Restaurants you need to try at least once this summer

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By expanding your horizons in the culinary world, you’ll support local business and maybe pick up a trick or two about cooking along the way. Included in the following guide are fantastic Forest City restaurants, old and new, for you to discover this summer.

V Food Spot $ $

547 Hamilton Rd

Recommended dish: Reuben Sandwich

Brand new and plant-based, V Food Spot serves up classic dishes at a great price. Despite the small menu, the food packs a big punch for those who have been craving meals that are hard to find in a vegan recipe. The small bistro is located inside of The Neighbourhood Laundromat Café on Hamilton. It’s a casual dining experience with picnic food that will put a cherry on top of your summer day. Remember to mark your calendar to stop by on your next meatless Monday.

The Early Bird $$

355 Talbot St

Recommended dish: Turducken Club

With priorities on fresh, local ingredients, The Early Bird has established a reputation for being a London treasure. It’s a stylized classic ’50s diner with different genres of décor, making it London’s most Instagram-worthy restaurant. It features all-day breakfast and a vintage cocktail section on the menu. Every meal is made to order for their customers to emphasize their stance on quality. As a warning, anticipate being there for a while. Due to popularity it only operates on a first come, first serve basis. Every bite will be worth your time.

Los Lobos $$

580 Talbot St

Recommended dish: Sweet Potato Tamales

London isn’t known for its expertise on Mexican cuisine, but this hot spot could change that. Los Lobos is a Mexican restaurant that makes classic dishes with modern alterations. Whether it’s coming in for lunch or after a bar hop for a midnight snack, give yourself some time to stroll around the interior. The décor features accessories celebrating Mexican culture, neon lights, cross fixtures and many sugar skulls. It intends to reveal a specific theme and succeeds in every way. Complete the vibe by enjoying one of their many flavours of margaritas.

You Made It Café $

332 Richmond St

Recommended dish: Hungry Man Breakfast

Run by YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited), You Made It Café works with the struggling youth community that requires a sense of structure, work and leadership in their life. Here, they are taught skills and given responsibilities that will help them to rehabilitate. The café offers breakfast, lunch and catering services. Available here also is MUSHED by YOU, preservative products (jams, jellies, spreads, sauces and salsas) and kitchenwares made in their wood shop. All proceeds from purchases go back into the community through services and programs by YOU. Support the community of London this summer directly by catching a budget-friendly meal here.