Tuesday, September 23, 2014Partly Cloudy 17°C

Where to fork over $24 for a make your own shawarma

Posted by Christina Cheung / September 23, 2014

make your own shawarmaShawarma joints are a dime a dozen in Toronto but don't go here looking for the buy one get one free Shawarma Empire experience. Instead, this Harbord Village spot goes high-end with a roasted lamb neck on the bone as the centrepiece to their make your own shawarma platter.

Find out more in my profile of Rasa in the restaurants section.

Cultures collide at new burger and barbecue joint

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 23, 2014

big butcher barbeque torontoBurgers take centre stage at this new restaurant - and with a butcher shop and bakery in the back cranking out fresh buns and hormone-free patties in-house, it's easy to see why. But their international focus (and pedigree as the sister restaurant of a European grocery store) means hoisin-glazed pork belly, Greek burgers and Balkan-style sausage sandwiches are all represented - and all just as tasty.

Read my profile of Big Butcher Barbeque in the restaurants section.

Portions are plentiful at this new fish and chicken spot

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 21, 2014

sharkys fish and chicken torontoThis fried-chicken and fish joint opened in Toronto in April, drawing throngs of hungry students from local schools for its cheap eats in plentiful portion sizes. Catfish and chicken are the specialty, but you can choose anything from wings to shrimp to oysters to mozzarella sticks to samosas - all served up with a heap of fries and dusted with a zippy lemon-pepper spice. Basically, if you can fry it, they've got it.

Read more about Sharky's Fish and Chicken in the restaurants section.

Chaplee burgers and kabobs a hit at this Afghan diner

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 20, 2014

Baghlan KabobThis Afghan eatery is dishing up a traditional kabob-centric menu, including street foods like naan wraps and chaplee burgers alongside massive family-sized meals. For take-away you can also buy house-made baklava and five types of fresh-baked naan.

Read my profile of Baghlan Kabob and Bakery in the restaurants section.

New pizza spot serves up top notch classic slices

Posted by Anders Whist / September 19, 2014

plizza torontoThis new takeout spot near Dufferin Station specializes in gourmet slices and Italian sandwiches. Both have their merits, though the sandwiches tend to be a bit light on meat and toppings. The real winner here is the more classic pizzas with tomato sauce, which is light and tangy and makes for an excellent slice.

Read my review of Plizza in the restaurants section.

The PATH gets a slick new espresso bar

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 19, 2014

m square coffee TorontoIf you work in the PATH you're going to want to leave yourself an extra five minutes to get to work - a brand-new espresso bar has just opened up in a former jewelry store underneath the Sheraton Centre. In addition to brewing up lattes on a glowing, gorgeous espresso machine, they've got honey-coated chai tea from Australia, hot cocoa made with melted French chocolate, and some carefully-chosen picks from some of Toronto's favourite bakeries.

Read my profile of M Square Coffee in the cafes section.
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