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Summerlicious: Bigger and Better Than Ever

By: Frances Du Foodies can now rejoice as Toronto’s biggest summer food festival returns bigger and better than ever. For the tenth year in a row, top restaurants will open its doors from July 6-22nd and present a three-course prix fixe menu for patrons. Since lunch options range from $15-25 and no dinner options exceed $50, the festival allows everyone to sample exotic cuisine without breaking the bank. With over 181 participating restaurants this year, and multiple options for entrees, main courses, and desserts, the process can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve narrowed it down to our three personal favourites hotspots and menu combinations. Luma  Located inside the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Luma makes it incredibly easy to have the quintessential movie and dinner date. With Executive Chef Jason Bangerter at the helm, the restaurant produces richly imaginative Canadian and global dishes by using home grown ingredients. The open concept dining room is furnished with rich woods and comforting earth tones. The floor to ceiling glass window allows for natural light to filter in while you discuss whether or not Channing Tatum is a legitimate actor now. Where: TIFF Lightbox, Entertainment District Price Range: $20 Lunch , $35 Dinner Dream Lunch: smoky tomato gazpacho, truffle & ricotta lasagna, and strawberry & rhubarb crumble La Societe This Parisian-inspired eatery can be found in one of Toronto’s wealthiest destinations and is perfect for those who want to be transported to a different time and place. Decked out with plush red couches, dark woods, and whimsical light fixtures, it’s the perfect place to getaway. Did we also mention that it boasts a street side patio? Perfect for summer nights! Where: Yorkville Price Range: $20 Lunch, $35 Dinner Dream Dinner: Fresh oysters, pan-seared rainbow trout grenoboise, and crème brulee Canoe This critically acclaimed restaurant is always a heavy favourite during Summerlicious. Not only is the food mouth-watering, but since it’s located on top of the TD Bank Tower it also offers one of the best views of the city (especially during the night time). Their specialty? Good ol’ Canadian cuisine. Where: Dominion Bank Tower, Financial District Price: Lunch $25, Dinner $45 Dream Dinner: Chilled Summer Sweat Pea Soup, Organic Ocean Albacore Tuna, B.C. Cherry Clafoutis   *See restaurant websites for more menu combinations  

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