Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Danforth Dinner

I'm back! I spent the weekend in Toronto visiting family and friends, and I have a few culinary stories to tell as a result. My first night in town I headed to a favourite pub of mine on the Danforth, Allen's. There I sipped a pint of Allen's Special Lager before heading down the street for dinner. If you haven't been to Allen's, it's a great Irish-American pub with good food and an excellent patio in the summer. Plus, if you're into whisky, you can find it there, not only from Canada, but also the U.S., Ireland and an insane amount from Scotland. A casual, unpretentious pub just east of Broadview.

After catching up with a friend at Allen's, I strolled over to Seven Numbers for an Italian feast. It was girls' night out, so we shared stories of adventure, love, travel and general miscellany while enjoying our delicious dinner.

Some of what we ordered included prosciutto and fresh figs, grilled zucchini and asparagus, grilled fish and a sexy duck leg (yes, this is on the menu). Was it sexy? Was it ever. To finish off such a night, there was only one option: an espresso martini. Personally recommended by our lovely server, these martinis didn't last long and tasted like decadent espresso ice cream.

Seven Numbers is a bit of a hidden jewel in Toronto. I've never been to the Eglinton location, but the Danforth restaurant is cozy, candlelit and atmospheric, with friendly staff who treat you like personal guests. Complete with drippy candles and mismatched chairs, wooden harvest tables and fabulous food, Seven Numbers is not to be missed.

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