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Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) / Middle Eastern

6283 Yonge St. 416.792.4420 Website
Famous Laffa (Yonge St.)

Famous Laffa has opened its first franchised location on Yonge St. just south of Steeles. It's a two storey joint where the kitchen and takeout counter operate on the main...

Blackbird Bistro / Sandwiches

993 Bloor St. West Website
Blackbird Bistro

Blackbird Bistro has taken over the former nest of the Rustic Owl in Bloorcourt. At first glance, it might seem like a simple name change - the robin's-egg-coloured chairs are...

Fat City Blues / Creole

890 College St. 647.345.8282 Website
Fat City Blues

Fat City Blues officially opened on Thursday, bringing a New Orleans-style bar and a new music venue for jazz and blues to the city. Occupying the space at the northeast...

Le Modern Japanese Cuisine / Sushi

8920 Woodbine Ave. Markham 905.604.7800 Website
Le Modern Japanese Cuisine

Le Modern Japanese Cuisine is a little hidden away - it's located in the ground level of a nondescript business complex tucked into a side street off Woodbine Ave. If...

Furlough / French

924 Queen St. West 647.348.2525 Website

Furlough is a new restaurant from the brains behind BarChef serving European bistro fare. It opened two months ago, taking over what was previously Ursa. Owners Brent VanderVeen and Frankie...

Let's Be Frank / Hot Dogs

460 Spadina Ave. 416.519.7256 Website
Let's Be Frank

Let's Be Frank has taken over the space formerly occupied by dingy punk bar 460 at Spadina and College. It's now been revamped into a hot dog bar and sit-down...

Mr. Tonkatsu / Japanese

520 Bloor St. West 416.537.9000 Website
Mr. Tonkatsu

Mr. Tonkatsu pretty much spells out what you're going to get right before you even walk in the door. The recently-opened Bloor and Bathurst eatery specializes in tonkatsu - Japanese-style...

La Carnita (Queen East) / Mexican

780 Queen St. East 647.344.0780 Website
La Carnita (Queen East)

La Carnita is now open on the east side occupying the Riverside address that was formerly home to Rasputin. The new 80-seat eatery and bar, designed by owner Andrew Richmond...

H Bar / Pub Food

859 Queen St. West 647.352.4227 Website
H Bar

H Bar just opened on West Queen West in the space formerly occupied by Sweet Lulu. The eatery is a joint project by Kate Hancock and Phil Hubbard, two food-industry...

One Pizza / Pizza

169 King St. East 647.350.3228 Website
One Pizza

One Pizza is a pizzeria built on a simple - and ingenious - concept. Though the menu at the King East spot spans several signature pizzas and dozens of toppings,...

Nine Restaurant & Tapas Bar / Korean

9 Roncesvalles Ave. 416.512.2589 Website
Nine Restaurant & Tapas Bar

Nine Restaurant and Tapas Bar is a new Korean snack bar at the base of Roncesvalles north of Queen. Owner Alex Kim is actually a contractor who's worked on interiors...

Campo / Brunch

244 Jane St. 647.346.2267 Website

Campo in Baby Point opened late last year in what used to be Fish Camp, and before that, just Camp. Owners and chefs Joe Fiocco and Carlos Ventura, who met...

Chelo & Co. / Persian

811 Queen St. W 647.350.5581 Website
Chelo & Co.

Chelo & Co. is a Persian takeout counter now open on West Queen West. Chef and owner Azadeh Hirbod grew up in her father's restaurant Karoon, which operated in the...

Local 1794 / Pub Food

1794 Danforth Ave. 416.463.1794 Website
Local 1794

Local 1794 is a new gastropub in the Danforth East area at Coxwell. What used to be Colombo's Pizza has been turned into a family-friendly neighbourhood bar and eatery by...

Salad Days (Yonge and Bloor) / Vegetarian

20 Bloor St. E Website
Salad Days (Yonge and Bloor)

Salad Days has opened a second location at the Bloor and Yonge concourse, which is pretty much on the same turf as where it began in the Cumberland food court....

b.good / Burgers

100 Front St. East 416.363.4663 Website

b.good opened its first Canadian location last month, bringing the farm-to-table fast food franchise specializing in salads, burgers and kale and quinoa bowls to Front St. East across from St....

Bareburger / Burgers

111 Dundas St. West 647.345.2273 Website

Bareburger is an organic burger chain with New York City origins going back to 2009. Over the past six years, it's quickly expanded from one restaurant to over 20 throughout...

Apache Burgers / Burgers

5236 Dundas Street West 416.233.3046
Apache Burgers

Apache Burgers is one of the most iconic burger joints in Toronto, renowned over the years as a source for cheap, fast foods served in a retro setting. The spot's...

Backwoods Smokehouse / Barbecue

50 Clinton St. 647.350.7177 Website
Backwoods Smokehouse

Backwoods Smokehouse & Whisky Bar recently opened on Clinton at College. The name is a little misleading - for me it conjures up an expectation of remote BBQ pits of...

