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New Must-Try Toronto Restaurants – Summer 2014

A whole swath of new restaurants has opened up around the city. Which ones will you try in the hot summer months to come?

Evolution Food Co.

St. Lawrence Market is all about fresh but for so long the only restaurant options in the neighbourhood of the city’s most famous market have been fried, greasy and touristy. The city’s developers have finally done something good for the hood: Market Street is the newest foodie destination. For workers in the neighbourhood, Evolution Food Co. is the place to go for smoothies, breakfast and lunch bowls and cold-pressed juices. Mango and avocado yogurt bowl? Yes please, green is good!

Luther’s Chicken

The first thing to know about Luther’s Chicken is not to look for a sign: it’s nestled into Churchill. The second thing to know about Luther’s Chicken is mmmmm, fried chicken. It’s made fresh to order and comes with sides like biscuits, fries, macaroni salad and smoked ham collard greens.

Smoque N Bones

One of the newest West Queen West restaurants is specializing in Southern-style slow cooked BBQ. The restaurant is across the street from Trinity Bellwoods and they do take out so perhaps it’s about time you added ribs to your picnic basket. If you opt to stay in, make sure to try the maple bacon Old Fashioned. Big time drool.

Fat Pasha

Anthony Rose has quickly become the king of Dupont and Fat Pasha is the third jewel in his crown. In addition to his dynamite diner Rose & Sons and backyard BBQ at Big Crow, Rose has brought Middle Eastern food and drink to the Annex with Fat Pasha. But don’t expect cheap takeout, Fat Pasha is upscale Middle Eastern dining. Well only sort of. The Phish posters on the wall really mix the high and low so well.


Harbord is home to some of the city’s best restaurants like Splendido and Harbord Room. Now it’s home to one of the best caterers too. This is The Food Dudes’ second restaurant endeavor (after pulling out of the now shuttered Bloke & Forth). Feast on small, sharable plates ranging from jalapeño poppers to bone marrow, but save room for dessert: sticky buns and cereal milk ice cream will satisfy the sweet tooth too.

La Libre

Opening a restaurant in your restaurant is the latest Toronto trend (see: Rose & Sons and Big Crow). Down the street from Anthony Rose’s trendsetting restaurants are two Playa Cabana outposts. La Libre is Playa Cabana Hacienda’s backyard party with food inspired by the Yucatan region of Mexico and drinks designed by Robin Goodfellow, who’s well known as one of Toronto’s best bartenders.

The Passenger

The owners of healthy Junction mainstay, The Beet, opened this cute gastropub, also in the Junction earlier this Spring. The menu is seasonal and local, but the trendiness stops there. Pick from classic dishes like mussels, deviled eggs or steak dinner (with blue cheese!). It’s classy enough for mom and hearty enough for dad.

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