Skilled spinners wait until daily-made dough ages to the ideal consistency before they fling and stretch it for an onslaught of fresh ingredients devoid of artificial colours or flavours. A menu surpassing 30 chef-inspired creations decodes masterpieces such as the New York Deli, a meatberg of toppling pepperoni, genoa salami, bacon, Canadian ham, and spicy italian sausage ($17.50 for 14"). The pesto shrimp lays Ocean Wise–certified wild pink shrimp, roasted garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and black olives onto a layer of pesto sauce ($18.50 for 14"), and the Veggie + Goat Cheese tells of a clandestine meeting of passata tomato sauce, italian mixed grilled vegetables, and a goat-cheese blend ($16.50 for 14"). Every pizza comes with a free dip or shaker, turning crusts into more than cell-phone antennae after they're dunked into jalapeño ranch, cheezy cheddar, or chipotle cilantro (order more $0.50 each).
The team of grilling maestros at Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream bring a menu of burgers, wraps, and diner fare to life with quality ingredients, such as lean ground steak and fresh vegetables delivered daily. The Lick's homeburger ($4.99) is a savoury patty made from steam pasteurized Canadian beef, that can be topped with mango chutney or zucchini relish before it chugs toward expectant mouths atop a fresh-toasted bun. Lick’s soy-based vegan Nature burgers ($5.49) sate palates with their hefty quarter-pound composition virtually devoid of cholesterol. A Chick’n Lick’n wrap ($6.99) snuggles barbecue chicken breast and melty cheese into a soft tortilla, and trans-fat-free regular fries ($2.89) cooked in 100 per cent canola oil before dutifully accompanying main dishes on the harrowing voyage from kitchen to human stomach to whale stomach.
Melding their love for gastronomic artistry and intimate dining, chef Michael Killip and his wife, Laura, assembled the Twisted Fork as homage to both the familiar and innovative qualities of gourmet comfort food. The lush dinner menu dispels the myth that small plates are only for small actors with such unique bites as the Twisted Mediterranean Toast, served with sweet tomato jam and prawns ($14). Skillet olives bounce gently in a dish with seared feta, taramosalata, and focaccia points ($10), and mushroom clafouti moves diners to folk dance with an inspiring blend of mushrooms, blueberries, and herbed chevre ($12). Cogent appetites can capably feast on grilled, honey-cured smoked ham with spicy cabbage sauté and a yukon sweet-potato gratin ($26) or cheesy tortellini in a tarragon tomato-cream sauce ($23). Culminate the culinary-charged evening with a slice of key-lime pie ($10) before confessing to tablemates your secret identity as a crime-fighting systems analyst.
An Eastern-focused spice house, Thai Senses tickles tonsils with an eclectic menu, which escorts diners on a culinary tour of Thailand's varied edible delicacies. With an ambrosial essence wafting from the chef's quarters, guests can indulge their epicurean appetites with the orange cashew chicken, stir-fried with vegetables and chili paste ($10.95), or tangle their forks in a vessel of drunken noodles, garnished with chicken, beef, or tiger shrimp ($10.95, extra $3 for shrimp). For a taste of authentic Bangkok cuisine, submerge ladles in a thai street-noodle soup or challenge sweat glands with a spicy order of Mussels in the Jungle, freshly snared by camo-clad fishermen ($11.95).
Patrons revel in Less Than Level’s live music, televised sports, games, and a menu of hearty bar favourites. Use four hands to deconstruct an order of grande nachos, chicken quesadillas, or chicken wings doused in a variety of sauces. Dining pairs order contrasting entrees to share or guard, such as a barbecue-chicken pizza with Cajun spices, bacon, and a blend of three cheeses on a 10-inch crust. An order of sweet potato fries, or a Prime Rib burger topped with cheese and bacon fuel excursions to the dance floor. Sports from the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL emanate from TV screens to feed hungry eyes and provide motivation for stoking rivalries in pool, foosball, and darts. Less Than Level hosts live musicians every weekend, frequent visits from DJs, and Wednesday karaoke nights.