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SpeakEasy 21 / Pub Food

21 Adelaide St. West 416.601.0210 Website
SpeakEasy 21

SpeakEasy 21 is a new sleek cocktail lounge in Scotiabank Plaza. Where most prohibition-style pubs aspire to an air of secretiveness, this 1920s-inspired venue is entirely on display, walled with...


Gordo Ex Cafe / Latin American

1048 Bathurst St. 416.894.7905 Website
Gordo Ex Cafe

Gordo Ex Cafe has been open for over a year on the up-and-coming Dupont and Bathurst strip, which includes the wonderful Annex Pawn and newcomer Sugary Swirls. Perhaps its vaguely...


Gyugyuya / Japanese

177 Dundas St. West 416.546.5629 Website
Gyugyuya

Gyugyuya, a recent addition to a crowded stretch of Dundas, is a rare Japanese restaurant in Toronto not focused on sushi. No, Gyugyuya is a curry house, serving up large...


Luckee / Dim Sum

328 Wellington St. West 416.935.0400 Website
Luckee

Luckee, renowned chef Susur Lee's latest restaurant, is an all-day dim sum spot situated at the base of the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. Formerly Senses, the restaurant has been dramatically redesigned...



Farmacia Juice Bar / Juice Bar

2096 Queen St. East 647.341.3276 Website
Farmacia Juice Bar

Farmacia Juice Bar is riding Toronto's new wave of power juicing all the way to the Beach. The bar's owner, former physical trainer Stefano Sanna, started out by making nutrient-dense...


Tavern by Trevor / Pub Food

147 Spadina Ave. 416.546.3447 Website
Tavern by Trevor

The Tavern by Trevor is the latest project from Trevor Wilkinson, of Trevor Kitchen & Bar, and Mike "Yuker" Yaworski, of neighbouring Spadina bar Wide Open. The duo had noticed...


County Cocktail & Snack Bar / Sandwiches

798 Queen St. East 416.781.4743 Website
County Cocktail & Snack Bar

The County Cocktail & Snack Bar, the newest offering from Queen West's County General, has recently opened its doors on Queen East, instantly causing a new rift in the never-ending...


The Workshop by Latitude / Eclectic

331 Roncesvalles Ave. 416.785.2123 Website
The Workshop by Latitude

The Workshop by Latitude inhabits a storefront on Roncesvalles previously home to the Fat Cat Wine Bar. Still owned by executive chef Mathew Sutherland, the new casual concept has already...



Me Va Me Kitchen Express / Middle Eastern

240 Queen St. W 416.546.3770 Website
Me Va Me Kitchen Express

Me Va Me Kitchen Express is the new downtown offshoot of Thornhill's most prolific chain of Eastern Mediterranean restaurants owned by Albert Nachomov. Distinguishing itself from the family restaurants north...


La Creole / Caribbean

810 St. Clair Ave. W 416.651.8228 Website
La Creole

La Creole is a Haitian restaurant on St. Clair offering a traditional menu based on the culinary traditions of the Caribbean influenced by French, Latin, Spanish and African cookery. Owners...


Schnitzeland / Eastern European

100 Steeles Ave. W 905.597.4777 Website
Schnitzeland

Schnitzeland opened just over a year ago, straddling the 416/905 divide on the north side of Steeles west of Yonge. With a focused menu living up to their schnitzelized name,...


S. Lefkowitz / Middle Eastern

913 Dundas St W 647.346.8448
S. Lefkowitz

S. Lefkowitz, Toronto's first hummusia is now open where Ezra's Pound on Dundas West once stood. Still owned by Ezra Braves, the space has been refreshed and converted from coffee...



King's Tacos / Mexican

1216 St. Clair Ave. West 647.342.0262
King's Tacos

King's Tacos has been serving up Mexican fare in Toronto since the early 80s, though not always at its current location. The somewhat spartan restaurant, often packed, rightly takes pride...


Kwan / Dim Sum

1496 Yonge St. 416.901.6618
Kwan

Kwan is a 120-seat dim sum parlour Yonge and St. Clair that takes over the former home of the French restaurant Didier. The space inherits marble floors and wood finishings...


Picnic / Sandwiches

60 Bloor St. W 416.644.8888 Website
Picnic

Picnic isn't all parkside blue skies, lush grass, and catching a tan sunny-side up on checkered blanket. So don't expect the customary baguette, processed cheese and cold cuts, ziplocked veggie...


