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The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for summer 2014

The Toronto restaurant scene is on fire as the summer forecast promises the arrival of a slew of gastronomic hot spots. Historic areas like the Distillery and Market Street will be further fleshed out with new culinary delights, and a few familiar faces in the Toronto food scene will expand to new digs.

Here are the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings on our radar this summer.

Cluny
This large-scale neo-Parisian bistro is slated to open in the Distillery District before the end of June. Details have been closely guarded, but since it's created by the same team behind the theatrical El Catrin, we expect an all-out feast for the senses, and have heard rumours of sultry live music being part of the experience.

Pastizza
The long awaited completion of the Market St. revitalization rests on this last restaurant situated at the southwest tip of St. Lawrence Market. Once open, the Italian eatery from Paolo Paolini (Splendido, Mistura) will seamlessly complete the glorious stretch of boulevard patios and offer classic Italian food like light crisp pizza and 12-layer lasagnas.

GwaiLo
Nick Lui's two-floor restaurant on College St. is aiming for a mid-July opening. Expect the menu to feature so-called new Asian cuisine snack plates like a Big Mac-inspired bao, as well as shared plates and large family-style main courses, like whole fried trout or a 90-day dry-aged ribeye.

Spitfire
Opening this July in Etobicoke, this brick-and-mortar establishment at 126 Sixth St. will be home base for the Brit-themed Feisty Jack food truck. More mod cafe than public house, the menu will cover a range of comfort foods from the commonwealth, including full-on English breakfasts.

Thouroughbred
Opening at 304 Richmond St. West, this new three-storey venue from Ariel Coplan (Nyood), Jason Fox and Aaron Zack (Snakes & Lattes) is racing towards an opening date in mid-July. The upcoming menu will feature some nostalgic dishes, so along with foie gras pop tarts (as recently seen at TUM) you can expect fun, sophisticated dishes that'll play at your heart strings.

Wilbur Mexicana
Scheduled for a summer opening at 522 King St. West, this sleek modern taqueria plans to meld the energy of a tequila bar with the quick service style of a fast food joint. Order at the counter and snag one of 50 seats inside, or better still, outside on a 30-seat patio to mow down on a menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads.

Little Fin
Expect a July christening for this grab-and-go seafood market from the Chase Hospitality Group. Situated on Temperance St. at the same locale as the flagship restaurant and oyster house, the new take-away focused spot will be known for seafood sandwiches, wraps, salads, and rolls.

Colette
Also from the Chase Hospitality Group, this 100-seat dining room and outdoor pavilion that will share its location in the Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St.) with a complimentary retail cafe. The upmarket restaurant will offer a modern approach to traditional French cuisine, while the more casual grab-and-go counter will specialize in an array of pastries.

b.good
A fast food joint dedicated to locally sourced, whole ingredients is opening in late August at 100 Front St. near St. Lawrence Market. Look forward to fresh-cut, oven-finished fries, house-ground burgers, milkshakes, vibrant salads, and kale-quinoa bowls from the first Canadian outpost of this chain from Boston. Prior to launch, expect to see a b.good food truck hit Toronto streets to show off the goods.

Montecito
The new 12,000-square-foot, 280-seat restaurant from director Ivan Reitman and world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman is set to debut at 299 Adelaide St. sometime this summer. Once open, expect a menu that changes more frequently than the seasons and marries California cuisine with Canadian sensibilities and Ontario-sourced ingredients.

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What restaurants are you excited for this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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Lead photo from Colette's facebook page.


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