Amsterdam BrewHouse, the restaurant outpost for Amsterdam Brewery, is about to be your new favourite. Where to begin: it has four patio spaces, landscape views of Toronto Island and the skyline, space for 1,000 guests in the dining room and an on-site brewery. Oh, and the food is pretty darn delicious. With plenty of vegetarian,
This Riverside locale is putting a plant-based spin on famous comfort food. At Animal Liberation Kitchen, burgers are made from pulled jackfruit, the cheese in the mac and cheese is made from cashews, the maple bacon is made from tempeh, and it is all hearty and delicious.
At the Backyard Smokehouse, good barbeque starts with solid marinating techniques. All of the meats are marinated overnight in signature spices before undergoing a 30+ day minimum aging process. Once perfection has been attained, Chef Faris Awwad allows the smoke from the oak fire to begin slowly but surely burning all ends over a 16-hour
Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants’ newest endeavour, Bannock, keeps with the O&B tradition of serving unapologetically Canadian cuisine (à la Canoe) and, as you might expect, serves bannock. Oliver & Bonacini’s chef Michael Bonacini and corporate executive chef Anthony Walsh developed the menu, going back to the basics of what bannock is meant to be: “a round flatbread traditionally cooked on a griddle or stone, brought to Canada through Scottish explorers and traders, adapted by Indigenous people and settlers.”
Cooking from the heart and serving up some good ol’ southern comfort food, Barque Smokehouse is Roncesvalle’s local for refined and ridiculously good barbecue. Longtime friends and corporate servants Dave Neinstein and Jon Persofsky decided to leave their suits behind and open up a restaurant serving their favourite food. While Persofsky went to George Brown
Serving up some southern hospitality with a taste of Central Texas, Beach Hill Smokehouse is the place for meat lovers. The restaurant’s tender sandwiches are named for the iconic cities of Texas, giving customers the best from the world capital of smoked barbecue. Smoked meats served by the half-pound include the angus beef brisket, signature
Like many residents living near Bayview and Sheppard, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Beauty Barbecue and Smokehouse. Over the last month or so, when walking across the parking lot at Bayview Village Shopping Centre, I’d occasionally catch a whiff of something smokey and delicious and I’d hope that the opening date would be
Like many businesses that opened during the pandemic, Benny’s Barbecue began as a hobby. Tucked away in an alley off Yonge Street, this barbecue joint has brought the authentic taste—and look—of Texas to the streets of Toronto. Using ingredients of only the highest quality, and beef that’s 100% grass-fed, Benny’s meets all your meaty needs,
Inspired by the café scenes in London and Paris, Café Plenty is a slice of Europe in the heart of Toronto. Owner Melissa Patterson’s charming spot aims to satiate lunchgoers’ craving for good, honest food, tempting the hungered with freshly made salads, tartes, galettes and sandwiches.
The purple velvet banquettes and colourful pop art line the walls of this industrial building. Once an old TV studio and underground club space, the interior of Carbon Bar is still reminiscent of a ’70s discotheque but has definitely been revamped and influenced by the movers and shakers of today. When you walk in, someone
Welcome to the smoking renaissance. No seriously, at Chainsmoker Urban Smoked Meats, they’re making smoking cool again. Cooking up an assortment of meats, Chainsmoker’s dishes are slow cooked on site in a South Carolina BBQ style. At Chainsmoker, they decided that while vegetarian and vegan restaurants continue to pop-up all over the city, someone’s got
Taste a mother’s love in every bite of a treat from Charmaine Sweets. Owner Teresa Ho and her daughter are baking cookies, cakes and other sweet pastries from their Leaside locale. Trained in the classic French techniques of pastry baking, Ho not only shares her love and expertise of all baked goods through her menu
With over 20 years of experience, Chef Kareema is not new to Toronto’s restaurant scene. She uses Caribbean and North American flavours to put a unique taste on all her culinary creations. Alongside barbecue chicken, sautéed portobello mushrooms, and beef ribs, the menu at this Dundas Street restaurant include Caribbean classics like the oxtail and
Craving barbecue that you think you can only find south of the border? Think again. Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is serving up some drool-worthy smoked favourites right here in Toronto. Using a traditional smoking technique and only the best white oak, Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is not messing around when it comes to meat. Serving up all
Janet Zuccarini, Gusto 54 Group’s boss lady and recipient of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards Independent Restaurateur of the Year, is expanding her portfolio of ethnic eats. The restaurateur is partners with Pai and Kiin, but Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen marks her first independent, non-Italian joint, just a stones throw from King West staple, Gusto 101. Chubby’s
Cumbrae’s is Toronto’s top artisanal butcher. The beautifully designed interior sports marble countertops and hanging chalkboards that feature the day’s specials and cuts, in beautiful script, along with imported goods, so pretty you might not want to eat them. Cumbrae’s oozes luxury. The cuts of meat sit serenely behind the glass cases along with multiple
Though it’s well known across California, this Parkdale location is the first Dave’s Hot Chicken to open in Toronto. Brought to the city by John Bitove, founder of the Toronto Raptors, this Nashville-style chicken is prepared with in-house ingredients and fresh, quality chicken. A mural of the crazy-eyed rubber chicken mascot welcomes customers into the
Fast friends since first working together some seven years ago, Rachel Pellett and Heather Mee had long dreamt of opening up their own eatery. The duo officially opened Emma’s Country Kitchen today as something of an ode to Pellett’s grandmother, who ran a restaurant of the same name near Caledon. Keeping things homey and simple, the kitchen serves up fresh baked goods in addition to frozen meals and a weekend brunch.