summerlicious restaurants 2014

20 restaurants to eat at during Summerlicious 2014

Summerlicious 2014 will take place July 4th to 20th, and even though it's still a few weeks away, it's not too early to start drooling over three-course prix fixe menus - the reservation lines open tomorrow (Thursday, June 19th). Now in its 12th year, the celebration has become a way to experience old favourites at a discount, or discover newcomers to Toronto's diverse culinary scene without taking an expensive risk.

Here's a round-up of what to expect from Summerlicious 2014.

HOW IT WORKS

Over 200 restaurants will participate in Summerlicious this year offering three-course prix fixe meals for lunch (priced at $15, $20 or $25) and dinner (which comes in at $25, $35 or $45). Reservations, handled directly through each restaurant or via OpenTable (when available), are a must at the most popular venues, though walk-ins at lunch can sometimes be squeezed in

NEW THIS YEAR

This year's lineup of restaurants includes 21 first-time participants, including notable new additions like:

HOT TICKETS

Considering usual prices and popularity, you might want to book your table ASAP for these highly sought-after spots.

  • Momofuku Daisho (menu) - Inspired Asian fusion on the third floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.

  • Canoe (menu) - The Financial District culinary hot spot from Oliver and Bonacini.

  • Cafe Boulud (menu) - A contemporary French dinner menu from renowned chef Daniel Boulud.

  • La Societe (menu) - A French bistro with a prime patio overlooking the Mink Mile.

OLD FAVOURITES

Popular restaurants returning for another year include these well-versed eateries:

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS

Meatless eaters will find the prix fixe program especially tantalizing this year thanks to a slew of menus that make vegetarian and vegan fare more than just an afterthought:

  • Grasslands (menu) - The vegan restaurant on Queen St. West wades into Summerlicious for its first time this year.

  • 93 Harbord (menu) - An upscale Middle Eastern restaurant that excels at meat-free options.

  • Windup Bird Cafe (menu) - The College St. cafe named for a Murakami novel will offer at least two vegan entrees on its prix fixe.

CHEAP BUT GOOD

Here are some top picks in the most reasonable Summerlicious price range of $15/$25 (for lunch and dinner, respectively).

  • Momofuku Noodle Bar (menu) - Another member of the Momofuku family specializing in ramen.

  • Tabule (Yonge) (menu) - Look for deals at this Middle Eastern restaurant's midtown location.

  • Milagro (Yonge) (menu) - A midtown cantina that celebrates the culinary traditions of Mexico.

  • Museum Tavern (menu) - Looking onto the Royal Ontario Museum, this tavern boasts a delectable menu and prime view.

Did we miss any? Add your favourite Summerlicious picks to the comments below.


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