Parkdale Patio Guide

The best part about summer is, arguably, dining al fresco. Whether you’re out for a full meal or a quick pint, nothing beats sitting in the sun on one of Toronto’s many patios. You don’t need to look far to find them – some of the best to be had are in your own backyard.

From Dufferin to Roncesvalles, here is a list of the licensed restaurants within the Parkdale Village BIA that have an outdoor patio:

Rustic Cosmo

Rustic Cosmo Café

Famous for its cow-in-martini-glass logo, Rustic Cosmo has been a Parkdale staple since 1995. Known for its delicious sandwiches, breakfasts and friendly, familiar faces, this little gem of a café has a charming little backyard patio too.

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The Parkdale Drink

Asian-inspired cuisine and live DJs create a fun, party-like atmosphere in this resto-martini bar. With an intimate back patio complete with natural stone waterfall, The Parkdale Drink is a contemporary night-time neighbourhood destination.

Cadillac Lounge

Cadillac Lounge

This large backyard patio resembles a funky cottage-country deck and half of it is covered, which is perfect for inclement weather. The Caddy’s menu has undergone a delicious upgrade; try the microgreen house salad or any of their smoked meats. Addictive.

The Rhino

The Rhino

Though technically it’s a side patio, The Rhino’s outdoor seating area is one of two in Parkdale that faces the street. A perfect place for people watching, there’s ample room and more than 20 beers on tap to satisfy anyone’s taste. Plus, their menu is affordable, satisfyingly diverse and includes a section of “something on a stick.”

Grand Electric

Hip tacos and bourbon joint, Grand Electric, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week (closed between 4-5:30pm). Their backyard patio, cozy with communal picnic tables, is currently pending approval by the City. Check back for more updates over the next few weeks on ParkdaleVillageBIA.com.

OM Restaurant

Om Restaurant

If you’re going to hit up a patio in Parkdale, you might as well take advantage of the resident Tibetan diaspora while you’re at it. Om serves up authentic Tibetan and Indian dishes – including delicious momos – and its large south-facing back patio is tucked away under the canopy of neighbouring trees.

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Not My Dog

Open from 7pm to close, Not My Dog offers a secluded back patio that’s only accessible through its basement. The Dog’s menu is incredibly affordable and surprisingly Asian-inspired (try the perfectly spicy chicken curry). There’s also live music.

Tibet Kitchen

Tibet Kitchen

One of the two Tibetan restaurants in Parkdale with a patio, Tibet Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner. In addition to Tibetan delicacies, Tibet Kitchen’s menu includes other Asian favourites like spring rolls and great deals on (spicy!) lunch specials too. Vegetarian friendly.

Mezzrow's

Mezzrow’s

This casual backyard patio is a haven for local hipsters and hippies alike, with live music, a feel-good vibe, affordable pub grub and an infamous fish tank. Go here for a low-key pint with your Parkdale posse.

The Sister

The Sister

Casual pub The Sister (previously known as Mitzi’s Sister) has been a Parkdale favourite for years. Open at 4pm, their patio seats 40 and is the perfect place for a comforting daily special like roast beef dinner on Sundays, $5 Martini Mondays, half-price nachos on Tuesdays, and $12 pitchers of Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe on Thursdays. Plus, kids eat free Wednesdays until 7pm.

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Geraldine

Coming soon is local owner/chef Peter Ramsay’s seafood joint Geraldine. This hot-spot will boast the second of only two front street patios along the Parkdale BIA strip and will surely please seafood aficionados looking for a twist!

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Food and Liquor

The newest kid on the black, late night snack bar Food and Liquor has taken over the premises of patio favourite Poor John’s Café. Expect quality times from 5pm to close, Thursday to Monday, with a menu developed by chefs from Campagnolo and Victor at Hotel Le Germain.

Amico's Pizza

Amico’s Ristorante

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this August, Amico’s offers reliable classic Italian pizzas (half-price on Wednesdays), pasta and sandwiches in a cozy restaurant with a backyard patio. The atmosphere is casual and family-friendly – plus, from Thursday to Saturday, it’s open until 4am.

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Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Located at the west end of Parkdale’s Queen West strip, Local is an Italian kitchen and wine bar, specializing in house-made pasta and simple, locally-grown foods. Add to that a backyard patio and what’s not to love?

Stay tuned for an extended Parkdale Patio Guide as we reveal more hidden gems, unlicensed courtyards, patios & outdoor spaces!

Council passes Queen Street West Restaurant Study

On Tuesday June 18th, 2013 Toronto and East York Community Council unanimously passed the bylaws which limit the concentration of bars and restaurants in the Parkdale Village BIA. The study includes a variety of amendments including patios and capacity. These resulting recommendations will be considered by Toronto City Council at its next meeting.

To view recent media reports related to the passing of this bylaw, please view the following:

Inside Toronto, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, CBC, Blogto

 

Detailed information regarding the proposal are available by clicking here, additionally, background information and material and a copy of the propoed Zoning By-law Amendment, may be obtained by contacting Dan Nicholson, Planner at 416-397-4077, or by email at [email protected] or Joanne Kimont, Planner at 416-392-7216 or by email at [email protected]

If you wish to submit written comments, please forward them to the City Clerk, attention: Rosalind Dyers, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, City Hall, 2nd Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, or by Fax: 416-397-0111, or by email to [email protected]

Parkdale Gift Guide for Fathers Day

Is your father a man-about-town? A handyman? A family man? There’s something for every Dad in Parkdale Village.

