The sun is shining; the air is fresh and you look like you could use a delicious drink and a tasty meal. Of course, just because we’re giving you an unofficial official pass to eat and drink whatever you want, whenever you want in celebration of the warmer weather, there are a few things that should be at the top of your list. 

After all, with restrictions easing up and restaurants reopening, it’s time to bring our a-games. So with that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Mott’s® Clamato®, to bring you a guide to 10 iconic Toronto food & drinks you need to cross off your bucket list this summer! 

CAESAR FROM SCORE ON KING

 

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The drink of the summer has got to be the Caesar. At Score on King, you can enjoy a creative take on the cocktail classic. They offer a ton of out-of-this world toppings on their signature drink. Every option available is unique, but we’ve got to highlight The Checkmate Caesar. Loaded with a pile of insane toppings – including burgers, wings, a hotdog, chicken leg, brownie, and more- this thing is definitely a bucket list pick!

Where: 107 King St E

MEHPLE BEAVERTAIL

 

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This pick is so Canadian it’s got “eh” right in the title! Everyone knows BeaverTails are an iconic Canadian dessert, but this Maple-themed one kicks things up a notch. Topped with maple spread and maple sugar crunch, the sweet treat is a must-try. Add pecans and chocolate drizzle to make it even better!

Where: 145 Queens Quay W

TASTING MENU FROM CANOE

Treat yourself to the upscale dining experience the tasting menu from Canoe. This snazzy Toronto restaurant specializes in seasonal, Canadian eats. The tasting menu includes a rotation selection of dishes that exemplify just that. Every week the menu changes, so this bucket list item can be tried again and again.

Where: 66 Wellington St W

GOLDEN HASH-BROWN POUTINE FROM SCHOOL RESTAURANT

Brunch and poutine meet with this creative take on the classically Canadian dish. Toronto’s very own School Restaurant has been serving up this icon for ages. It includes pan-fried hash browns, sautéed leeks, cheese curds, rosemary mushroom gravy, and tomato chutney. Topped with a sunny egg, this scrumptious plate is too good not try!

Where: 70 Fraser Ave

THE PIT CEASAR FROM CHERRY STREET BAR-B-QUE

 

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This iconic beverage has been a hit in summers past and we can’t wait to enjoy it once again. Picture this: you and your squad are lounging on the patio on a Sunday morning, and the table is full of pints of The Pit Ceasar for all. Sounds like a dream, eh? This mouthwatering take on a Caesar is made with Mott’s Clamato juice and comes with the option to add a spare rib. Yes please! 

Where: 275 Cherry St

CARAMEL BUTTER TART FROM PHIPPS BAKERY

A quintessential Canadian treat: the butter tart. This summer, try one of the city’s best from Phipps Bakery. The ooey gooey delicious dessert is best enjoyed in the caramel version (if we do say so ourselves), but they’ve also got a mouth-watering chocolate butter tart available as well. Okay, you can clean up your drool now…

Where: 420 Eglinton Ave W

MAPLE WALNUT ICE CREAM FROM SUMMER’S

 

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If we were to rank all the best places for ice cream in Toronto, Summer’s would definitely make the list. If you’ve never stopped by this iconic Yorkville spot, go get a pen and update your bucket list NOW. All of their flavours are incredible, but the Maple Walnut ice cream is a top hit. Serving scoops of Canadian flavour, this delicious spot is perfect for the summer.

Where: 101 Yorkville Ave

FULLY LOADED POUTINES FROM NOM NOM NOM

Why enjoy regular poutine when you could enjoy fully loaded poutine? One of the city’s top spots for the classic Canadian dish offers the item loaded with crazy toppings. Their menu includes pretty much every flavour combination you could imagine, but we’ve got to recommend the bacon poutine. Classic Canadian flavours with a little extra savoury twist? That makes our must-try list any day!

Where: 707 Dundas St W

WILD BLUEBERRY BANNOCK FROM NISHDISH

For the last 15 years in Toronto, NishDish has been a successful business built on Traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food. This summer, be sure to add their crowd favourite, wild blueberry bannock, to your bucket list. Although Marketeria is under a bit of a transitional period during the pandemic, you can enjoy NishDish eats through their catering services. Trust us, this traditional dish is a must try.

Where: 690 Bloor St W

LOBSTER ROLLS FROM MARKET STREET CATCH

As one of the most popular dishes in the Canadian Maritimes, we’ve got to include lobster rolls on our summer bucket list! The East Coast-inspired dish is an absolute must. At Market Street Catch, you can enjoy the fresh seafood creation any day of the week!

Where: 14 Market St

So, there you have it, Toronto! 10 iconic Toronto food & drinks you need to cross off your summer bucket list. Our suggestion? Grab your ingredients and whip up a Caesar from home while you decide which place to hit up first! As the official cocktail of Canada (and of summer), it’s no surprise they snagged 2 spots on the list. Invented right here in Canada in 1969, Mott’s® Clamato® created their very first caesar mix not long after falling in love with the delicious drink. If you are making ‘em with alcohol, just remember to enjoy responsibly, team! 

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Mott’s® Clamato®, now has 6 make-it-yourself mixes, including their new Mott’s® Clamato® Reserve premium mix made with natural ingredients, and 8 ready to drink options (for those days where you just wanna crack a cold one!). Whatever we choose, we can rest easy knowing that whichever one we pick, we’re in for a treat!  

Isn’t it time for a Caesar, Toronto?