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Introducing: Honest Weight, a new seafood shop and lunch counter from one of Can... Introducing: Honest Weight, a new seafood shop and lunch counter from one of Canada’s top fishmongers

Name: Honest Weight Neighbourhood: The Junction Contact Info: 2776A Dundas Street West, 416-604-9992, www.honestweight.ca Owners: John Bil and Victoria Bazan The Food: Three-time oyster-shucking national champion and seafood expert John Bil has been busy over the last decade running a seafood import company and helping others open their restaurants (including Montreal’s legendary Joe Beef). Now he has a place of his… Read more »

Introducing: The Four Seven, a new Bloordale bar from Tequila Bookworm’s owners Introducing: The Four Seven, a new Bloordale bar from Tequila Bookworm’s owners

Name: The Four Seven Neighbourhood: Bloordale Contact Info: 1211 Bloor St. W., @the47TO Previously: Ortolan Owners: Jeff Caires and Andrew Usher (Tequila Bookworm) and chef Daniel Usher (Ortolan) Executive Chef: Daniel Usher The Food: Late-night eats served until 2 a.m., including big dishes for sharing. Usher’s concise menu includes an Italian-style grilled squid; socca, a gluten-free chickpea-flour crepe topped with either lamb… Read more »

Introducing: Città, CityPlace’s new (but rustic) Italian kitchen Introducing: Città, CityPlace’s new (but rustic) Italian kitchen

Name: Città Neighbourhood: Harbourfront Contact Info: 92 Fort York Blvd., 416-623-9662, cittatoronto.com Owners: Charles Khabouth (Patria and La Société), Hanif Harji (Weslodge and Storys) and Adam Brown of the local Fox and Fiddle Executive Chef: Ben Heaton, formerly of The Grove The Food: Heaton’s seasonally inspired menu of Italian comfort food is filled with bright and rustic flavours—the roasted cauliflower dish, for instance, has the vegetable prepared… Read more »

Introducing: CC Lounge, a new Prohibition-themed bar near St. Lawrence Market Introducing: CC Lounge, a new Prohibition-themed bar near St. Lawrence Market

Name: CC Lounge Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence Contact Info: 45 Front St. E., 416-362-4777, cconfront.com Owner: The St. Lawrence Bunch, a business partnership fronted by Costa Kosilos Head Chef: Brent Richardson, formerly of Glas Wine Bar, La Carnita and Beerbistro The Food: The menu is heavy on share-friendly versions of old favourites, like mac n’ cheese… Read more »

Introducing: Duggan’s Brewery’s second coming, in Parkdale Introducing: Duggan’s Brewery’s second coming, in Parkdale

Name: Duggan’s Brewery Parkdale Neighbourhood: Parkdale Contact Info: 1346 Queen St. W., 416-588-1086, duggansbreweryparkdale.com Owner and Brewmaster: Michael Duggan Consulting Chef: Rene Chauvin, culinary instructor at George Brown College and former National Golf Club of Canada executive chef, with sous chef Eric Snidal The Food: This successor to Duggan’s Brewery’s previous incarnation on Victoria Street… Read more »

Introducing: Touhenboku, the ramen shop’s new sushi restaurant in the Dist... Introducing: Touhenboku, the ramen shop’s new sushi restaurant in the Distillery District

Name: Touhenboku Neighbourhood: Distillery District Contact Info: 42 Gristmill Ln., 416-368-8686 Previously: Café Uno Owner: Zuimei Okuyama Chef: Veteran sushi chef Aki Kitao, who previously worked in upscale sushi restaurants like Toshi Sushi and Ki The Food: Unlike Touhenboku’s casual ramen shops on Queen West and Yonge Street, the chain’s Distillery location focuses primarily on sushi. Chef Kitao’s menu includes… Read more »

Introducing: Mean Bao, the Chinatown bao shop’s new Queen West location Introducing: Mean Bao, the Chinatown bao shop’s new Queen West location

Name: Mean Bao Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact Info: 167 Bathurst St., 416-862-7737, meanbaotoronto.com Previously: A short-lived burger shop called Burger Press Chefs/Owners: Both the original location and this new outpost are co-owned by Jones and James Cheung, along with their nephew and niece Scott Ching and Erin Cheung. Everyone plays a role in the family business,… Read more »

Introducing: Parlor Foods & Co., a rustic Canadian restaurant and cocktail ... Introducing: Parlor Foods & Co., a rustic Canadian restaurant and cocktail lounge on King West

