An ode to barbecue arrives on St. Clair West
Plus the city’s hottest new pizzeria just opened in Summerhill
Thank the heavens it’s December, not January, ’cause mowing down on a platter of meat isn’t frowned upon ’til resolution season. EARLSCOURT BBQ BY PORK NINJAS, found at 1278 St. Clair Ave. W., is the work of pitmaster Jason Rees, who has done pop-ups all over the city prior to opening his own shop. Try the platter: a mound of pulled pork, ribs, brisket and more.…
OK. We’ve got lotsa goodness under one, well, fancy roof. Chef Rob Bragagnolo bringeth us
CAMPO FOOD HALL, found at 433 King St. W. This spiffy Spanish market is open from sunrise to after sunset and includes a regional Spanish resto with a focus on seafood, cold pressed juices from Elxr, and a bodega populated with goods from Drake General Store and the Cheese Boutique.
Summerhill has a new pizza joint, which hails from none other than Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. YEAH
YEAHS PIZZA at 1210 Yonge St. These busy bees are selling mad ’za like the Boss (peppers, sausage and feta) or the White (Parm, mozza, fior di latte, ’shrooms and limone). Go early before they sell out!
foodie finds Everybody’s favourite MasterChef
Canada star, Christopher Siu, has finally opened DAANGO. Found at 3380 Midland Ave., Unit 11, his cake lab is a paradise for lovers of Asian sweets. Siu does everything from a black sesame rare cheesecake to a miso tart to his signature character macarons.
MARY BE KITCHEN, the work of self-taught chef Sarah Huggins, is now open at 21 St. Clair Ave. W. Her menu lets diners create their own meal with building blocks of veg, grain and grilled proteins, satiating those looking to eat healthy and get their greens.
West end fans of North York’s beloved Allwyn’s Bakery can do a tiny dance of joy. ROYWOODS, at 198 Ossington Ave., is not only run by a huge Allwyn’s fan (Regis Jay) but has a former Allwyn’s chef in the kitchen (Donald Simpson). Jamaican eats like plates of curry goat and jerk chicken stuffed in a homemade coco bun will please even the judge-iest of Allwyn’s enthusiasts. Anyone who’s been to Amsterdam may not have the city’s cuisine top of mind. But for those who can recall, deep-fried snacks were big. Thanks to BORREL, a newbie at 1333 Danforth Ave., Dutch fare like kaassoufflé (Gouda housed in a deep-fried wrap), frikandel speciaal (a deep-fried sausage-on-bun sitch) and the non- deep-fried boerenkool (stewed kale and tater mash with smoked sausage) can be eaten this bitter winter.
Some call Parkdale “Vegandale” (others, erm, do not) due to the glut of vegan businesses. MYTHOL
OGY, at 1265 Queen St. W. is the latest vegan joint to join the wild west. Beloved chef Doug McNish is putting his plant-based spin on diner faves like Salisbury steak and the Reuben. Sounds like a great way to get a beefy fix without adding more of that pesky methane to the atmosphere.…
North York’s foodie haven Northtown Way remains an untouched lootbag on local foodies’ radars. GO
TOPOKI, at 5 Northtown Way, has joined the glut of wee businesses
dishing out Korean topoki/ddeokbokki — comforting rice cakes given some oomph thanks to savoury toppings. coming soon Nothing more than a coupla BUCA restaurants headed uptown. Chef Rob Gentile’s resto dishing out Italiana shall grace both Yonge ’n’ Eg (Bar Buca) and Yonge ’n’ St. Clair (classic Buca) come 2018.
When they’re not mugging for Instagram in their Supreme garb Levi and Kai Bent-Lee — Susur Lee’s kids — are readying themselves for the opening of KID LEE.
It shall grace First Canadian Place and serve … slaw? TBC… noticed in the nabe OLIVA, at 4679 Yonge St., is grab ’n’ go done well. Fresh sandos and salads are the ticket for lunch. Lazy people: they also do UberEats! SUGAR MIRACLES, at 2674 Yonge St., is a family-owned patisserie dishing out florentines, Parisian flan and more. It’s delish.
Clockwise from left: the Pitmaster Platter at Earlscourt BBQ, the cheerful interior at Yeah Yeahs Pizza, brekkie at Mary Be Kitchen