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Summerlicious 2011

The restaurants and menus for Summerlicious 2011 are now on-line:

http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/...

AMEX cardmembers can make reservations starting Tuesday June 21st, everyone else has to wait until the 23rd.

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  1. Anyone know of any restaurants in the Markham area that are promoting Summerlicious?

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    1. re: callitasicit

      Markham and the York region have their own version of 'licious:

      http://savouryorkregion.com/

    2. Uh oh ..let the hate-a-thon begin! We always stick to local places and have always enjoyed it. Byzantium always does it very well and the menu for this 'licious looks excellent.

      1. What are some good restaurants for summerlicious you guys would recommend?

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        1. re: .alias

          This thread about Winterlicious 2011 should give you some recommendations: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759329 Starfish didn't participate in Winterlicious, but is back for Summerlicious.....I highly recommend this place.

          1. re: .alias

            I'd say any of the Oliver Bonacini restaurants are safe bets for Licious season.

            1. re: .alias

              I'm liking Frank's menus -- lots of choices.

              1. re: .alias

                We ended up for an impromtu dinner at Southern Accent on Markham St, not even realizing it was participating in Summerlicious. Despite it being prime time Friday evening seating, they were kind enough to squeeze us in and boy, were we ever glad they did!

                Granted, it had been a good 15 years since we'd been but it was as delicious as I remembered it to be. From the Summerlicious menu, we went with hush puppies with alligator, avocado bruschetta, jambalaya, a really amazing BBQ trio with fabulous andouille sausage with chicken & chop, creme brule & bourbon bread pudding.

                Lots of sangria to wash it down and life is good!

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                Southern Accent
                595 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6G2L7, CA

                1. re: .alias

                  I went to Turf Lounge for lunch with my co workers yesterday, and was blown away by the service and food. The portions were great and the food was delicious. I had the Heirloom beet salad and the Maple & hickory glazed porchetta which was yummy. I am planning to go back for dinner soon.
                  Definitely worth checking out.

                  1. re: dia8847new

                    What other spots have you enjoyed in the past?

                    1. re: dia8847new

                      i love beets, but their menu sounds more like winterlicious than summerlicious.

                  2. Can anyone recommend restos downtown?

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                    1. re: ottawaoperadiva

                      Went to Toula last summer and food was fantastic (as was the view) http://www.toularestaurant.com/ also checked out Azure and was equally impressed! http://www.azurerestaurant.ca/

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                      Toula
                      1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

                      1. re: b_low

                        Wow, surprised to find a recommendation for Toula. That spot is one of the most consitently critized 'licious spots I have seen on forums (in particular Redflagdeals but I think here too). I have vowed never to go for a regular meal or 'licious. Their reviews mainly critize the service and the food. The view is nice though from what other posters said too.

                        This year I am just going to Luma which was selected by friends. Hopefully it is decent. I think they are new to doing 'licious.

                        1. re: ylsf

                          I read the reviews and expected the worse when I went to Toula and have to say I liked it. The view is spectacular and makes up more for any short coming found in the food (I found the food actual good but some dishes were just a disappointment). I think if going with friends and can make reservations for seats by the window (or wait till one comes available ) it is worth checking out for licious

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                          Toula
                          1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

                          1. re: ylsf

                            ! I'm surprised as well. If you do decide on going to Toula, go for the view and the drinks (maybe), but definitely not for the food. The service is fine if somewhat eccentric, but seriously, that was not good value for money.

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                            Toula
                            1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

                            1. re: estrelas

                              Estrelas you are 100% correct !!!!!
                              Go for the view not the food

                          1. re: ottawaoperadiva

                            I went to Luma for dinner and enjoyed it. I had the pate, tuna and berry pudding. All were fab.

                            WON
                            http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                            Luma
                            330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

                          2. I had a very good meal at Mistura last year during Summerlicious, which was easily the best of the 4 or 5 'licious meals I've tried over the years.

                            This year, heading to Lucien with some friends. Tempted to order 2 or 3 starters off the regular menu and skip the prix fixe.
                            http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/se/restaur...

                            Happy to read above, that Starfish is participating again. That is certainly a solid choice. http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/se/restaur...

                            Would also think Lai Toh Heen would be a nice $20 lunch. http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/se/restaur...

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                            Starfish
                            100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K9, CA

                            Mistura
                            265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

                            Lucien
                            36 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

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                            1. re: prima

                              Went to Starfish for lunch on Friday. Had the fishcakes, Moules frites, and Sticky toffee pudding, everything was EXCELLENT!

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                              Starfish
                              100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K9, CA

                              1. re: hnb000

                                Just went to Starfish last night. Had the oysters, moules frites, and cobbler. I'd say the dessert was good but not memorable, but the appetizer and main - I've been thinking about them all day today and just salivating, it was such a great experience. And the service was also amazing. As for dessert, some of my party ordered the sticky toffee pudding and the brownie and they were extremely pleased with their choices.

                                My only criticism is that I asked for a reservation for 7:30 since someone in the party wouldn't be able to get there any earlier, and even 7:30 was pushing, but I was told that for the party size, we had to be there by 7. However, we were all enjoying dinner and conversation and didn't leave until well after 10 - I don't see why we couldn't have had the reservation half an hour later, and had I known there was no one after us, I would have told my friend to come anyway and have us just stall until she got there.

                                But just to end on a high note - overall, the food, service, and general atmosphere was amazing and I'd highly recommend Starfish for summerlicious.

                                1. re: KatTrum

                                  Starfish does not stay open too late during the week they probably did not want you staying till "way after 11" if you would have shown up at 8...

                                  1. re: RogerDoger

                                    Well just to clarify, my original booking was for 8pm but then I got a call that due to the size of my group, I had to choose either 7pm or 9pm, and I picked 7 because 9 was too late.