Last week I was invited to a tasting at the soon-to-be-open Lot St at 685 Queen Street West, just west of Bathurst St. As their Twitter bio describes, “Lot St. celebrates the cuisine of our diverse Canadian culture and tribute to the craft of cooking farm fresh.”
The invite was informal and I was expecting a nice little taste of some of the food, which I knew would be delicious, so I restricted my daily calories to ensure I could indulge in some goodness guilt-free. Well, I guess I had misheard, there was no food. It was a cocktail tasting! (Uh-oh, trouble!)
A small group of only ten of us were invited based on our very selective tastes to test out their cocktail menu and rate each cocktail. And oh my gosh, they are going to have a hard time breaking them down to just a few. I got a little sneak peek of the menu also and it looks divine! If it compares in any way to the care and attention the cocktails got, this place is going to have a long wait time for a table when they open on August 3rd.
One of the coolest things about my visit there was finding out a little bit of Toronto history that I never knew before. During the renovation they discovered an old Lot St sign engraved in the wall, Lot Street used to be what Queen Street West was called in many parts. I love finding out new things like this.
Lot St opens for the public on Saturday, August 3rd. Definitely worth a try. Follow them on Twitter for updates: @LotStreet.