February 2013


Against the Grain expands to Leaside Village

If the name is any indication, Against the Grain doesn’t do the expected. After all, there are pubs and then there are urban taverns, and Against the Grain bills itself as the latter. The upscale bar opened its first location in 2011, and now it’s opening a second location in Leaside, according to its website.  

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First Draught: Chaman, a hoppy and aromatic imperial pale ale from Quebec

This March, let’s agree to not force our beer into the indignity of wearing green. Instead, beers like the Chaman imperial pale ale from Quebec’s Dieu du Ciel!, which have the ever-green flavour of hops, seem like a more appropriate way to celebrate spring.  

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Richmond Station

Richmond Station is like the best of the British gastropubs — cozy, friendly, and the food is robust and honest, without gewgaws and highfalutin constructions and garnishes.

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Guu gets into lunch (and yes, ramen is involved)

It’s shaping up to be a good year for Guu fans in Toronto. First, the restaurant started taking reservations at both of its Toronto locations, and today, it announced that both of those locations now serve lunch (on weekdays, for now). Choices include the likes of sashimi, udon noodles and shoyu ramen (because everyone knows there’s a shortage of ramen in the city).

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Drink This: Grand Electric’s take on the bourbon sour

Although Hogtown’s hottest taqueria has yet to open up that elusive second floor, Grand Electric’s new lunch hours mean that waiting in line no longer comes part and parcel with the experience — well, not always. Lingering guilt-free is now possible, and those Baja fish tacos and pork tinga tacos need not be wolfed down with haste (not that this’ll stop us).

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Torito is getting a sister restaurant on Queen West

A new Spanish restaurant from the team behind Torito is set to open soon on Queen West, near Shaw. Torito’s chef, Luis Valenzuela, has financially partnered up with Torito’s owner, Veronica Laudes, for the new venture. The restaurant is slated to open in late March.

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The Drake Hotel takes on Ted Corrado as its new executive chef

Queen West institution The Drake Hotel announced today that it is taking on the acclaimed Ted Corrado as executive chef. Formerly known for his culinary flair and local flavours at c5, Corrado will oversee the research and development of the menus at The Drake Hotel and the soon-to-open Drake Devonshire Inn in Wellington, Ont. 

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a Vietnamese sub from Cali Bánh Mì & Chè

Sure, everyone knows Banh Mi Boys, but this old-school Vietnamese place deserves some love too. Part grocery store, part sit-down joint, Cali Bánh Mì & Chè is filled with a plethora of eats to appease the eye and the mouth: fresh salad rolls, cylinders of Vietnamese sausage, steamed buns visible from the window and a vividly hued roster of sweet desserts.

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Pancho’s Bakery sets its sights on Little Italy

Looking to build on the success of its Kensington Market and Dufferin Street locations, Pancho’s Bakery is planning to open a new location near College and Beatrice. Pancho’s is known for its Mexican baked goods, such as conchas, tortas and churros, but this location will have an additional focus on Mexican chocolate. 

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T.O.’s best spaghetti and meatballs

Top Toronto chef Grant van Gameren tucks into the GTA’s best spaghetti and meatballs, the classic old-school Italian comfort food.

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