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Kitchen Confidential: Sodium-filled sammie from Banh Mi Boys

The calories and fat are reasonable for a filling meal, but the sodium gives you three quarters of your daily intake in one sitting! Don’t go adding any kimchi fries on the side.

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In Season: Mustard is more than just the top condiment at restaurants like Toronto’s Black Hoof

Canada is the world’s leading producer of mustard seeds. So this week, we’re veering west of Ontario to talk about how the yellow/honey/hot mustard plastered all over your late night hotdog (often my midday snack) probably started in the Prairies’ mustard fields.

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Inside the world of AAA Bar, purveyor of Toronto’s most authentic Texas-style barbecue

Inside a corrugated tin lean-to near the corner of Gerrard and Broadview, you’ll find one of the most intense barbecue setups in the city. There, four Traeger grills operate nearly non-stop, slowly inundating beef, pork and chicken with oak smoke. Brisket and ribs emerge sheathed in crispy, candy-sweet bark, tinged deep pink beneath the surface.

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Joanne Kates reboots her top 100 restaurants list for 2016

We saw this coming — tasty Toronto restos have been going relentlessly downscale for several years. The vast majority of this year’s terrific new restaurants are casual and cheap. They can’t be judged against white tablecloth temples of gastronomy

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Best of Toronto: Delis

For those who want to indulge in all things deli — especially if you don’t have a Bubbie to make it for you — these restaurants are passionate about the need to indulge.

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Restaurant Update: Biff’s dries out and a bridge builder gets a bar

If not technically summer-like the weather report for this weekend is promising plenty of sun. Just in time, one of downtown’s best restaurant patios, at Biff’s on Front, has reopened.

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First Draught: A standard-setting DIPA from the U.S.

The superlative in the name (in Latin, no less) is there because this is the double version of their regular and very good IPA. (It's also at the LCBO right now, so this is a rare opportunity for a side-by-side tasting.) But at 8.2% alcohol and 72 IBU this is a hefty but certainly not overwhelming Imperial IPA.

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In Season: Toronto stores get an early jump on summer with greenhouse veg

In the upcoming months when Ontario greenhouse vegetables—predominately tomatoes and peppers—become available.

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Is Toronto’s new maid café offensive?

Uncle Tetsu, purveyor of lineup-inducing Japanese cheesecake, has opened a maid café. This style of café, which hails from Japan, is characterized by servers dressed as French maids. I imagine at least some people will be offended by this, because it raises some questions about gender equality and demeaning workplace uniforms. But is this café actually offensive?

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Restaurant Review: Queen West’s Rickshaw Bar looks low key, but the food is dazzling

What does it mean when someone pursues a career against their parents’ expressed wishes? And sticks with it? It means you’re a person of enormous grit and passion. This is chef Noureen Feerasta and Rickshaw Bar is her dream come true. She is not about to screw this up, which is why the lovely little bistro receives 110 per cent of her passion.

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