Friday Restaurant Recap: Bite Me Bakery, Osteria dei Ganzi, Playa Cabana Cantina, Hogtown Charcuterie, Miller Tavern


Chef Tony Gallippi from Smoke BBQ House (Image:

Friday Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a cupcake shop with attitude, charcuterie for Kensington Market, a new coffee shop in Church Wellesley village and more.

Opening soon

  • A new jazz club and restaurant is set to open in the site that formerly housed Top O’ The Senator. According to a press release, Jazz Bistro is slated to open in February of next year, featuring brunch, lunch, dinner and, of course, lots of live music. [Jazz Bistro]
  • Osteria dei Ganzi is opening to the public in the New Year as a “destination eating experience.” The Italian restaurant — currently only open for private functions — is set inside a historic mansion on Jarvis Street. [Osteria dei Ganzi]

Newly opened

  • Good news for fans of Mexican cuisine in the west-end: the owners of Dupont Street’s popular Playa Cabana have opened a sister restaurant in the Junction known as Playa Cabana Cantina. [Playa Cabana]
  • A new cupcake shop has opened on St. Clair West. It’s billed as a “cupcake shop with attitude,” which is apparently possible, as evinced by the name: Bite Me Bakery. [Bite Me Bakery]
  • Midtown has a new seafood vendor with Fish Street Market and Open Kitchen. In addition to fresh seafood, the shop provides meals on the spot from the continually changing menu, or, customers can choose whatever they like from the seafood case and have it cooked to their specs. [Read our post here]
  • Set in the former Easton’s Charcuterie/Mr. Cream spot is Hogtown Charcuterie, which sells — wait for it — charcuterie. [Toronto Life]
  • A new barbecue joint has opened at Harbord and Manning. Smoke BBQ House offers standard Southern offerings along with some surprises, including house-made corned beef.  [Read our post here]
  • Need to refuel? Fuel+, a new health-oriented coffee shop, has opened in Church Wellesley Village. In addition to organic coffee from 23 Degrees Roastery, the shop offers protein shakes and vegan baked goods. [Fuel+]


  • Mount Pleasant’s kid-friendly Bazaar Global Food Bar has closed, but owner Hemant Bhagwani is reopening the place in Baldwin Village. [Toronto Life]


  • Starting tomorrow, Parkdale’s Grand Electric is offering lunch on weekends. [The Grid]
  • Also in Parkdale, Chantecler is getting rid of its a la carte menu. Instead, it will offer its popular bo ssäm wraps six days a week, along with a daily $40-$70 prix fixe menu. [The Grid]
  • The Hoggs Hollow location of Miller Tavern will be closing for approximately 10 days in January as it undergoes renovations. We’re told that in addition to aesthetic changes, the kitchen will be upgraded in preparation for a new menu.
  • The Fifth Grill recently changed its chef, taking on Brad Livergant, who was formerly the chef de cuisine at the Air Canada Centre.
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