With patios officially open, and indoor dining to follow when Toronto officially enters Phase 3, there’s a lot to look forward to. Socializing in any form might still feel strange, but restaurants are ready to serve us in the safest way possible.
Here are some of my recent picks.
Maple Leaf Tavern
955 Gerrard Street East
At this reincarnated east-end tavern, you’ll find a little less seating than usual as well as a pared down menu, but there are still plenty of patio tables and a prime view of the original bar’s Maple Leaf Tavern sign. To minimize contact, you’ll have to walk up to side window to place your order. You might be up more than once to order refreshing craft cocktails, such as the Stealth Margarita and the MLT Old Fashioned Cocktail. What goes better with a cocktail than some classy pub fare? Try the creamy Caesar salad, mouthwatering burger and succulent flat iron steak with tarragon butter. Make a reservation online – they’re going fast.
Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery
93A Ossington Avenue
When you have an ice cream craving, Bang Bang is there for you. Don’t let the uber long lineup deter you from ordering a few of their 30+ daily flavours – either sandwiched between irresistible cookies – or enjoyed solo (vegan and regular options available). Burnt toffee ice cream on an everything cookie (chock full of chocolate, pretzel chunks, peanut butter, and oatmeal) is a foolproof combination. Your sugar high will thank you.
414 Dupont Street
This middle eastern mainstay on Dupont Street is the perfect spot to fuel up on flavourful dishes after a walk through the Annex. With the patio in full swing, Anthony Rose and his team are ready to delight your senses with small plates, including green falafel and classic hummus and pita. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Mme. M. xoxo
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