We’re halfway through Summerlicious, the Pan Am Games and well, summer.
To help get you the rest of the way, I’ve got tons of new restaurants (this is busy for July) and events for your enjoyment.
Here’s the very latest:
DAC Biet Burger
213 Church St.
Just opened on Saturday, this new Vietnamese burger spot on Church is open seven days a week. "Dac Biet" means "special" and if worlds colliding like Vietanamese flavours and burgers aren’t special enough, I don’t know what is.
The Hearth by Lynn Crawford
Terminal 1 – Toronto Pearson Airport
Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford’s market-inspired, chef-driven dishes have extended to the airport at Terminal 1. The Hearth by Lynn Crawford (by HMSHost in partnership with Chef Crawford of Riverside’s Ruby Watchco) offers dishes such as flatbread with foraged mushrooms, onion petals, goat cheese and pesto; peameal on a bun with honey mustard peameal bacon, aged Canadian cheddar & onion jam; and smoked salmon mousse and fennel marmalade served with apples. It's located after-security (USA), at Level 2 Gates.
718 Queen St. E.
Sliced in Riverside has changed to Majorelle, focusing on North African and Mediterranean dishes. They will also be open evenings to accommodate the neighbourhood.
2252 Queen St. E.
The Beaches continues to get infused with new restaurants this summer. This one, headed by Chef Daniel Racine (Kultura, publisher of A Gift from the Stars Cookbook) has a global feel with items including Smoked Duck Breast and Fig Salad, Caribbean Seafood Tacos and Chicken Picatta.
457 Spadina Ave.
Part of the Smoke’s Poutinerie family, this weiner-centric spot offers everything from “naked steamies” to a PBJ & BACON dog. And yes, there is a poutine dog, delivering the best of both worlds.
Union Social Eatery Uptown
4899 Yonge St .
The “Uptown Funk” location of Union Social lands just north of Sheppard on Yonge. Drinks, flatbread pizzas, salads, burgers and steak are now within reach of your bright white condo.
The Uptown PubHouse
3185 Yonge St.
Designed by Evelyn Eshun Design Inc., the new spot at Yonge and Lawrence features pub fare including pot pies, sandwiches, burgers, and sticky toffee pudding and deep fried Mars bar for dessert.
382 College St.
The former Windup Bird Café is now Windup Restaurant. The new look, chef (Bryan Birch) and menu (Trinidadian influenced) is open for lunch, dinner (Salt Cod Fritters with bacon foam, preserved lemon & ackee; Open faced Curried Goat roti with pumpkin, pickled mango, plantain chips & cilantro) and brunch.
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Sliced and Windup Bird Café have closed to make room for the above openings.
Summerlicious continues, so check out our Summerlicious Guide to help navigate the over 210 restaurants and menus. And this week’s Best Of showcases the top 5 choices.
Looking for something to eat during the Pan Am Games? We’ve got you covered.
The Jerk Joint welcomes Team Jamaica until tomorrow at the the Atlantis Pavilion near Ontario Place from 6pm-midnight. The festival includes food and performances by artists Baby Cham, I Octane, and Maxi Priest. Tickets can be purchased directly at The Jerk Joint.
This Sunday starting at 2pm, join Carpe Shuck ‘Em beside Rodney’s Oyster House. The 27th annual Ontario Oyster Festival includes oysters, clams, lobster, a great selection of craft beer, wine and "Ontario's best Oyster shuckers in action."
Cibo on Yonge has launched Italian Bubbles + Brunch, where $35 per person gets you a meal and prosecco.
On Tuesday, it doesn’t get much better than Pass the Table’s A Spring Feast at Bespoke Butchers. Dinner in a butcher shop is one of the most unique and exhilarating dining experiences you’ll ever had. And this time ‘round, Chef Jonny O'Callaghan, at the soon-to-open Maple Leaf Tavern, will be in the kitchen with Bespoke Butcher's Andrew Poulsen.
Chef Mark McEwan’s new downtown gourmet grocery store McEwan TD opened yesterday in the TD Centre across from his restaurant Bymark. We’ll also have a sneak peek later for you today so keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter!
Take a peek inside one of Toronto’s best restaurants, Yutaka Japanese Cuisine.
This month’s Chef Profile features Chef Michael Parubocki of new restaurant Kasa Moto.