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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in February

Introducing: The Greek

The pork and feta–topped poutine at The Greek (Image: Caroline Aksich)

Openings

Ze Ze Food and Drink—Grilled-brioche crostini come topped in creative ways at this new Parkdale café, lunch spot and cocktail bar. Read our Introducing post »

Scaddabush—Restaurant-power-group SIR Corp opened its third cavernous restaurant in the Aura condos at Yonge and Gerrard. (This one’s Italian.) Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in January

Introducing: Small Town Food Co.

The Scotch eggs at Small Town Food Co. in Parkdale (Image: Renée Suen)

Openings

Red Sauce—The owners of now-defunct Acadia have traded Lowcountry cooking for veal parmigiana sandwiches and other Italian-American snacks. At night, the restaurant morphs into a cocktail bar. Read our Introducing post »

Snakes and Lagers—The new board-gaming bar has hundreds of games, 19 beers on tap and a short list of casual snacks, like deviled eggs and sliders. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in November

Introducing: Barrio Coreano

The octopus taco at Barrio Coreano, the new Korean-Mexican restaurant from the owners of Playa Cabana (Image: Megan Leahy)

Openings

Barrio Coreano—The latest addition to the Playa Cabana chain serves beef bulgogi tacos and other Korean-Mexican dishes. Read our Introducing Post »

The P&L Burger—Parts and Labour chef Matty Matheson opened a modern malt shop on Queen West. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in October

Sweet chili chicken wings from Soos on Ossington (Image: Caroline Aksich)

Sweet chili chicken wings from Soos on Ossington (Image: Caroline Aksich)

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Hey Meatball—The mix ’n match meatball shop has a new location at Queen and Logan. Read our Introducing Post »

La Cubana—A retro Cuban diner in Roncy from the owners of Ossington bistro Delux. Read our Introducing Post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in September

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Drake One Fifty’s lobster and truffle–topped pizza (Image: Igor Yu)

Openings

Drake One Fifty—The hip hotel’s new downtown brasserie serves retro seafood towers and salt cod vichyssoise. Read our Introducing post »

Hudson’s Kitchen—The Toronto film festival’s culinary darling made its public debut. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in August

Geraldine Intro

Sardines in grape leaves at Geraldine (Image: Renée Suen)

Openings

The Libertine—A new Dundas West speakeasy with vegan bar snacks and an in-house psychic. Read our Introducing Post »

The Chase Fish and Oyster—A Hamptons-style seafood bar in the historic Dineen building. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in July

Introducing: Food and Liquor

Pork and corn dumplings from Food and Liquor in Parkdale (Image: Renée Suen)

Openings

Momofuku Milk Bar—Compost Cookies and Crack Pie at the first international outpost of the New York bake shop. Read our Introducing post »

The Beverley Hotel—A new boutique hotel, restaurant and swishy rooftop patio on Queen West. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in June

Rock Lobster Queen

Steamed shrimp at Rock Lobster on Queen West (Image: Renée Suen)

Openings

Cabana Pool Bar—An outrageous Miami-style aquatic playground for daytime boozing and schmoozing from nightlife impresario Charles Khabouth. Read our Introducing post »

Origin North—Claudio Aprile’s new 12,000-square-foot uptown outpost. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in April

Toronto Restaurants and Bars April 2013

Duck pizza and turkey wing at Lisa Marie (Image: Igor Yu)

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Banh Mi Boys—The wildly popular Vietnamese banh mi, bao, and taco joint opened its second venue on Yonge Street with the same menu (and line ups) as the original Queen Street location. Read our Introducing post »

Vita Sociale—Midtown power institution Centro traded white linens and pricey plates for rustic Italian staples and a sandwich counter. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in March

Electric Mud BBQ during its busy first week (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Opening

  • Electric Mud BBQ—The two guys behind Grand Electric opened a not-so-authentic Southern barbecue spot around the corner from their cult Parkdale taco joint. The result: long lineups, of course. Read our Introducing post »
  • Bar IsabelGrant van Gameren enlisted fellow Black Hoof alum Brandon Olsen for this tapas and bar snacks joint on College Street. Read our Introducing Post »
  • Queen Margherita Pizza—The popular Leslieville pizza parlour opened its long-awaited west-end location in restaurant-starved Baby Point. Read our Introducing post »

