a special event hits Toronto that makes my taste buds tingle, Summerlicious and it’s chillier counterpart Winterlicious. Across the city, over 150 restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu giving patrons a sampling of their cuisine at a reduced price.  The prix-fixe menus come in at different price points depending on the restaurant, giving you a chance to sample some of the city’s top restaurants for a great value. The dinner prices are $25, $35 & $45 for dinner which typically includes an appetizer, a main and dessert. This year, the event runs from July 4th to 20th.

Twice a year, I gather some friends and try at least one new restaurant and join in the on the foodie fun. The only negative side, is that the as the Summerlicious meals are offered discounted and the restaurant is only serving three dishes for two weeks, and because the festival is so popular, sometimes the quality of the patrons food and service is slightly under par. However, those who decide not to partake are just missing out on a fun time, some delicious cuisine and a chance to try some of the best restaurants in the city.

To help you navigate the huge restaurant list, let me share with you some of my favourite past culinary adventures and some of the restaurants on my Must Try list.  For the entire restaurant list, check out the official website here.

Past Favourites

(click the restaurant name for this year’s Summerlicious menu)

Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street & Oyster Bar 
Lunch $15 | Dinner $25
As this restaurant is centrally located in the entertainment district it can be hard on the wallet. Go get a 3 course New Orleans style seafood dinner for an amazing price.

Ciao Wine Bar
$15 lunch | $25 Dinner
I was happily surprised with the price, quality and service at this Yorkville italian restaurant, I suggest you try and get a spot on the patio.

Harlem
$15 lunch | $25 Dinner
Get some good old fashion soul cooking like chicken and waffles at the original Harlem on Richmond East.

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$25 Dinner
Delicious Seafood from the Ossington Location (my favourite).

Sassafraz
$25 Lunch | $45 Dinner
A favourite of mine; getting a sample of food at a celebrity hotspot in Yorkville is always fun and delicious.

Must-Try

L’ouvrier
$35 Dinner
Offering eclectic high-end Canadian food, L’ouvrier brings you fine dining in a trendy industrial space.

Momofuku Noodle Bar
$15 lunch | $25 Dinner
Go for dinner, stay for Milk Bar dessert

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$25 Dinner
From the Copa Cabana team, try their new sushi venture

Splendido
$25 Lunch | $45 Dinner
Well known for it’s creative meals and high end quality, this Harbord street gem is a must try.

Canoe
$25 Lunch | $45 Dinner
Canoe is an O&B restaurant on the 54th floor of the TD building. $45 for a three course dinner is a steal. Go for the view and a great meal.

BENT
$35 Dinner
You know it will be good when it comes from the Lee family, they offer sharing-style Asian cuisine with a twist.

 

 

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