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Best Toronto Restaurants

The Greater Toronto Area is home to an incredible array of vibrant cultures and personalities. Crossing paths with one another, inhabitants in the area tend to come up with some brilliant culinary experiences. As a result, Toronto is home to a mouth-watering variety of dining experiences. Here are some of the best restaurants in this foodie-friendly city.

JOEY Eaton Centre

This upscale dining brand has begun to unfurl across the country, with its cutting-edge and sophisticated menus making their way across British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, and Ontario. Toronto’s Eaton Centre location offers succulent cuisine in an intimate and exciting atmosphere akin to an upscale lounge or nightclub. The JOEY penchant for fresh, premium quality ingredients handled by an experienced and professional staff makes for an impeccable level of service and food quality. Particular standouts on the menu include the Osaka Style Pressed Salmon Sushi, Hawaiian Tuna Tacos, California Chicken sandwich, Bombay Butter Chicken, Spanish Paella, and Raspberry Butterscotch Budino. JOEY might operate as a chain, but they behave like a quality-centric upstart.

360 Restaurant (CN Tower)

It would be sacrilege to not mention this coveted sky-high dining room, which works overtime to present sumptuous Canadian dishes in unprecedented style. No visit to the CN Tower is complete without indulging in 360’s lunch or dinner menus, offering everything from poached Atlantic lobster and Perth County smoked pork rack chops to specialty Canadian cheeses and locally sourced ingredients. Reservations are usually required to guarantee a seat in this world-renowned rotating observation restaurant, but well worth it.

The Hot House                         

For a dining experience in a slightly lower price range with a multicultural kick, head on over to The Hot House at 35 Church Street. Boasting a comprehensive selection of Canadian, Italian, and other international dishes in a vibrant atmosphere, this restaurant and bar is just a short walk away from the Hockey Hall of Fame and Union Station. Offering a tantalizing range of pizzas, seafood dishes, pastas (including their signature penne), burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads, and specialty cocktails across a variety of unique menus (including their Award Winning Brunch Buffet), you’ll do no wrong with paying a visit to this local much-loved gem. Providing immaculate gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian alternatives, The Hot House is a highly accessible location for those from all walks of life eager for a premium quality experience, complete with prices that continue to bring in new visitors rather than scare them away.

The Carbon Bar

Step into an edgy and thoroughly delightful fusion of industrial and retro style. Located at 99 Queen Street East, The Carbon Bar attracts a more youthful and artsy crowd to its bare brick walls and iron décor. Putting the bombastic, rock/discotheque-inspired interior design aside, this establishment offers a vivacious and equally exciting menu complete with snacks, plates, and platters galore. Wild Shrimp Ceviche, Heirloom Beet Salad, Duck Tacos, Grass Fed Bavette Steak, Octopus A La Plancha, and Blackened Mahi Mahi are just a few of the exotic gastronomic dishes available in addition to a trendy selection of undeniably unique cocktails. Perfect for an edgy night out on the town, The Carbon Bar is a great dining choice with a standard-shaking personality.

Toronto is a city rich in culinary options, and there are simply thousands of wonderful dining venues located in the GTA. While these choices are but a taste of what’s out there (pun intended), they’re great locations to experience some of the city’s most exciting cuisine.

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Rally Sports Bar: Restaurant Profile

Toronto plays host to some of the most fantastic restaurants this country has to offer. With Toronto being the multicultural hub of Canada, there is no shortage of good food. A staple among all Canadians is a good old fashioned sports bar! Rally Sports Bar is conveniently located in North York, minutes from the Don Valley Parkway.

Once inside Rally Sports Bar you will instantly feel the exciting atmosphere of a gripping final game. Whether your game of choice is hockey, baseball, soccer or football, Rally Sports Bar is the perfect location to meet up with friends and watch every game. Big screens are visible from every angle of the bar making every seat a prime seat. If there are multiple games being played at the same time and you can’t make the impossible decision of which one to watch, you can take in all the sports action on multiple screens.

Any sporting event is incomplete without amazing food in hand. Watching the game is much more fun when you’re eating slow cooked wood burning BBQ and drinking a cold refreshing pint of beer. At Rally Sports Bar, staff serve up a fantastic selection of BBQ food and pub fare for hordes of hungry sports fans. With menu options ranging from pulled pork and brisket sandwiches to smoked chicken wings and smoked spare ribs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Along with delicious food, we offer a variety of beer on tap including the local home grown brew, Mill Street. Enjoy a pint of Mill Street Organic, Tank House, Stock Ale, or 100th Meridian while you take in the game or just while hanging out with friends and family. With plenty of other varieties to choose from, Rally Sports Bar will be able to happily satisfy any beer taste.

