Our Contest Prize Winner Will Have Some Tough Choices

The Carbon Bar

The Carbon Bar

With a $1,500 prize package of dinner-for-two at eight Toronto restaurants, our lucky winner will be spoiled for choice. We’ve broken down some gastronomic conundrums to help our winner prepare for the delicious decisions ahead of them:

“Sushi or smoked brisket?”  

Award-winning Miku is known for its Aburi (flame-seared) sushi and boasts an impressive seafood menu and sake list. If you’re fancying smoked meat instead, hit up Cherry St. BBQ, voted Toronto’s #1 BBQ joint by Now Toronto readers. Owner and pit master, Lawrence Lapiante, has learned from some of the South's greats and serves up the most authentic BBQ you'll find this side of the border.

“East-side vs west-side?”  

Back east its Leslieville’s Eastside Social for fresh coastal fare inspired by cuisines from around the globe. Out west it’s Bloor West Village’s Awai for an elegant atmosphere and innovative plant-based dishes. You may as well toss a coin. You and your guests will be impressed either way.

“I’m hungry, but for what?”  

When you can’t make up your mind, opt for a classic resto that has stood the test of time. Adega Restaurante never disappoints. Adega takes traditional Mediterranean recipes and pairs them with modern flavours and ingredients sourced from around the world. Try the grilled octopus and roasted pork belly with a cabernet-tamarind reduction & sweet tomato jam.

“To brunch or not to brunch?”

The answer is always a resounding YES to brunch. Check out Pollyanna on the trendy new strip of Gerrard Ave East. We recommend their fried chicken and waffles; two pieces of tasty buttermilk and dill crispy fried chicken served with Polly's hot sauce and honey.

“Fork or fingers?”

Visit Barsa Taberna for some delicious Spanish tapas and forgo the fork. Gather your friends together, sip on Rioja, and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. The historic building and colourful interior decor, inspired by Barcelona’s foremost artists, make Barsa a vacation in the heart of the city.

“Friends or family?”

The Carbon Bar, a sleek, sophisticated spot on Queen East boasts a range of seafood and smoked meat dishes to satisfy any palette. Whether you’re hosting your bestie or your mother, it’s a guaranteed good time—especially if you order some of their signature hooch! There is one last choice to make and it’s a biggie….

“Do I have room for dessert?”

We entreat you to declare, yes! A thousand times, yes! We recommend The Carbon Bar’s banoffee pie, made with a sweet bourbon filling, banana brulee, Chantilly cream and caramel to satisfy that sweet tooth.

The Dine to Donate contest for charity runs until December 18, 2018. Purchase your $25 entry now for a chance to win an eight-stop culinary journey through Toronto and help support the city’s leading advocates for hunger and poverty reduction.

Visit www.dinetodonate.com/contest to enter and for full contest rules.

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