Where to Eat Now 2012

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Where to Eat Now 2012

Where to Eat Now 2012

The sprawling dining scene in Toronto is more diverse and promising than ever. This year, a handful of 20-something chefs who trained at the city’s old-guard establishments broke out on their own with original, low-rent restaurants in Roncesvalles, Bloorcourt Village and Cabbagetown. New Italian places—some quaint and friendly, others opulent and expensive—outpaced bistros by an angel hair. Canada’s heritage was thoroughly and pervasively plumbed for culinary inspiration. (Is there anything that can’t be glazed in maple syrup?) The barbecue craze progressed into a New Age southern food fetish that involves a lot of top-shelf bourbon, house-made pickles and artisanal sauces. Chefs evoked the Mediterranean on seafood-loaded menus downtown, where, after years of casual comforts, fine dining returned, albeit revamped for diners who couldn’t care less about gourmet bravado and epicurean elitism, so long as their trout is perfectly seared (and comes from Lake Huron). Toronto Life’s critics indulged in it all. We ate, drank, debated and finally ranked the 10 spots that surprised us, delighted us and made us grateful to live in this restaurant-obsessed city.

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Where to Eat Now 2012: Vote on the 10 trends in dining that we love and hate

Where to Eat Now 2012: Vote on the 10 trends we love/hate

We picked out ten trends that helped define dining in Toronto in 2012, and pronounced whether we loved them, hated them or had a love-hate relationship with them. Now you can have your say.

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Where to Eat Now 2012: 10 trends in dining that we love and hate (or have a love-hate relationship with)

Where to Eat Now 2012: 10 Trends We Love/Hate

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Where to Eat Now 2012: five of our favourite sandwiches of the year

Where to Eat Now 2012: 5 top sandwiches

This year, a handful of sandwich-centric restaurants tapped into the primitive appeal of meat plus bun. Here, five hearty two-handers.

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Where to Eat Now 2012: our five favourite Neapolitan pizzas

Where to Eat Now 2012: 5 top pizzas

With a new pizza place opening nearly every month, the city is now loaded with chewy, blistered, wood-fired pies. Here, our favourite five.

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Where to Eat Now 2012: five top renditions of this year’s hot Mexican street food, the tostada

Where to Eat Now 2012: Tacos 2.0

Every chef and his sous found inspiration in Mexican street food this year. Here, five high-piled tostadas that had us ordering seconds.

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Where to Eat Now 2012: the 10 top food trucks in the GTA

Flavour of the Year 2012: A Movable Feast

This year, a fleet of new trucks raised street food standards in the GTA. Trouble is, they’re always on the move. Here, the top 10 and their Twitter handles (so you’ll never miss another taco, burger or brownie).

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 1 Yours Truly

Best New Restaurants 2012: 1 Yours Truly

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 2 Acadia

Best New Restaurants 2012: 2 Acadia

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 3 Aria

Best New Restaurants 2012: 3 Aria

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 4 Keriwa

Best New Restaurants 2012: 4 Keriwa

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 5 Ortolan

Best New Restaurants 2012: 5 Ortolan

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 6 Barque

Best New Restaurants 2012: 6 Barque

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 7 F’Amelia

Best New Restaurants 2012: 7 F’Amelia

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Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 8 Modus

Best New Restaurants 2012: 8 Modus

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