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The Anti-Licious

This posting is for anyone that has ever suffered through a substandard summerlicious/winterlicious dining experience. I think it would make sense to compile a list of the best restaurants NOT participating in summerlicious.

Think of it as an oasis in a desert of rushed service, tiny portions, and substandard preparation.

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  1. i love banu on queen west. fabulous if you like organic meat. ezra's pound is good for smoked salmon.

    neither of these places are pretentious w/ small portions, but the latter is a little more laid back, it's a cafe.

    live organic food bar is nice fresh for summer.

    summerlicious isn't too bad, i like it, but i always feel disappointed by the places i go to..

    1. STEAK (the restaurant) was absolutely awful.. the most bland and chewy steak i've ever had.. it was basically them giving you a big slab of tasteless meat.. even the fries were bad... the only thing good was the key lime pie... but that you can get anywhere... the soup was a bit weird tasting as well... will not return even if they paid me.

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      1. re: hippotatomus

        Hi hippotatomus,

        I'm not looking to bash restaurants that participate in Summerlicious. I'm trying to find great restaurants to go to during Summerlicious that are NOT participating. Why? Like pinkskittles, and others that post on Chowhound, I am usually disaapointed with the Summerlicious experience - even at restaurants that I am normally quite happy to go to the rest of the year. My experience with Summerlicious is that most, but not all, restaurants are more concerned with cashing in on the Summerlicious craze. The result: rushed and harried service with meals that are not as good as they usually are leaving me feeling disappointed.

        Where is one to go in early July?

      2. Here are a bunch of places on my to-go list (plus a few I've been to) that are not on Summerlicious. These are all over the map in terms of type, budget and geography.
        93 Harbord
        Abbot on the Hill (I know pubs aren't on Summerlicious but still)...
        Alice's
        Amuse Bouche
        Barrio
        Bravi
        By The Way (I know this will get dissed but I like it)
        Carens Wine Bar
        Cru
        George
        Grace
        Kultura
        any of the Jamie Kennedy restos
        Lai Wah Heen
        L'Unita
        Mengrai
        Niagara Street Cafe
        Rebel House (again, a pub)
        Tabule
        Weezie's
        Zucca

        JamieK
        (NOT a chef)

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        George
        111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

        Rebel House
        1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

        Weezie's
        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

        Tabule
        2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

        Lai Wah Heen
        108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

        Niagara Street Cafe
        169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

        Barrio
        896 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

        By The Way
        400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X5, CA

        Jamie Kennedy
        9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

        93 Harbord
        93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

        Bravi
        40 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

        Amuse-Bouche
        96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J2H1, CA

        Cru
        946 Royal York Rd, Toronto, ON M8X2E5, CA

        Abbot on the Hill
        1276 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1W5, CA

        Mengrai
        82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

        Zucca
        2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

        Carens
        158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

        L'Unita
        134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

        Kultura
        169 King St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1J4, CA

        Alice's
        856 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1A2, CA

        Grace
        503 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1A5, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          What a fantastic list you have got.
          My list also include
          George
          Scaramouche
          Amuse Bouche
          Grace
          (Carens interests me, I have never heard of it)

          I will add,
          Colborne Lane
          One
          Dessert Trends
          Luce
          Foxley
          Oyster Boy

          1. re: happycamper

            Good call on Foxley, that one should have been on my list ...

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            Foxley
            207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

          2. re: JamieK

            why would by the way cafe get dissed (brings me back to the 90's... ;)

            1. re: jennjen18

              just because it has in the past when I've recommended in other threads. I always have such a good time there with my friends I can't even remember the food but I know it certainly wasn't bad. That I would have remembered.

          3. oh yeah, and Scaramouche, another non-licious

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            Scaramouche
            1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

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