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First Look: When the Pig Came Home is a new Junction butcher shop

Kimberly Hannam and Ryan Getner started selling their peameal bacon sandwiches at farmer’s markets across Toronto over 4 years ago – Sorauren, Downsview, Annex and Leslieville, to name a few – but now the pork has come to rest, quite literally, at their first permanent location in the Junction, aptly named, When The Pig Came Home.
October 19, 2016

First Look: Toronto gets an outpost of STK chain

STK Toronto is the first Canadian outpost of the swanky NYC-based micro chain operated by The ONE Group.
October 18, 2016

First Look: Masseria is King West’s new source for pizza and casual Italian fare

Masseria, the name of King West’s new quick service pizzeria, is a southern Italian word that refers to a communal dining hall where workers and their families gather to break bread. The menu offers pizzas, salads and sandwiches and is meant to be fast, modern and casual, a sort of elevated pizza eating experience akin to that of Pizzeria Libretto or Queen Margherita Pizza.
October 11, 2016

First Look: Planta by chef David Lee and the Chase Hospitality Group is a new take on vegetarian food

Restaurateur and CEO of the Chase Hospitality Group, Steven Salm, has heard your pleas with the group’s newest addition, Planta, with chef David Lee at the helm. It has found a new home in the former spot that was Pangaea at Bay and Cumberland.
October 04, 2016

First Look: The Food Dudes open Pantry in Doria's former Summerhill home

Food Dudes partners Adam Minster, Adrian Niman, Brent McClenahan and Matt Blondin have completed their renovation of the former Doria space in Rosedale and reopened it as Pantry by the Food Dudes.
September 28, 2016

First Look: Leña, the latest from Oliver & Bonacini, is an ode to Argentina

Leña is the newest addition to the Oliver & Bonacini empire. For Anthony Walsh, the company’s corporate executive chef, this project is especially close to his heart. Leña is named after his Argentinian mother-in-law and pays homage to her country’s cuisine.
September 13, 2016

First Look: Pray Tell, an approachable new snack bar on College Street

Toronto’s latest snack bar is giving College Street dwellers a chance to explore their international culinary cravings and kick back with cocktails — all while keeping their eardrums intact.
September 07, 2016

First Look: Ricarda’s opens on Peter Street with a Mediterranean menu

The restaurant is located on the ground floor at 134 Peter St. in the QRC West building.
August 26, 2016

First Look: Les Sabilano opens Lasa by Lamesa in the former home of Kaibigan on St. Clair

Les Sabilano has taken over the space that formerly housed his parents’ Filipino grocery and take-out joint, Kaibigan, at St. Clair West and Wychwood Avenue, an area with a sizeable population of Filipinos.
August 19, 2016

First Look in 360 Degrees: The Belsize is Mount Pleasant’s new local gastropub

The midtown neighbourhood around Belsize and Mount Pleasant has a new local.
August 18, 2016

First Look: Big Tuna is Koreatown’s new all-poké restaurant

Anh Tran is soft-spoken and a bit shy, but the 26-year-old has made a statement with his recently opened fast-casual restaurant Big Tuna Poké Bar in Korea Town.
August 08, 2016

First Look in 360 Degrees: Mid-towners can get their soft serve fix at the new Sweet Jesus

Mid-towners can boast even bigger bragging rights with the opening of a new holy trinity. Sweet Jesus, La Carnita and their newest concept, Good Fortune Bar, are opening on Eglinton, just a pinch east of Yonge, in the old Philthy McNasty’s spot.
August 05, 2016

First Look in 360 Degrees: Lavelle is the new rooftop oasis on King Street

Lavelle is a new oasis to escape to when Toronto issues its severe heat warnings. It is located on the rooftop of the 629 King Residences, a FREED Developments project at King and Bathurst.
July 21, 2016

First Look in 360 Degrees: McCoy Burger Co. joins Yonge Street’s burger row

The first McCoy Burger Company opened in Oshawa over a year ago and he added a second one on Yonge, between Lawrence and Teddington Park in North Toronto’s burger strip, last month.
July 15, 2016

First Look: Wine Academy, a new members-only social club in the financial district

Wine Academy is a 6,000-square-foot social club with fingerprint scanners at the entrance and a $1,000-per-year membership fee. This is a place for Bay Streeters to enjoy wine, network and socialize.
July 06, 2016

First Look: Lbs., a new lobster-centric restaurant at Yonge and Adelaide

Lbs. is looking to democratize lobster to the masses while maintaining a high-end dining experience.
June 29, 2016

First Look: Dirty Bird lands in the Annex

Kensington Market staple The Dirty Bird has opened a new outpost. The new location at Bloor and Bathurst can seat 29, which is nearly double the size of their previous spot.
June 27, 2016

First Look: Little Piggy’s brings communal Korean cooking to the Annex on Bloor

From the communal table-cooked options to the bibimbob take on the rice, Little Piggy’s has the whole Korean BBQ experience covered for Annex residents and U of T students.
June 20, 2016

First Look: Pi Co. brings quick-service design-your-own pizza to Yorkville

Marc Askenasi opened Pi Co. on Bay Street in Yorkville as a quick-service pizzeria with plenty of options for diners to build their own meal.
June 16, 2016

First Look: Bombay Street Food the passion project that started at farmers’ markets has become a full-fledged restaurant

Sister’s-in-law Amreen and Seema Omar have expanded their successful farmer’s market operation, Bombay Street Food Company to a bricks and mortar restaurant that pays homage to the old Irani cafés of India’s most populous city.
June 09, 2016