Rally Sports Bar recognizes the need for a little afternoon delight. Join them for happy hour Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00pm. Here you can enjoy 40% off appetizers as well as $5 glasses of wine. A great way to unwind with co-workers after another day is done!

Sports bars may be plentiful around the city, but once you experience Rally Sports Bar, you will instantly feel the difference. With our inviting atmosphere, our profound love for sports, and our exceptional BBQ menu, we guarantee that you will want to become regulars, in fact we encourage it! Learn more about your new favourite Toronto sports bar today!

 

Planning an Anniversary Dinner to Remember in Toronto
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Planning an Anniversary Dinner to Remember in Toronto

If you and your partner are among the many who found love in Toronto, you may soon be approaching a milestone anniversary. Whether it’s one, two or even ten years that you’ve been together, there are a wide variety of fun, interesting and romantic things to do in Toronto. But, of course, we all know that you can’t beat a romantic dinner in a dim, candle-lit setting with your other half, especially when it’s a special occasion.

Quaint Corner House Pub

There are so many romantic restaurants in Toronto that choosing just one may be more difficult than you imagined. If you and your other half tend to enjoy calm, laid-back settings, then the Corner House Pub might just be the ideal place. It looks like a quaint little cottage from the outside, and has an incredible rustic ambience in the inside. It is located on Gerrard Street East in the Upper Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto.

Delectable Splendido

On the other hand, if you prefer to do things a little more elaborately, try Splendido. This restaurant is perfect for special occasions, and it’s safe to say that the menu is rather impressive. If you love the feeling of a concoction of flavours exploding on your taste buds, then you’ll definitely leave this restaurant feeling satisfied. Splendido is located on Harbord Street just west of the University of Toronto St. George Campus.

Luxurious Auberge du Pommier

Furthermore, Auberge du Pommier is a fancy French restaurant that serves incredibly luxurious food. If you don’t mind spending a lot of money in restaurants on special occasions, then this charming eaterie is ideal for you. It is located on Yonge Street in York Mills, near the Don Valley Golf Course.

Don’t Forget Your Reservations!

As you can probably tell, Toronto has a lot to offer where romantic restaurants are concerned. If you’re planning on taking your other half to one for your anniversary, then it’s definitely important to make a reservation in advance – and yes, this might mean weeks in advance, depending on the type of restaurant you choose.

Dress to Impress

Once you’ve made the reservation at the restaurant of your choice, it’s important to consider which attire you’ll opt for on the special night itself. For men, the best option would be a pair of black trousers, black shoes, and a shirt of choice. Women, on the other hand, tend to wear a formal dress with mid-length heels on this kind of occasion. Of course, you go for a non-formal setting, then a specific dress code does not apply.

No matter what you choose, we wish you a wonderful anniversary – and many more to come!

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Let’s Talk About Coffee Makers

Nothing is better on a cold winter morning than warm and energizing coffee. Nowadays, it seems like there are so many different options for coffee, from trendy cafes to old-school coffee shops. The options are just as diverse for homemade coffee. Enjoy the great taste of coffee from a café in the comfort of home. What follows is an overview of some of the coffee devices available for home use:

Drip Coffee

Drip coffee is the standard home coffee maker option, and various varieties have been on the market for decades. Drip coffee is a fast and reliable to make coffee at home, and is the best if you want to make coffee for a larger group instead of one person. Nowadays, there are also tons of bells and whistles which you might find useful. For example, some come with a separate dispenser for travel mugs, and others even have a built-in bean grinder. Nothing is better than the smell of freshly-ground coffee beans, and there’s no doubt you’ll notice the flavour difference with fresh and fragrant beans.

Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Single-serve coffee makers are the most convenient and quickest way to make a delicious cup of coffee. Keurig and Tassimo are the largest brands on the market.  You buy a box of prepackaged cups which come in many different blends and flavours of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Some stores also sell these by the pod/disc/cup, and some compnay have reusable filter cups available. Simply insert the cup, choose your beverage size, and voila. However, if you want to serve a group of people coffee at the same time, you’re better off with a drip maker. And if you drink multiple cups of coffee per day, the cost of prepackaged pods/discs/cups can add up quickly.

Espresso Machines

If you aren’t willing to settle for ordinary coffee, having an espresso machine in your own kitchen produces heavenly results. When you need a quick pick-me-up, a small shot of espresso always does the trick. You can also wow your guests or give your partner a special treat with rich and creamy lattes, café mochas, or cappuccinos. For the best tasting coffee drinks, make sure you get a milk frother attachment to make the most incredible beverages you can imagine. While you may still need a drip machine or single-serve coffee maker for daily use, an espresso machine is a pretty special luxury.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be sipping incredibly flavourful coffee in the comfort of your home in no time.