Crystal Five C5

100 Queens park, Toronto ON 416-586-7926www.c5restaurant.caMapApprox $35 per person Local Food? mostly local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? very good selection LunchTue to Sat: 11:30am to 2:30pmDinnerThu to Sat: 5:30pm to 10pmBrunchSun: 11:30am to 2:30pm In possibly the only comfortable and elegant corner of the new Rom Crystal – on the 5th floor — sits the Crystal 5… 

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Pure Spirits Oyster Grill House

55 Mill Street, Toronto ON 416-361-5859www.purespirits.caMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? some available LunchTue to Sun: 12pm to 3pmDinnerTue to Sun: 5pm to 10pm Closed on Mondays Seafood influenced menus are handed to us along with a formidable list of wine choices. A stretch of private booths run to the back… 

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The Real Jerk

709 Queen Street East, Toronto ON 416-463-6055www.therealjerk.comMapApprox $20 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? n/a Lunch, DinnerMon to Sun: 11am to 10pm One afternoon, I woke up with a craving for Jamaican food. Give me a patty and some good jerk chicken. I browse online and then head to Little Jamaica (Oakwood &… 

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Beer Bistro

18 King Street East, Toronto ON 416-861-9872www.beerbistro.comMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? great selection Lunch, DinnerMon to Sun: 12pm to 3pm A Summer brunch at a quiet patio (only on weekends) in the business district sees two sharing caesars, johnny cakes, a meaty burger, and juicy wild boar sausages…

Panorama Lounge and Restaurant

55 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON 416-967-0000www.eatertainment.comMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? small selection DinnerMon to Sun: 5pm to 2am Panorama is a resto-lounge in the city that truly lives up to its name. The view is spectacular (especially at sunset or during a thunderstorm), the martinis are popular and women… 

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Indian Rice Factory

414 Dupont Street, Toronto ON 416-961-3472www.indianricefactory.comMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? small selection LunchTue to Sat : 12pm to 2pmDinnerTue to Sun: 5pm to 11pm Summer finds me relaxing in a quaint little patio in the Annex. Koi float elegantly as I sit and listen to the rock waterfall. A flowery… 

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Banu

777 Queen Street West, Toronto ON 416-777-2268www.banu.caMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? some available Dinner, DrinksMon to Sun: 5pm to 2am  In an eclectic pocket of the Queen West neighbourhood, I found Banu, a classy Iranian restaurant/bar. Lured by the thought of juicy kabobs and steaming saffron rice, I decided to… 

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Cafe Uno

55 Mill street, Building 32, Toronto ON 416-980-2828cafeuno.focusonmedia.comMapApprox $20 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? n/a LunchMon to Sun: 11am to 3pm  Manual labour brings out the Cookie Monster in me. I’d spent a hard morning making my way through the grime-infested remnants of what used to be the brewing part of the… 

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