We are much more forgiving of restaurants when they supply us with a side of the great outdoors. The bread might not be as soft and doughy, your main might not be the precise temperature, but who cares? You are in those glorious few months when the sunshine is beating down on your skin, the ice is melting in your glass and...we're sorry, what were we saying?
Toronto is serious about its dedication to the patio. Foreigners may laugh, but as soon as it gets above 10 degrees Celsius, it is fair game to don board shorts and sit outside under an umbrella. You need only experience one brutal winter to understand: Torontonians earn their tan lines. Patio dining becomes a commendable sport.
If you are suddenly feeling athletic, we have the restaurants that are so hopeful for the warmer season, they are almost more patio than interior space. This includes the romantic and ornately French Cluny in the Distillery, or pizza served on a suburban tree-lined street at F'Amelia.
There are times for winter jackets. There are times for hibernation. The summer is the time to meet your neighbours and to recognize the diverse 5-million-plus population in Toronto. See you outside!