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.
Set inside a log cabin big enough for Paul Bunyan himself, The Grizzly Grill transforms classic lodge fare such as steaks, ribs, and venison into upscale contemporary cuisine. After admiring the rustic decor of hardwood floors and exposed ceiling joists, patrons can head upstairs to shoot pool or chalk their elbows in the billiard loft. Alternatively, the bar area?dubbed The Lodge?lets imbibers linger out weekend nights with live DJs and a late-night menu or make goo-goo eyes at a bison head next to a romantic roaring fireplace. The dining room teems with the kitchen?s signature creations, which range from pan-seared pickerel in a sweet-pepper curry to AAA beef such as a 10-ounce new york strip loin and a 14-ounce rib steak. Toppings such as garlic oil, baby spinach, chèvre, and honey-roasted veggies add colour and texture to wood-fired pizzas. Like feral teddy bears, slow-roasted prime rib comes in three sizes: small, regular, and grizzly.
In lavender chambers at the top of a four-storey stone chateau, aestheticians Christine Benoit and Cindy Isaac transform their guests into storybook beauties without subjecting them to harsh chemicals or the wrath of a spiteful fairy. Benoit opened Agápe Spa with a decade of experience in skin and body care, and recruited Isaac after training her at school, where she graduated at the top of her class. Waxing is a house specialty that the women perform with stripless wax from Celina, which is gentle on tender bikini lines and eyebrows. To spare hands and feet from formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, they rely exclusively on nailcare products from SpaRituals and Gelish soak-off gel polish. Skin consultations guide the creation of facials that balance oily, inflamed complexions and rejuvenate maturing skin with naturally derived tonics from Moor Spa.