East Thirty Six / French

36 Wellington St. E 647.350.3636 Website
East Thirty Six

East Thirty Six, an ambitious new restaurant and cocktail bar, is now open on Wellington. It takes over the site that was most recently home to the short-lived Olde Towne...



The Citizen / Pub Food

522 King St. W 416.703.2800 Website
The Citizen

The Citizen is the newest iteration of the Brant House, a casual 200-seat hangout geared towards the King West professional set. Designed by Ian Rydberg of Solid Design & Build,...


Byblos / Middle Eastern

11 Duncan St. 647.660.0909 Website
Byblos

Byblos, located on the first two floors of the Storys Building, is the latest venture from Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji, the same pair behind Weslodge and Patria. As I've...


Charmaine's Place / Caribbean

1930 Davenport Rd. 416.792.1930 Website
Charmaine's Place

Charmaine's Place is a small take-out joint on a quiet stretch of Davenport, just east of Old Weston Road at Laughton Avenue. Co-owners Charmaine and Zephie, focus on serving the...


Hello Darling / Brunch

827 Lansdowne Ave 416.555.5555 Website
Hello Darling

Hello Darling is a super cute, sunny week-round brunch spot on Lansdowne at Wallace. It's owned by Kimberley England, a career art school student, who finished off an academic tour...



Starving Artist (St. Clair West) / Brunch

1078 St. Clair Ave. W 416.901.7479 Website
Starving Artist (St. Clair West)

Starving Artist now boasts two locations thanks to this newly opened waffle house on St. Clair. At only a few weeks old, the bright spot has already become a local...


Yakitori Kintori / Japanese

668 Bloor St. W 416.551.7588 Website
Yakitori Kintori

Yakitori Kintori is a compact bar perched above the recently opened Kinton Ramen on Bloor. The snack bar devoted to Japanese skewered meats is the newest edition to the Guu...


Pizza Nova / Pizza

2272 Lawrence Avenue East 416.751.1200 Website
Pizza Nova

The original Pizza Nova that started the pizza chain still exists in Scarbrough near Lawrence and Kennedy. The almost 50 year old pizza institution started out with one humble restaurant,...


Lipstick & Dynamite / Vegetarian

992 Queen St. W 416.535.4554 Website
Lipstick & Dynamite

Lipstick & Dynamite is what owners Celeste Toledo and Steve Cann call a "bar-staurant." It's an unpretentious spot with the intentional attitude of dive bar but also homey, nostalgic touches...



Fry Haus / German

296 Gerrard St. E 416.901.3100
Fry Haus

Fry Haus is a fast food counter fluent in German-Canadian street foods. Situated on Gerrard at Parliament, the tiny shop doesn't offer any seating but is equipped to handle take-out...


Come and Get It (Queen St.) / Sandwiches

676 Queen St. 647.344.3416 Website
Come and Get It (Queen St.)

Come and Get It is back in business, now at a permanent location on Queen St. just west of Bathurst. Unlike the previous pop-up incarnation which was always designed to...


The Goods / Vegetarian

1255 Dundas St. W 647.340.4663 Website
The Goods

The Goods has opened its doors on Dundas West and is now offering fast, fresh clean-eating to the neighbourhood in addition to an already thriving lunch delivery service that caters...


850 Degrees / Pizza

3455 Lakeshore Blvd West 416.503.0850 Website
850 Degrees

850 degrees has been open for about a month in the city's west end near Lakeshore and Thirtieth. Owner and Chef Chris Beard recently moved here from the UK to...



Glas Wine Bar / Eclectic

1118 Queen St. East 647.351.4527 Website
Glas Wine Bar

Glas Wine Bar in Leslieville packs more prestige than the nearly two years of quiet acclaim lets on. For a supper spot whose owner and chef, Danny Pantano, racked a...


Get Melted / Sandwiches

600 Church St. 647.350.6358 Website
Get Melted

Get Melted opened its doors at the very end of 2013 and has been bringing its own brand of upscale yet affordable grilled cheese to the Village ever since. The...


Scaddabush / Italian

382 Yonge St. 416.597.8838 Website
Scaddabush

Scaddabush is nestled between Reds Midtown Tavern and Duke's Refresher at the pedestal of the Aura Condos at Yonge and Gerrard. The rustic Italian cucina completes the trio of varied...


Ze Ze Food and Drink / Eclectic

1704 Queen St. W 416.901.9951 Website
Ze Ze Food and Drink

ZeZe Food and Drink is a newly opened cafe, restaurant, and cocktail bar residing in the former Bar Salumi space near Queen and Lansdowne. Owned by chef Haeyeon An and...



