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First Look: Buster Rhino’s BBQ first Toronto location

Four years after teasing us with the promise of a Toronto outpost, popular Durham-based barbecue joint Buster Rhinos opens its latest restaurant at College and Ossington tonight.
March 24, 2015

First Look: Roselle Desserts opens in Corktown

Stephanie Duong and Bruce Lee have put their training at George Brown and experience in France and Hong Kong to work with their new patisserie, Roselle Desserts, in Corktown.
March 19, 2015

First Look: Peter Pan reopens with fresh kicks

Noah Goldberg, along with partners Marty Goldberg (his father) and Jessica Ingwersen (his girlfriend) has bought and reopened Peter Pan Bistro on Queen West. They are serving a market-driven menu.
March 17, 2015

First Look: Dirty Bird is Kensington’s new fried chicken spot

The Dirty Bird is a new restaurant in Kensington Market that serves fried chicken and waffles. It’s a tiny eatery near Baldwin and Kensington Ave., but it’s already hopping with customers since opening in mid-March.
March 13, 2015

First Look: Nadège Patisserie expands into Downtown PATH

Fans of pastry chef Nadège Nourian's Parisian treats now have an easier way to get their hands on her pasties and desserts, a newest location of the eponymous patisserie recently opened in the Downtown PATH.
March 12, 2015

Hawker Bar expands with second floor dining room

Ossington’s Singapore street food restaurant Hawker Bar adds a second floor dining space and expands menu offerings.
March 11, 2015

First Look: Junked Food Co. aims to offer CNE-worthy food all year

Vince Farago and Brian McKilligan, two vets of the restaurant and bar scene, based Junked on the mania for social media’s favourite friend, food porn. They have opened at Dundas and Dovercourt with a menu of modified and tweaked junk food.
February 20, 2015

First Look: Grant van Gameren’s Bar Raval brings Barcelona to Toronto

The long-anticipated pintxos project from the team behind Bar Isabel opened its doors as Bar Raval on College Street a few days ago. The kitchen is led by Grant van Gameren while his partners, Robin Goodfellow and Mike Webster manage the bar.
February 19, 2015

First Look: Hanmoto an izakaya-style bar from the co-owner of Oddseoul

Leemo Han, co-owner of Oddseoul and the now-closed Swish by Han, has opened Hanmoto just off Dundas West as his playful ode to izakayas.
February 17, 2015

First Look: b.good brings their burgers, salads and quinoa-and-kale bowls to Canada

New England burger chain opened their first Canadian location across from St. Lawrence Market. Their menu features burgers, salads, and quinoa and kale bowls.
February 13, 2015

First Look: Drupati’s the popular GTA roti shop opens its first midtown Toronto location

Drupati Ramlakhan's chain of roti shops has been open for 20 years in the GTA, but has just opened their first location in Toronto.
January 23, 2015

First Look: First Toronto location for Levetto, a casual Italian restaurant group

Executive chef Shahir Massoud is one of the partners in the Levetto restaurant group. They have opened the first Toronto location for their casual Italian restaurant concept.
January 22, 2015

First Look: Citta CityPlace is the first of several casual Italian restaurants by Khabouth and Harji

Citta CityPlace is the first of many planned casual Italian joints for Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji. This one has Ben Heaton (formerly of The Grove) as head chef.
January 13, 2015

First Look: Borealia revives antique Canadian recipes on Ossington

With their new restaurant, Borealia, Chef Wayne Morris and Evelyn Wu are introducing Ossignton to historical Canadian recipes from as early as the 1600s.
December 23, 2014

First Look: Blowfish on King West spawns a cocktail bar called BarFish

Blowfish has added a cocktail bar, named BarFish, onto their King West location. Nishan Nepulangoda will lead the drinks program and G Q Pan has designed a snack menu for it.
December 16, 2014

First Look: the whisky tasting tunnel equipped CC Lounge is Toronto's newest cocktail bar

CC Lounge and Supper Club with its whisky tasting tunnel will be Toronto's newest cocktail bar when it opens in the Berczy Park section of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
December 11, 2014

First Look: Parlor Foods opens on King West in Paese’s old digs

Parlor Foods, owned by Brett Howson and Jason D'Anna has opened in the former Paese space on King St. W. Mark Cutrara is managing the front of house.
December 05, 2014

First Look: NAO brings a modern take on the classic steakhouse to Yorkville

This time, Charles Khabouth’s and Hanif Harji’s focus is on looking at tradition through a modern lens – hence the name NAO, an acronym for “new and old.”
November 14, 2014

First Look: Pai, a Northern Thai restaurant in the entertainment district

It was spring of last year when word got out that chef Nuit Regular and her husband Jeff — the couple behind some of the best Thai restaurants in the city — would be opening a new downtown restaurant in the site of a former Golden Griddle. Now, nearly a year and a half later, the new place is finally open.
July 22, 2014

First Look: The Ossington Stop

The restaurant-dense neighbourhood at Ossington and Dundas West is already well-supplied with seafood restaurants, some of Toronto’s best pizza, and at least one high-end burger joint. William Tavares (Fishbar, Salt Wine Bar) thinks that there is an untapped market in the area for value-priced comfort food and no-frills drinks.
July 17, 2014