Local patios highlighted in Now Magazine’s Toronto’s best patios 2013 – East Side. Excerpts:
Le Papillon on the Park
1001 Eastern, at Woodfield, 416-649-1001, Other than Boardwalk Place – né the Boardwalk Pub – the Beach has no patios remotely near the water. The exception: this tree-veiled deck atop the roof of a relocated French creperie on the edge of Woodbine Park. Closed Monday, Tuesday, holidays.
Queen St. East
1301 Queen E, at Alton, 416-406-1301. Starfish oyster shucker Patrick McMurray converts a Leslieville garage into a Celtic pub with step-dancers, fiddlers and all-day weekend Irish breakfasts. Sunday roast dinners and matchmaking services, too.
1402 Queen E, at Greenwood, 416-778-8800. Serbian cocktail ‘n’ tapas bar expands onto a raised wooden deck across from the Ashbridges streetcar yard.
1702 Queen East, at Kingston, 416-690-5516. Irish pub in a converted bank with three patios, including a fourth-floor rooftop deck that overlooks Ashbridge’s Bay Park and Lake Ontario beyond.
Gerrard St. East
Lahore Tikka House
1365 Gerrard E, at Highfield, 416-406-1668. Under billowing tents made from sari silk, more than 400 diners feast al fresco on a fiery card of tandoor-fired kebabs while sipping plastic tumblers of frothy sugar cane juice at family-style picnic tables lit by twinkling Christmas lights. Unlicensed.
1416 Gerrard E. Post-fire, the former Siddhartha resurfaces a few blocks west with an almost identical AYCE lunch and dinner buffet. The only licensed patio in the nabe!