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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

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