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Coming Soon: Fat Pasha, a Middle Eastern restaurant from Rose and Sons chef Anthony Rose

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Anthony Rose, the chef and co-owner of Rose and Sons and Big Crow, is opening yet another restaurant on Dupont Avenue. Fat Pasha, which takes over the former Indian Rice Factory space this spring, will be just as casual and rambunctious as Rose’s other two restaurants. Instead of burgers or barbeque, though, the new spot will focus on Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Year in Review: what you cared about in 2013 (or, the 50 most-read stories of the year)

Year in Review: what you cared about in 2013 (or, the 50 most-read stories of the year)
2013 was a hell of a year. Looking through our list of the most popular 50 articles Toronto Life‘s website has published since January, it’s clear that many engaging stories surfaced over the course of the past 12 months, from rub-and-tug parlours, to Nuit Blanche madness, to the $500-million McCain divorce. Crackgate, the scandal swirling around Rob Ford and his admitted drug use, was a popular narrative, although no stories involving the mayor managed to crack the top five.

So, what did readers love in 2013? Real estate, restaurants, rooster sauce and so much more. Here, in order of popularity, are our 50 most-read stories of 2013.

1. Best New Toronto Restaurants 2013: our annual ranking of the most innovative, interesting and delicious new Toronto restaurants
2. The Sriracha hot sauce factory has been forced to shut down (for now)
3. My Cheating Heart: lessons from my year on Ashley Madison
4. House of the Week: $1.65 million for a Little Italy semi with a backyard coach house
5. Meet the woman who’s dating her way into meals at top Toronto restaurants

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Crack burgers, meltdown sandwiches and other menu items inspired by the mayor

(Image: Imgur)

(Image: Imgur)

The silver lining, perhaps, to Toronto’s seedy mayoral scandal: the outpouring of inventive—or at least amusing—creative responses. The past week has brought musical interpretations, provocative art installations and, most recently, a wave of tongue-in-cheek culinary tributes. Here, a sampling of restaurant dishes inspired by Rob Ford.

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Best of the City: our indispensable list of all that’s excellent in 2013

Best of the City 2013

City hall is a circus, our roads are chronically clogged and the Stanley Cup continues to elude us, but our economy is booming like never before. By almost every measure—condos, five-star hotels, restaurants, population—we’re seriously flush, and the competition for our cash is heating up. There’s a dish for every craving, a service for every crisis, a product for every whim. Restaurateurs one-up each other with 20-course tasting menus and foie gras everything. Clusters of new boutiques have materialized in the Distillery District and the west end, selling rare Japanese labels and ethical selvage denim. Facialists treat our skin with diamonds and sapphires, and our malls have received makeovers befitting Versailles. We want for nothing—except maybe a little guidance on what to do with all that expendable income. The following pages comprise the absolute best of dining, drinking, shopping, pampering and carousing in the city—an exhaustive guide to all the things you never knew you needed.

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Editor’s Letter (August 2013): the party pooping Parkdale restaurant moratorium

Editor's Letter: Sarah FulfordParkdale on a hot summer night is an exceedingly fun place to be. If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at Grand Electric, the boisterous Queen Street taqueria, you’ll have one of the city’s best fish tacos, in a room with the energy of a university house party. Nearby, there’s the sushi bar Kanji, with 14 types of sake. A few blocks west is Keriwa, the epicentre of the nouveau Canadian cuisine movement. A night out on the western fringe of Queen is a guaranteed good time, full of culinary adventure and people-watching.

Since 2008, more than 30 new restaurants have opened on Queen between Dufferin and Roncesvalles. Rents are low, and the spaces are small—ideal conditions for young entrepreneurial chefs to experiment. And diners can’t get enough, lining up for hours on the sidewalk for tables. Some come from outside the area; others live nearby—they’re the photographers, TV writers, designers and ad agency people who have been scooping up Parkdale’s attractive old houses for a decade or so. The area is creative class central, and real estate prices are rising accordingly; in 2002, the average Parkdale house cost $330,677. In 2012, it was $592,596.

