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The top 10 new restaurants in Toronto

A ton of fun new restaurants opened in Toronto in November, serving Liege waffles, Korean fried chicken, fry bread tacos, tongue sandwiches, mojito pitchers, and much more in neighbourhoods all across the city so you can let your indecision run as wild as our nutty weather.

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

Pow Wow Cafe

This unique concept is right at home in quirky Kensington market, serving up a menu of mainly fry bread tacos topped with jerk chicken, pork or chili and epic pancake and fry bread brunches on the weekends. This tiny cafe will also quench your thirst with house cedar soda.

Wafels & More

Practically next door is Wafels and More, a Belgian waffle joint that comes from a real Belgian. The specialty here is dense, sweet Liege waffles made using pearl sugar imported all the way from Belgium, topped with awesome European ingredients like Speculoos cookie butter.

Jules Bistro (Queen Street)

Though Jules Bistro has had a location on Spadina for years, it’s worth noting that they’ve expanded to a new location at Queen and Shaw. Classically overindulgent French comfort food like a Cote de Boeuf for two, steak tartare, ratatouille and crepes are served alongside whimsical cocktails and refreshing wine and beer list by some of the sweetest guys ever in this welcoming space.

Dolly’s

Replacing what had become a standby for many in the Bloordale area in the form of the Whippoorwill Tavern (or The Whip as it was affectionately known), Dolly’s isn’t afraid to change things up in the old space with an authentic Filipino menu. Kare kare, halo halo, and pork belly star alongside gorgeous pitchers of mojitos and the music is nothing short of bumpin’.

Doma

Doma is dishing up Korean cuisine using French techniques in restaurant-packed Little Italy. Expect a range of great cocktails that also incorporate Korean influences, beautifully constructed salads both beet and octopus, and gorgeously prepared pork jowl.

FAMO Sandwiches

Famo sets itself apart from other sandwich places by using alternate cuts of meat like cheek and tongue, transforming them into their rightful delectable sandwich form between thick pieces of rustic bread. Red and white wine and Station cold brew are also on tap here.

White Lily Diner

White Lily is taking names in our heavy-hitting and competitive diner scene. Run by a team with hands in both Pusateri’s and Grand Electric, this spot serves all day brunch that features English breakfasts with house made sausages, patty melts, a house smoked fish platter and DIY mimosas.

Oakwood Hardware

Opened by a Chopped champion with a heart of gold, this place is rolling out a menu of Canadian comfort food that often includes standards like juicy fried chicken, burgers, and pork done tenderly two ways along with fantastic charcuterie boards and a drink menu curated by the man who quenched your thirst at Parts & Labour and Shore Leave.

Kaboom Chicken

This place just squeaked in opening at the end of November, but they’re already a hit with Riverside locals who come in for a fast Korean fusion meal or takeout fried chicken. They’re doing Korean fried chicken with classic gochujang sauce on egg waffles or even between two ramen buns.

Crepe TO

We've got places that specialize exclusively in waffles and fry bread tacos, so why not crepes? This place serves a huge range of them from breakfast versions to sweet fruity ones with healthy fresh squeezed cane and watermelon juices on the side.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez.


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