Introducing the OpenTable Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

In recognizing summer as Canada’s unofficial “restaurant season,” we are pleased to unveil the OpenTable restaurant guide for top summer 2016 events in Canada. To help local and travelling diners find the perfect table, OpenTable insiders have curated five lists for those attending popular events in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

Every summer, thousands of travellers from Canada and the U.S. gear up to attend music festivals, sporting events and celebrations of arts and culture across the country. For those making their way to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (Montréal), Calgary Pride, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), World Cup of Hockey 2016 (Toronto), or the Vancouver Fringe Festival, OpenTable  has handpicked a selection of restaurants that highlight the thriving and diverse culinary landscape of each city. These lists make it easy for attendees to reserve tables at nearby restaurants, whether they want a quick bite to eat or are looking for a more relaxed dining experience.

OpenTable’s recommendations for Canada Summer Restaurant Season 2016 are as follows:

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montréal, Québec
July 29th – July 31st
Baton Rouge – de la Montagne
BEVO Bar + Pizzeria
Damas
L’Atelier d’Argentine Vieux-Port
Mangiafoco
Mayfair Cocktail Bar
Mimi la Nuit
Restaurant Épik
Restaurant Espadon
Restaurant Mesón

Calgary Pride – Calgary, Alberta
August 26th – September 5th
Briggs Kitchen + Bar
charbar
Earls.67
Last Best Brewing & Distilling
MARKET Restaurant
Ox And Angela Restaurant
Parc Café and Brasserie
Ten Foot Henry
Thomsons Restaurant
WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – Toronto, Ontario
September 8th – September 18th
BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel
Buca Yorkville
Byblos
Earls Kitchen + Bar – King Street
Los Colibris
Luma
Montecito Restaurant
Patria
Tutti Matti
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Hallelujah! 5 Top Gospel Brunches

Get ready to raise the roof; there’s nothing quite like a gospel brunch. Powerful, soul-searching music, Southern-inspired soul food, and celestial cocktails — even church never felt so good. These top gospel brunches offer the faithful fantastic chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, along with heavenly voices, welcoming Southern hospitality, and a sweet side of spirituality. Preach!

Ginny’s Supper Club, New York, New York
Rise and shine! New Yorkers have been praising the gospel brunch in the Red Rooster’s downstairs area known as Ginny’s Supper Club for years. Chef Marcus Samuelsson creates sinful comfort food like cornbread (with honey butter and tomato jam), Mac & Greens (New York cheddar and Parmesan – plus lobster if you like); Fried Yardbird (dark meat, white mace gravy, mashed potatoes, and bread and butter pickles); Shrimp & Grits (cheddar grits, piri piri, and frogmore stew), The Bird and the Egg (fried chicken, waffle, and red eye gravy) and Rum Cake with Strawberries (caramel and Thai long peppercorn ice cream). Order a Bloody Mary or Red Eye Rooster (Bloody Mary and beer) and worship your meal while listening to local talent like the gospel sounds of Vy Higginsen’s Choir. Make a reservation at Ginny’s Supper Club.

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Halls Chophouse, Charleston, South Carolina
Clap along with the Plantation Singers who perform gospel every Sunday at this much-lauded family steakhouse. Traditional brunch items are served with twists like French toast that’s prepared with a lavender-scented brioche and cornflake crust. You can also expect a helping of traditional Southern food like Shrimp & Grits and the Lowcountry Omelet (shrimp, crab, peppers, and onions, cheddar and Swiss, collard greens, pepper jack grits, and hash brown potatoes). Throw in a side of collard greens along with a Bloody or Bellini (Champagne, peach schnapps, passion fruit) and you’ve got a meal made in heaven. Make a reservation at Halls Chophouse.

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House of Blues, various locations, U.S.A.
Go tell it on the mountain; a gospel brunch is served on Sundays at 11 House of Blues locations around the country. Local talent chosen by celebrated gospel producer and artist Kirk Franklin perform uplifting gospel tunes that’ll have you on your feet, and there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet with items like Creole Chicken Jambalaya, Chicken and Waffles (with Vermont maple syrup, housemade Buffalo sauce, fresh strawberries, and homemade whipped cream), and a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar (think bacon and hot sauce.) Heavens to Betsy, the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, now located in Downtown Disney, is moving to a larger venue at the Anaheim GardenWalk in the Anaheim Resort District this summer. Make a reservation at The House of Blues.

