There’s never a shortage of great new restaurants to try in Toronto. From classic American diner to Taiwanese late-night eats, here’s what you need to know about the city’s six latest restaurant openings.
Simpl Things is a welcome addition to Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. The all day food and beverage collective is offering two different experiences under one roof: serving up Italian-inspired dishes by day and Taiwanese street food and cocktails by night. Helming the kitchen are two accomplished chefs — Cody Wilkes, (of Pasta Cartl), and Betty Chia (of Eats by Betty) who have created two separate menus. Wilkes’ artisanal Italian-inspired menu features handmade bread, pasta and cicchetti (small snacks), made with seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. y night, the kitchen will be taken over by Chia, with her take on reinvented Taiwanese street food and recipes derived from the kitchens of her loved ones.
Simpl Things is located at 269 Dunn Ave., and is open for day service Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and night service Thursday to Monday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Frank Ranalli’s Italian Beef
At Frank Ranalli’s you can enjoy your Italian beef sandwich one of three ways: dry (no jus), wet (extra jus) or dipped (dip the whole sandwich in jus). Choose from the Sweet Italian beef Sandwich or the Hot Italian beef Sandwich (both $9.99), or, get the best of both worlds and order the beef and sausage combo sandwich ($14.99). All three sandwiches are served on a French roll and can be topped with sweet or hot peppers. Extra beef goes for $3.99, and there are also Italian beef and cheese fries ($12.99) that are topped with sweet or hot peppers.
Frank Ranalli’s is open Wednesday – Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 2-10 p.m., Sunday from 2-9 p.m.
The Red Eye
Reminiscent of the typical greasy spoon-style American diners you often see in movies, The Red Eye is a welcome addition to Toronto’s Financial District. Here, you’ll find all the classic staples a mid-20th century American diner boasts. Think gooey cheeseburgers with all the fixings, sizzling onion rings, fresh-cut French fries and sugary vanilla ice cream floats that can be crafted with any soda flavour, including the popular pink cream soda. Run by chef Adam Ryan (Bar Reyna) and Joshua Mott (Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen), The Red Eye opened in the upper level of the Chef’s Hall in April 2022.The Red Eye’s signature smash burgers are made from a blend of brisket and chuck beef, then topped with a slice of sharp American cheese, hot house tomato, red onion, dill pickle, and housemade aioli on a toasted potato bun.
The Red Eye is located at 111 Richmond St. W. and is open Mondays to Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Danny’s Pizza Tavern
Danny’s Pizza Tavern is the newest player on the block in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. Specializing in pies that are stretched thin and crispy around the edges, Danny’s draws inspiration from the bar pies that are often found in Midwestern U.S. cities like St. Louis or Chicago. The pizza menu at Danny’s is split into two sections for red pies and white pies. There are five classic red pizzas: tomato, cheese, sausage and peppers and Hawaiian, which features more complex ingredients like fennel and gorgonzola bolognese, as opposed to the typical canned pineapple and shaved ham you’ll find elsewhere in the city. The white pizzas include the cacio pepe, the green pie and the mushroom pie. Pizzas aside, Danny’s also sells a selection of shareable starters like warm olives and a selection of salads, as well as mains like the vinegar chicken or the 7oz Tavern burger.
Danny’s Pizza Tavern is located at 611 College St. and is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 5 p.m. to late.
Alder, the latest offering from Patrick Kriss, has debuted at the newly opened Ace Hotel Toronto. The restaurant features a Mediterranean-inspired menu that celebrates seasonality, and at its core, a signature wood-fired hearth and grill infusing flavour into each dish. And while Kriss says some might assume that a Mediterranean-inspired menu is all Greek, that’s certainly not the case at Alder as they’re exploring the entirety of the Mediterranean, regionally and culturally. Among the menu highlights are the half grilled chicken with harissa jus; big eye tuna with charred poblano aioli, and for dessert gluten-free coconut cream pie and dark chocolate and peanut mille-feuille. The restaurant also boasts a full bar program featuring classically inspired cocktails, local craft beers and an eclectic selection of wines from both established and emerging vintners.
Alder is located at 51 Camden St. and is currently open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and brunch to come.
Jay Carter and Susan Beckett, the team behind one of Toronto’s most beloved restaurants, are back with a new restaurant dubbed Dotty’s. And it sounds like a picture-perfect neighbourhood bistro. Chef Carter last helmed the kitchen at the bistro Dandylion, considered by some to be one of the best in the city. Sadly, the restaurant was forced to close during the pandemic. According to an Instagram post, Dotty’s is a relaxed neighbourhood spot where you can snack on pimento cheese dip with Ritz crackers. There are snacks, sides, main plates and desserts. Dishes include habanda poppers, elevated salads, and shrooms on toast as well as house wine, cocktails and booze-free drinks.
Dotty’s is located at 1588 Dupont St. and is open on Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.