Open/Closed for the week of May 30 – June 5

his weekend is about to get a whole lot better. Ten-new spots-to-try and seven-food-and-drink-events-to-attend better.

Here’s the very latest.


Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant 
884 Danforth Ave.

Danforth and Jones just got a new Ethiopian restaurant with meat and vegetarian selections available.

Belfast Love  
548 King St. W.

Vancouver's Donnelly Group opens their first Toronto location today with King West’s newest pub, complete with a games room (shuffleboard, pool table), and whisky bar that boasts over 75 selections.

On the menu - Chicken Pot Pie Sliders ($10), Curry ($16); Simple Fry ($10) with two eggs any style, house cut hash, and sourdough toast; and Steak Frites ($25) featuring a 6oz flat iron and served with gentleman’s butter, red wine jus, and fries.

Curry Love
370 College St.

The new Thai takeout in Little Italy specializes in build-your-own curries. Choose your side, meat, type of curry and toppings. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.

El Pocho Antojitos Bar  
2 Follis Ave.

The menu might be small - just nine items - but the Mexican snack bar’s offerings were made for summer: Street Corn ($6) with chipotle and lime aioli, cotijia and cilantro; Fried Avocado ($6) with chili, pineapple and jalapeno marm; and Chorizo & Nopales ($10).

Luckily, they are pair extremely well with tequila, rum cocktails and cervezas.  

Henderson Brewing Co. 
128A Sterling Rd.

This Saturday, Henderson's Brewing taproom and retail store opens. The festivities happen from 11am-9pm.

Kiu Japanese Restaurant
169 Enterprise Blvd

Kiu Japanese Restaurant is now accepting reservations for their omakase dinner (one seating only, 7pm) beginning Wednesday, June 8. The meal is $120 per person and includes 18 selections, plus akadashi miso soup and dessert.

Krispy Kreme 
400 Spadina Ave.

Those addictive donuts that you claim to never eat or buy? They’re now available in Chinatown and Kensington Market. Your secret is safe with me.

La Sala Ristorante
1975A Queen St. E.

On the main floor of a historic house in The Beach, tuck into Italian entrees such as lamb shank served with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables or pasta with seafood. Upstairs, combine aperitifs with "assaggi" appetizers in the Salotto Bar.

p.s. During the soft opening they are open for dinner only from 6pm.

Little Piggy’s Authentic Korean BBQ 
469 Bloor St. W.

At Little Piggy’s the price is right. Lunch specials include Pork Bone Soup ($7.95), Soft Tofu Stew ($7.95), and Don Katsu ($9.95).

The Slip  
235 Queens Quay W.

Enjoy life on a patio at the water’s edge this summer without having to deal with cottage traffic.  


The Big Slice has closed after 45 years. It is the latest to shutter due to condo development along the downtown strip of Yonge St. 


Tonight starting at 7pm, it’s the Skyline’s Grand Opening Party (and Jud's Birthday). The open-to-the-public event means you can go early for dinner or stop by for just drinks. One thing’s for sure – it’s going to go late.

The second annual Mac and Cheese Festival takes place at Ontario Place, tomorrow until Sunday.

Want to be on the water? Lucky you, the Craft Brew Cruise on Saturday comes loaded with brews and cider for your three hour tour around Harbourfront.

Head east this weekend. Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest takes place this Saturday, covering 10 vibrant blocks between the Don Valley Parkway to just past Degrassi Street on historic Queen Street East. 

This Saturday & Sunday, take a trip to Niagara for Niagara VegFest Festival Weekend
Starting Monday, enjoy BBQ + beer for $15 all week long during Toronto BBQ Week

We'vegot a preview of some of this year's dishes at Taste of Toronto 2016. Get your tickets now.
And lastly:

You don’t need a BBQ this summer after all. Just head to Royal Meats Bar/Beque - Fort York
Did you know there’s a whole trail dedicated to pie

Rose Reisman’s healthy, protein-packed brekkie sandwich is also a cinch to make.