Open/Closed for the week April 25 – May 1

I told you May was going to be busy - I’ve got a whopping 11 new places for you to check out this weekend. I hope you’re hungry.

And just one of the major events happening? Anthony Bourdain’s coming to Toronto.  

What a week.

Here’s the very latest:


Adamson Barbecue
176 Wicksteed Ave.

You’ll know Adam Skelly’s meats from his Stock Stack BBQ Food Truck. His “legit” Texas barbecue is now available off the truck, but you’ll have to head to an industrial park in Leaside to get it.

Opened just Monday, Adamson Barbecue offers wood-smoked beef brisket, spare ribs, turkey breast, pulled pork & sausage and all the fixins' in an industrial building with seating. But be warned - it’s only open weekdays for three hours or until sold out, so get there early and often to avoid disappointment.

Babur Express
273 Queen St. W.

The new Babur Express offers casual dine in and take out options from Rajendra Wadhawan, owner of Babur Restaurant. Select from soups and salads, starters and sides, 15 rotis, five thalis, five desserts, and an array of daily specials.

Bahn Mi Boys
2365 Yonge St.

You can now get your banh mi, bao, kalbi beef taco, and kimchi fries fix at Yonge & Eg. The third location opens Monday.

Ba-Li Italiano 
1045 Steeles Ave. W.

Kosher and Italian come together at this new restaurant on Steeles.

719 College St.

The Burgatory Food Truck now has a permanent home in Little Italy. The restaurant opens today at 11am for "burg-ness."

Clocktower Bar 
1210 Yonge St.

Cocktails are taken seriously at this new Yonge and Summerhill watering hole.

Margaritas get an upgrade thanks to Blanco tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup, vanilla bitters, muddled mint and jalapeño. Want something a little deeper and darker but not heavy or cloying? Try the Paper Planes with Even Williams bourbon, Amaro Averna, Aperol, and lemon juice.

Doomie’s Toronto
1263 Queen St. W.

The vegetarian and vegan restaurant that famously doesn’t offer salads, but has a whole room made for selfies, is having it’s grand opening weekend starting tonight at 5pm and going until Sunday night.

Stay tuned.

El Jefe
66 Lakeshore Rd. E.

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, this new colourful Mexican tacqueria arrives just in time. 

Grasshopper Restaurant
3080 Dundas St. W.  

Opened just Saturday, the second location of the vegetarian/vegan restaurant lands in the Junction.

Macho Radio Bar
92 Fort York Blvd.

The new Tex-Mex bar in City Place, complete with booze, snacks and arcade games, opens today. 

Poutini's House of Poutine 
617 King St. W.

The second location opened Tuesday in the fast-evolving Fashion District on King near Bathurst, and has the same menu as the original location on Queen West.


The Longest Yard is closing their Mount Pleasant location after 30 years this weekend. They’ll close as of Sunday with all-day farewell party takes place on Saturday. The Bloor St. West location will remain open.


La Maquette is reopening on Monday with new menus and launch of the patio.


Learn what DOP, DOC and IGP mean at Lady York Foods (2939 Dufferin St.) this Saturday from 12-5pm. The free event,  organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) , includes tastings ofauthentic Parmigiano Reggiano, Gorgonzola Ballarini, cured meats, espresso, cookies and select Italian wines such as Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013 and Moscato d’Asti 2015.

The amazing Foodies on Foot is offering two fabulous food tours this weekend – Saturday’s Street Art & Street Food Tour at 12pm and Sunday’s Best of Toronto Food Tour happening at 11am.

Did you know that May is Kosher Restaurant Month?  Twenty-four COR certified kosher restaurants are offering 10% off their regular menus to encourage consumers to come out and support their local kosher eateries. You'll need a coupon.  

Moms and babies get their own culinary event.  

Mother’s Day is almost here. We've got an entire guide to help, so reserve now.


Congrats to Village Juicery (multiple locations)  on their announcement that they are the first juicery in Toronto to be Canadian Organic and USDA Organic certifie through Ecocert Canada. lso of note – they are the first cold-pressed juice company in Canada to add nutrition labels to all of their bottles.

Drake’s new Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey – a collab with Brent Hocking, founder and creator of DeLeon Tequila-  is almost here.  The Champagne Papi’s rich smooth bourbon hitsU.S. shelves on Sunday. Here in the6, we have to wait a bit longer (summer 2016), but you can preorder it now at the LCBO – 25% deposit required.  

According to the New York Times, Robert J. Cooper, the creator of popular elderflower liqueur St-Germain, has died at age 39.

And lastly:

Anthony Bourdain's got a new cookbook and tour and he’s stopping off in Toronto. 

New spring menus are here and this week’s Best Of rounds up the top five. 

Fermenting foods at home can be tricky, but Chef Corbin demonstrates how easy it is once you know the basics. 

This month Rose Reisman gives a healthy Italian twist on burgers

Vindaloo offers everything from chicken tikka to shrimp curry, beef bhuna to baigan bhartha.