The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings this spring
New restaurants are about to bloom all across Toronto as the weather warms up. Look forward to a season full of Texas BBQ, Indian and Thai street foods, Asian-inspired breakfasts, vegan comfort food and upmarket Italian and South American-influenced restaurants.
Here are my picks for the most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings this spring.
Adam Skelly, owner of Stoke Stack food truck, is opening his first bricks and mortar location at the beginning of May. The new spot will focus on Texas barbecue served meat market style, including wood-smoked brisket, spare ribs, and sausage by the pound or on a plate.
Slated to open the first week of spring, this spin-off from the folks behind Jatujak will offer an all new menu for dine-in and take out at 3561 Sheppard Avenue East. Look for to dishes like tamarind eggs, haadyai fried chicken and fried ice cream, plus faves including Pad Thai, green Curry and Tom yum Soup.
The newest restaurant from Oliver & Bonacini is set to open in June at Saks' flagship store at Yonge and Queen. The eatery, which is headed up by chef Anthony Walsh, will span three floors and will showcase a menu of vibrant South American cooking, with a dash of Spanish and Italian influences.
Sicilian-born chef Roberto Marotta (formerly of Nodo) is opening this new southern Italian restaurant at 243 King Street East. Expect the menu to feature house-baked bread, scratch-made pasta, couscous dishes, and, of course, Marotta's family recipe for cannoli.
Bombay Street Food Co.
Already well known from various pop-up appearances and as a vendor at the East York Farmers' Market, this new eatery at 828 Bay Street will serve up Indian street food staples like Pav Bhaji, an open-faced sandwich piled with spicy vegetables, fresh tomatoes, and a dollop of butter.
Seafood and burgers are coming to 100 Yonge Street this May. Expect the new restaurant and bar to offer dine-in and take-out featuring a menu of live lobster, salads, burgers and cocktails.
Parkdale, or more specifically 1263 Queen Street West, is soon to be home to this new vegan eatery that promises a salad-free menu featuring hearty comfort foods that'll appeal to herbivores and carnivores alike.
La Carnita Uptown
The fourth outpost from La Carnita is coming to the Yonge and Eglinton area this spring. Not only will there be tacos, but also the second location of Sweet Jesus, plus a new downstairs bar concept called Good Fortune.
Coming soon to The Junction at 3070 Dundas Street West (the former site of Locomotive), this new destination for boozy brunch comfort foods. This will be the first eatery from the catering company known for its fried green tomato grilled cheese sandwiches and fried chicken and waffle'wiches.
This new Asian fusion snack bar is in the works at 70 Ossington Avenue, where Baby Huey used to be. Expect a menu of cocktails and tapas style dishes for dinner and late night dining, plus brunch offered Fridays through Sunday featuring an Asian twist on classic breakfast foods.
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Photo of La Carnita by Jesse Millns.
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