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Burger and fries at The Burgernator (Image: Megan Leahy)

Opening

  • Fetta—Chef Mark McEwan’s new panini bar at Pearson is one of a slew of new eateries opening at the airport in 2013. Read our Dish post »
  • Nejibee—Toronto’s latest izakaya is also a teppanyaki and sake bar. Its soft opening was Feb. 24, but the grand opening is slated for early March. Read our Dish post »
  • Hitch—Named for noted author and imbiber Christopher Hitchens, the cozy neighbourhood bar focuses on classic cocktails and bourbon. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in January

Charles Khabouth’s new Italian restaurant Buonanotte (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Opening

  • Porzia—Chef Basilio Pesce’s homey southern Italian restaurant will likely be Parkdale’s last opening until the restaurant ban on the strip gets lifted. Read our Introducing post »
  • Boccone Trattoria Veloce—The restaurants at Pearson Airport are getting a much-needed refresh, and Boccone, a casual Italian restaurant with a menu from Mistura’s Massimo Capra, is first out of the gate. Read our Introducing post »
  • Room 203—After bouncing between various consulting gigs, chef Guy Rawlings launched a new hybrid space—at a secret Parkdale location—for catering, classes and food events. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month that Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in December

Sang Kim’s new Yakitori Bar (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Opening

  • Yakitori Bar and Seoul Food Co.—Restauranteur Sang Kim (Ki, Blowfish) set an ambitious goal for himself: one restaurant, thirty days. It must’ve been too easy, because he ended up opening two, an izakaya and a Korean takeout joint. Read our Introducing post »
  • Hawthorne Food and Drink—Chef Eric Wood (Fabarnak) finds inspiration for Hawthorne’s menu in Toronto’s wide array of ethnic cuisines. Bonus: he also runs a paid training program for newly graduated cooks. Read our Introducing post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in November

Santouka Ramen was one of the many ramen shops to open this month (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Opening

  • Skin and BonesDaniel Clarke and Harry Wareham, both formerly of Enoteca Sociale and Pizzeria Libretto, have opened the doors to Leslieville’s newest wine bar with chef-nomad Matthew Sullivan (Boxed, Maléna) in the kitchen. Read our Introducing post »
  • A-OK Foods—Yes, it’s another spot serving ramen, but this Queen West snack bar is owned by the trio behind Yours Truly and serves house-made ramen noodles. Read our Introducing post »
  • Rose and Sons—The first of Anthony Rose’s promised trio of restaurants opened with little fanfare and no liquor licence last week on Dupont. Rose is still tinkering with the menu, offering only brunch and lunch, but he’s launching a full dinner service on December 6. Read our Dish post »

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in October

Introducing: Indie Ale House

After a long wait, Indie Alehouse finally opened in the Junction this month (Image: Yves Freypons)

Opening

  • Café Boulud and dBar—The third Café Boulud and 14th restaurant in Daniel Boulud’s portfolio isn’t the buzziest arrival in recent weeks, but it probably wasn’t designed to be. The casual bistro, with its tidy four-part menu, is more of a neighbourhood spot than a fine dining destination. Read our Introducing post »
  • Richmond Station—Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich and Ryan Donovan broke away from Marben to set up their transit-themed restaurant. Fans of Heinrich and Donovan’s “good, honest cooking,” which includes a Marben-esque rib-stuffed burger and a decadent take on a s’more, need only look for the ersatz subway station sign. Read our Introducing post »
  • Indie Alehouse—After two years of labour, Jason Fisher’s lager-free brewery has brought craft ale to the once-dry Junction. Salt alum Patrick Fraser handles the elevated pub grub menu. Read our Introducing Post »
  • PatriaCharles Khabouth must not sleep. In the past four months, his bid to take over King West has manifested itself in Weslodge Saloon, Storys and, most recently, Patria, a traditional Spanish restaurant boasting wines that are largely unavailable at the LCBO. Read our Introducing post »

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