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Baju at the Monarch Tavern / Barbecue

12 Clinton St. 416.531.5833 Website
Baju at the Monarch Tavern

Baju at the Monarch Tavern is the newest venture by Zane Caplansky, Toronto's smoked meat maven, who has built something of an institution with both his celebrated deli and his...

Scratch Kitchen / Brunch

3471 Yonge St. 416.544.9595 Website
Scratch Kitchen

Scratch Kitchen recently replaced the short-lived Middle Eastern kitchen Cleo on Yonge Street north of Lawrence. It's a venture by chef/owner Mike Tucker, whose resume lists O&B, Cowbell, Brockton General...

Borealia / Eclectic

59 Ossington Ave. 647.351.5100 Website

Borealia on Ossington is a novel 45-seat restaurant devoted to revitalizing and modernizing the historic cuisines of native, early settlers and subsequent waves of immigrants to Canada. Newly opened by proprietors...

Ciao Roma / Pizza

28 Roytec Rd L4L 8E4 905.264.2121 Website
Ciao Roma

Ciao Roma brings Roman style Pizza al Taglio (by the cut) to Woodbridge. Owner Rob Federici has been in business for almost four years now, specializing in this less common...

Eulalie's Corner Store / Pub Food

1438 Gerrard St. East Website
Eulalie's Corner Store

Eulalie's Corner Store is a new spot in Little India to head for a nosh and a tipple. Tucked away on Ashdale at Gerrard (there's a big arrow sign that...

Centro Panini / Sandwiches

3883 Rutherford Rd. 905.266.0984 Website
Centro Panini

Centro Panini is an Italian sandwich shop located in an anonymous Woodbridge strip mall. Neither the concept, nor the menu are particularly unique in this neck of the woods (California...

Iberia-Sur / Latin American

839 College St. 416.532.3300 Website

Iberia-Sur is a new family-run restaurant at College and Ossington that aims to meld Argentinian and Portuguese cuisine into one harmonious (and delicious) whole. The spot represents a lifelong dream...

Moo Frites / Pub Food

178 Baldwin St. Website
Moo Frites

Moo Frites, a new takeout spot in Kensington Market that opened a little over a month ago, is something Toronto has been lacking until now: a standalone shop that specializes...

Duggan's Brewery (Parkdale) / Pub Food

1346 Queen St. West 416.588.1086 Website
Duggan's Brewery (Parkdale)

Duggan's Brewery Parkdale isn't owner Mike Duggan's first trip to the rodeo. Having been involved with brewing beer in some form or another since he was in his twenties, Duggan...

Kinton Ramen (North York) / Japanese

5165 Yonge St. 647.350.7887 Website
Kinton Ramen (North York)

Kinton Ramen North York opened last month at Yonge and Empress, marking the fourth location in the local ramen chain. The tight, compact interior is much the same as the...

Korean Cowboy / Korean

2368 Yonge St 416.519.1301 Website
Korean Cowboy

Korean Cowboy opened two months ago in the space formerly occupied by the sports bar Main Event at Yonge and Eglinton, and based on its quirky name alone my interest...

Memphis BBQ / Barbecue

8074 Islington Ave 905.265.9003 Website
Memphis BBQ

Memphis BBQ is a divey roadhouse on Islington - it's the original home of Big Bone BBQ, sold off to independent ownership once the Southern Ontario-wide chain took off. John...

Ricci's Pizzeria / Pizza

8401 Weston Road 905.850.8325 Website
Ricci's Pizzeria

Ricci's Pizzeria & Sandwich Shoppe in Woodbridge might look slick, but it's actually an old school joint with a pedigree and reputation earned over 25 years of serving sandwiches at...

ACR Hot Roti / Roti

2680 Lawrence Ave E 416.755.7806
ACR Hot Roti

ACR Hot Roti deals in Trinidadian foods offered at exceptional value. Occupying a unit among a jumble of storefronts in a Lawrence East strip mall, it's a strictly take-out operation...

The Contender / Pub Food

1166 Dundas St. West 416.792.3513 Website
The Contender

The Contender is the latest in a recent wave of sports bars to hit Dundas West, joining The Dock Ellis and The Derby, both further west, and Opera Bob's, just...

Mama's Boys Burgers / Burgers

480 Danforth Rd. 416.269.6262 Website
Mama's Boys Burgers

Mama's Boys Burgers is a family-run diner that's been open for three years at the corner of Danforth Road and Birchmount. Formerly a Portuguese grill, the eatery still features plenty of...

Pizzeria Libretto (University) / Pizza

155 University Ave. 416.551.0433 Website
Pizzeria Libretto (University)

Pizzeria Libretto has opened a Financial District outpost, a massive dining hall on University at King that will serve as a bastion for business lunches. The third location of Rocco...

Pulp & Press / Juice Bar

833 King St. West 416.546.3033 Website
Pulp & Press

Pulp & Press is the brand-new Toronto offshoot of a London, Ont.-based juice company. What began as a plan to do a juice cleanse quickly turned into a business late...

