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Streetcar Scoop: Feasting in the East

With signs of spring not yet in sight, Torontonians take delight in what winter has to offer. Whether that’s tobogganing in Withrow Park or getting hygge inside your local tavern, there’s really no reason to hibernate all season long. In fact, winter is the best time to plan a date night, family-style meal, or dinner with friends. Thankfully, Winterlicious is here to take your meals from ho-hum to yum-yum!

Running January 31st thru February 13th, Winterlicious is a city-wide culinary celebration that invites diners to experience exciting meals at a fraction of the regular price. If you’re looking for a feast in the east, check out Winterlocious Menu’s from Maple Lead Tavern, Il Ponte, and The Broadview Hotel’s very own The Civic.

Maple Leaf Tavern is offering a $43 prix fixe that includes an appetizer, dinner, and dessert. Curated by Scarborough native Chef Jesse Vallins, Maple Leaf’s Winterlicious menu offers heartwarming and stick-to-your-ribs options, including chestnut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms or a striploin cheeseburger served with housemade aioli and dill relish. For more information, follow the link.

A little further south, Il Ponte is offering a $28 lunch and $43 dinner for Winterlicious. Both meals include an appetizer, main, and dessert to be selected off a menu that incorporates local meats, cheeses, fish, and produce. Highlights include gluten-free gnocchi served with wild boar sausage or baked Icelandic cod with potatoes, rapini, and tomato sauce. Who said you had to travel to Europe to enjoy authentic Italian fare? Check out here for details.

Last but certainly not least, The Civic in the Broadview Hotel is taking part in Winterlicious with carefully crafted lunch and dinner menus from Executive Chef Richard Singh. Main meal options include pan-seared rainbow trout or Yukon gold potato gnocchi. The dessert options at The Civic are unparalleled, with vegetarian and vegan options available (chocolate and beet torte, anyone?). Wine pairings are also on offer for as little as $13 a glass. See both menus here.

What are you cooking up this winter? Share with us on Facebook or tweet us @StreetcarLofts. Just a reminder to get your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations in at the Civic before spots run out ?