It’s that time of year again Toronto - it’s Winterlicious! I absolutely love this event because it allows Torontonians to indulge in a three course meal at some of the city’s fanciest, upscale and most expensive restaurants while paying a fraction of the price. Last year for Summerlicious 2013 my summer fling took me to this beautiful Italian restaurant in Yorkville (Fortuna Ristorante) and as soon as we walked in we both felt under dressed with our Blue Jays baseball caps and shorts, while everyone else was prim and proper.
The event was started over a decade ago to help promote restaurants during their slower months and to help Toronto`s economy after the SARS crisis. Since then it has grown and become one of the city`s most anticipated events.
There are plenty of offerings for this year’s event with over 200 participating venues. I will not list them all for you. Instead I will list the restaurants I would like to try or have tried and post a link to the Winterlicious website for you to explore further.
Here are my picks:
Against the Grain Urban Tavern (25 Dockside Drive), Bent* (777 Dundas St. W.), Brownstone Bistro** (603 Yonge St.), Byzantium* (499 Church St.), Canoe (66 Wellington St. W. 54th Floor), Czehoski* (747 Queen St. W), Drake Hotel** (1150 Queen St. W.), Fortuna Ristorante** (12 Cumberland St.), La Bruschetta (1317 St. Clair Ave. W.), Mildred`s Temple Kitchen* (85 Hanna Ave.), Mill Street`s The Beer Hall* (21 Tank House Lane), Momofuku Daisho*, (190 University Ave.), Sassafraz** (100 Cumberland St.), Southern Accent Restaurant (595 Markham St.), STOCK® Restaurant Bar and Lounge (Trump International Hotel and Tower at 325 Bay St. on the 31st Floor).
Now I know what you’re all thinking. It’s probably “Those places sound so cool! But I haven’t made a reservation yet! What do I do?” No need to worry if you don’t have a reservation for this event, that begins tomorrow and runs until February 13, because there is still the possibility you can reserve a spot – call now though! You may not be able to get a reservation for some of the city’s most talk-about establishments (unless there is a cancellation), but why not try something that hasn’t been heavily promoted by BlogTO or GridTO.
I would highly recommend this as a date option, however, if you are a loyal Dating on a Budget follower I can tell you right now that you will not be able to have a meal for two for under $20. On that note some restaurants are offering Prix Fixe meals starting at $15 per person, meaning in some cases you could go over that $20 by only 10 bucks – I leave it up to you to determine whether you`d liked to splurge.
Anyways remember to use the official Winterlicious hastag #LiciousTO when attending these restaurants! Have fun and remember to tell me what you’ve tried as I’m always looking for new things.
That is Why I Love Toronto
* = Highly recommended by friends and Why I Love Toronto Followers
** = Have experienced this restaurant before.
- Distillery District
- Drake Hotel
- Liberty Village
- Mill St. Brewery
- Southern Accent Restaurant