Attention all foodies, Winterlicious 2014 is now taking reservations.  For those who do not know what Winterlicious is, now is the time to find out.  Starting January 31st and going through till February 13th, people have the chance to visit participating restaurants throughout Toronto and try a selection from a prix fixe menu.   Winterlicious is available for both lunch and dinner and with prices ranging from $15 through to $45 per meal, this is definitely a chance to check out some of the top places Toronto has to offer.

This year will see over 200 restaurants participating.  To see the full list, click here.

However, before going out be sure to have a game plan.  For the first time in the history of Winterlicious, reservations will be allowed.  This will make for more competition within the restaurants, but could also see a lot of people trying to overdo things and experience too much.  The official website for Winterlicious states that people should thoroughly go though the menus of participating restaurants and make a top 10 list.  From that list, decide if in the two week long program just how many 3-course meals you can truly handle.  Outside of that, rather than go for some old favourites, go and try something new and unique.

HOT TICKETS – These restaurants are places that some won’t go to because of price.  However, with Winterlicious prix fixe, now is the chance to go and enjoy some top end service.  Book early, these places will fill up fast.

•    Origin North (menu) – Claudio Aprile’s newest restaurant at Bayview Village.

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•    Momofuku Daisho (menu) – This year’s pick of seasoned Winterlicious attendees as the place to go.

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•    Bent (menu) – Small plates, bold flavours from chef Susur Lee.

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•    Canoe (menu) – Not only will you have amazing food, but the view is unlike anything else in Toronto!

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•    Stock (menu) – Just listed as one of the 10 most expensive restaurants in Toronto, the time to go is now.

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OLD FAVOURITES – These places have been around at least a year for Winterlicious and have proven to be some of the best participating restaurants around.


•    Bymark (menu) – Located in the Financial District, this is one restaurant to check out.

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•    Nota Bene (menu) – A posh spot on Queen West, they offer amazing options.

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•    The Shore Club (menu) – Upscale surf and turf.

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•    Splendidio (menu) – Only in their second year at Winterlicious, this participant is a proven big draw.

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VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS – Yes, even the vegetarians and vegans can take part in Winterlicious.  Sure there are a lot of steak and meat focused restaurants, but if you get a chance, check out some of these great places too!

•    Quinta (menu) – A casual spot for rustic Iberian fare on Dundas.

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•    Trevor Kitchen & Wine Bar (menu) – Surprisingly good vegetarian options.

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•    Tabule (menu) – A Middle Eastern menu that does plenty of meat-free options.

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For those attending Winterlicious, have a great time.  Please remember that many of the places have reduced their prices drastically, so please keep that in mind when tipping your server.  While this event is great for foodies, it does cost the restaurants, and servers some money out of pocket.  As a conscious diner, think of everyone and everything involved.

Check back throughout Winterlicious to see where Love This City has been.  Maybe we’ll be at some of the same restaurants! Bon Appetit

Michael Chantler
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