The Dirty Bird / Sandwiches

79 Kensington Ave. 647.345.2473 Website
The Dirty Bird

The Dirty Bird is a newly opened chicken and waffle outfit in Kensington Market. It's a collaborative effort between partners Daniel Quintas and Josh Scott (both of Insomnia), Brian Butler...

Hanmoto / Asian

2 Lakeview Ave. Website

Hanmoto is a new destination for late night eats found just north of Dundas, west of Ossington. It's owned by Leemo Han of OddSeoul (and formerly Swish by Han). The 30-seat...

Mr. Mike's / Pizza

269 Morningside Ave. 416.901.0909 Website
Mr. Mike's

Mr. Mike's Pizza Company delivers across Scarborough from its location on Morningside. Behind the name and the illustrated logo featuring a smiling chef in a white hat, there really is...

Honest Weight / Seafood

2766 Dundas St. West 416.604.9992 Website
Honest Weight

Honest Weight is an indie fish counter and kitchen in The Junction where customers will find pristine seafood to take home, or, enjoy for immediate consumption. Owners John Bil and Victoria...

Simone's / Caribbean

596 Danforth Ave. 416.792.5252

Simone's may not exactly be the first thing you think of when it comes to grabbing a bite on the Danforth, but it should be. This homey Caribbean restaurant has...

Bar Raval / Spanish

505 College St. Website
Bar Raval

Bar Raval opened its doors at the corner of College and Palmerston, inside the former home of Teatro, to more than a little fanfare this past week. Almost a year...

Junked Food Co. / Pub Food

1256 Dundas St. W 647.343.5326 Website
Junked Food Co.

Junked Food Co. wants to divert hungry post-bar revellers away from the neighbouring 7-Eleven and through its doors. It's an easy sell if you've emerged from any one of the...

The Empanada Company / Latin American

122 Forthieth Street 647.435.5003 Website
The Empanada Company

Empanada Company occupies a nook next Woody's Burgers, where it's unlikely to receive much attention. Walk-ins will discover it to be a tiny retail outlet with just a window for...

Kal & Mooy / Ethiopian

238 Queen St. West 647.463.4626 Website
Kal & Mooy

Kal & Mooy has grown from being the city's first East African food truck to opening a permanent take-out stall - located in the Queen Live Fresh Food Market by...

Billy Jacks Po' Boys / Sandwiches

3369 Bloor St. W 647.352.3369 Website
Billy Jacks Po' Boys

Billy Jacks Po'Boys is home to what is likely the largest selection of po'boy sandwiches in Toronto. The casual 46-seat restaurant can be found on Bloor West near Islington, and...

D & Y Sushi / Sushi

2861 Dundas St. West 647.350.2996 Website
D & Y Sushi

D & Y Sushi opened last month in the Junction by Dundas and Keele, taking over the space that used to be Phil's Espresso Bar. Named after the owner/sushi chef,...

Flor de Sal / Portuguese

501 Davenport Rd. 416.923.2604 Website
Flor de Sal

Flor de Sal opened in November, taking over the Corner House on Davenport between Casa Loma and the Toronto Archives. The new owner, first-time restaurateur Cristina Da Costa, has spared...

Woody's Burgers / Burgers

3795 Lake Shore Boulevard West 416.546.2093 Website
Woody's Burgers

Woody's Burgers has been in business since 2009 on the Lakeshore slinging burgers and fries, long before Toronto's burger craze really started to heat-up. Owner Greg Brown is unfazed by...

Chris Jerk / Caribbean

2570 Birchmount Road 416.297.5375
Chris Jerk

Chris Jerk is Caribbean bistro in Scarborough where the main attraction is jerk shawarma - two words that strike fear into my heart as I imagine a fusion of Caribbean...

The 47 / Eclectic

1211 Bloor St. West Website
The 47

The 47 is a recently opened bar and late night food joint in Bloordale occupying what was formerly Ortolan. Gone is the fine dining but Chef Daniel Usher is still...

Thrive Organic Kitchen / Vegetarian

3473 Lake Shore Boulevard West 416.252.7700 Website
Thrive Organic Kitchen

Thrive Organic Kitchen is a bright and sunny vegetarian restaurant on Lakeshore West; removed from the downtown core, it's located in an area where vegetarian destinations are scarce. The 75-seat...

Chill Grill and Cafe / Middle Eastern

2183 Danforth Ave. 416.546.6647 Website
Chill Grill and Cafe

Chill Grill and Cafe is a new shisha cafe and restaurant on the East Danforth at Woodbine. It opened two months ago as House of Bengal, but the name has...

Sumac Kebab Kitchen / Middle Eastern

287 Dundas St. West
Sumac Kebab Kitchen

Sumac Kebab Kitchen recently opened next to OCAD at Dundas and McCaul, specializing in - you guessed it - kebabs. The Middle Eastern restaurant, named after the lemony powdered spice...

