20 restaurants to eat at during Winterlicious 2013
Winterlicious, enters its 11th year on January 25th, and while the prix fix food festival doesn't cause quite the stir it used to, there's still lots to get excited about in the days leading up to the event. While much of this year's list of participants is made up of familiar faces, there is some new blood to keep things interesting.
Reservations opened back on January 10th, so there's likely a number of places that will be almost completely booked for dinner already. That said, there's no shortage of worthwhile options that will still have availability leading up to the 25th (and perhaps beyond). So here's a rundown of what to expect from Winterlicious 2013.
HOW IT WORKS
It's probably unnecessary to explain the concept at this point, but just for the sake of thoroughness, I'll review. This year sees 191 restaurants on the Winterlicious roster, all of whom will offer three-course prix fixe meals for lunch (priced at $15, $20 and $25) and dinner (which comes in at $25, $35 and $45). For popular restaurants, it's almost imperative to reserve in advance, though lunch offering are typically far easier to take advantage of on a last minute basis. Although facilitated by the City of Toronto, you need to contact the restaurants directly to make reservations.
NEW THIS YEAR
There are 16 new participants this year, of whom a few are particularly noteworthy. They include the following:
OLD FAVOURITES & HOT TICKETS
This could be a very long list, so I've prioritized 1) those places that you'll want to try to make early(ish) reservations for and 2) that offer bang for your buck considering their usual prices.
VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS
There's no reason why those who don't eat meat-derived products can't get in on the fun. Here some of the better vegetarian/vegan-friendly options.
CHEAP BUT GOOD
Here are some top picks in the most reasonable Winterlicious price range of $15/$25 (for lunch and dinner, respectively.
Over the last few years, Winterlicious has also featured various events designed to enrich the festival experience. Most of these are indulgent as well as educational, so it's best to arrive hungry.
Got a restaurant you think others should try out during Winterlicious? Let us know in the comments.
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