Last Weekend for Toronto’s Summerlicious

Toronto’s Summerlicious is back for the 11th year, and we couldn’t be more excited. What better excuse opportunity could we find to check out some of Toronto’s local eateries?

This year, 2014, there are more than 200 restaurants from across the GTA who are officially participating in the festival, which runs until the end of this weekend, July 20th. We say officially because, while many restaurants have decided to join in on the fun of offering set summer menus at a discounted price, the city determines who makes the Summerlicious list.  Requirements are strict and, due to demand, the application process is competitive. Here is how Toronto’s participating restaurants are chosen by the Special Events Dept. of the city.

Summerlicious/Winterlicious restaurants must:

  • be independent (no chains allowed)
  • maintain a clean and positive health inspection record
  • agree to pricing standards in line with the festival
  • be featured positively in certain restaurant review guides/books

Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day or room in our stomachs to visit all 200+ restaurants participating this year so we will instead take a few moments to congratulate and highlight a few of our favourites who made the list:

Bar Italia

582 College St


Little Italy

$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner


Fred’s Not Here

321 King St W


Downtown, Entertainment District

Fred’s Not Here

$20 Lunch | $35 Dinner


Hot House Restaurant & Bar

35 Church St


Downtown, Old Town


Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

669 Queen St W



Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

$25 Dinner


Le Papillon on Front

69 Front St E


Downtown, Old Town

Le Papillon on Front

$15 Lunch | $25 Dinner


MoRoCo Chocolat

99 Yorkville Ave




MoRoCo Chocolat

$20 Lunch | $35 Dinner


Trapper’s Restaurant

3479 Yonge St


North Toronto


Of course, you can check out the full list and get more Summerlicious info here.  There is also a great synopsis of Summerlicious and Winterlicious here.

If you are in or planning to visit Toronto, which Summerlicious menus are you planning to check out, or have you tried already? OR do you have any local festivals in your city/town that you think we should highlight? Let us know!


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