Rose City Kitchen / Middle Eastern

406 Queen St. W 416.603.8102 Website
Rose City Kitchen

Rose City Kitchen is a newly opened Middle Eastern snack bar on Queen at Spadina. Occupying the tiny corner lot once home to The Big Fish, the new fast food...


Grasshopper / Vegetarian

310 College St. 647.340.3666 Website
Grasshopper

Grasshopper is a newly opened vegetarian restaurant on College that takes over the site formerly occupied by the Mexi-Can market. Now a cheery 24-seat eatery owned by first time restaurateurs...


Bite & Sip / Juice Bar

571 Bloor St. W 416.536.0458 Website
Bite & Sip

Bite & Sip may be the only bright spot in the otherwise doom and gloom over Honest Ed's closing. The smoothie and pretzel shop opened to quiet acclaim under the...


District Oven / Middle Eastern

842 College St. 416.901.7717
District Oven

District Oven, a new restaurant and lounge at College and Ossington, is finally open in the long vacant site that once housed the raucous Portuguese sports bar, Cervejaria. Now an...



Red Sauce / Italian

50 Clinton St. 416.792.6002 Website
Red Sauce

Red Sauce opened at the start of this month to offer a casual 1950s era Brooklyn-styled diner in the heart of Little Italy. Transforming the much-lauded Acadia into something more...


College Street Diner / Brunch

400 College St. 416.920.3115
College Street Diner

College Street Diner has opened in place of Maggie's, a daytime destination that I've long suspected survives thanks to overflow from the nearby Aunties & Uncles. While the menu has...


420 Smokehouse / Barbecue

420 Parliament St. 416.924.5858 Website
420 Smokehouse

420 Smokehouse by name initially conjured up visions of a vapour lounge meets BBQ pit, but owner Virginia Ray laughs and admits she was oblivious to the stoner reference until...


Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ / Barbecue

673 Danforth Ave. 416.469.2270 Website
Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ

Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ newly occupies the south-side storefront on Danforth at Pape previously the home to the short-lived Slider Revolution. Owner and pit master, Warren DeSimone credits his passion for...



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  • SpeakEasy 21 Just because you have a shitty job somewhere else in the city and cant afford to go to these places, doesnt mean bars in the finance district shouldn't be reviewed.
  • SpeakEasy 21 exactly what would you prefer them to review?
  • Cheesewerks Somehow I don't feel sorry for anyone that lets themselves get ripped off by this slop joint - offering 1960's greasy spoon fare and charging top 2014 dollars. Let's hear...
  • SpeakEasy 21 You're right. They should stick to a "smelly dundas hipster dives" vibe.
  • The Grilled Cheese Love this place! so glad it won best grilled cheese in toronto once again!! wheres the owner these days? he was so handsome, but I heard he was like the town...
  • Me Va Me Kitchen Express A sandwich here is $13... that's right $13 they have five Guys beat!!! I didn't bother so I cannot talk about the food but a sandwich is $13!?!
  • Saffron Spice Kitchen This place is gross, the food tastes like rubber. Burger Priest is 2 doors down. Much better bang for your buck.
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  • Shiso Tree Cafe This place is great because owner is Chinese and not Japanese, also noodles are originally Chinese and the tastes are NOt Japanese so GO GO GO
  • Darbar Great Service, delicious food, rich in quality. Pricy but great customer service needs to be reserved limited space.
  • Khao San Road Does khan sao road halal food?
  • Aunties and Uncles Photo six says it all for me. You couldn't pay me to go in there.
  • Gyugyuya Honestly doesn't look that great. What will be great is when someone can bring the amazing Japanese chain of COCo Curry House to Toronto. It would fit in perfectly...
  • Aunties and Uncles Waited 5 minutes to be seated this morning. Food was mediocre. Server had bad attitude for some reason. Overall experience 2.5/5 not sure what the hype is about.
  • Jackson's Burger @KevinBrown, I don't know if you're aware of this or not but Halal is the best option for small business owners. When bought in bulk, it costs the same as...
  • The Wren Great service (someone came by to offer us drinks while we waited for a table) and yummy food! Had the quinoa salad (big portions) and the relish that comes with...
  • Gyugyuya For once a Japanese restaurant not serving sushi in a cookie cutter menu. In Japan curry can be more popular than sushi. Some of the stuff seem to cost on the...
  • Niwatei this place is not as good as Santouka or Momo which is too bad because its in J-town! I've heard great things about the other restaurants around there and was...
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