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The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for October

Over the course of October (a.k.a. the 31 spookiest days of the year), Toronto restaurateurs really let their cauldrons bubble. We got new destinations in this city for barbecue, Asian and Indian fusion, not to mention a new kick-ass wine bar serving up whole pizza pies.

Here are my picks for the top restaurant openings in Toronto for October.

Smoke Signals
This new barbecue joint on Dundas West isn't reinventing the wheel, but they're offering supberb preparations of brisket, sausage, and ribs. Sides like mac n' cheese and Frito pie are so good that they refuse to take a back seat. They even have a pulled jackfruit sandwich for herbivores.

A cool new place to stuff a whole pizza into your mouth, this new restaurant on Ossington also has an unbelievable biodynamic/natural wine bar, high end cocktail program and tall boys if none of that is your deal. If you're not the biggest pizza fan either, never fear: they've got way more than that with carpaccio, spring rolls, and Italian standards like pasta and salads.

From the owners of Pukka on St. Clair West comes Ji, in the same Indian vein and barely a stone's throw away but already popular for its creative fusion of pub food and Indian cuisine. Try a macaroni makhani, naanchos, or a foot long lamb kebab sandwich here.

Brothers just opened above Bay subway station, and in this cute little storybook location they serve up some intensely simple food with the subtlest of Mediterranean influences. Sip a finely curated Rosato or Reisling as you munch on a rotating menu of delicate fish, lamb and other dishes, from steelhead trout to Hungarian sausage.

Jackpot Chicken Rice
A new venture from the team at Patois, this place is zeroing in on that restaurant's Asian roots with Chinese chicken as the specialty, and don't miss your opportunity to get it poached with soft skin. Some fusion and Caribbean elements are still present as well.

Sabai Sabai
Technically just a new location and not a new restaurant, but Sabai Sabai has really rolled with the Toronto real estate punches and upped its game, now resting at Bloor and Yonge in a subterranean space that still feels cozy. They've refined some items like the beef salad, but mainly continue to put out some of the best khao soi and curry in the city.

Dolly's is a brand spanking new Filipino place at Bloor and Lansdowne, picking up where Whippoorwill left off, but in service to the community only. Whereas the Whip did burgers and beers with a little elevated flair, this place is run by the folks over at Playa Cabana and features a mojito bar.

Cadillac Jenkins
Cadillac Jenkins is up a flight of stairs near Queen and Shaw, and they serve up little Jamaican-inspired snacks in their bar atmosphere like patties and a jerk chicken sandwich, along with sharing plates and colourful cocktails.

Harry's has been open for a long time as one of Parkdale's favourite late night diners, but where it was previously run by three brothers, it's now operated by Grant van Gameren and his co-conspirator Nate Young. Their pared-down menu still has all the brunch, burgers and booze you love, crafted with a watchful eye for sticking to the traditions of Harry's.

Bravo Restaurant
Bravo is a new place on Dundas West with a hearty burger-centric menu and a laid-back vibe, but they also class it up a notch by offering fresh oysters (buck-a-shuck nights are on the way). This is a new casual spot to kick back with a beer and a big salad or a 100% Canadian beef burger.

Did I miss a restaurant you're excited about? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of Jackpot Chicken Rice by Hector Vasquez.

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