The revitalization of Union Station has been breathing new life to city’s core, and with the short lived summer season on our door step, Union Summer has reappeared at the peak time for soaring temps, hosting a vibrant group of food vendors right on Front Street. With live music, free movies and performances by local talent, Union Summer is primed to be a destination worthy lunch spot, a perfect detour on the way to
Rogers Centre Skydome, or a great way to cinq a sept with the after work crowd.
Here’s our fave food picks from Union Summer.
This Queen East resto is known for their burgers & BBQ but this corn option is the quintessential summer bite. Dubbed Mexican Street Corn, the wow factor of Cojita cheese made the sudden urgency of dental floss worth it.
There must be some science to explain why spicy food is so damn irresistible when it’s humid and hot out, but honestly, who cares? Cravings should be caved into, and this Jerk Chicken sammy from Roywoods is a messy tribute to summer.
A gift to greasy diners everywhere, Harry’s double decker burger is sublime, with processed cheese and processed condiments, this burger is a testament to a bygone era, courtesy Bar Isabel & Bar Raval front man Grant van Gameren.
Sausage parties are the main draw here at Wvrst, with heady notes of melting raclette cheese wafting through the outdoor space, Wvrst is easy to find. Their BBQ’d sausages come decked out with your choice of toppings, we took our Oktoberfest tube steak to new heights with jalapenos and sauteed onions.
Aptly named Union Chicken is a showstopper of a sammy, with fried chicken and and all the fixin’s, spicy or otherwise, to complete the crispy chicken sandwich of your dreams.
There’s money in this banana stand! The quirky and colourful combos from Bananza make for insta-worthy cold treats, and hey, since it’s banana, that’s healthy-ish enough to count as one of your 5-10 a day. Sprinkles? Check.
Soft serve and cutesy donuts prove to be an irresistible combo, and curious cones, like the Cookie Monster and S’mores on S’mores deliver a dose of nostalgia. Vegan options are on the menu too.
Lead photo of Union Chicken. All photos by Libby Roach.