St. Clair gets a rooftop resto and cock­tail lounge

Plus a hip hop–themed eatery and an ice cream shop in a ship­ping con­tainer

Annex Post - - FOOD -

big opens

Oliver & Bonacini’s long-awaited homage to all things Ital­ian at Bayview Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre is fi­nally open! PARCHEG­GIO

(2901 Bayview Ave.), which serves up steaks, pas­tas and sand­wiches, gets its name from the Ital­ian word for park­ing lot. This is a ’hood where good restos are in short sup­ply, so grab a reso at this An­thony Walsh–led hot spot ASAP. In the same build­ing, and also from O&B and An­thony Walsh, comes BEAUTY BAR­BE­CUE AND SMOKEHOUSE, where you can chow down on the clas­sics such as baby back ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken, as well as Toronto smoked meat, a nod to chef ’s Mon­treal roots.

From the Lib­erty En­ter­tain­ment group and Miche­lin-starred chef Al­fonso Iac­carino comes DON

AL­FONSO 1890 (19 Toronto St.). Tony din­ers can en­joy an eight­course tast­ing menu in­clud­ing del­i­cate ice creamed eel and de­li­cious bi­son in rus­tic bread crust, all served in the plush, white din­ing room.

It’s a well-known fact that we Toron­to­ni­ans sure love our char- cu­terie. So SAPORI (1588 Dun­das St. W.) is a wel­come ar­rival. The small kitchen serves up enor­mous plat­ters piled high with lo­cal meat and cheese plus pick­les, roasted nuts and bread.

Yonge and Lawrence’s new neigh­bour­hood fave for tra­di­tional Turk­ish food A LA TURK (3443 Yonge St.) is now open. In­stead of pizza night, have a pide night, with this meat-topped flat­bread spe­cial­ity baked in wood-fired ovens.

foodie finds

At PARKA (424 Queen St. W.) ve­gan food fest vet­eran Eric Chao takes com­fort food favourites and makes them plant based. So jump on the ve­gan trend al­ready and try out one of their crispy por­to­bello or bat­tered broc­coli burg­ers paired with some truf­fle mac ’n’ cheese.

Hip hop fans now have a bar to call their own. FARGO’S SNACK

BAR (772 Col­lege St.) hon­ours the genre with para­pher­na­lia like a plat­inum Kanye al­bum and a neon sign bear­ing lyrics from a Drake song — per­fect con­ver­sa­tion pieces on a night of drink­ing. The menu has late night faves like roti, jerk and but­ter chicken, pakora and samosas. Plus the se­lec­tion of mock­tails means you can re­hy­drate be­fore you stum­ble home.

Get your ve­gan ice cream served out of a ship­ping con­tainer at the

CH­UFA CO.’ s pop-up (1973 Queen St. E.). The pop-up runs un­til late Septem­ber, so get it while it’s hot (out­side).

With the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of ve­g­an­ism, car­ni­vores are step­ping up their game. M’EAT RESTO

BUTCHER (806 Queen St. E.) sells meat from hu­manely raised an­i­mals. Stop by to pick a piece to grill at home, or dine in on a fea­ture cut like hanger steak, or a se­lec­tion from the “raw bar” like carpac­cio, tataki or tartare.

com­ing soon

ARTHUR’S (22 St. Clair Ave. E.), a brand new Amer­i­can-in­spired grill and cock­tail lounge from Chase Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, is com­ing to Yonge and St. Clair this fall. The space in the Weston Cen­tre boasts a 1,600-square-foot rooftop ter­race with beau­ti­ful city views. Un­der the su­per­vi­sion of culi­nary di­rec­tor Tyler Shed­den, the restau­rant fea­tures New York clas­sics for lunch, din­ner and week­end brunch.

The Distillery Dis­trict is get­ting a dose of Cata­lan cui­sine with

MADRINA BAR Y TAPERIA (2 Trin­ity St.). Hail­ing from Spain, chef Ra­mon Si­marro has put to­gether a marvellous menu of Span­ish favourites, like san­gria, Ibe­rian ham and manchego cheese, plus a bounty of fresh seafood like ra­zor clams and oys­ters too.

sad to see you go

Af­ter 28 years of ser­vice, Mark McEwan re­cently an­nounced that he would be clos­ing NORTH 44.

The resto’s lease is up, and McEwan is set­ting his sights on up­com­ing projects.

Clock­wise from left: House-made strac­ciatella cheese at Parcheg­gio; Don Al­fonso 1890’s luxe in­te­rior; Ch­ufa’s ve­gan soft serve

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