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7 places to eat and drink near the Scarborough Bluffs

A trip to the Scarborough Bluffs is one of many Toronto residents' rituals each summer. There's so much to do in and around the beach here, most people tend to stay for much of the day, which means eating and drinking needs to be accounted for. You could bring a picnic, but if you prefer someone else to do the cooking, there are lots of options.

Here are seven places to eat and drink near the Scarborough Bluffs.

Pizza L'Amore
Widely considered the best pizza in south Scarborough, Pizza L'Amore is one of the easiest ways to fill up on good eats when hitting up the Bluffs. There's only a small counter for dining-in, but smart folks know to grab a pie and bring it to Cathedral Bluffs Park overlooking the lake and beach below, where you can eat in peace. The bacon bruschetta pizza is a house specialty.

King's Garden Sushi and Wok
There's no shortage of sushi joints in and around the Bluffs, but not all are created equal. King's Garden Sushi and Wok is a bustling Izakaya in a Scarborough strip mall that blows nearby spots out of the water with its fresh ingredients and friendly service. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's charming and inviting when you sit down.

Seraphia is a hole in the wall in Cliffcrest Plaza near the Scarborough Bluffs. The restaurant serves primarily Mediterranean food, but there's also some diner staples like burgers. Both receive rave reviews from locals who note that everything is homemade and thankfully not drowned in grease.

Old Stone Cottage
If the Bluffs have taken you out of a city state of mind, this cottage-style pub will keep you thinking country thoughts. The fare is standard pub grub, but the Arthur wings are a real standout (they're grilled, not fried).

Phoenix Pan Cuisine
Phoenix Pan Asian Cuisine is one of those places that you might not seek out, but the minute that you've tried the food you'll likely remain a fan for a long time. This isn't a fancy place, but you'll get good Hakka, Chinese, and Thai classics here. The $5.95 lunch special of a soup, spring roll and a main is a great deal.

Duckworth's Fish & Chips
Duckworths Fish & Chips on Kingston Rd. should not be mistaken for its nominal counterpart on the Danforth, but fortunately both have a sterling reputation for excellent deep fried halibut and crispy chips. This one has been around since the mid 1950s, and while the interior hasn't been updated over that time, this just makes it all the more appealing.

Working Dog Saloon
With a better beer list than the Stone Cottage Pub and a quirky canine theme, the Working Dog Saloon tends to attract a younger crowd. After a day in the sun, might I recommend the yellow snow ice cream?

What did I miss? Add your favourite places to eat and drink near the Scarborough Bluffs.

With contributions from Ed Conroy. Photo of Working Dog Saloon by Jesse Milns.

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