Applebee's dispenses its brimming menu of American-inspired eats and low-calorie options in a casual dining atmosphere. Customers can commence feats with a pound of chicken wings slathered in one of four sweet or smoky sauces ($10.99), or with fried dynamite shrimp adorned with asian bread crumbs, spicy sauce, and the diamond ring you just awarded it with ($9.99). Clocking in at only 364 calories, teriyaki shrimp pasta ($14.99) tucks grilled seasoned shrimp into a teriyaki-sauce-coated bed of whole-wheat asian noodles ornamented with veggies such as sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, and red peppers. Basted in honey-barbecue sauce and rubbed with secret seasonings known only by Applebee's chefs and the government, honey-barbecue pork ribs ($21.99) tumble down tongues, joining a current of drafts, cocktails, or fountain drinks satiating thirsty patrons.
Capers' chef brings a contemporary approach to classic French technique and populates the lunch and dinner menus with locally sourced meat entrees, seafood, and desserts. The fixed-price dinner menu ($34) stars an ensemble of three courses, an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Alternately, the chefs can create a spontaneous menu catered to your preferences ($45 for three courses, $65 with wine pairings). On the individual-priced menu, garlic-and-lemon dressing pours over romaine lettuce to create the Capers caesar salad ($9), and horseradish sauce and red-bliss tomatoes accompany wild sockeye salmon in singing operatic arias ($23). Meanwhile, chefs hand cut dry-aged AAA strip loin, cook the meat to the desired temperature, then dress the 8-ounce steak with the latest runway fashions: smoked cheese curds, green peppercorn, and a handbag of fries ($25). For dessert, caramel hardens on top of rich custard to make crème brûlée ($7.50). Edibles pair with a variety of the sommelier-selected libations that helped Capers win a Wine Spectator award. Diners can also warm up at a wood fireplace, sip martinis at the bar, or rhythmically somersault to Capers' occasional live performances.
Crabby Joe's chefs conjure feasts from the eatery's menu of chicken, burgers, steak, and seafood that are inspired by the delectability of family home cooking. At dinner, piles of Tex-Mex chili or extra cheese adorn the load-bearing Joe's nachos, first cousin to the hearty loaded-cheese-fries starter. Entree options pile up to challenge one's decision-making speeds, including the 10-ounce new york striploin sprinkled with goat cheese in a brandy-peppercorn sauce or the grilled lemon-pepper salmon. Sweet treats cap off the meal with offerings such as the rich mud-mountain pie with its layers of chocolate and a crumbly topping. Customers sitting down for lunch can fortify for the day with the pulled-pork-topped texas barbecue burger or with pastas, salads, or steaming bowls of chili. Crabby Joe's also fosters a sports-friendly environment where the clink of frosty pints couples with a Leafs game or with broadcasts of soccer, football, baseball, or championship air-guitar events.
On the second story of a quaint building, the chefs of Tata's House of Pizza & Pasta churn out pies slathered in housemade sauce and decorated with toppings ranging from salami to fresh garlic. Along with a menu of bubbling pizzas, the staff slathers wings in honey-garlic and “Suicide” sauce, dress up burgers with bacon and cheese, and pile slabs of housemade lasagna onto plates with fresh-made garlic bread.
Spinning skewered halal meats over sizzling coals, Kingston Iranian’s chefs treat locals to flavourful, authentic fare from the cradle of civilization. Before diving into one of the homemade kebab dishes diners can gear up gustatory glands with six tantalizing tears of pita bread ($3.50) or freshly baked Persian Barbary bread ($2), which can be pleasantly paired with a plate of hummus ($4.99). The kebab vaziri ($11.99) combines charcoal-grilled lemon chicken with a grilled ground beef kebab, jockeying for plate space with rice, cucumber, tomatoes, and lettuce. Similarly sating, the lamb shank’s ($8.99) tender meat slides off the bone and lands gently in a bed of rice, cucumber, and tomatoes, lending a false sense of security to morsels soon lifted mouthward. Like the soles of firewalkers, the white meat chicken kebab ($8.99) conceals tender white meat beneath a golden coating of fiery flavours acquired over the charcoal embers, served with rice and vegetables.
The co-operative workers at Sleepless Goat Cafe jolt taste buds into alertness with freshly brewed organic and fair-trade coffees. A light-roast Guatemalan brew eases mouths into morning routines, and the Sumatran dark roast emits tendrils of bold, fragrant steam. Though not included with today’s Groupon, patrons can couple hot coffee with breakfast fare such as french toast and omelettes ($5–$8.50), or drop in to nosh on dinner items such as homemade vegan soups paired with homemade whole-wheat bread ($4.19). Additionally, Sleepless Goat upholds community-minded principles by hosting regular art installations, live music, and nourishing all hungry bellies, regardless of patrons' economic means.