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Three years ago, three simple Canadian guys working for Sircorp—the umbrella company of casual dining restaurants like Canyon Creek, Jack Astor’s and Alice Fazooli’s—decided that they needed to put their experience to good use. Over 67 years of combined practice in opening up restaurants and designing menus led the threesome to one collective idea: “Let’s open up something of our own,” said Mike Rame, head chef of Union Social Eatery.

“The two owners were actually sitting down at Tim Hortons and they just started writing words on a piece of paper,” explains Rame, recalling how the name Union Social Eatery came to be. “Then they just pieced a few words together. We know we wanted to be a social place—it’s a union of social.”

Union Social Eatery was born and the pilot restaurant in Mississauga quickly became popular with west-enders. In January 2014, around three years after the launch of the first location, USE made its way into uptown Toronto. The strategy behind USE’s success? “I wanted to make the food very approachable,” says Rame.

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Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Union Social Eatery brings together the great food of a premium restaurant kitchen and the comfort of a neighbourhood gathering spot – a perfect union for your next night out. An extensive list of cocktails, draught beer and wines completes the experience. For Winterlicious, their menu options include short ribs with house-made biscuits, grilled Dijon salmon, and Lindt chocolate crème brulee with almond biscotti.

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Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Union Social Eatery is a premium casual restaurant known for its well-crafted menus and cocktails as well as an extensive draught and wine selection. Being a lively neighbourhood gathering spot, it’s the kind of place meant for relaxing and laughing with friends while enjoying your choice of comfort food. If you’re stopping by to sample their Winterlicious lunch menu, look forward to dishes like short rib and house-made biscuits, potato bacon leek soup, a southwest barbecue chicken rice bowl and a Lindt chocolate crème brûlée.

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$18 Lunch spots to visit during Toronto's Summerlicious 2016

$18 Lunch spots to visit during Toronto's Summerlicious 2016

One of the most anticipated foodie events in TO, Summerlicious kicks off July 8. Restaurants offer three-course lunch and dinner menus in various price brackets for the two weeks of the festival. It's an affordable way to sample a spot you've had your eye on, or test out the newcomers on the scene. Here are the drool-worthy $18 lunch menus that will be on offer.  [Feature image: Bymark; courtesy of the City of Toronto]

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