1636 Queen E, at Coxwell, 647-346-0617, theburgerspriest.com.
What goes together better than burgers and the beach? If you're not going to be grilling them yourself, here's the next best thing - the Double Double, two of the beefy patties layered with processed American cheese and served on an absorbent Wonder Bread bun. For vegetarians, there's the Option, two deep-fried portobello mushroom caps glued together with cheese.
Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Saturday noon to 10:30 pm. Closed Sunday, some holidays. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: barrier-free, no washrooms.
Cabana @ Sound Academy
11 Polson, at Cherry, 416-461-3625, polsonpier.com.
Massive 10,000-seat (!) patio overlooking the harbour adjacent to the popular concert complex. Swimming pool, miniature golf course and drive-in movie theatre, too.
Daily noon to 8 pm (later during concerts) starting Saturday June 25th. Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
2161 Lake Shore W, at Park Lawn, 416-259-3756, casamendoza.com.
Run - or take the Queen 501 streetcar - if you want to take in the iconic skyline across the bay from this two-level patio one last time before the about-to-be under-construction condo next door obliterates the view. The last motel on the strip, the faux Hollywood hacienda's days are likely numbered as well.
Imagine Rudolph Valentino's summer getaway in Muskoka and you've got the vibe. We don't think we'd go so far as to order the $87.95 seafood platter even if we are this close to the water, but plates like Gipsy Steak goulash sided with house-made gnocchi and textbook cabbage rolls over dilled mashed potatoes (both $9.99) are a steal.
Don't miss the piano bar - a grand piano built into a bar that lights up! - and the sombrero grotto just inside the Casa's carved antique double front door.
Monday to Thursday 3 to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 2 pm to 1 am, Sunday 11 am to 11 pm. Licensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms on second floor.
Ed's Real Scoop
2224 Queen E, at Beech, 416-699-6100.
If you don't like crowds, kids or some of the tastiest frozen concoctions in town, then stay away from this perpetually buzzing ice cream parlour in the Beach. That means more all-natural flavours like Belgian Callebaut chocolate, carrot cake, and sea-salted caramel ‘n' maple-bacon ice cream for the rest of us.
Daily 11:30 am to 10:30 pm. Unlicensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms in basement.
207 Queens Quay W, at York, 416-861-1028, ilfornello.com.
Polished pizza, pasta and antipasta at the south end of the Terminal Building next to Harbourfront.
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
Keating Channel Pub
2 Villiers, at Cherry, 416-572-0030, keatingchannelpub.com.
Suprisingly pretty patio with classic skyscraper skyline view next to the Cherry Street lift bridge.
Monday to Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: Barrier-free.
One Love Corn
235 Queens Quay W, at Lower Simcoe, 416-894-4736.
Ras Iville and Ikeila Wright of Annex resto One Love bring their legendarily spicy vegan pumpkin soup to Harbourfront every weekend. Grilled corn on the cob, too.
Friday 6 pm to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday and holiday Mondays noon to 8 pm. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: barrier-free.
1601 Lake Shore W, at Roncesvalles, 416-533-3553, palaisroyale.ca.
Booked solid all summer for corporate events and lucrative weddings, once a week this historic Sunnyside dance hall - dig that suspended dance floor, daddy-o! - offers a weekly $40 themed prix fixe dinner followed by swing and ballroom dancing. Since they don't take reservations, show up early or miss out on the terpsichory.
Dinner Wednesdays from 6 pm, dancing from 8:30 pm. Licensed. Access: Barrier-free.
Queen's Own Rifles
1395 Lake Shore Blvd W, at Dowling, 416-532-8892.
Parkdale's best-kept secret: the impressive 150-seat lakefront patio at Branch 344 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Because it's usually booked solid all summer at night for private functions, it's best on a balmy weekday afternoon. Just remember to call ahead first. And what better setting for a Canada Day barbecue?
Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am, Sundays from noon. Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
102 Lakeshore, Ward's Island, 416-203-2152, rectorycafe.com.
Never knew there was a decent year-round restaurant on the island? Then follow the south shore boardwalk east from Centre Island till you find this alarmingly peaceful café nestled in a glade of whispering pines. Beer garden, too.
Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday to and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
Shopsy's on Centre Island
Deli-style smoked meat sandwiches, hot dogs and fish ‘n' chips on a massive deck right at the ferry docks, with a picture-postcard view of the downtown skyline. Grab takeout for an instant picnic.
Daily 11 am to 8 pm (weather permitting). Licensed. Access: barrier-free.
T & T
222 Cherry, at Polson, 416-463-8113, tnt-supermarket.com.
Pearl Harbourfront isn't the only spot in town where you can pig out on dim sum and barbecued pork next to the dappled waters of stinky Lake Ontario. Just outside its takeout section, this humongous Asian supermarket close to Cherry Beach in the old Knob Hill Farms features a food-court-style terrace facing the channel, whatever trawler's in port and the blinking skyline beyond. Daily 9 am to midnight. Unlicensed. Access: Barrier-free.
207 Queens Quay W, at York, 416-214-2772, watermarkirishpub.ca.
Upscale Irish pub in the Terminal Building across from the tour boats, featuring $5 pints and complimentary oysters at the bar Fridays from 3 till 7 pm.
Monday and Tuesday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Wednesday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Thursday 11:30 am to midnight, Saturday 10:30 am to 1 am, Sunday 10:30 am to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: Barrier-free.