During Toronto’s heat wave, most of us just want to head to the water. If you’re down at Sunnyside Beach swimming in Lake Ontario or taking a dip in the mammoth Sunnyside swimming pool and hunger hits, wander on over to the Sunnyside Pavillion Cafe. You’ll find casual eats such as the enormous Strawberry Pecan Salad with feta cheese, walnuts and red onion ($13) or gourmet pizzas including the Seafood Pizza with salmon, scallops and tiger shrimp ($19) or the Cajun Pizza with Cajun chicken, sun-dried tomato and basil ($19). If you are hungry for more substantial fare during dinner time, the cafe offers entrees such as Portobello Chicken with Portobello mushrooms and pesto sauce ($20), BBQ ribs ($19) and Cajun Bass ($25). Bottled beer includes Stella, Stella Light, Bud, Bud Light, Beck’s and Blue and is $5-$6 while Stella Artois ($7.50) and Alexander Keith’s Pale Ale, Red and White ($7) are on tap. Frozen daiquiris such as the strawberry, banana, raspberry, mango ($8) will quench a thirst on a hot day.
The cafe, which is situated right on Sunnyside Beach, has ringside seats for all the people-watching activity on the beach including beach volleyball, boating, swimming and sunbathing. After you’re done, you can stroll along the boardwalk or jump back in the lake or pool to cool off.
Sunnyside Pavillion Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at Parkside Dr.), 416-531-2233