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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

First Look: Bar Reyna splits its focus between snacks and cocktails

The opportunity to own her own restaurant drove Nicki Laborie out of bed and back to the biz, with her newly open Bar Reyna.
June 06, 2016

First Look: Tio’s, by the owners of Uncle Betty’s, brings Mexican to midtown

From the owners of the midtown diner Uncle Betty’s comes Tio’s, a Mexican restaurant just a few doors down from its older brother. The space was formerly occupied by Fish Street Market & Open Kitchen.
June 02, 2016

First Look: Macho Radio Bar, a new Tex-Mex spot from Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji

Prolific restaurateurs Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji have replaced Città, their short-lived Italian restaurant at CityPlace, with Macho Radio Bar, a new Tex-Mex spot.
May 18, 2016

First Look: Cresta opens across from St. Lawrence Market with wines from a single California winery

Restaurants usually choose their wine list to complement the cuisine, but at Cresta, the second iteration of what was Pastizza, the wine sets the tone for the food.
May 13, 2016

First Look: Maple Leaf Tavern, an east-end institution reborn on Gerrard

Maple Leaf Tavern has reopened with an upscale renovation and a menu of classics by a kitchen led by Jesse Vallins.
May 06, 2016

First Look: Flaming Bull finds its first North American location in the Annex

Fang Cheng “Jonathan” Lou is a Szechuan native who came to Toronto to study art studio at U of T, but focused his time opening Chatime bubble tea shop in Pacific Mall after graduating. Two years ago Lou visited Taiwan and dined at Flaming Bull – owned by his father’s friend.
May 05, 2016

First Look: Adamson Barbecue, a new Texas-style smokehouse in Leaside

Adam Skelly and Alison Hunt have opened Adamson Barbecue in Leaside and claim to be Toronto’s only authentic Texas barbecue operation.
May 03, 2016

First Look: Batch by Creemore brings cottage country to Toronto

Batch by Creemore features house-made beer by Andrew Bartle and a restaurant operated by Ink Entertainment and Icon Legacy.
April 19, 2016

First Look: Uncle Tetsu opens first Japanese maid-style café in Toronto

Welcome to the first Uncle Tetsu Angel Café in the world, and the only maid-style café in Toronto.
April 18, 2016

First Look: Kwan goes all dim sum for North York location

The focus at Kwan North York is sharper than at Yonge and St. Clair — "dim sum all day, even at nighttime," Lui explains.
April 12, 2016

First Look: Carver, a new takeout sandwich shop from chef Rob Bragagnolo

When chef Rob Bragagnolo was growing up in Toronto, he made yearly visits to his family in Italy. His grandfather owned a restaurant there, near Venice, and had built a reputation for cooking slow-roasted meats. Last month, Bragagnolo carried that tradition forward by opening Carver, a new takeout sandwich shop.
April 11, 2016

First Look: Torteria San Cosme brings the iconic Mexican sandwich to Kensington Market

Nine tortas are currently on the menu at Torteria San Cosme, Arturo Anhalt's sandwich shop meets ode to his native Mexico City.
March 28, 2016

First Look: Nota Bene gets a new, more casual look

Chef David Lee has led the kitchen at Nota Bene for the past seven years. Over that time, the restaurant has remained a mainstay on best restaurant lists across Canada and ranked 36 on the 2016 edition of our Kates 100.
March 18, 2016

First Look: My Little Dumplings lands in Leslieville

From tiny spaetzle to giant bao, the heart of the menu at My Little Dumplings references the eponymous theme. The longstanding farmers’ market vendor opened its first restaurant space in Leslieville this winter.
March 16, 2016

First Look: Beaumont Kitchen opens at Sherway Gardens along with Saks Fifth Avenue

The newest sibling in the growing Oliver & Bonacini family opened yesterday. Beaumont Kitchen matches restaurant with retail at its location inside the brand new Saks Fifth Avenue in Sherway Gardens.
February 26, 2016

First Look: Pizza e Pazzi 2.0 has been upgraded to Rione XI

Sant’Angelo is the smallest of Rome’s historic districts. The area is still occasionally referred to as “The Ghetto” — where Jews were segregated from the 16th to late 19th century – and numerically as Rione XI. The name of Danilo and Sandrelle Scimo’s St. Clair West restaurant pays homage to the neighbourhood’s distinct Roman Jewish cuisine.
February 16, 2016