Thanksgiving in Toronto: Eat, Pick & Volunteer

No specific plans for Thanksgiving this weekend?  We’ve got you covered.  From feasts to corn mazes, there’s loads to keep you busy in Toronto on what I’m hoping will be another beautiful fall weekend (and a long one at that!)  (Editors note: due to some technical difficulties, we’re not able to upload photos today, so prepare yourself for a text heavy post!)

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

First, and foremost: where/what to eat.  A long list of Toronto area restaurants will be hosting special Thanksgiving meals this weekend.  Below are the places I’d be trying to get reservations, along with a few more casual Thanksgiving-esque take out bites.

Casa Loma

On October 14, eat like royalty in the conservatory and library of Toronto’s famous castle. The Thanksgiving Day Brunch buffet offers traditional breakfast and thanksgiving day foods, along with a pastry bar, seafood options and a variety of soups and salads. After brunch, there’s the option of a self-guided tour or a stroll through the estate gardens.  With the menu on offer, I have a feeling that you’ll need it!  Four seating times are available (11:30, 12:00, 1:30, 2:00) and tickets are $53.45 for adults and $13.45 for children.  Make your reservations by email ( or call 416-533-1573.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek is hosting an 1800s-style Thanksgiving feast on both Sunday and Monday at Half Way House restaurant. The three-course, prix-fixe menu showcases local Ontario meat and produce. Before or after dinner, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride with your friends and family for an extra $2.  Sunday seatings are at noon, 3:00 and 6:00 and on Monday, at noon and 3:00.  Tickets are $53.99 for adults and $27.00 for children (member discounts apply) and include parking and admission to the Village.  To book call customer service at 416-667-6295.  Note that the Historic Village closes at 4:30, so if you’re having a late meal you might want to plan to explore in advance.

Globe Bistro

If making an event of your meal isn’t your thing, this Danforth restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving Harvest prix-fixe menu at just $35 per person.  The menu is available on both Saturday and Sunday for brunch and for dinner and features free range turkey and all the fixings.

Quick and Dirty

If sitting down to a big turkey dinner doesn’t sound appealing, that doesn’t mean you can’t still eat in the spirit of the holiday this weekend.  A few of your favourite take out joints are offering up Thanksgiving specials.  Start out at Come and Get It on Spadina for a final visit (it’s closing October 25) and a Thanksgiving sandwich, then head west to Roncy to sample the Thanksgiving Ice Cream at the Chocolateria.  I am heading to the burbs for the weekend, but I am tempted to make the trip to pick up a litre of this dinner-themed ice cream (candied turkey bacon, yams, pumpkin & cranberry sauced!) that crams all courses into a cone.   If you’re celebrating early, Beast’s Thanksgiving-inspired Beastwich goes on sale today at noon. $10 sammies come with a festive side and dessert and are likely to fly off shelves, so get there early!  (Beast’s website is currently down, but you can follow them on twitter @BeastRestaurant and check them out at 96 Tecumseth.

Finally, for those Thanksgiving revellers amongst you, end your evenings of debauchery with a stop at any Smoke’s Poutinerie location for their Thanksgiving pouting, the original fry, cheese, and gravy base,  with a festive blanket of turkey, stuffing, green peas, and cranberry sauce.

Whatever you’re eating, be sure to snap a pic and post it on Gourmeats facebook wall for a chance to win a $40 Gourmeats gift certificate. Continue reading