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Taste of Burlington Summer 2018 On Now!

by Kelly Harris

The Taste of Burlington is back with a summer program and it’s on now at 24 restaurants across Burlington.  Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy prix-fixe lunch for $15 or $20 and prix-fixe dinner for $30, $35 or $40.  The  program runs until Labour Day, Monday September 3 so take advantage of the 3 weeks of dining and visit as many restaurants as you can.

We are so fortunate in Burlington to have so many different restaurants each offering something unique.  The Taste of Burlington program is a great time to get out and visit your favourites, but  it’s also  the perfect time to try somewhere new. We’ve heard from many diners who said they tried a restaurant for the first time during Taste and then became regulars.

New to the program and new to Burlington are Beldeni’s Italian Kitchen, Denninger’s Bitehaus Bistro, El Inka Peruvian Cuisine, Industria Pizzeria & Bar, Lola Choco Bar & Sweet House, Loondocks, The Express Italian Eatery, The Hood and The Pump on Brant. All of these restaurants have recently opened and speaking from experience (we may have dined at one or two), they are all must-try’s! Ear’s Kitchen & Bar at Mapleview Centre and Montfort Grill House Millcroft are new to the program this summer and their menus look delicious!


There are too many restaurants to highlight each one, so we encourage you to visit the Taste of Burlington site and see the menus for each restaurant. Then you can plan your dining and invite your friends (reservations recommended).  We’ll highlight a few options for you below:

Barque Smokehouse – if you haven’t visited Barque yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. It opened almost a year ago and many people discovered it during the winter Taste program. It is a must visit if you love smoked meat; they are experts. Their sauces and rubs they use are amazing (fries are a personal favourite) and it’s a great place to visit with friends for dinner during Taste as they serve things family style with a great finale of Tableside S’mores.

Barque Smores

Canyon Creek – Canyon Creek has been a long time participant in Taste and always have a great menu that goes with the season. How good does watermelon summer salad and shrimp avocado bruschetta sound? And the strawberry champagne sorbet with fresh berries for dessert doesn’t sound too bad either!

Canyon Creek Watermelon salad

SB Prime – since we’re on the topics of desserts, one of the menu items that has us intrigued the most is at SB Prime. Open for dinner only you can bet we’ll be going to try the G&T (yes, that’s right, Gin & Tonic) donuts!

Greenhouse Cafe @ RBG – summer is a beautiful time to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and why not have lunch while you’re there? Especially when they are offering Balsamic Glazed Salmon and a grilled vegetable sandwich.

Barra Fion Tapas & Barrel–  Looking for somewhere to go for date night? May we suggest Barra Fion for their Tapas for 2. Dinner for 2 is $70 and the menu options look great, including mushroom paella, carmelized onion kale goat cheese flatbread and mango salsa tacos. And the mini churros with chocolate or caramel sauce aren’t a bad way to finish off the meal either!

The Water St. Cooker – you have to visit here for the food and the view!  It’s on the 2nd floor and has amazing views of the pier and the lake. Enjoy a 6 oz Top Sirloin or Lake Erie Fish & Chips to name a couple options.

Water Street Cooker view

Familia Fine Foods – stepping into this cute family-run restaurant you’ll feel like you are in Columbia with the amazing coffee smells, the music and the friendly owners who will greet you. Open for lunch only it’s a must-try for only $15. Each day the chef/owner has a different lunch feature or try our fave; the burrito bowl.

Tacos at Familia

Lola Choco Bar & Sweet House – recently opened in Village Square in beautiful downtown Burlington we are happy to have Lola participate in Taste with a dessert option. $15 for 2 people to enjoy dessert out in the cutest little spot with indoor and outdoor seating. The homemade drinking chocolate is a must!

Tea Time Lola

We’ve been told the summer line-up is one of the best yet and we agree, especially with these  other restaurants included: Max Resto Lounge, Milestones, Paradiso, Stone House Restaurant, Table 34 Resto-Bar and Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill & Bar  From the new restaurants to all of the ones mentioned, you can’t go wrong when dining out for #TOB2018.

Not only do you get a great meal at a great price during Taste of Burlington, you also get the chance to WIN a 4 day/3 night Taste of Myrtle Beach prize pack when you dine. Visit any one of the 24 participating restaurants during the program (August 13-Sept 3) and order from their Taste menu and you will be given a ballot to enter.  One lucky winner will be drawn in September once all the ballots are collected and will win A Taste of Myrtle Beach prize pack for 2 which includes: 4 days/3 nights accomodation, tickets to see Carolina Opry and Brookgreen Gardens and a $100 dining gift card. Thanks to our friends at Visit Myrtle Beach for this awesome prize pack. (Contest rules and details can be found on Taste of Burlington site).

Visit Myrtle Beach


We are proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Taste of Burlington.  We’ve received tremendous support from the restaurants, the community and the guests who dine and we want to thank you for helping us celebrate 10 years of great Taste!  Enjoy the summer program and Bon Appetit!

TOB 10 Year

*Taste of Burlington is coordinated by Tourism Burlington




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