Name: Parlor Foods & Co Contact Info: 333 King St. W., 416-596-0004, parlorfoods.com, @parlorfoods Neighbourhood: King West Co-owners and chefs: Jason D’Anna and Brett Howson The Food: Parlor’s comfort dishes are punched up with distinctly Canadian additions, like a swipe of pure maple syrup on a simple charcuterie platter, or ribbons of cold-smoked sockeye salmon in an… Read more »

Introducing: Borealia, a new all-Canadian restaurant on the Ossington strip Introducing: Borealia, a new all-Canadian restaurant on the Ossington strip

Name: Borealia (which was one of the alternative names proposed for Canada during confederation) Contact Info: 59 Ossington Ave., 647-351-5100, borealiato.com Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods Previously: Ardor Bistro Owners: Evelyn Wu and Wayne Morris. The pair met while working at Waterfront Wines in British Columbia. They married last year. Chefs: Morris, with sous chef Fabrizio DeCicco… Read more »

Introducing: NAO, a new Asian steakhouse on Avenue Road from Charles Khabouth an... Introducing: NAO, a new Asian steakhouse on Avenue Road from Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji

Name: NAO (an acronym for “New and Old”) Neighbourhood: Yorkville Contact Info: 90 Avenue Rd., 416-367-4141, naosteakhouse.com Owners: Charles Khabouth, Hanif Harji, Stuart Cameron and Tim Foley Chefs: Stuart Cameron (also the exec chef at Patria, Weslodge and Byblos) and chef de cuisine Andrew Bradford. The Food: The Asian-American fusion trend finds full expression in… Read more »

Introducing: Buna’s Kitchen, a homey new lunch counter in the Entertainmen... Introducing: Buna’s Kitchen, a homey new lunch counter in the Entertainment District

Name: Buna’s Kitchen Neighbourhood: Entertainment District Contact Info: 388 Richmond St. W., Unit 5B, 647-342-5506, facebook.com Previously: Sido Shwarma Chefs/Owners: George Brown alums Grace An and Taylor Heon met in culinary school and opened a catering company together, Food Parade, before going the brick-and-mortar route with Buna’s. The Food: Owners An and Heon are determined… Read more »

Introducing: Baju, Zane Caplansky’s laid-back barbecue joint at The Monarc... Introducing: Baju, Zane Caplansky’s laid-back barbecue joint at The Monarch Tavern

Name: Baju BBQ Contact Info: 12 Clinton St., 416-531-5833 Neighbourhood: Little Italy Owners: Zane Caplansky (best known for his eponymous deli and food truck) and The Monarch Tavern’s Michael Dorbyk Chefs: Dan Green and Kyle Wyatt, the duo behind pop-up culinary collective Mise En Place The Food: Baju ascribes to the “Meat and Three” philosophy,… Read more »

Introducing: Ovest, a polished Italian restaurant on King West from ex-Terroni c... Introducing: Ovest, a polished Italian restaurant on King West from ex-Terroni chef Luca Stracquadanio

Name: Ovest Contact Info: 788 King St. W., 416-214-6161, ovest-to.com, @Ovest_TO Neightbourhood: King West Owner: Marco Celio, the former general manager at both Buca and Buonanotte Chef: Sicilian-born chef Luca Stracquadanio, previously the executive chef at Terroni LA and La Bettola di Terroni in Toronto The Food: In addition to thin-crust pizzas and truffle-strewn pastas, the debut menu… Read more »

Introducing: Dandylion, a modern bistro on Queen West from former Centro chef Ja... Introducing: Dandylion, a modern bistro on Queen West from former Centro chef Jay Carter

Name: Dandylion Contact Info: 1198 Queen St. W., 647-464-9100, restaurantdandylion.com Neighbourhood: West Queen West Chef/Owner: Jay Carter, who worked for 10 years under Susur Lee (first at Susur, then Lee) before becoming executive chef at Centro The Menu: “I want people to feel nourished and revived,” says chef Carter of his debut menu. His dishes are… Read more »

Introducing: Wahlburgers, the new Toronto outpost of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlb... Introducing: Wahlburgers, the new Toronto outpost of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg’s Boston burger shop

Name: Wahlburgers Contact Info: 46 Blue Jays Way, 416-489-8922, wahlburgers.ca, @WahlburgersCA Neighbourhood: Entertainment District Owners: The Wahlberg brothers (Mark, Donnie and Paul), Starwood Group president Bruce Greenbeerg, Metropolitan Hotels president Henry Wu and Difference Capital executive chairman Michael Wekerle. Chefs: Executive chef Paul Wahlberg and head chef Vincent Leung, who’s also the chef de cuisine… Read more »