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Introducing: Rose and Sons Swan, the Queen West diner with a new lease on life c... Introducing: Rose and Sons Swan, the Queen West diner with a new lease on life courtesy of Anthony Rose

Name: Rose and Sons Swan Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods Contact: 892 Queen St. W., 647-348-7926, roseandsonswan.com, @roseandsonsswan Owner: Anthony Rose (Rose and Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha, Schmaltz Appetizing) Chef: Sonia Marwick (Fat Pasha) The Food: A menu inspired by Rose’s chef-school years in San Francisco and the five years he spent cooking in Cali. “California cuisine is a very loose… Read more »

Introducing: WindUp Restaurant, a Caribbean spot on College from Barque alumni Introducing: WindUp Restaurant, a Caribbean spot on College from Barque alumni

Name: WindUp Restaurant Neighbourhood: University Contact: 382 College St., 647-349-6373, winduprestaurant.ca, @eatdrinkwindup Previously: Wind Up Bird Owner: Whitney Knowles and Bryan Birch (both Barque alumni) Chefs: Bryan Birch (Barque, North 44) and Ryan Graham (Tutti Matti) The Food: “This is a Toronto version of a Caribbean restaurant,” explains Birch, who has taken Jamaican and Trinidadian favourites and… Read more »

Introducing: Alo, Patrick Kriss’s refined addition to the corner of Queen ... Introducing: Alo, Patrick Kriss’s refined addition to the corner of Queen and Spadina

Name: Alo Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact: 163 Spadina Ave., 3rd floor., 416-260-2222, alorestaurant.com, @AloRestaurant Owner: Patrick Kriss (Acadia, Splendido) and Amanda Bradley (George, La Grenouillere) Chefs: Patrick Kriss, Matthew Betsch (Eleven Madison Park, Splendido) and Nick Bentley (Acadia, Splendido, Canoe) Pastry chef: Cori Murphy (Patrice Pâtissiere, Canoe) The Food: The tasting menu–only restaurant offers an evolving five-course menu (with options)… Read more »

Introducing: Miss Thing’s, Parkdale’s new pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar Introducing: Miss Thing’s, Parkdale’s new pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar

Name: Miss Thing’s Neighbourhood: Parkdale Contact: 1279 Queen St. W., 416-516-8677, missthings.com, @missthingsbar Previously: Wrongbar Owner: Nav Sangha Chefs: Jasper Wu (Bent) and Paul Hadian (Momofuku) The Food: Polynesian and Hawaiian cuisine, but with tweaks: the Loco Moco, for instance, takes the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch and switches out the beef patty and brown gravy for flank steak… Read more »

Introducing: Corktown Kitchen, a new neighbourhood local on King East Introducing: Corktown Kitchen, a new neighbourhood local on King East

Name: Corktown Kitchen Neighbourhood: Corktown Contact: 354 King St. E., 416-901-1188, corktownkitchen.com, @CorktownKitcn Previously: Weezie’s Owner and Chef: Matt Griffiths (Air Canada Centre, Ultra Supper Club, Five Doors North) The Food: A few bistro standbys (burgers, steak frites, half chicken), as well as a couple dishes influenced by time Griffiths spent in Southeast Asia (fresh rolls, grilled… Read more »

Introducing: Broncos, an all-slider spot just south of Trinity Bellwoods Introducing: Broncos, an all-slider spot just south of Trinity Bellwoods

Name: Broncos Slider Bar Neighbourhood: Niagara Contact: 127 Strachan Ave., 647-748-4800, broncosrestaurant.com Previously: Politica Owner: James Bateman (Branca) Chef: Drew Alexander Fleming The Food: Baby burgers, pint-sized sandwiches and a few small sides. Right now, the list of three-bite options sits at 18 items, but there are still 30 creations on the short list that might make special guest… Read more »

Introducing: Flock Rotisserie and Greens, Cory Vitiello’s quick-service ch... Introducing: Flock Rotisserie and Greens, Cory Vitiello’s quick-service chicken spot in the core

Name: Flock Rotisserie and Greens Contact: 330 Adelaide St. W., 647-483-5625, eatflock.com, @EatFlock Neighbourhood: King West Owner: Cory Vitiello and Chris Shiki (The Harbord Room) Chef: Etienne Regis The Food: Exactly what the name suggests—chicken (naturally raised without hormones or antibiotic, natch) and salad. The golden-brown bird is served four ways at this quick-service spot: whole, halved,… Read more »

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 »