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Good fresh squeezed lemonade in TO? Freshly brewed Iced Tea?

phoenikia May 3, 2009 01:49 PM

What restaurants are serving freshly squeezed lemonade or freshly brewed iced tea in TO? Does anyone serve unsweetened freshly brewed iced tea these days?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Otonabee RE: phoenikia May 3, 2009 06:12 PM

    I know that both Balzacs and Mercury Coffee do really nice fresh lemonade. Sadly I don't think either of them do freshly brewed tea..

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      paper_bag_princess RE: Otonabee May 3, 2009 06:22 PM

      David's Tea on Queen Street, just east of Spadina had freshly brewed iced tea a few weekends ago.

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        pinkprimp RE: paper_bag_princess May 4, 2009 06:37 AM

        Yes, you can choose from any of their loose leaf teas and they can prepare it for you, either hot or cold. However, last time I had one (the Singapore Sting tea, maybe?), even though it looked to be brewed double strength, the tea was still very weak tasting. Maybe it wasn't steeped long enough.

    2. Food Tourist RE: phoenikia May 3, 2009 07:26 PM

      Tealish on Walnut Street (takeout only), Richtree Marche, Crema.

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        Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Jul 4, 2010 02:26 PM

        Also Stampede Bison Grill in Parkdale and other burger places like W Burger Bar.

        Stampede Bison Grill
        5 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON M6K2K6, CA

      2. aser RE: phoenikia May 3, 2009 07:37 PM

        Most of the Chinese malls will have fresh brewed iced tea, brewed hk style. It will be sweetened w/ syrup.

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          Bigtigger RE: aser May 4, 2009 12:33 AM

          Starbucks has freshly brewed iced tea, both black and a fruit flavour, with or without added lemonade - imho one of the few relative bargains at that generally overpriced establishment !

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            OTFOODIE RE: Bigtigger May 4, 2009 05:59 AM

            While the Ice Tea at Starbucks is not bad and not as overpriced as most of their drinks, it is not fresh. It is brewed in large containers at double-strength well in advance and its around at room temperature. When a customer orders it, they mix this with equal parts water add the ice and shake it. It's cold and refreshing, but clearly lacks the crisp taste that comes from being freshly brewed. Furthermore, I cannot understand having ice tea on the menu - or hot tea, for that matter - and not having lemon available. Starbucks does have Ice Tea Lemonade, but that's a completely different drink.

            At some Second Cup stores, I've bought a regular tea with lemon and asked for a large glass of ice and made my own. Much better than what they serve at Starbucks. However, since Second Cups are franchises, not all franchise owners will do this.

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              OTFOODIE RE: OTFOODIE May 4, 2009 06:07 AM

              And back to the original topic - iced tea in restaurants - I have often found that many restaurants will allow you to order tea with lemon and bring you a big glass of ice to make your own. Some will say no, we have iced tea, the pre-made ones, but when I say I drink it unsweetened, many to agree to my request.

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                phoenikia RE: OTFOODIE May 4, 2009 07:10 AM

                Thanks for the idea OTFOODIE. I hadn't thought of doing that. Which moderate to upscale restaurants have led you make your own Iced Tea?

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                  OTFOODIE RE: phoenikia May 4, 2009 09:13 PM

                  It such a simple request, I would expect any moderate to upscale restaurant would be willing to do it.

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          julesrules RE: phoenikia May 4, 2009 06:01 AM

          I have not been to the Queen West location of Niche, but the defunct Danforth location served excellent iced tea - you chose your own tea and they brewed it then iced it.

          1. pinstripeprincess RE: phoenikia May 4, 2009 06:03 AM

            i just realized that you were asking about restaurants rather than say cafes... so one option that does spring to mind is stockyards bbq. i mean it's almost a necessity to have on their menu because it is bbq but they're tasty enough on their own.

            rather than lemonade they do a mint infused limeade (nice mint kick and tartness with light sweetness in perfect balance.. some pulp for good measure!) and a light gingery iced tea (again with very light sweetness, this is definitely not sweet tea) though i think the next time i'm in i might suggest a stronger tea flavour/astringency as i think it could get overpowered by the smoked meat. both great!

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              phoenikia RE: pinstripeprincess May 4, 2009 07:10 AM

              Thanks for the suggestion, pinstripeprincess!

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              cubmike74 RE: phoenikia May 4, 2009 06:56 AM

              For freshly squeezed lemonade try Fresh - Juice for Life. It tastes a bit different from what you might expect from lemonade, but it's bright, refreshing and tastes intensely of lemons.

