Restaurants

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Valdez (Closed)

Valdez (Closed)

Fellow compadre, owner and former Top Chef Canada contestant, Steven Gonzalez (El Jefe), has successfully created with Valdez a restaurant culture that mixes traditional Latin dishes with down-to-earth street food. It’s a party on a plate that respectfully represents our ancestors’ roots while evolving tastes and ingredients for the average Latin street food lover, like [...]

Trattoria Mercatto (Toronto Eaton Centre)

Trattoria Mercatto (Toronto Eaton Centre)

In Italy, meals are treated as an event, with several courses of delicious, simple dishes and, of course, lots of good company.

Smoque N’ Bones

Smoque N’ Bones

What would you attempt to barbecue if you knew you could not fail? Don’t answer. Better yet, don’t even try! Leave it to the experts at Smoque N’ Bones to smoke your reasoning away and ignite your BBQ senses.

The Chickery

The Chickery

Roosters, bar-style communal tables and stools and a lot of frying and roasting happening in the kitchen, are the first few things you notice when you come to chef David Adjey’s Chickery in the Fashion district in Toronto. Yes, the man behind the famous Food Network Canada show, the Opener, opened his own fast-food chicken [...]

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave is home to some brave food. Food one most welcome with open arms, a firm handshake and an empty stomach.

Shinobu Sushi Restaurant

Shinobu Sushi Restaurant

Japanese food enthusiasts mark your maps. Hiding in mid-town Toronto lays Shinobu, an authentic Japanese restaurant that will be sure to knock your socks off!

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

Just shy of one “a” on his last name, Chef and restauranteur Scott Vivian of Beast could be considered my “compadre”. Yet this pseudo compadre prides himself on bringing what he calls “Ontario Soul Food” to a city that longs for setting a higher bar in the food scene,

416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar

We don’t have utensils. Said the server that was taking my order on a late Sunday night at the infamous, no nonsense, we-cook-what-we-love 416 Snack Bar.

7 Numbers Restaurant

7 Numbers Restaurant

What do all restaurants have in common on a Monday night? They are all closed! Except for 7 Numbers Restaurant, where Mama Rosa (aka Rosa Marinuzzi) uses the quiet, low-traffic day of the week (once a month) to teach foodies, cooks and food aficionados the Italian way of cooking.

Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel

Back in October of 2013 Bar Isabel was named the best restaurant in Canada by enRoute magazine. It’s February 2014 and I am a firm believer this title was well deserved.