In Treviso, Italy in the 1930s, Ivy converted her family’s front patio into a small eatery, feeding local workers family recipes crafted with eggs from her farm. Ivy’s cooking quickly gained popularity among the townsfolk, and when people mentioned her grill they noted that it could be found on the “sunny side” of the street. Nearly 70 years later in 2004, Ivy’s grandson opened Sunnyside Grill to serve the same home-cooked breakfast food that made his grandmother a success.
All of Sunnyside Grill’s locations serve breakfast all day long, pairing grade AA large eggs with premium-grade bacon and sausages crafted from a blend of pork and beef. Lunchtime items include 100 per cent pure beef burgers, classic BLTs, and caesar salads, which put an end to midday stomach rumbling that makes people look out the window to search for an approaching thunderstorm.
There’s an indescribable feeling that comes with the diner fare served at Lick's Homeburgers & Ice Cream. With each bite of burger or sip of milkshake, guests seated with friends, family, or across from a beau connect to the idyllic life evoked by the nostalgic diner and its marshmallow floors. Knowing this, the staff put extra care into creating the retro mood, all while allowing clients to customize their sandwiches with modern twists such as turkey or vegan-friendly soy patties, mango chutney, or even burgers sans buns. To complement the menu of burgers, they offer an extensive array of poutine fries, varying from the classic gravy and cheese all the way to complex combos topped with hamburger or Tex-Mex ingredients.
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).
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).