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Hawthorne up­dates menu

Hawthorne Food & Drink (60 Rich­mond East, 647-930-9517, hawthor­neto.ca) chef Ricky Casipe has rolled out a new menu with some small, art­ful plates. Try a bone-mar­row ca­noe stud­ded with roasted brus­sels sprouts and topped with a bright, cit­rusy gre­mo­lata ($13), ro­tat­ing bar snacks like eggs stained wine pur­ple from a pick­ling bath with grapes ($5), and a take on Ital­ian bagna càuda ($12) – nor­mally an an­chovy-butter dip – that com­bines an umami-heavy hol­landaise with fin­ger­ling pota­toes and a few ed­i­ble red flower petals for vis­ual im­pact.

For big­ger ap­petites, go for the ad­dic­tive chicken car­bonara ($18) that makes am­ple use of all parts of the bird (schmaltz, smoked meat, crisps of chicken skin stand­ing in for ba­con, and a free-range egg). That, plus the in­ven­tive cau­li­flower done three ways ($12) – hot and bat­tered, raw, or puréed into a great gar­licky hummus – should keep the lo­cals com­ing back for more.

No more bur­ri­tos at Lee’s

Lee’s Palace and its ad­join­ing Big

Fat Bur­rito (529 Bloor West) have en­joyed a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship for many years – what’s bet­ter be­fore or af­ter a show (or, if you make use of the or­der win­dow in­side the venue, dur­ing a show) than a honkin’ bur­rito? But it looks like that will be com­ing to an end this year: BFB is up for lease, and a real es­tate post­ing states that the land­lords are “will­ing to work with [a] startup busi­ness with [a] strong con­cept and de­sire to suc­ceed.” Ad­di­tional posts sug­gest the shop will va­cate by De­cem­ber 31. If it doesn’t find a new home, the Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket lo­ca­tion will be the only re­main­ing Big Fat Bur­rito in Toronto.

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