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Lively Up Yourself: 9 Legend-ary Jamaican + Ethiopian Dishes for Bob Marley Day 2016

February 6th marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 71st birthday. Born in Jamaica, the reggae icon considered Ethiopia his spiritual home. To celebrate the two rich veins of his heritage, we are highlighting nine outstanding dishes from the Caribbean island and the eastern African nation. These history-rich foods embody and showcase the culinary traditions of each region. Guaranteed to satisfy your soul on Bob Marley Day 2016 – and guaranteed to be one of your #29ReasonstoLoveFebruary!

Mr. Brown’s Lounge, Chicago, Illinois
Skewered shrimp are marinated in a ‘catch a fire’ jerk sauce made with plenty of Scotch Bonnet peppers that ain’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, the sweet, soothing mango salsa keeps things cool. If that’s not enough, we recommend a tart Ting grapefruit soda or a guava milkshake to quench the flames dancing across your tongue. A side of fried plantains or coconut milk-enriched rice ‘n’ peas will also help. Make a reservation at Mr. Brown’s Lounge.

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Das Ethiopian Cuisine, Washington, D.C.
Can’t make up your mind on what to order? The vegetarian entrée sampler is a good way to go. Featuring eggplant and carrot wat stew, miser wat (red lentil stew with traditional Ethiopian Berbere pepper spice), and tikil gomen (ginger and garlic amped cabbage, potatoes, and carrots) and more, its served on a bed of spongy injera bread that’s meant to be used as a utensil — and then promptly eaten. Make a reservation at Das Ethiopian Cuisine.

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Taste of the Caribbean, Seattle, Washington
Meet your new favorite appetizer. Salted codfish, onions, peppers, and West Indian spices are balled up, battered, and deep-fried. Zigzagged with hot sauce and speckled with scallions, we bet you can’t eat just one of these tasteful takes on the Caribbean classic. Make a reservation at Taste of the Caribbean.

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Ethiopian Diamond, Chicago, Illinois
Think of tibs as an Ethiopian stir-fry. To create tibs quosta, spinach is sautéed with garlic and onions, and then mixed with juicy chicken chunks and green peppers. Of course, it’s served with plenty of injera bread, so you can fold up the components together fajita-style. Make a reservation at Ethiopian Diamond.

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Ja’ Grill, Chicago, Illinois
Chef Errol Gallimore, a Jamaican transplant, cooks his home-style oxtail in an aromatic brown sauce until the meat is falling off the bone. The rich stew is fortified with butter beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, and several varieties of pepper and is complemented with spicy rice and fried plantains. Goes well with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer. Or three. Make a reservation at Ja’ Grill.

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Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge, Houston
If Ethiopia has a national chicken dish, it just might be doro wat. In this rendition, a bone-in drumstick and thigh are slow-simmered in a spicy slurry, not unlike a thick barbecue sauce, and accompanied by a hard-boiled egg. We’re fond of mashing all the components together to create a barbecued chicken ‘n’ egg salad, which we roll up in torn off pieces of injera. Make a reservation at Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge.

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Tasty Tunes: A Delicious Summer Road Trip Playlist #savortheroad

Tasty Tunes: A delicious summer road trip playlistSummer is the season for road trips that put the epic in epicurean. Whether you’re heading out on a cross-country pilgrimage to a once-in-a-lifetime destination restaurant in California or a series of seaside shacks to find the best lobster roll in New England, your journey is going to need a soundtrack.

We decided to help out by putting together a Spotify summer road trip playlist guaranteed to whet your appetite. These delicious ditties pay tribute to foodstuffs ranging from applesauce and guava jelly to cheeseburgers and jerk ribs – and lots of appetizing points in between.

So, roll down the windows, crank up the stereo, and let the wind blow back your hair as you belt out these tasty tunes on this delicious summer road trip playlist. And, don’t forget to enter our #savortheroad giveaway for a chance to win one of ten $100 OpenTable gift cards!