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This Week in Food: Bite Bar, McQueen's Pub, Cote de Beouf, Century Room, Insanewich!, Winterlicious

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 28, 2012

Richmond StationThis Week in Food rounds up the week's food news, restaurants openings and closings, chef movements and upcoming food events in Toronto. Find us here every Friday morning.


  • The long vacated Toast Restaurant in Leslieville has started to show some signs of life. Literally. A sign announcing McQueen's Pub has been placed over the front door. Of course, Leslieville needs another pub like it needs another Italian restaurant. Ya with me?
  • Over on Ossington, the owners of Union restaurant have launched a small butcher shop called Cote de Beouf. Pick up a smoked capon, elk sliders and duck confit while supplies last.
  • Like your food bite sized? Then get ready for Bite Bar opening soon at 57 Elm Street. Their web site promises bite sized desserts, lattes, teas, cocktails, wine and more.
  • King West club Century Room has called it a career. They went out in style on Boxing Day with the suitably named End of an Era soiree.


  • Foodies on Foot leads the Insanewich! Food Tour on Sunday, December 30th at 11am. The tour departs from 75 Portland Street and dedicates 4 hours to all things slow cooked, sloppy, and stacked with meat. Tickets are $65-$75.
  • If you're hoping to ring in the new year over good food and drinks, our Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2013 conveniently rounds up the celebratory offerings at restaurants and bars across the city.
  • Also of note, Richmond Station (One Richmond Street West) is serving up a five course menu complete with a cocktail to start and bubbles to finish for $120.
  • The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court) presents Shinnen Kai, a sold-out Japanese New Year's Dinner on Wednesday, January 1st at 4pm.
  • Tickets are available now for a series of Winterlicious Culinary Events taking place from January 25th to February 7th. In addition to prix fixe menus from restaurants across the city, the line-up of events includes a Japanese Tea Ceremony at Spice Route, a pasta-making workshop from 7 Numbers and a chance to return to the basics with Culinary U Turn at Origin Liberty.
  • Tickets for the first Dishcrawl of 2013 are available now. Join in for the Ossington edition and tour four hot spots in this vibrant west-end neighbourhood at 7pm on Tuesday, January 8th. Tickets are $60.
  • Reserve a space now for the iYellow Icewine Tour and spend Saturday, January 19th touring three Niagara wineries; Jackson Triggs, Chateau Des Charmes and Flat Rock Cellars. Tickets for this winter day trip are $125 and include tastings, giveaways and transportation departing at 10am from the Starbucks in Liberty Village.


  • There are only a few days left to give to the Second Harvest holiday campaign to help meet their goal of providing 600,000 meals to Toronto's hungry by December 31st.


Alex / December 28, 2012 at 05:15 pm
Is "Boeuf" intentionally spelled wrong?
Gabe replying to a comment from Alex / December 28, 2012 at 07:24 pm
Yes its intentionally spelled wrong to be more eye catching and to drive more traffic to their twitter page. Once on the twitter page you'll notice it's spelled correctly but its meant to be stronger call to action by having a misspelling.
Alex replying to a comment from Gabe / December 29, 2012 at 12:49 am
Ah, thanks for the info. Makes sense. I can see how this may attract people to their social media and pique curiosity. I guess it didn't work its magic on me.
josh / December 29, 2012 at 10:05 am
Isn't it Beowulf?
alison / December 29, 2012 at 05:01 pm
either way...cote de boeuf ain't open at the moment
Eastbelle / January 5, 2013 at 01:55 pm
If anything, the East does need more life to it. A new cozy pub between the Cottage and Sibín will not only increase competition but also clientele. Hopefully it'll open before St. Paddy.Such great news for the East.
Conrad Freeman / February 19, 2013 at 02:37 pm
McQueen's Pub is open on Queen at Pape. Went to it yesterday and it is very cool!
Janet / February 26, 2013 at 05:43 pm
I was at McQueen's on Saturday night and had a great time. The food is excellent. Apparently, they are going to be adding to it over the next couple of weeks. The service was really good, too. Very friendly. Can't wait to go back
Great Canadian Adventure Tour / February 27, 2013 at 07:43 pm
McQueen's Pub is now open at 993 Queen Street. Fabulous place. Great food, including real smoked meat and friendly servers and patrons. You gotta be there!
Great Canadian Adventure Tour / February 27, 2013 at 07:46 pm
McQueen's Pub at 993 Queen East is now open. Fantastic place! Great food, including real Montreal smoked meat, plus friendly patrons and wonderful staff. A must visit!
Vargagirl / February 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm
Actually, we do need more pubs, as not all of them are good! We have The Roy, and...that's about it. I used to adore the Ceili Cottage, but until they remove the waiter with the Shillelagh up his arse I won't be going back there...shame. Can't wait to try McQueen's!
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