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The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for May

May was a really good month for restaurant openings in Toronto. From fancy French bistros and raucous Tex Mex bars to fast-food joints and revamped diners, there are new dining destinations for everyone on this list.

Here are my picks for the top new restaurants that opened in Toronto last month.

El Rey
Kensington Market's new mezcal bar from Grant van Gameren and team is the place you'll want to be this summer. Score a seat on the patio to sip potent agave cocktails while munching on chicharron sandwiches, ceviche and peanut-cricket snack mix.

Bombay Street Food
Skip the rich curries in favour of lighter, handheld Indian eats this summer. The chicken Frankie roti wrap and eggplant bhaaji pav are among the popular picks at this quick-service eatery on Bay. A vibrant, but casual, dining room make it even more appealing.

Skyline Restaurant
The newly made over Parkdale institution has kept the vintage interior mostly intact with just a few enhancements. The menu from Peter Ramsay (formerly of the Geraldine) features classic banquet burgers and turkey salad club sandwiches made with premium ingredients.

Macho Radio Bar
Summer in CityPlace just got even better. A huge patio, sangria and margs by the pitcher and a menu of addictive Tex Mex munchies will give condo dwellers an incentive to leave their blissfully air conditioned units.

Street Shak
Queen West gained a fast-casual Caribbean joint this month and it's really good. The jerk chicken boast big, bold flavours and some serious heat. The fish sandwich is incredible. I'm due for a repeat visit and this time I NEED that oxtail and beef poutine.

Le Baratin
Salade Niรงoise, gravlax tartine and boeuf bourguignon sandwiches are all on the daytime menu at this modern French bistro on Dundas West. In the evenings, expect to find chicken liver pate, duck confit and steak frites.

Southern Italian soul food is on the menu at this King West restaurant from chef and owner Roberto Marotta. A sip of the blood orange cocktail will transport you to the Sicilian coast and once there, you can savour pizza topped with mascarpone, prosciutto and melon, and seafood-studded couscous.

Tio's Urban Mexican
Tacos and cervezas are the main attraction at this newly opened eatery from the same team behind Uncle Betty's. In addition to classic tortilla-centric fare, look forward to pork chops al pastor, Mexican corn, churros and more.

Bar Reyna
This ultra feminine dining room in Yorkville is the passion project from Nicki Laborie, former editor-in-chief of View The Vibe. Presumably, this is a woman who knows what people want to eat. She sure knows what I want to eat: seafood for days, loaded shoestring fries, zucchini fritters and braised octopus.

Greta Solomon's
This French bistro in Leslieville offer more than a dozen wines by the glass and the menu seduces diners with dishes like foie gras and mushrooms, bacon-studded swiss chard gratin and beef tartare.

Photo of Bar Reyna by Jesse Milns.

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