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Restaurants

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A Middle Eastern snack shop on Queen West from the owner of the Gourmet Bitches truck

(Image: Shontelle Pinch/Twitter)

(Image: Shontelle Pinch/Twitter)

Rose City Kitchen, the latest snack counter to hit Queen West, hopes to do for shawarma what nearby Banh Mi Boys did for Vietnamese subs: transform a familiar snack staple into a trendy culinary commodity. Opening in late January at 406 Queen Street, the 15-seat restaurant is a new venture from foodie entrepreneur Shontelle Pinch, one half of the two-woman crew behind healthy food truck Gourmet Bitches. Unlike the truck, Rose City will stick to Middle Eastern dishes like falafel, flatbreads and slaws—a welcome departure from the strip’s ever-intensifying burgerfication.

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Where to Eat and Drink

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Nuit Mange: where to eat in the middle of the night during Nuit Blanche 2012

Nuit Mange: where to eat in the middle of the night during Nuit Blanche 2012

Shelley Miller’s Throw-Up will be outside Metro Hall (Image: Shelley Miller)

Nuit Blanche opens on Saturday night at 7:03 p.m. (see our full guide), and with an entire night of roaming Toronto’s transformed streets, galleries and everything in between, odds are you’ll get hungry. To help, the folks behind the festival have dispatched a fleet of food trucks, which will be out in full force at three designated downtown “rest stops.” Several restaurants are also keeping their doors open late with special offerings. Below, our roundup of where to eat in each zone, near city hall and outside of the box (i.e. near the independent projects in Parkdale).

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Food Events

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Captured: New Hogtown Smoke food truck draws huge lunchtime lineups


By some magical twist of fate, the two parking lots directly to the east and the north of the Toronto Life offices have become ground-zero for the city’s still-nascent food truck scene. Today, there were a record four trucks in the lot at Queen and Jarvis: Blue Donkey Streatery, Gourmet Bitches, Buster’s Sea Cove and the new barbecue truck Hogtown Smoke, which, as you can see, siphoned off the lines from the rest, thanks in no small part to the intoxicating smell of smoke emanating down the block.

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The Month That Was

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

Looking down from the mezzanine at Bellwoods Brewery (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Openings:

• The Saint—after three long years of waiting, during which time most of Ossington rapidly gentrified, this neighbourhood tavern from the people behind Buca finally opened its doors. Read our Introducing post »

• Bellwoods Brewery—A highly anticipated new brewpub on Ossington from a pair of Amsterdam Beer alums, with food by Guy Rawlings. Read our Introducing post »

• Lilly’s Lunches—A new downtown-centric bike brown bag bike delivery service from a cubicle escapee. Read our Introducing post »

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Openings

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Introducing: Gourmet Bitches, a new Toronto food truck that’s a little healthier than most

The Bitches themselves, Shontelle Pinch and Bianka Matchett (Image: Dave Gillespie)

At a sneak preview event at the Boiler House in the Distillery District earlier this month, the Gourmet Bitches unveiled their new matte-black food truck. With the name printed as a mirror image in bold white print and purple neon lighting, it won’t be hard to find when it hits the streets in May. The cheekily named truck is a collaboration between Shontelle Pinch and Bianka Matchett, who decided to buck some of the bigger trends in mobile dining with healthy options that include gluten- and dairy-free menu items.

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