Ovest / Italian

788 King St. West 416.214.6161 Website

Ovest Cucina e Vineria is a massive (4,700 square foot) Italian restaurant on King West helmed by Sicilian chef Luca Stracquadanio (ex-Terroni) and general manager, Marco Celio (ex-Buca). The 120-seat restaurant...

Dandylion / Eclectic

1198 Queen St. West 647.464.9100 Website

Dandylion on West Queen West is an obliging new 30-seat dining room from Chef Jay Carter (formerly of Centro and ex-exec chef for Susur Lee). It's a modest effort for...

K&K Food Stand / Vegetarian

150 King St. West 416.260.7777 Website
K&K Food Stand

K&K Food Stand is the second location in a growing family of "meatless, wheatless" grab-and-go eateries catering to health-conscious downtown lunch crowds. Like the original franchise, Kupfert & Kim, the...

Mona's Roti / Roti

4810 Sheppard Ave. East 416.412.1200 Website
Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti is the epitome of family Caribbean cooking. There really is a Mona, and she has been preparing her famous roti for over 25 years. Mona's menu also includes...

Maha's Restaurant / Brunch

226 Greenwood Ave. 416.462.2703 Website
Maha's Restaurant

Maha's is a new Egyptian brunch spot that's been on Greenwood, just north of Gerrard, for a little over a month. It's the kind of space where you almost feel...

Completo / Latin American

5 Coady Avenue 416.901.9233 Website

Completo began as a temporary alley stand serving up Chilean-style steak sandwiches and boxes of steak and eggs over fries at the El Gordo Food Court at 214 Augusta Ave....

Loaded Pierogi / Eastern European

9 Church St. 647.344.0088 Website
Loaded Pierogi

Loaded Pierogi (not to be confused with The Saucy Pierogi) is a newly opened restaurant and vodka bar located at the base of Church Street where Great Burger Kitchen used...

Michael's on Simcoe / Steak

100 Simcoe St 416.260.5100 Website
Michael's on Simcoe

Michael's on Simcoe is an ideal place to dine if you enjoy the finer things in life - namely, a top-quality steak or an expertly made Italian dish (it also...

Queen Margherita Pizza (Dundas) / Pizza

772 Dundas St. West 647.748.4666 Website
Queen Margherita Pizza (Dundas)

Queen Margherita Pizza has finally opened the doors to its Dundas West outpost after two years in the making. It's the third outpost for the fast-expanding brand of Neapolitan-style pizzerias...

Sushi Moto / Japanese

4901 Yonge Street 416.224.0741 Website
Sushi Moto

Sushi Moto has been open for almost five years in North York, taking over from the gnarly Black Sheep Pub on Yonge Street, north of Sheppard. This area is replete...

Johnny's Charbroiled Hamburgers / Burgers

2595 Victoria Park Avenue 416.491.7222
Johnny's Charbroiled Hamburgers

Johnny's Hamburgers is kind of like an old high school friend, one I haven't seen in far too long but remember fondly from good times past. I'm sure as a...

Buna's Kitchen / Sandwiches

388 Richmond St. West, Unit 5B 647.338.7147 Website
Buna's Kitchen

Buna's Kitchen, located on Richmond at Spadina, is the newest addition the neighbourhood's quick-service dining options. Owners Taylor Heon and Grace An met at George Brown chef school, and now,...

Bitondo Pizzeria & Sandwiches / Pizza

11 Clinton Street 416.533.4101
Bitondo Pizzeria & Sandwiches

Bitondo's is a tiny, old school pizzeria located on Clinton, a residential street removed from the bustle of Little Italy's main drag. It's a strictly take-out operation, which you'd think...

Lee Garden / Chinese

331 Spadina Ave. 416.593.9524 Website
Lee Garden

Lee Garden has been a Chinatown fixture on Spadina for over 35 years, and its popularity doesn't seem to have waned since my newly-immigrated parents regularly came to eat here...

Nana / Thai

785 Queen St. West 647.352.5773 Website

Nana is finally open on Queen after more than a year of teasing to its potential, with papered windows advertising absurd concepts like New Delhi Burgers, Sammy's Sammies, and...

Essen / Middle Eastern

1282 Dundas St. West 416.534.0407 Website

Essen, translated from German means "to eat" - it's the also the latest incarnation of Leor Zimerman's Dundas West restaurant, which was previously open under the name Quinta. The shift from...

The Borough / Pub Food

1352 Danforth Ave. 416.901.1429 Website
The Borough

The Borough opened about a month ago on an up-and-coming stretch of Danforth East between Greenwood and Coxwell that has already welcomed places like Red Rocket, The Wren and Sweet...

Buca (Yorkville) / Italian

53 Scollard St. 416.962.2822 Website
Buca (Yorkville)

Buca Osteria & Bar, a.k.a Buca Yorkville, is the third outpost from the King Street Food Company. The entrance to the posh new digs is recessed behind the Four Seasons...

