Vv Magazine’s Amanda Phuong gets an up-close first look at the latest addition to Fran’s Restaurant, The Upper Deck, which takes over the upper levels of the Yonge and College flagship.
Upscale dining isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think about Fran’s Restaurant but they’ve recently opened a new concept restaurant that takes their popular diner eats to the next level.
Upper Deck by Fran’s is the latest addition to the flagship College St. location. Taking over the top two floors, the casual eatery aims to attract surrounding offices, tourists and brunchers with their large year-round patio, picnic-style tables, double bar and accessible menu.
Aside from Fran’s classic brunch favourites, Upper Deck features an extensive $5 menu that was made for sharing. The deep fried ravioli are little golden pockets of soft cheese, served with a side of marinara – be careful of these because you certainly can’t just have one.
For an Asian-inspired pocket filled bite, try the Crispy Wontons which are filled with a delicious beef blend. Served with a soy-based sauce, these beefy-bites are the perfect vessel for double-dipping (no judgement here).
Another easily divvied $5 dish are the Chilli Lime Shrimp Cups – a mixture of tomato, lettuce, red onion, cilantro, chilli honey sauce, lime and dill sauce, topped with a shrimp and served neatly in a wonton cup.
But if you’re not one for sharing (neither are we), then opt for the $5 Fried Chicken Poutine. This generous serving of fries is offered up in a skillet and topped with rich gravy, cheese and a breast of fried chicken.
On top of the hefty $5 menu, Upper Deck offers entrees for those who need no assistance finishing their plate. For the brave (and very hungry), try the Boomtown Burger ($25) – a sky-high stack made up of two burger patties, lemon chicken, cheddar guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, aioli and pickles, sandwiched between two buns and served with your choice of salad or fries.
For those who like their breakfast served with a side of dinner, the Chicken and Waffles ($15.95) drizzled with spicy honey maple syrup is sure to please.
And to wash it all down, Upper Deck offers an extensive drink list complete with all the basics, traditional milkshakes, frozen sips (the Strawberry Daquiri is a must), craft cocktails (made with herbs straight from their rooftop garden), beer and wine. For groups, Upper Deck doles out cocktails like the Muskoka Mule, Jack Daniels Rhubarb Lemonade, and sangria in shareable portions.
Daily drink and food specials make Upper Deck even more accessible. From Monday to Sunday, diners and drinkers can enjoy deals like $4 bar rails, $19 bottles of JT Merlot, and $5 caesars.
Upper Deck by Fran’s is open daily from 11:00am to 11:00pm. The space is also available to reserve for private events.
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