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West End Comics

Nothing satisfies dads childhood cravings better than comic books—or graphic novels as the grown-ups call them. West End also sells action figurines, collectibles, cufflinks and toys. They are also having a Father’s Day Sale with 10% off storewide.

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FullWorth

Parkdale’s one-stop-shop for all your departmental desires. From groceries to appliances, Fullworth has everything you need, and at a price point that’s well within your budget. Get lost in the aisles hunting for the perfect gift that represents Dad’s full worth!

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Cattlemen’s Meat Market

Not all gifts need to be displayed on the fireplace mantle. Some are best consumed at the dinner table. When you can’t find the right thing for your old man, why not cook him a great steak dinner? And there’s nowhere better to go for that than Parkdale’s oldest butcher shop. You may even want to bring Dad to the counter as part of his present—for a walk down memory lane!

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Skyline Restaurant

Not all Dads want breakfast in bed, but every man loves a traditional fry up. Skyline is a no-frills “greasy spoon” in the best sense of the term. With an old school style (and an original ‘50s milkshake maker), feel-good classics on the menu, vinyl on the chairs and a smile on the servers’ faces—this neighbourhood staple is a winner all around. Skyline is affordable, comfortable and a great place to take Dad for a casual meal and chat about life.

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Crown Flora Studio

It’s not just Mom who appreciates gifts of the floral variety. But why not upgrade those commonplace stems and get Dad a stunning terrarium from Crown Flora Studio? If you want to have more of an interactive experience as part of your gift, the shop offers terrarium-making workshops as well. There are also handmade leather goods to be had—perfect for a stylish Dad.

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Elevator

For the discerning Dad in your life, take him to the next level with Elevator. These quintessentially charming accessories are perfect for the modern man. With a British twist, and surprisingly affordable prices, Dad can be a well-dressed man with stylish hats, scarves, cufflinks, ties, socks and shades. Be warned: it will be hard to resist picking up a little something-something for yourself as well.

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Home Hardware

If your Dad is more handy than handsome, why not help stock his tool belt with a gift card from Home Hardware? He can pick out the missing piece for his renovation collection, and perhaps even help you fix that broken hinge or hang that cool garage sale find. After all, isn’t that what dads are for?

For more shopping ideas, visit our online directory here.

Parkdale’s International Flair Makes for a Welcoming Tourist Destination

In two years, Toronto will host the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Held every four years, the world’s third largest international, multi-sport games will attract an influx of tourists, athletes and spectators to municipalities from Oshawa to Welland, giving Toronto—and Parkdale—the chance to demonstrate its hosting ability as a welcoming, world-class destination.

Nearby Exhibition Place will play home to Toronto Pan Am Park, the largest of the Games’ seven venue clusters. With events such as volleyball, rugby, gymnastics, weightlifting and triathlon, it will also be the starting and finishing lines for road cycling. Exact numbers of expected visitors vary, but for reference, the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, drew over 450,000 visitors, spending upwards of US $210 million. It’s clear that the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games offers an incredible opportunity for Parkdale businesses to generate revenue through tourist spend.

Recently, celebrated Toronto Star food writer Corey Mintz showcased Parkdale as a featured destination in Porter Airlines’ re:porter magazine. This exciting five-page spread highlighted Parkdale’s desirability and covered local businesses Porzia, Capital Espresso, Chantecler, Electric Mud BBQ, The Future of Frances Watson, Studio Brillantine, Hideaway Antiques, General Hardware Contemporary and The Workroom. Read the full article here > 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

In The Not-So-Wild West, Mintz credits Parkdale’s diverse community of artists and immigrants for what he calls a robust revival—but we know has been here all along. This dynamic neighbourhood’s international flair and inclusive atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for tourism. 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Comprised of 41 countries in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, the Pan/Parapan Am Games will create a varied group of travellers, each seeking new—and familiar—experiences. Southern Caribbean and Guyanese visitors can sample a bite of home at one of Parkdale’s many roti shops, such as Roti Lady, or explore new tastes at Om Tibetan Restaurant. Grand Electric provides Mexican fusion, and there are numerous affordable options for American tourists looking for a quick slice of pizza, or perhaps a more Canadian icy treat to cool them down from The Boreal Gelato Company

Beyond cuisine, the uniqueness of Parkdale Village BIA’s businesses provide both residents and visitors alike with a variety of shopping possibilities that would satisfy any fashionista or bargain hunter. From bustling antique markets like Passion for the Past, specialized boutiques, such as Sylvie and Shimmy, to contemporary art galleries like Shawn Skeir, this diverse community offers something for everyone.

And when the Games end and the sun sets, any one of Parkdale’s bustling bars, such as The Parkdale Drink or The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, would make the perfect place to sip a cocktail and chat the night away with new friends!

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Parkdale has clearly undergone a renaissance, rediscovering its roots as a vibrant neighbourhood that delights and welcomes visitors. The presence of a large immigrant community and an influx of artists and young professionals have helped create the distinct personality that will entice tourists and enhance business for years to come.