It’s an interesting time right now trying to social distance, restaurants are slowly starting to open for curb side and delivery, non-essential businesses are getting creative to continuously pay rent, and recreational outdoor activities are starting to resurface bit by bit.
Even though things are starting to make progress, the majority of life is still being put on hold as everyone is still determining what is safe but that doesn’t mean that you can't enjoy the experience of wining and dining from the comfort of your own home. Grab your phone and let’s begin exploring five unique places you can order from during this crazy time.
#1 - 7 West Café
This is the restaurant that is the cool gal at the party, with the layers of personalities and the new funky hair die every week. Everybody wants to be their friend and gets excited when they walk into the room because the party becomes a whole lot better.
7 West (for short… yes, we’re on a nickname level) is one of a kind for its multi-levels, which all have individualized décor. From the dark and edgy to the blue and dreary to the classic balcony, this place has got it all for you to choose from. You can pick somewhere to match your mood or to sync with your style and look fabulous while doing so.
7 West serves delicious craft cocktails and food is amazing and really widespread, from the classic ones to the cool ones. They also have everything from pasta, to burgers and sandwiches, to some amazing vegetarian items, if meat isn’t your thing, or you are in the mood for something light.
If you too looking for a place where the vibe is as solid as the food and drinks, then this is the place for you. Turn on the TV or dine on your patio and enjoy some of the best diner food you’ll have.
#2 - 3030 Dundas West
If the two of you are looking for a classic diner with healthy to stereotypical snack foods, then this is the place for you. The brightly coloured salads and tempting snacks and sides add a level of contrast, which helps in making a beautiful menu. Not to mention that the ingredients are as fresh as can be and the presentation really makes this picture perfect.
The beauty of this classic diner is that there is something for everybody and every diet, which makes it an acceptable environment 100%. Whether you’re in a mood to keep your health goals or get down and dirty, everyone will be able to find something enjoyable. Cozy up at your kitchen table with some nice music in the background to match this upper-scale diner.
#3 - Aloette
This all-inclusive Cuisine diner is one for when you two are feeling a little fancier than normal. From the classic dishes with an upscale twist, like the yuzu honey glazed fried chicken to the ones for the inner adventurous carnivore in you, like gnocchi with pork hock or the crispy pork belly, there is something for everybody to enjoy.
While this menu is a little on the pricier side, it definitely is a once in a lifetime experience, in and out of the restaurant. From the fresh cured meats to the infused honey and the savoury types of cheese, every dish is the perfect complement for patio season or for a night by a bonfire.
#4 - Fran’s
When the two of you are looking for a diner and bar hybrid then this is the place to be. The classic diner fare coupled with full bar serving classic cocktails makes this have a one-of-a-kind vibe that cannot be replaced. If I had to sum this place up into a string of words, (which is super relatable), I would say that it’s like mixing blueberry pie with beer, everyone enjoys it without really questioning if they should belong together.
Fran’s menu is made for every person with every diet and can easily satisfy your cravings. If you’re a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or somewhere in the middle, you can find something that will make you hungrier than you were before (even if it needs some customizations and moral support). Their all-day breakfast, starters, homemade burgers, and delicious desserts will leave you coming back for seconds and forgetting all of your current worries, because it’s just that good.
While this place is a chain, it doesn’t deserve the rep of being “too basic” or “hyped up” because within the physical location or in the comfort of your own home, it’s always reliable and can never be out of place for any meal at any hour. Sit down on your best couch with a funny movie or outside on your deck to enjoy this predictably amazing meal that will tickle your taste buds
#5 - Uncle Betty’s
If the two of you are looking for a classic place that puts equal amount of attention on the main diner dishes and the desserts, then this is the place for you. Starting from the buttermilk pancakes, passing by the breakfast burrito, moving on to the house made quiche, and finishing off with the granola sundae, there is something for everyone at every hour.
Uncle Betty’s is a well-balanced diner that is as nice as they come. They flooded menu with quality ingredients will always leave you satisfied while appreciating the simplicity in life and in food. Make yourself a cocktail, sit out by the bon fire, enjoy some classic dishes, and cheers to enjoying the simplicity that life (and their menu) has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for something on the classic side, the fun side, or a combination of both, these places have got you covered. I truly believe that there is something for everyone here and that no matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner you will be satisfied! Go out on a limb, and order some food… what’s there to lose? After all, now is the time to experiment from the safety net of your home.
As always, stay healthy and safe.
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