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Opening soon: a new Leslieville location of Rock Lobster Food Co.

Rock Lobster’s famous lobster-topped poutine (Image: Renée Suen)

Rock Lobster’s famous lobster-topped poutine (Image: Renée Suen)

As if having three successful restaurants, a line of seafood products out at Sobeys and an upcoming cookbook wasn’t enough, Rock Lobster’s chef and owner Matt Pettit, who also runs country-western saloon Boots ‘n’ Bourbon in Riverdale, is once again expanding his local lobster-themed restaurant chain. We had the chance to interrogate Pettit about the newest Rock Lobster outlet, a 65-seat restaurant opening later this month at 1192 Queen East, formerly home to comfy nightspot The Curzon.

“I think it’s going to be great.” Pettit said. “It should be fun. It’ll bring, hopefully, another cool restaurant to the area.”  The new spot won’t stray too far from the chain’s Ossington and Queen West locations, which means Leslievillers can look forward to more of the brand’s signature nautical decor and casual seafood dishes, like elaborately garnished Caesars, beachy steam pots and full lobster suppers on Sundays. The best part? The new restaurant will have three (that’s right, three) sizable patios: a street-side terrace, a back garden-style nook and an additional 20-seater flanking the building’s side—which will be licensed until 2 a.m.

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Get Outside: The 10 Best New Toronto Patios

Cabana Pool Bar

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Toronto’s balmy summer nights are too precious to waste on mediocre drinks in a dark, dreary room. Lucky for us, over 100 new patios have opened in the last year, many of them in the downtown core. Rollicking barbecue joints have us sipping bourbon and Pabst at packed picnic tables; secluded Financial District terraces are catering to power-lunchers looking for a snatch of midday sky; and a giant new waterfront swimming hole is luring club kids away from the usual King West haunts. Here, our top ten new patios for open-air eating, dating, schmoozing and kicking back in the city this summer.

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Rock Lobster is opening a second location in Shanghai Cowgirl’s Queen West space

Rock Lobster Food Co. graduated from a wildly popular pop-up shop into a wildly popular brick-and-mortar restaurant when it opened on Ossington Street in December. Less than six months later, it’s already launching a second location only a few blocks away in the space currently home to Shanghai Cowgirl (owner Darryl Fine is also one of three partners at Rock Lobster). Rock Lobster 2.0 is going to be bigger, open longer and have a larger menu—plus a new 80-seat patio and a retail counter for prepared sauces, soups, and sustainable seafood. Shanghai Cowgirl closes next week and the new Rock Lobster is scheduled to open June 1. [The Grid]

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Trend We Love/Hate: the anti-local movement

Trend We Love/Hate: The anti-local movement

In this age of conspicuous local consumption, a handful of chefs are racking up the food miles. We’d protest, but our mouths are full.

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Flavour of the Year: Our five favourite takes on the lobster roll

This year’s East Coast lobster glut gave Toronto umpteen variations on the lobster roll.

Flavour Craze: On a Roll

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Trend We Love: wine (and sake) served from a tap

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There are several good reasons why a restaurant might serve wine on tap: it keeps house wines fresh (and bubblies bubbly), allows for economies of scale and greatly reduces the number of empty wine bottles to deal with at the end of the night. It’s also a cool gimmick that’s still novel enough to get new customers in the door. Here, six restaurants that serve wine (or sake!) using a draught system:

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Introducing: Rock Lobster, the new Ossington incarnation of the popular pop-up restaurant

Introducing: Rock Lobster Food Co.

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Recently there’s been a slew of Toronto Underground Market vendors graduating to permanent operations. First La Carnita opened on College, then Fidel Gastro’s launched a food truck, and now Rock Lobster Food Co., whose first TUM appearance was only nine months ago, has opened up shop on Ossington. Co-owner and chef Matt Dean Pettit partnered with Darryl Fine (Bovine Sex Club, Shanghai Cowgirl) and Alan Thomson (Sotto Voce) to open the restaurant, which features a lobster-centric menu of comfort seafood sold at pop-up-friendly prices.

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Gallery: Susur Lee, Michael Stadtländer and other notable Toronto chefs prepare soups of all kinds at Soupstock 2012

Soupstock 2012

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An estimated 40,000 soup-seeking revellers and 200 chefs traveled to Woodbine Park last weekend to attend Soupstock 2012, the one-day culinary protest festival designed to raise awareness for the fight against the proposed mega-quarry in the Township of Melancthon. Building on the momentum generated from last year’s Foodstock, the Canadian Chef’s Congress and the David Suzuki Foundation convened the weekend’s festivities. Regardless of political affiliation, the sheer magnitude of the event was impressive: it’s a rare occasion that offers that many big-name city chefs (and, for that matter, that much soup).

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Introducing: Hidden Kitchen, a dinner series brought to you by a ghost chef, an ex-chef, a guest chef and a craft brewery

Trying to keep up with the many pop-up food events in Toronto is a challenge, what with their unpredictable locations and irregular timing. And even if the location remains a mystery until the day of the event, Hidden Kitchen, a new collaboration between chef Matt Kantor (Secret Pickle, Ghost Chef), Swallow’s Ivy Knight (a former chef) and Muskoka Brewery, is at least blessed with a predictable schedule. The series takes places on the last Thursday of each month at non-traditional (yet TTC accessible) venues, and has space for 40 diners. It always starts at 7 p.m. and, unsurprisingly, is reliably stocked with a bounty of beer.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for June 25 to July 1

On Wednesday, Le Dolci hosts a Mommy and Me cupcake class (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Monday, June 25

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Cool down and enjoy a sundae bar with Boreal gelato. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Local Food Movement Dinner: Enjoy an early summer menu accompanied and inspired by Niagara’s Pondview Estate Winery. This gastronomic series features hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal of seasonal goodness. Gilead, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Candy-Making Seminar: Stephanie Duong of Keo Confiserie (who once worked at a three-star Michelin restaurant in France) instructs you in the delicate art of candy-making. Hosted by The Cookbook Store. Rosemill Kitchen Studio, 1 Yorkville Ave., 416-920-2665. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly Aperitivo Italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Summer Pasta Making: Join chefs Scott Savoie and Shahir Massoud (Lupa, Teatro) for an all-encompassing pasta-making lesson that starts with dough and ends with sauce. Culinary Adventures Company, 201 Weston Rd., suite 101, 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • The Slice is Right: Chef Paula Bashford lets her class in on the secrets to making delicious summer pies. Those secrets will include different dough recipes and techniques and the mysteries of flavour pairings. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »

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Street Food Block Party recap: a night of food trucks, lobster rolls and very enthusiastic eaters

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In a line that snaked around the Evergreen Brick Works, well over 3,000 street food enthusiasts waited patiently for the first ever mash-up of Food Truck Eats and the Toronto Underground Market: the Street Food Block Party. The keeners at the front of the line counted down, and at five on the nose they raced into the venue trying to hit crowd favourites such as La Carnita, which has been known to draw lines with hour-long waits.

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