Han Ba Tang / Korean

4862 Yonge St. 416.546.8218 Website
Han Ba Tang

Han Ba Tang is a newly-opened Korean restaurant and bar in North York, featuring traditional ingredients with a modern twist as well as innovative cocktails. The restaurant's name actually means...

Little Fin / Seafood

4 Temperance St. 647.348.7000 Website
Little Fin

Little Fin, now open at the base of the Dineen Building in the Financial District, aims to bait the expense-account toting, Bay St. lunch crowd with a seafood-centric menu that...

Kaiju / Japanese

384 Yonge St. 647.748.6338 Website

Kaiju is a small fast-food stall hidden away in a dismal, mostly empty basement food court that's part of the new Shops at Aura under the Aura condo building at...

Mr. Flamingo / Eclectic

1265 Dundas St. West 647.351.1100 Website
Mr. Flamingo

Mr. Flamingo has flown under the radar since opening a couple weeks ago. While it's not hidden, its Dundas West street front is anything but ostentatious, quietly announced by just...

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  • Scratch Kitchen I have a sneaking suspicion you just bit the bait.
  • Mare Pizzeria The slices are excellent, some of the best around. They use great cheese and the thin crust is a nicely balance, not overwhelming me with mouthfuls of dry bread as...
  • Souv Like Very nice food in the heart of the danforth
  • Chew Chew's Diner Food was okay. A little underwhelming. But all of the staff were extremely friendly!
  • Indian Roti House I love the mutter paneer roti.
  • Iberia-Sur Sorry, but the food is not good. Definetly overpriced for the quality of food. We had the grilled calamari but the salad was overdressed and too sour. The flank steak...
  • Da Foo Seafood Cuisine Portions are good, especially for the price. The siu mai is huge! Also love the spare ribs with olive on rice.
  • Matsuda Japanese Cuisine I recommend the mango rolls, chicken skewers, and the mango yogurts. Service is OK. Sometimes they might give less than you ordered - I find it hard to keep track...
  • Pai Ate here it was pretty good but busy and waitress was not a looker and was not showing any skin. When will restaurants understand we want fun and entertainment not...
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Thanks for the tip, Sean! I'll check it out.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Did you even try the food? Everything you've said to describe the food is completely inaccurate.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Well everyone here can't be wrong. Glad that there is one thing everyone can agree on. Hopefully the owner reads this and changes his practices.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern I don't think anyone's trying to destroy anyone's business we all know Zane Caplansky's ego is too big for that to happen. He has a successful Smoked meat business and...
  • Bukhara Grill Dropped in around 8:30pm to get a take out. Ordered Chicken Tikka, Naan, rice and Chicken Jafrezi. It took around 25 minutes to make, which I didn't mind as I had...
  • Scratch Kitchen Child haters vs Parents.Both comments by Hasselhoff and Kerry were out of line, the only difference between the two is that Kerry expressed her hate for children. She could of...
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern This is the first brutally honest review I've read from BlogTO. I got to say that it is refreshing to see that not everything on here is painted as amazing....
  • Sorella Toronto Where have you been all my life. The best I have ever had. Keep it up.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Zane Caplansky's name is known is thanks to his amazing PR team. (no idea who they are) Otherwise, anyone who's actually sampled his food knows he's nothing but a publicity joke....
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Not surprised Caplansky's is awful.
  • Scratch Kitchen Dear Kerry - Thank you! I'm fully with you. I would rather eat my shoe that be forced to brunch next to a screaming baby or a toddler...
  • Caplansky's Deli Zane, is that you?
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern Went there 2 weeks ago and was REALLY REALLY excited to try it. I was also REALLY hungry and deep fried cardboard would have sufficed. I agree with everything this review...
  • Scratch Kitchen Please, how mean and miserable are you to comment about children. Yes Hasselhoff did come across as entitled but not all parents are like that including myself. Keep your hating...
  • Scratch Kitchen Keep the $1 an ounce wine coming, like to watch this one unfold.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern I went there a week and a half ago. I had the pulled pork (sans gross, unappealing white bread), and my partner had the deep fried mac and cheese. The BBQ...
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern I ate here and thought everything was great. All the meat was tender, moist and flavourful. Maybe this was an off-night. Maybe I'm okay with no yuppies flocking to Baju.
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern AAA smokes offsite because they use a true Barrel smoker that has to be outside.... no place for that beside condos and hotels downtown. Go to their sister restaurant Mr...
  • Maha's We went in there with high hopes for the food and ready to wait a longer time for it. Surprisingly there was no waiting involved for a 2 person table...
  • Baju at the Monarch Tavern AAA is a hipster pseudo dive with bad food not even smoked onsite and even worse service. Try AFT if you want both great BBQ at much better value for...
  • Scratch Kitchen Are you serious dude -- the world does not start and stop with your progeny -- in fact there are those of us who hate the hordes of bratty Toronto...

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