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The top 10 po' boy sandwiches in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 19, 2014

po boy sandwichPo' boy sandwiches in Toronto are becoming less and less rare - Louisiana's favourite twist on a hero sandwich is turning into a hot menu item (literally). Superior (IMO) to your average submarine, a classic po' boy benefits from its hot filling - typically luscious fried seafoods or saucy torn meats - layered into a crusty bun and dressed up with slaw or fresh toppings.

While once a rare commodity on Toronto menus, these sandwiches have been adopted by sandwich shops, taverns and even fish mongers. And, while the name po' boy might be short for "poor boy", don't be fooled - these sandwiches aren't exactly cheap though still worth every penny.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top po' boys in Toronto.

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Toronto Food Events: Food Truck Fest, Garlic Fest, Madcap Pickle Championship, The Pig & The Pasta

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 19, 2014

toronto food eventsToronto Food Events rounds up the most delicious events, festivals, pop-ups, winemaker dinners, supper clubs and other food related happenings in Toronto this week and next. You can find us here every Friday morning.


  • Food Truck Fest Ontario is on this Sunday, September 21 at Ontario Place from 1 to 8pm. General admission is $10 and tickets are available online.
  • Toronto Garlic Festival at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) kicks off at 9am on Sunday, September 21 and runs until 5pm. Admission is $5 (kids under 12 go for free) for the harvest festival, which features garlic-themed foods prepared by local chefs, craft beer, a garlic breath contest, a garlic shot station, cooking demos, and more.
  • Spaghetti Western takes place at Cold Tea (60 Kensington Ave.) this Sunday, September 2 from 3:30pm onwards.
  • 86 Mondays at The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West) presents the 6th annual Madcap Pickle Championship on Monday, September 22 from 8pm onward. Admission is free, and entries from both pros and amateurs will be judged and devoured.
  • Cafe Bar Pasta (1588 Dundas St. West) presents The Pig & The Pasta on Wednesday, September 24 from 6pm to 10:30pm. The promotion, in collaboration with Boehmer, will offer diners a choice of six dishes from $15 to $24, a 100-lb. pig on a spit and the newly launched beer from Cameron's Brewing.

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Top secret dinner event sets Echo Beach aglow

Posted by Staff / September 18, 2014

diner en blancDiner en Blanc returned to Toronto for a fourth year, sending Toronto food hounds and adventure-lovers on their annual voyage to...someplace secret. The annual food event, which originated decades ago in Paris, requires diners to dress in all-white outfits, bring their own folding table and chairs, and be ready to head to an undisclosed location - which they'll only be let in on hours before the event.

This year's final destination: Echo Beach, where 1,500 diners descended on a paved pavilion by the water to enjoy dinner and drinks, take in some live entertainment (including ballet, bands and DJs) and dance late into the night.

Check out all the action in our photo gallery from the event.
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Toronto beers clean up at the 2014 Golden Tap Awards

Posted by Ben Johnson / September 18, 2014

Golden Tap awardsLast night, at beerbistro, a few dozen representatives of Ontario's beer scene, assorted media, and beverage enthusiasts gathered for the 2014 edition of the The Golden Tap Awards, which bills itself as "Ontario's most democratic beer awards event."

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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Montage Yorkville, Nuit Social, Bake Shoppe, Muncheez Deli Creperie

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 18, 2014

toronto restaurant openingsToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Remy's at 115 Yorkville Ave. shuttered this summer to undergo a complete revamp and reopened this week (at least part of it) under the name Montage Yorkville. The rooftop patio is the first to open while a private members club called the Green Room and a downstairs dining room are slated to open in the coming weeks.
  • Nuit Social is now open at 1168 Queen St. West the former home of Happy Child. The new spot is focused on cocktails, craft beers and sharable plates like charcuterie, cheese boards and olives.
  • Muncheez Deli Creperie (7181 Yonge St., Unit 21) in Markham at Yonge St. and Steeles Ave. is now open and serving up made-to-order savoury crepes packed with cold cuts.

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Should some Toronto restaurants ban children?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

el furniture warehouseWhat would you say to a ban on children in Toronto restaurants? The idea recently surfaced around our proverbial water cooler when a commenter complained that she was turned away from El Furniture Warehouse on account of her children. We followed up with the restaurant, which claims that it does not have an anti-kids policy but is merely mindful of who can and can't enter based on underage drinking.

It would probably be a PR disaster for a restaurant to come right out and say that it was banning children, but I can also imagine that this would be a very attractive rule for many Toronto diners who simply don't want to have to deal with kids crying, whining, and dumping food on the floor. I won't even mention the servers, who I'm quite sure would love to be free of that hassle.

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