The result is that the secret is finally out, great craft ciders are flooding the shelves, and Ontario's cider market now has something for everyone--even those without celiac, crohn's, colitis, or a propensity for unnecessarily following fad diets.
Here are 10 excellent and local ciders to help you get started understanding this unfairly long-neglected beverage.
Toronto Restaurant Openings: Harvest Kitchen, The Roncy Public, We Got Balls, Me Va Me, Von Doughnuts
- Harvest Kitchen at 124 Harbord Street is now open for lunch and dinner daily from noon until 11pm. Weekend brunch service will begin December 21st.
- The Roncy Public, a new grill and lounge is now open at 390 Roncesvalles Avenue.
- Gilead Wine Bar (4 Gilead Place), is now open Tuesday through Saturday for an a la carte dinner menu from Jamie Kennedy and wines paired by sommelier Emily Pearce.
- Napoli Centrale is open at 964 Bathurst Street serving up pizza and pasta for stay or to go.
- We Got Balls, a mobile meatball specialist debuted this week on Toronto streets.
- Red Onion, a Hong Kong-Canadian restaurant is now open in place of E-Pan at 369 Spadina. Delivery is not on the menu but the phone number is still the same.
- Agave y Agucate at 35 Baldwin Street supposedly opens tonight, Thursday December 12th, though Facebook suggests that the new year is more likely. I'm happy to eat my words... if I can chase them with tacos anyway.
The first day they had three crucial infractions, and the next they managed to shave that down to two - both of which were difficulties maintaining proper food temperatures. We've also got Bryan's BBQ racking up nine demerit points, which is a little freaky if you ask me, especially at a place where you cook your own meat. And there's more, like Golden Griddle, Korea House, and Oliver & Bonacini -- all drawn and quartered below.
Check out some of the food items from the weekend that are now available in Toronto.
The result is that there aren't a lot of local spirit options yet (there's a reason this list isn't a "top" ten--I think this is all of them), but perhaps owing to the perseverance required to get their product on the shelf, what is available is actually really, really good. While all these companies offer their full product range at their onsite retail stores, here's a roundup of what's available on the shelf of the LCBO, in case you don't feel like driving around the province to stock up.