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The 9 hottest new restaurants in Toronto

There are so many good new restaurants in Toronto and it's hard to try them all. From vegan Big Macs and Texas-style BBQ to cocktail-friendly French fare and sloppy Mexican tortas, here's what's hot in Toronto right now. Lineups should be expected.

Toronto vegans continue to go bananas for the meat-less, dairy-free Big Macs that recently landed in Parkdale. Since opening, people have been lining up for the iconic double decker burgers along with the rest of the menu, which features tacos, fries and indulgent deep-fried desserts.

El Rey
The hotly anticipated mezcal bar from Grant van Gameren and team opened in Kensington Market right at the beginning of patio season. Along with plenty of outdoor seating, you can try small-batch agave-based spirits as you dine al fresco with summery plates of ceviche and chicharron sandwiches.

Adamson Barbecue
The hours are weird (11 a.m. on weekdays until they sell out) and the location is in a remote Leaside industrial park, but that won't deter Toronto BBQ enthusiasts. Adamson's specializes in Texas-style BBQ such as brisket, ribs, turkey, pulled pork and sausage.

Torteria San Cosme
Move over tacos, tortas are the new big thing in Toronto. The Mexican sandwiches from this bustling Kensington Market lunch counter are hearty two-handers stacked with meat and melted cheese and slathered with beans and gauc.

Tucked away down a laneway on Yorkville Avenue, this charming bistro from the same folks behind Cava draws inspiration from the South of France. The cozy spot serves a menu of indulgent fare, like oysters on the half shell, Riesling-poached foie gras and a carefully curated list of French wines.

Imanishi Japanese Kitchen
This snack bar was a big hit during its pop-up residency at the Churchill and it now has a permanent location in Little Portugal. The must-eat spot boasts a rotating selection of small plates, including recent features like tebasaki chicken wings and red snapper head karaage.

Artisan Noodle
Shaanxi-style Chinese cuisine found an instant following in North York with this casual noodle house. Find the the placed packed to capacity with every patron hunched over a bowl of handmade pulled noodles and pork jia-mo.

Bandit Brewery
In addition to house suds, such as the smoky porter, expect to find a menu of snack foods like beer-battered cheese curds and fried chicken tails along with hearty steak and potato entrees at this new brewpub on Dundas West.

Captains' Boil
The Captain's Boil brought Asian-Cajun seafood boils to Toronto and this mini-chain must be doing something right because it already has four outposts in and around Toronto.

Photo from El Rey by Jesse Milns.

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