Seeking stomachs find solace from the hearty starters, sandwiches, and more studding Sports Garden Café's eclectic menu. Rev gastro-engines for the veggie & dip platter with ranch ($6), or an original café creation like the Canadian Angus cheese & peameal bacon burger ($11.25). Incisors sink into sweet potato fries ($6.25) as orb’s orient onto one of the twenty café TV screens, displaying the athleticisms of professionals and fugitive referees. The hat trick platter, a two-pound pile of buffalo wings, deep-fried pickle spears, three-cheese garlic bread and veggie sticks ($28.50), feeds groups of friends, family, and protesters, and pairs well with any of Sports Garden Café's eleven draught beers (prices vary). Your mini-me can enjoy kids' menu classics such as chicken tenders ($5.99) or the cheese quesadilla ($5.95).
The Ajax Pita Pit provides sustenance in the form of decadently stuffed pockets of joy, with fillings spanning a spectrum of vegetarian and carnivorous eats. Along with 9-inch regular pitas, the sandwichery provides 6-inch “petitas” for jaws with rusty hinges. Fuel up with a gyro ($5.99, $4.49 petita), or unhinge your jaw and try the Dagwood Club with turkey, ham, and roast beef ($7.09, $5.59 petita). Vegetarians can also find delicious items on the menu, such as the falafel ($5.99) or hummus ($5.09) pitas. If your nonconformist stomach refuses to be satiated by any of the menu items, build your own pita and choose from a potpourri of stuffings, including pickles, mushrooms, jalapeños, pineapple, croutons, tzatziki, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing. Smoothies, such as the five-berry or the strawberry kiwi omega-3, provide the fruitful river on which a pita may sail smoothly to port ($3.79). The Ajax Pita Pit is open seven days a week, making it a perfect pit stop after an uninspired day at the office or a weekend of Narwhal farming off Nunavut.
Caribbean and Asian influences combine forces on Rotilicious's menu of roti, rice dishes, and meaty entrees. Classic West Indian roti, an unleavened bread also popular on the Indian subcontinent, delivers fillings of pumpkin ($5.25), chickpea ($4.79), and duck ($6.99) with sleek, aerodynamic ease. Rotilicious cooks simmering cauldrons of sauces, including spicy garlic, black bean, and oyster, to compete for a spot on the beef entree list ($9.95). Meanwhile, the large jerk chicken avenges itself of the abrasive misnomer with savoury spices ($7.25). Weary muscles can feast on a small order of curried chicken, goat, or beef, infusing their owners with enough protein to lift low spirits or entire rock collections ($7.49). Satisfy Chinese cravings with large orders of chow or lo mein, stocked full of vegetables ($6.95), chicken ($7.95), or shrimp ($8.95).
The moment Teresa Hill looked into Sierra's enormous brown eyes, she knew she had to save her from the butcher's knife. Although the mare was injured and prone to nervous behaviour, Hill took Sierra home with her rather than to allow the stable to sell her to a slaughterhouse. At first, their friendship was rocky—Sierra wouldn't eat any of the store-bought treats Hill tried to feed her. It wasn't until she whipped up her own concoction of molasses and grain that the horse began to eat. After the other horses at the stable and their owners began taking notice, she began peddling her wares to local tack shops.
Hill soon expanded her recipe book to encompass jerkies and other meaty snacks for her dogs, helping earn her operation the 2011 Business Award of Excellence. The gourmet pet chef folds local ingredients—such as AAA Canadian beef and Algoma Orchard apple flakes—into a nutritious treats in a variety of animal-friendly flavours, from bran mash for horses to dog biscuits that taste like the mailman's left pant-leg.
Yogurty's, a proudly Canadian company, claims that at their stores, no two customers have ever made the same exact treat twice. It would be nearly impossible—low- or no-fat, probiotic-rich frozen yogurt comes in more than 85 flavours, ranging from carmel latte to banana split to red velvet, and 65 toppings allow patrons to swirl, drizzle, and sprinkle tasty treats until they resemble works of icy art. Their gluten-free yogurt, a natural source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, is made from fresh milk right off of Canadian farms and supports healthy digestive systems and immunity. The cheerful stores showcase bright colors—nearly as bright as bubblegum and orange cream, topped with sour gummi worms, and rainbow sprinkles.