A Guide to Toronto Caesars

From simple to fancy to a build-your-own buffet - Toronto's got a caesar for everyone

A Canadian invention, the caesar first graced the land in 1969, Calgary, Alberta, by the hand of local restaurateur (and hero) Walter Chell. And while it’s tough to find a non-Canadian willing to drink something with clam juice in it (fact), Torontonians are pretty devoted to this thing. Making a best of list would be impossible—you’d all fight over it. Instead, here are the caesar types and where to find them:

Fancy
Rock Lobster on Ossington has what many call the best Caesar in the land: Ketel One vodka, tabasco sauce, worcestshire sauce, steak spice and Clamato tossed into a large glass mug, and garnished with a lobster tail. Or, if you’re looking for innovation along with your fancy, Czehoski has a 2oz cocktail for $12 that includes a wedge of lime, gherkin, slice of cucumber and a meaty green olive stuffed with a garlic clove and some red wine splashed in as well, a contentious addition that some people still debate the merit of to this day.

 

Caesar Buffet
Some people like to pick their own caesar toppings. This sounds like it could get pricey, but it’s not. Pour House, The Foggy Dew and Pogue Mahone all have build-your-own caesar bars on weekends during brunch hours and are all either $4.00 or under.

 

Simple & Unpretentious
What’s surprisingly great are the caesars at Labyrinth in the Annex. They make their own hot sauce, put in ample horseradish, and place a dill pickle in there. Also, there’s Mugshots, known as a bar where bartenders go. You won’t find mini sausages poking out and no pickled asparagus and bacon in there—basically, you won’t be Instagramming your beverage, but you’ll enjoy it.
 

Caesar that Eats Like a Meal
You’ll find a lot of devotees who say that a caesars are pretty much a meal. Betty’s on King takes that sentiment to heart. The Cure is a caesar that’s served “garnished with a swiss cheese beer slider, spicy pickled bean, grilled asparagus, cocktail shrimp and assorted pickle skewer.”