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#28 Omaw


  • Opened 2015
  • 88 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-477-5450

When Acadia closed, foodies mourned the loss of chef Matt Blondin’s ethereal southern American cooking. Hallelujah for the rebirth of the Blondin shrimp and grits — at Omaw, a collaboration between Blondin and the Food Dudes. It’s a lovely room with a great view of the chef team in the open kitchen. Blondin’s shrimp and grits are still stellar: Sweet gulf shrimp are cooked in jalapeño milk with superbly charred broccoli, oyster mushrooms, pimento cheese, parsley and parm. His mussels on toast are also divine, sliced fried bread covered in creamed corn, barely pickled mussels, celery chow chow and a zing from powdered malt vinegar. He does divine Creole ceviche of tuna topped with super-thin deep-fried potato shreds, and tiny juicy chicken dumplings in truffle-scented chicken and mushroom soup. Fab! And don’t skip chef’s reno of key lime pie.

  • Omaw
  • 88 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-477-5450

  • Chef: Matt Blondin
  • Sous Chef: Alec Algu
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Cost of dinner for two: $110
  • Hours: Tues. to Sat. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner, Sunday family-style prix fixe
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 24
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking
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