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Openings

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Introducing: Grasslands, the trendy revamp of vegan stalwart Fressen

Introducing: Grasslands

Name: Grasslands
Neighbourhood: Queen West
Contact info: 478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127, grasslands.to, @GrasslandsTO
Owner and chef: Stephen Gardner (Urban Herbivore, Fressen)

The food: Vegan dishes inspired by Northern Mediterranean cuisine, including several hold-overs from Fressen days.

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Closings

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Vegan stalwart Fressen calls it quits 

Queen West’s upscale vegan eatery Fressen announced on Facebook and Twitter that it will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month. Apart from the date, details are scarce—perhaps the space will be taken over by sister restaurant Urban Herbivore?—but come new year, regulars will have to swing by the likes of Fresh or Feel Good Guru for their animal product–free fix.

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Random Stuff

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The New York Times shows Toronto ever more love 

The New York Times seems to have a bit of an infatuation with Toronto of late, and we have to say, we’re liking it. The most recent article provides travellers with an itinerary of restaurants, shops and landmarks to swing by during a brief 36-hour stay in the city (not unlike the concept of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, filmed in town recently). The article suggests stops in Kensington Market (Urban Herbivore, Sublime Cafe, Thirsty and Miserable and Embassy Bar), on Ossington (I Miss You, Bellwoods Brewery), Queen Street West (Ursa, Terroni and Trinity Bellwoods Park) and Dundas West (The Black Hoof and Hoof Raw Bar), among others. West-enders planning an upcoming staycation should check this out. Read the entire article [New York Times] »

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Food Events

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18

Martin Picard will be cooking a five-course tasting menu at Canoe on Sunday to promote his new cookbook, Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack (Image: Marie-Claude St-Pierre)

Monday, March 12

  • Society for American Wines: Cabernet blends formal tasting. University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., 416-978-6325. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the premiere of Top Chef Canada 2012. With special guest chef Todd Perrin from season one. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • March Break: Kids Cooking Camp: A week of globally inspired cooking classes for little foodies. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-392-7120. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Restaurants

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Year in Review: each of 2011’s weekly lunch picks, ranked

Trying to choose a selection of our favourite lunch picks from the last year proved too much like choosing a selection of our favourite children. So instead we present a complete year of lunch picks, ranked by price, from a humble porchetta sandwich (a reasonable $6.75) to a somewhat less humble five-course feast (treat yourself for $100).

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Restaurants

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Weekly Lunch Pick: a healthy, filling vegan meal in a mall food court (no, really)

Urban Herbivore’s barbecue tofu sandwich on the Urban Eatery’s reusable crockery (Image: Renée Suen)

Some things you don’t expect to find in a food court: reusable dishware, stainless steel cutlery, a vegan restaurant. The new Urban Eatery at the Eaton Centre has all three. The shiny outpost of Kensington Market vegan mecca Urban Herbivore in the food court has a short yet highly customizable menu with five vegan sandwiches, each available on one of three choices of bread.

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Introducing: Urban Eatery, the Eaton Centre’s new, disconcertingly Danish food court

The Eaton Centre’s new food court, featuring Panton S chairs. No, really. (Image: Caroline Aksich)

The food court experience is a notoriously horrible one. The ambiance is nonexistent, the options are limited to the typical fast-food chains, and the waste produced is enormous. For years, the Eaton Centre food court has been no exception—that is, until Cadillac-Fairview embarked on creating Canada’s first “destination food court” there. It took $48 million and 14 months of renovations to transform the subterranean food court into an “urban eatery”—something that feels more like Copenhagen (mid-century modern furniture, a red, white and wood colour palette) than Toronto—until you see the A&W at least. 

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Restaurants

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Where to eat lunch this week: Cruda Café

This raw food café brings fresh life to St. Lawrence Market with dishes even a carnivore will love

The place: The two-month-old raw food joint (“cruda” is Spanish for “raw”) is the brainchild of chef Claudia Gaviria, who proudly offers mostly uncooked options to office dwellers who work too far from Rawlicious or Urban Herbivore. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the lower level, Cruda is a welcome reprieve from the market’s long-standing deep-fried lunch options. Don’t be turned off by the “raw” and “vegan” labels; this is satisfying food by any standard.

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Restaurants

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Temperance be damned: eight of Toronto’s largest restaurant dishes

(Photo by Jon Sufrin)

(Photo by Jon Sufrin)

When it comes to flouting moderation at the dinner table, Toronto may not be Texas, but it definitely has its share of big food. Vegetarians have a few outsize items to choose from—Urban Herbivores mega-muffins, the three-inch falafel balls at Tov-Li—but it is meat eaters who have most of the opportunities to attack large portions with primal zeal. We hit the street to find the establishments able to satisfy that deep-seated lust. From upmarket foie gras to a diner’s mile-high burgers, here are eight of Toronto’s biggest restaurant dishes, each begging to be conquered.

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