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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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David Lawrason’s Weekly Wine Pick: a charming Australian shiraz

Weekly Wine PickHardy’s Bankside 2010 Shiraz

$14.95 | Australia | 89 points
This has been kicking around Vintages for several years, and I have not always been a fan. It went very lean and peppery for a while, but this vintage changes course and offers rich fruit and some charm—all the reasons we loved Aussie shiraz in the first place. And it achieves it without being gooey or sweet.

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Openings

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Introducing: Hardys, the second southern barbecue joint to grace St. Clair West

Inside the front dining room area of Hardys (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Back in May, we reported on an upcoming barbecue joint, Hardys: A Hogtown Brasserie (its name a riff on Toronto’s pig-farming past) that was setting up shop just a few blocks west of barbecue stalwart The Stockyards. On Friday, the restaurant had its grand opening and we stopped in to check it out.

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Introducing: Barque, Roncesvalles’s new, lighter take on the traditional smokehouse

Barque’s haute-BBQ dining room was designed by the Design Agency (Image: Daniel Barna)

With newish barbecue joints The Stockyards and Hadley’s still going gangbusters and Hardy’s set to open this June, it looks like the Big Smoke is finally starting to live up to its name. Toronto’s newest smokehouse is Barque, a laid-back Roncesvalles spot whose fare is a little lighter than the artery-clogging calorie bombs usually associated with the cuisine of the American South. “There’s no reason why barbecue needs to be heavy,” says chef and owner David Neinstein, as he slathers his homemade rub on a sky-high pile of smoker-ready ribs.

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New barbecue joint Hardys: A Hogtown Brasserie to open in Stockyards territory

Apparently this city has not yet had its fill of barbecue joints. Hardys: A Hogtown Brasserie, will open to the public in mid June, assuming the premises of an old Indian takeout joint at St. Clair West and Oakwood—just a few blocks away from the area’s current reigning smokehouse, The Stockyards.

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