202 Dovercourt, 416-532-7397, juliescuban.com
Has it really been 15 years since we first stumbled across Sylvia Llewellyn and Jesus Beaute's gem of a Cuban cantina in the middle of nowhere - as it was back then - and its picture-postcard patio? But it's not all summer romance under the stars. Inside come winter, the west-side café's even lovelier, lit by twinkling fairy lights that give the cozy 30-seat room a particularly amorous glow.
The love-in spills onto the plates, shareable starters like marlin ceviche, fried plantain with vegan picadillo and shrimp dusted with coconut. Follow with generous plates of slow-braised flank steak over rice 'n' beans and boozy margarita key lime pie and leave with love for leftovers.
The Harbord Room
89 Harbord, 416-962-8989, theharbordroom.com