Honourable mentions go to Gilaneh, Anatolia, Darband, Red Rose Patisserie S. Lefkowitz, Tabule. None of them quite recognize the concept of "brunch" - though they serve mighty fine mid-day fare in a timeframe that falls into brunching territory.
Here are my picks for the top restaurants for Middle Eastern brunch in Toronto.
Here are my picks for the top restaurants for a boozy brunch in Toronto.
Naturally, the process for definitively determining the oldest bars in the city is subject to some debate, as business this old have often changed focus over the years. While we've researched our list, please feel free to make other compelling suggestions in the comments section.
Here are some of the oldest pubs and bars in Toronto.
Toronto Food Events: Thrill of the Grill, Oyster Fest, Taste of Thailand, Summer Sundays, Sausage League
- Taking place on Saturday, July 19 from noon to 4pm, the Thrill of the Grill, organized by the Danforth BIA, will raise funds for kidney cancer research while showcasing local restaurants and merchants. Five Danforth restaurants and one butcher will compete to win over crowds and celebrity judges with delectable racks of BBQ ribs.
- Taste of Thailand, a free outdoor festival celebrating Thai food and culture, takes place at Nathan Phillips Square th July 19 and 20 from noon until 8pm. The event will feature free cultural shows, Thai delicacies for sale, cooking demos and carving workshops.
- The 26th Ontario Oyster Festival at Rodney's (469 King St. West) promises a shuckin' good time, featuring fresh oysters, mussels, and lobster, on Sunday, July 20 from 2pm to 10pm. Tickets ($32) get you admission plus two drink tickets, and one plate of oysters or one hot food item. Additional food and drink tickets are $5.
- Summer Sundays, happening July 20 and 27, will transform the rooftop terrace at Malaparte (at the Bell Lightbox) into a champagne garden featuring full service brunch stations catered by O&B. Tickets are $45 and include two complimentary Perrier-Jouët champagne cocktails.
- The Sausage League at Marben (488 Wellington St. West) continues this week with, Valdez facing off against Caplansky's on Tuesday, July 22, and Geraldine taking on The Drake Hotel on Wednesday, July 23. From 5:30pm on, diners will have the chance to taste and vote for the winner.
- Fancy Franks (326 College St.) is partnering with SickKids for National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 23, serving up free hot dogs from its patio from noon until 7pm. Enjoy a free weiner and support a good cause with a donation or purchase of a drink or merchandise.
- Pulp Kitchen has opened another juice bar at 565 Danforth Ave.
- Ossington Stop is now open at 1154 Dundas St. West. Today (Thursday July 17), the shop is offering a free lunch of BBQ ribs, pork steamed buns, and chicken 'n' waffles from noon until 5pm.
- Yunaghi, a new Japanese bistro, aims to be open this Saturday, July 19. The new spot takes over the address where Ici Bistro used to be at 538 Manning Ave.
- El Furnture Warehouse at 410 Bloor opens tomorrow, Friday July 18. The west coast import specializes in $5 foods.
Here are this week's worst offenders on DineSafe.