              Chitpotle at Yonge and Dundas serves unsweetened iced tea, just like they do it in the states - in a seperate container next to the fountain drinks. I'm a huge fan of unsweetened iced tea, but it's tough to find up here.

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                julesrules RE: cubmike74 May 4, 2009 07:02 AM

                Never noticed the "nonsweet" tea at Chipotles, thanks!

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                maple99 RE: phoenikia May 4, 2009 07:51 AM

                I haven't been in a while but I believe Over Easy on Bloor across from the ROM has both.

                1. Food Tourist RE: phoenikia May 12, 2009 03:56 PM

                  Richard at Chasers in Mimico is making a great kiwi limeade now (take-out only). Also saw ready to go bottles of passion lemonade in the fridge.

                  He's supplying lime bar mix for Barchef, too.

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                    acd123 RE: phoenikia May 13, 2009 06:01 AM

                    The freshly squeezed lemonade at Jet Fuel on Parliament is very good. Not as good as mine, but still very good :-)

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                      phoenikia RE: phoenikia Jul 2, 2010 09:31 PM

                      Bumping this thread- has anyone found any new sources for freshly squeezed lemonade or freshly brewed ice tea?

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                        TorontoJo RE: phoenikia Jul 3, 2010 05:23 AM

                        The Fish Store on College has a sign that say they make freshly squeezed lemonade. I haven't tried it yet, so can't vouch for it. But thems is some damn tasty fish sandwiches, so it's probably worth a visit to scope out the lemonade. :)

                        The Fish Store
                        657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

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                          millygirl RE: TorontoJo Jul 3, 2010 05:29 AM

                          The Rooster on Broadview serves a wonderful raspberry iced tea. It's always a struggle for me these days, which to order, latte or iced tea. Had one yesterday in fact.

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                            pescatarian RE: millygirl Jul 3, 2010 05:54 AM

                            They also have good fresh lemonade.

                            The Green Earth Restaurant at Broadview and Gerrard also has a nice fresh lemonade. The first time I had it, it was less sweet, but for some reason, the second time she was a bit heavy on the sugar. I would ask next time to keep it less sweet, but it's good.

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                              phoenikia RE: pescatarian Jul 3, 2010 07:47 AM

                              Great- thank for all these new places to add to my list!

                              Look fwd do trying them out over the next couple months!

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                                fickle RE: phoenikia Jul 3, 2010 08:19 AM

                                How about a limeade? Stockyards makes their own, very refreshing, not too tart. Little Nicky's (queen & peter) had homemade raspberry lemonade on their menu that might be interesting. Haven't tried it yet but will when I return for their yummy mini donuts.

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                                  phoenikia RE: fickle Jul 3, 2010 08:28 AM

                                  Limeade works ;-)
                                  thanks for the recs, fickle!

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                                    fickle RE: phoenikia Jul 3, 2010 03:19 PM

                                    Had a really good mint limeade at Tabule this afternoon, tasted just like a mojito. Another one for your list!

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

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                                      phoenikia RE: fickle Jul 3, 2010 04:20 PM

                                      Oh cool. Have been meaning to return to Tabule, gives me one more reason!

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

                          2. re: TorontoJo
                            jnine RE: TorontoJo Jul 30, 2010 12:23 PM

                            The Fish Store lemonade is perfect with their sandwiches.

                            I also love Stockyards mint limeade with some meaty bbq.

                            The Fish Store
                            657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

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                            jayzie1 RE: phoenikia Jul 3, 2010 11:57 AM

                            The juice bar at St. Lawrence Market (lower level) sells freshly squeezed lemonade available in various sizes to take home.

                            Majesteas in Leslieville (Queen & Carlaw) also sells fresh iced tea.

                            St. Lawrence Market
                            92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                            950 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                              phoenikia RE: jayzie1 Jul 3, 2010 04:21 PM

                              Thanks! Have been to the juice bar at St.Lawrence, but hadn't heard about Majesteas!

                              950 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                          4. num nums RE: phoenikia Jul 3, 2010 05:42 PM

                            If you like your lemonade tart, School in Liberty Village is nice.

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                              Granadilla RE: num nums Jul 30, 2010 08:34 AM

                              I second School - that is the best lemonade I have had in the city. They also make it with vodka!

                              Also Aroma Cafe (several locations in the GTA) has a minty/lemon ice-y slush drink which is delicious!

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                                phoenikia RE: Granadilla Jul 30, 2010 08:38 AM

                                Thanks for mentioning the minty/lemony slush at Aroma- will have to check that out!

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