With the weather getting (slightly?) warmer, it’s time to venture out of your comfort zone and into some of Toronto’s newest culinary additions. Fear not, because Vv Magazine’s Libby Roach fills us in on the best new Toronto restaurants opening in March 2015.
It may still be stinging cold outside, but fear not. March, and its tame (hopefully lamb-like) weather, will see lots of new restaurant openings all over our fair city, from local hometown heroes like Cory Vitiello’s new offerings, to more curious creations like Dirtybird’s maple-dusted chicken and waffles.
While February saw hotspots like Bar Raval finally open their doors after months of painstaking embellishment, other spots like Sotto Sotto nimbly bounced two doors over and reopened after only two months post-fire. So whether you’re into trying the newest buzzworthy hotspots, or are peckish for more unusual finds, Vv Magazine has got you covered for March’s best and brightest.
With locations across Ontario, Levetto is perching itself as the next go-to fast casual Italian eatery (ahem, Terroni) with its strict in-house made menu featuring sauces, pastas and pizzas all with Roman flair. Formerly dubbed Trambusto, the shift to Levetto (which in Italian means “wolf”) may have something to do with Mike Harris’ financial backing of the chain, but we’ll leave the wolf in sheep’s clothing jokes aside. Their latest location set to open this month is on College Street, near Ossington, taking over from Hadley’s who sadly closed after being featured on You Gotta Eat Here.
Flock Rotisserie + Greens
Everyone’s favourite stud muffin Chef Cory Vitiello is looking to revitalize our diet with a good dose of greens, by way of Flock Rotisserie + Greens, set to open at the corner Adelaide and Peter. As with his creations at The Harbord Room, you can expect well thought-out dishes executed properly–although here, with a health-conscious focus.
Fat City Blues
The latest venture from the good folks behind Small Town Food Co brings Sazarec-style cocktails straight out of the Big Easy to the former home of the Huntsman Tavern on College by Delaware. Channelling their mutual love and appreciation for everything NOLA, expect po’ boy-style sammies, crab boils, and (let’s hope) deep-fried dusty beignets to wash down their list of no doubt boozy beverages.
Mad Mexican Taco House and Market
Getting his start out hawking guac at St Lawrence Market, Chef Jose Hadad has been Toronto’s go-to for tortillas, salsas and, more recently, tacos and Mexican snack food at his tidy Baby Point restaurant (and take-away counter). Conveniently located just down the street from the Mad Mexican, little sister Mad Mexican Taco House and Market will feature more of the same street-style super fresh Mexican food that Toronto has come to love, with the added bonus of serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hopefully named after a playful take on the Colonel’s concoction and not the Urban Dictionary definition (don’t go there), The Dirtybird is set to take flight in Kensington Market on a very precise March 4. Chicken and waffles dominate the menu while the term “northern fried” implies some element of Canadian-fusion to this largely southern dish — here by way of everyone’s favourite condiment, maple syrup.
Industrious restauranteurs Brad Moore and Ian Kaptain are taking over the now defunct Hudson Kitchen on Dundas West at Palmerston. Let’s hope this team behind the perennially popular School Toronto (in Liberty Village) can change the fortune behind this unlucky corner, with the past tenants barely occupying the space for a year each. The establishment will be mixed use with a retail component for grab and go BBQ-style meals, as well as a sit-down portion for those less time compressed.
In what is sure to be known as the hot dog hotbed of Toronto, Smoke’s is turning their attention to the modest tube steak, here on Spadina near College, saddling up against weiner warriors Let’s Be Frank and Fancy Franks. With a location already open in Oshawa (and in Nova Scotia), let’s just hope Smoke’s doesn’t spread himself too thin and sticks to what he does best: diet-busting, greasy, guilt-filled fast food.
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