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Burger’s Priest at Queen and Spadina is now open

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The third location of the owner Shant Mardirosian’s crazy popular griddle-smashed burger chain opened its doors on Saturday to a line up that stretched a solid city block. Like Burger’s Priest’s other always-stuffed shops on Yonge and Queen Street East, the new Queen and Spadina location serves fast-food classics, Mardirosian’s unique burger bombs, like the soaring Tower of Babel or the Vatican City (the latter items are on the Priest’s “secret” online-only menu) and a new California Classic burger that’s still in the works. Also in the works: another location, this one at 986 The Queensway in Etobicoke.

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Matt Blondin is no longer at Momofuku Daishō

From left to right: Daishō’s Eran Bick (sous chef), Jed Smith (sous chef), Sam Gelman (Momofuku Toronto executive chef) and Matt Blondin (executive sous chef) (Image: Renée Suen)

Matt Blondin, the ambitious Toronto chef that came up through Colborne Lane’s modernist kitchen before opening Acadia in 2011, is leaving his most recent post as Daishōs executive sous-chef. Blondin has bounced from one acclaimed restaurant to the next in recent years, leaving Acadia after a little more than a year and Daishō after an even shorter stint. Interestingly, his departure follows Patrick Kriss’s sudden exit from Acadia last week. Perhaps he’s eyeing his old gig?

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at One, Auberge du Pommier and Pizzeria Libretto

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: One, Auberge du Pommier, and Pizzeria Libretto. 

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La Société introduces special menus from the city’s style set

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The buzzy Bloor Street bistro wants you to eat just like Toronto’s fashion elite. Charles Khabouth’s Yorkville restaurant is creating special menus based on stylish Torontonians personal recipes. The menus started in April with healthy dishes and fun cocktails from the people at The Coveteur, and this month fashion icon Jeanne Beker is sharing recipes for her Moroccan spiced snapper and chestnut crêpes. Next month, socialite Suzanne Rogers is up. If her cooking is anything like her fashion, we expect very rich, very bold dishes topped with the culinary equivalent of a whole lot of lace.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Scaramouche, Buonanotte and Bar Isabel

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Scaramouche, Buonanotte, and Bar Isabel. 

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Beloved taco spot Agave y Aguacate is back in Baldwin Village

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Tinga tostada at Agave y Aguacate(Image: Renée Suen)

Mexican-born chef Francisco Alejandri opened a Kensington Market taco stand in 2011, ahead of the current craze. With only a couple of burners and a bar fridge, he made some of the freshest, tastiest and cheapest Mexican street food we ever had. When he closed shop last year, due to the chaos of cooking in the cramped food court, the city issued a collective groan of disappointment. Luckily, Alejandri is back.  This summer, he’s opening up Agave y Aguacate 2.0, a permanent restaurant—this time with a fully equipped kitchen, a proper dining room and a patio—in the space formerly occupied by the short-lived bistro Elle M’a Dit. Alejandri trained at several big-name restaurants, including Sassafraz, Scaramouche and Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, and his signature ceviches, tostadas and other meticulously prepared Mexican dishes reflect his pedigree.  The restaurant will be the latest of at least six new taquerias in the Baldwin-Kensington area but, if Anthony Bourdain’s rave review of Alejandri’s food is any indication, it’s sure to draw the longest lineups.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Yours Truly, Lee and Bannock

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Yours Truly, Lee, and Bannock. 

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Dear Urban Diplomat: Can I confront parents who bring a wailing newborn to an upscale restaurant?

Urban Diplomat: For Crying Out Loud

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
My husband and I went to Toca at the Ritz-Carlton for our anniversary dinner. Around 9 p.m., a newborn-toting couple settled into the corner booth, and seconds later, the wailing began. We were irked, especially when the couple tried for 10 minutes to soothe in situ rather than in the lobby. Would we have been so wrong to say something?
—For Crying Out Loud, Cliffside

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben.

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The Binge List: top 20 Toronto sandwiches

Toronto’s top 20 sandwiches

Not so long ago, Toronto was a white-bread city. That was before chefs started baking Danish rye, sous-viding bacon and otherwise messing with the old bread-meat-bread formula. Today’s sandwiches are unconventional, artisanal and, we can confirm after extensive testing, utterly delicious. Here, our picks for the top 20 Toronto sandwiches.

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