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First Look: Sam James’s latest coffee shop opens near the Financial District

Sam James's newest coffee bar opens east of Yonge on Toronto St.
May 26, 2015

First Look: Annette Food Market opens in the Junction with Italian shared plates

Annette Food Market is focused on featuring the food that Max grew up with. Mama hails from Rome and his father is from Sicily. The menu is divvied up into food groups – salad, vegetable, pizza, pasta, meat and cheese, fish and dessert – an ode to the storied grocer that used to bear the same name. It’s meant to incite diners to shy away from traditional Italian coursing – to pick and choose from smaller sharing plates.
May 19, 2015

First Look: Paramount Fine Foods opens their first full-service restaurant in Yorkville

Paramount Fine Foods has opened their 15th location in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
May 15, 2015

First Look: Brad Moore and Ian Kapitan's Old School celebrates the classic American diner

The former Hudson Kitchen space on Dundas West has new owners in chefs Brad Moore and Ian Kapitan, and later this week will re-open as a casual diner and takeout joint called Old School.
May 13, 2015

First Look: New dish, new look for Pancer’s Original Deli

The Pancer family once again owns the Bathurst St. deli that bears their name and has reopened it as Pancer’s Original.
May 11, 2015

First Look: A Masterchef Canada meeting inspired R&D, Spadina’s newest spot

For Alvin Leung and Eric Chong R&D is as much a labour of love as it is a serendipitous collaboration between two unlikely characters.
April 29, 2015

First Look: A little piece of Iceland on the Danforth at Viking Bakery

With Viking, master baker Birgir Robertsson has opened Toronto's first Icelandic bakery. He prepares and serves a wide range of traditional norther European baked goods.
April 27, 2015

First Look: Track & Field brings backyard games indoors

At Track & Field, backyard games are making their way indoors. Those sought after summer afternoons spent outside playing bocce ball or shuffleboard with beers and a few friends, no longer need to be distant memories.
April 21, 2015

First Look: Pukka’s St. Clair West sister is a French bistro called Concession Road

The owners of Pukka have opened Concession Road, a high-end French bistro, on St. Clair West. They have hired Chef Masayuki Tamaru to lead the team preparing their menu of bistro classics, reinterpreted with international flavours.
April 20, 2015

First Look: At the new look for the Chau brothers’ Lucky Red

The Chau brothers, who own Toronto’s Bahn Mi Boys, have reopened Lucky Red, their sit-down snacks and cocktails spot on Spadina.
April 17, 2015

First Look: New Buster’s Sea Cove opens on Bremner

The menu at the new Buster Sea Cove location ranges from classics like their lobster roll to a variety of taco options.
April 10, 2015

First Look: Top Gun Steak in Kensington Market

The newest fast-food restaurant in Kensington Market serves up big meaty steak sandwiches with tongue-in-cheek references to Top Gun.
April 07, 2015

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