Osgoode Hall Restaurant / Eclectic

130 Queen St. West 416.947.3361 Website
Osgoode Hall Restaurant

Osgoode Hall Restaurant has been a well-kept lunch secret among the legal community for years. Unless you're a lawyer or a judge, most people aren't even aware that the beautiful...

Whelan's Gate / Pub Food

1663 Bloor Street West 647.478.6388 Website
Whelan's Gate

Whelan's Gate has been the local Irish pub on Bloor just east of High Park since 1992. Throughout the years, it's changed owners five or six times, and at the...

180 Secondi / Pizza

21B St. Clair Ave. West 647.350.7180 Website
180 Secondi

180 Secondi opened earlier this month at Yonge and St. Clair right beside Union Social Eatery. Claiming to be the first of its kind in Canada, this casual, assembly-line style...

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  • Ricci's Pizzeria Blogto can write about any place it feels. I personally believe any place in the greater Toronto area (Oakville to Oshawa) should really be covered here. There are...
  • Fat City Blues Looks like it could be great. But to live up to the name they should have crawfish and lots of BBQ.
  • Ricci's Pizzeria look at these 416ers...they can't get enough of woodbridge! lol...I'm guessing you guys are tired of the $15 burgers and pubs.
  • Skin + Bones Wine Bar These items commonly carried their personal Chinese titles and synopses and had been dubbed more than in Mandarin.
  • Ricci's Pizzeria What is with the signage out front? On sale with no guidance from anyone related to basic design 101. No one in Italy would dare do that.
  • Chelo & Co. Mabrook. Congrats
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) paramount sucks. I'm Asian and even I know what good middle eastern food should taste like. paramount are for white folks who thinks A and W is the go to...
  • The Dirty Bird If you wear a DirtyBird (the Toronto band) t-shirt, do you get free chicken??
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) I agree with JW. Paramount is very OVER RATTED. It's rather horrible! I went with a couple of friends and I was very excited, because of the hype. But, I...
  • Blackbird Bistro Amazing food and super sweet staff help make this bistro an incredible addition the neighbourhood. They're coffee is rich in flavor and have a great variety of milk...
  • Mr. Tonkatsu It was not bad but nothing special either. More like a fast food parlour and kinda tasteless MEH
  • Stack Restaurant you had me giving it a try till until you said "fall off the bone ribs". Eww! Ribs are meant to be removed with your teeth and eaten with...
  • Blackbird Bistro Hey, smart guys. The sign you're complaining about has been up for years, including while Rustic Owl was in that space.
  • Queen St. Warehouse Overall I would say I enjoyed my experience here. In terms of customer service, it was not consistent. Some of the wait-staff were super friendly and helpful while others seemed...
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) Paramount is good but Rifca is the best Laffa was never good to start
  • Veghed Your comment is pure snobbery written under the guise of constructive criticism. Sorry but hope this constructive criticism helps you become a less judgmental person.
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) Paramount is highly over-rated, at least the one in Scarborough...
  • Europe Bar and Restaurant Amazing this place is absolutely amazing biggest portions I have ever seen I have enough to take home for another lunch and dinner! The price is great too
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) 'which arguably isn't as good as Dr. Laffa already' I've eaten at the Magnetic Drive location a number of times, and have seen no difference between back when it was Dr...
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) Paul - Paramount is only a few blocks north of Steeles on Yonge.
  • Famous Laffa (Yonge St.) None of their offerings are delicious. We need a Paramount or Ali baba in this corner!
  • Fat City Blues Bread & Butter is becoming one of Toronto's best companies for the reclaimed wood products. Good looks, been really impressed with some of their projects lately.
  • Blackbird Bistro Great space and delicious food. My only hesitation is the lack of kitchen space ventilation means your clothes will smell like oily panini for the rest of the day (though...
  • Le Modern Japanese Cuisine lunch or dinner... are the food completely different to be that off? If new restaurant is still making improvements, then for sure can accept constructive criticism. For sure the owner paid to...
  • Blackbird Bistro I believe that sign looks like breadsticks put together. It is rather interesting but you need to spell it out; people are not thinking clearly when they are hungry!...
  • Osgoode Hall Restaurant I've been there a handful of times, and as a vegetarian, the food is okay, but their $14.(!) falafel is the blandest, most uninspired one I've had in some time.
  • Backwoods Smokehouse The oracle knows! This is good food! Try the food then make your statement and judgement yourself. Raj on the other hand just finish school at borden or own a...
  • Sorella Toronto Open on a Sunday said the sign. Sorella is never open on a Sunday and that's why I had yet to try the sausages. I walked in and the smell...
  • Maha's Went the for brunch this weekend. It was a MAD zoo. Said it would be 45 min wait. Ok doable. 1.5 hours later finally got a tablefor 2. Expected amazing...
  • H Bar KeithTO should also stay home, nobody wants to hang with a douchy old grump. I used to go to Sweet Lulu until I ate something that made me ill. Never...

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