Chefs at Crepe Delicious swirl paper-thin layers of batter onto their piping-hot crepe griddles, perfuming the air with the enticing aroma. Shortly after, the cooks lift away delectable crepes ready to be stuffed with savoury ingredients. The crepes themselves weigh in at only about 130 calories each with just 3.5 grams of fat, but they sate appetites during any meal.
Authentic Caribbean and Chinese entrees nestle side by side on Island Mix Restaurant & Lounge's eclectic menu of fusion fare. Diners can opt for the hot-table lunch to treat taste buds to a two-course noontime nosh, or go for the à la carte option at dinner to pick and choose from the mouth-moistening menu selections. Like a chocolate-coated basement in a gingerbread house, beds of rice serve as a flavourful foundation to a choice of entree from the hot lunch menu including jerk chicken, beef curry, and oxtail. Entrees mingle with an included soup of the day and beverage, and afterwards diners can catch up on work or travel the digital world with the eatery's free Wi-Fi.
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets location in 1986, his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the postmodern blues of everyday life and experience a taste of time-honored Americana. The name itself is a nod to this ideal. It combines the star of a classic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and a classic car, Oldsmobile’s beefy Rocket 88.
That explains why during dinners at the famous burger joints, you’ll see signs of simpler times, starting with the cooks and servers—dressed head to toe in white, including white paper hats, they look like they’ve fallen out of a wormhole from the 1950s ready to sling shakes and cook up some eats. Behind a stainless-steel bar lined with red leather stools they tend to their traditional diner fare, including burgers and melts with sides such as chili-cheese fries and onion rings. Riding sidecar to each meal is a collection of hand-dipped and hand-spun floats, shakes, and malts topped with whipped cream.
The menu at Mideastro Thornhill includes entrees such as black truffle risotto, veal scallopini, and seafood linguine with homemade pasta. But the fusion elements that went into the original Mideastro are still deliciously present: a seafood duet mixes calamari and jumbo shrimp with citrusy pearl couscous, and the lamb-and-beef kufta highlights Middle Eastern spice. Guests sit down to these suppers beneath modern chandeliers, which also illuminate a stonework bar stocked with spirits. (Groups who book the private party room access an even cozier space.) Other drinks come from a wine list curated by a master sommelier—a title that's only bestowed on you if you can tempt the cork from its bottle like a snake charmer.
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.