Independent restaurants are ruling the roost the world over.
The World’s 50 Best, announced this month, featured nothing but independents.
The Canadian restaurant business is worth over $60billion and there’s no doubt, we DEFINITELY love our independent restaurants. Here’s why we at ClutchPR think that is:
- Independent restaurants become the hub of our communities. They’re where we go to celebrate life’s milestones or just kick back over a craft beer at the end of a busy week.
- We care about supporting local everything. We want to support our local businesses that give our neighbourhoods their unique vibe. We want to support Canadian farmers cutting down on wasteful air miles.
- The food is far superior to what you find in chain restaurants. Chefs at independent restaurants are far more likely to be using interesting ingredients in interesting ways. They favour cooking seasonally, showcasing the bounty of spring, summer and autumn in all its glory.
- When you’re eating at an independent restaurant, the chef’s reputation is right there on your plate. The consideration and care that goes into menu planning, wine lists, selection of their suppliers…not to mention the design of your surroundings has all been meticulously considered.
- Elegant and graceful service. Curious about which bakery the bread is sourced from? Your wait staff knows. Want the best wine pairing to match both your palette and your order? They’ve got you covered. Passionate chefs and restaurant owners instill a sense of passion and commitment in their staff and that keeps us coming back for more.
Where to start with our favourite independent restaurants? Hopgood’s Foodliner in Roncesvalles, Bar Isabel at College and Ossington and Dandylion on Queen West.
And what are we most looking forward to? Chef Eric Wood’s next venture at Maple Leaf Tavern in the East End. A passionate chef behind the stove and the promise of the perfect neighbourhood spot? Yes please.