Thoughtfully sourced and cooked to perfection, Earlscourt BBQ is cooking up some superb southern barbecue in Toronto’s Corso Italia. Created by Pork Ninjas, this barbecue joint is the perfect place for a gathering of hungry friends ready to sit down and share some grub. The interior, which is painted red and covered in flames screams
East of Brunswick Pub and Kitchen bills itself as an inviting and social neighbourhood spot where everyone can feel at home. There is an extensive beer selection, with 24 craft beers on tap and over 20 bottles in the fridge. For food, there are daily specials as well as a kids menu, and there is
The name says it all: Eggstatic is all about serving breakfast and brunch dishes to brighten your morning. Many of the dishes at this inviting Bayview restaurant have a Middle Eastern twist: Think savoury beef shakshuka waffles or scotch eggs filled with kafta beef. A wall decorated with frying pans and a sunny front window
“It’s not exactly like a dive bar, but it's got that kind of dive bar aesthetic,” says Sean Young, one of the owners of the upcoming El Furniture Warehouse restaurant opening on July 1 in the Annex at Bloor and Bathurst. “It’s just a really fun environment, the music is great, all rock and punk and hip hop, and all the items on the menu are $4.95 — pastas, burgers, quesadillas, desserts, everything is $4.95.”
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.
With the likes of burgers and poutine getting the gourmet treatment these days, hot dogs aren’t about to be left in the dust. Fusia Dog brought its new take on the hot dog to the entertainment district last year, and now Fancy Franks has joined the fray, having just opened on College Street, just a few steps north of Kensington Market.
Eating fried food now feels freeing with Fresco’s Fish & Chips. Passionate about both health and taste, Fresco’s fryers are filled with non-hydrogenated oil, containing zero trans fats. More so, all of their fish and seafood are either Ocean Wise or Marine Stewardship Council approved for sustainable fishing and excellent quality. Truly, everything at Fresco’s
Named for a staple Italian chilli pepper, Friggitello is a Kensington hotspot for Meditteranean cuisine. According to the restaurant’s website, the friggitello, which is more commonly known as the “pepperoncini” in North America, has been used in a pickled form for generations as a pairing with a variety of Mediterranean meals. This pepper is paired
Since 1964, the Doria family has been flipping some of Thornhill’s best charbroiled burgers at Golden Star. The yellow star sign extends high into the air, signalling burger lovers from far and wide that the Star is near. Since Frank Doria and his family opened up the place in the ’60s, not much has changed.
Smoking up some savoury specials, Greenwood Smokehouse knows good meat. Sustainably raised and locally bought, the menu items that this eco-conscious barbecue joint is serving us are all the meaty goodness we’ve ever dreamed of. On the Danforth, this cosy, laid-back spot is serving up some seriously good grub. The menu is a myriad of
Hanmoto is an ultra-cool Japanese snack bar tucked in an unmarked building just north of Dundas West. Leave diets at the door because the food here is indulgent izakaya fare at its best. Case in point are the restaurant’s legendary Dyno Wings: deep-fried chicken wings filled with spicy pork sausage. The shareable dishes are all
Happy Burger delivers on its promise of “serving up fresh smash burgers and dogs — the happy way” from its no-frills Little Italy restaurant. The joint specializes in cooked-to-order smash burgers, which are served on toasted Martin’s potato rolls loaded with their signature Happy Sauce. Aside from its staple Happy Burger, the restaurant offers various
Operating for more than 40 years, Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar is home to one of Toronto’s most popular rooftop patios. The heated and covered area lets diners enjoy the fresh air all year round. Though the owners are New Zealand natives and the restaurant specializes in pub food, whether you’re looking for pad thai, pizza,
This southern-style barbecue joint is the stand-still brick and mortar restaurant of the beloved Toronto food truck Hogtown Smoke. Right near Church and Front, this restaurant is dripping with good ol’ smoky flavour. With rubs galore and every kind of smoked meat imaginable, Hogtown Smoke is where cave dwellers come to thrive. Chef Scott Fraser
Hooky’s Fish and Chips was started by a love of Toronto and a love of good food, often not mutually exclusive; however, the dudes were aiming for a specific nostalgia. The founders’ after-school favourite and culinary staple of our British colonial overlords, fish and chips, havs been the foundational menu item for Hooky’s, and it
Over at Bloor and Clinton in Koreatown, Japas opened in the old Camto corner lot on Wednesday. The concept: a Japanese tapas and oyster bar with plenty of Japanese beer and cocktails flowing. It’s also meant to be distinctly un-izakaya in nature (read: no yelling and no gongs) while offering a fun, casual space for people to meet and share a few bites over drinks.
Fat Tuesday (otherwise known as Mardi Gras) is today, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a hefty, overindulgent, trashy-good Southern sandwich known as the po’ boy? While an authentic New Orleans po’ boy is hard to find in Toronto, various takes on the sandwich are popping up on menus across the city. Herewith, four po’ boy-esque creations from around the GTA.
Jump Restaurant, part of the Oliver & Bonacini empire, is a financial district staple when it comes to high-quality cuisine. Jump specializes in modern North American cuisine with Italian influences, which results in bold, flavourful food. Putting its own take on traditional favourites, like handmade pastas and high grade cuts of meat, Jump only uses
Looking for something saucy to sink your teeth into? Named for the source of its inspiration, Kansas King is home to fusion-style barbecue featuring an extensive menu of pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and seafood. The mouthwatering signature barbecue sauce has been in the works for years and is even sold in its own bottles due
There may be no White Castles outside of the United States, but Toronto’s King’s Drive-In bears an uncanny resemblance. Once inside, though, the blue, orange and white colour scheme is traded in for kitschy, nostalgic decor, like custom-made tabletops with the King’s Drive-In logo and vintage Coca-Cola ads. The menu is typical of a fast-food