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Jul 7, 2008 05:53 AM

Summerlicious - need serious help!

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the boards and posting right away cause I need serious help. My partner and I are traveling to Toronto in a few weeks and I've read so much about Summerlicious that I really want to try out a few restaurants.

My problem is that I don't know where to start. The resto that I'm considering is Grappa and I found a site that lets visitors rate based on service, food, etc., which I think really helps give a good picture:

Is there anything like that here on Chowhound (or another site completely) where I could compare ratings?

Any advice would be incredibly appreciated - thanks!

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  1. Have you tried Zagat's for Toronto?

    1. Welcome to the board (and to Toronto shortly)! Chowhound doesn't have ratings, per se. However, if you post a list of restaurants you're considering, you'll get lots of helpful feedback. Or, you can post a description of the type of food/ambiance/experience you're looking for and folks will give you recommendations for Summerlicious restaurants that will meet your criteria.

      Please be aware, however, that Summerlicious can be a real mixed bag of experiences. Some few restaurants truly shine and offer a great meal for a great price. Many other seem to use Summerlicious to offer sub-par food and surly service to the masses. So looking at a ratings site will not necessarily give you an accurate prediction of a Summerlicious experience. Chowhound is really your best resource because the posters will describe their previous Summerlicious experiences at the restaurants you're interested in.

      Edited to add: Oh, and also be aware that most of the best restaurants for Summerlicious are likely already booked up. Also, you may get a few posts telling you to avoid Summerlicious altogether (personally, I tend to agree with that sentiment). But if you have your heart set on it, then by all means, go for it and use Chowhound to help you weed out the worst places in advance.