Toronto’s most legendary Caesars

Nothing evokes Canadian pride more than a Caesar – the Canucks’ answer to the American Bloody Mary. In Hogtown, we see some of the country’s most elaborate Caesars, some of which are served amongst a whole Peking duck or topped with fried chicken and waffles. Here, we pay tribute to Toronto’s most legendary Caesars.

Hunters Landing

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82 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 4A6

Hunter’s Landing’s appropriately named Caesar, The Landing Cure, features 2 oz. of Absolut Vodka, a fresh-cooked lobster tail, a cheese pizza wedge, smoked bacon, smoked mozzarella, a pickle and lime. Essentially, it’s a hangover cure, a delightful snack and everything one would ever need during a Sunday brunch. Truthfully though, I wouldn’t relegate this drink to just Sundays.

Harlem Underground

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745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

Anyone who’s dined at Harlem knows it’s Toronto’s best spot for Caribbean fare. The Bloody Jerk Caesar gets an added kick from Jamaican jerk bitters and Scotch Bonnet Harlem hot sauce. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also topped with their signature mini fried chicken and waffles, candied plantains and deep-fried okra.

Cardinal Rule Restaurant

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5 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K2

Caesar enthusiasts of our city have three choices at Cardinal Rule, depending on what tickles your taste buds. The Cardinal Caliente and the Bacon Lover’s Caesars are made with Absolut Vodka, infused with chipotle and bacon. But pickle brine, homemade hot sauce and a garnish of deep fried pickle catches my eye, making the Dill-icious Caesar my personal choice.

Dundas & Carlaw

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1173 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1S1

The Sleazer is a play on the classic, all-Canadian Caesar. It’s made with the best ingredients possible (including a specialty Caesar mix) and rimmed with a mixture of celery salt, Cool Ranch and Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. The garnish of pickled celery, green bean and hot peppers is also made with love in-house.

Auberge du Pommier

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4150 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2C6

The most refined Caesar in Toronto can be found at O&B’s Auberge Du Pommier. Think: your most chic Saturday outfit and lunch al fresco as a waiter in black and white serves you a glass of Provencal herb-infused vodka and craft Caesar mix. But the best bit? The splash of Bordeaux, which they add, right at the end.

R&D Restaurant

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241 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E2

The 510 Caesar is an ode to the 510 Spadina streetcar located right outside the restaurant. But the drink itself isn’t as squeaky as Toronto’s iconic trams: the choice vodka is infused with black truffle, black garlic and Shiitake mushrooms. There’s also house-made chili sauce, hoisin-infused Worcestershire and a lapsang-smoked tea tincture. And, the dreamy cocktail is finished with a sweet seaweed garnish to boot.

Rush Lane & Co.

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563 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

The most spectacular Caesar and national winner of the best-tasting Caesar ever (note: this is a real competition) is Rush Lane’s Spirit of Canada Caesar. It’s both delectable and outrageous, containing Tito's Handmade Vodka, hoisin, Sriracha, ginger, coriander and lime, and served inside a whole Peking duck. If you want it, be ready to dish out $100, and order a day ahead because it’s that labour intensive—I’d say, it’d be worth it.

Nothing beats biting into the perfect macaron. The delicate, palm-sized Parisian treat has a delicate crunch on the outside, and by the time you get to the ganache, you’ve been transported to a café on the Champs-Élysées. Sea salt and caramel, blackcurrant, or roasted pistachio – the varieties are endless. And in Toronto, here’s where they do it best.
There’s nothing that beats hunkering down with a hot cup of joe at one of Toronto’s many quirky cafés. But when the weather’s warm, switch that steaming mug for a latte on ice, and find a seat at one of the city’s café patios, for a perfect, caffeinated day in the sun. [Image credit: iStock.com/Jacob Ammentorp Lund]
Whether you’re hosting an intimate birthday bash with close friends, a celebratory dinner party with family, or a large-scale business meeting, TO is well equipped with envy-inspiring private rooms catering to those with a penchant for top grub. These local spots will hook you and your crew up with stress-free atmospheres and prix-fixe or family-style dining options. [Photo by @hypebelly; courtesy of Hopgood's Foodliner]
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