Grub hub: 5 new restaurants to check out in Toronto right now

Aug 13 2019, 4:00 pm

This bi-weekly roundup highlights recently-opened restaurants that you’ve got to get into.

With so many spots to hit across Toronto, it can be difficult to decide where to head for that date night, after-work drink, birthday dinner, or just-because meal.

So we’re here to help.

Here’s what’s calling your name in the city right now.

Bar Poet


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Bar Poet is officially open on Queen Street West. The new spot is slingin’ mouthwatering pizza and fierce cocktails in a cozy, warm and welcoming environment. The sick exterior and interior designs of the building are major bonuses, too. Who doesn’t like sippin’ drinks and munching ‘za in a space that looks like it’s straight out of medieval times?

Address: 1090 Queen Street West


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Chen Chen’s at stackt


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Chen Chen’s is now serving Nashville-style hot chicken at the new food and drink Pavilion at stackt, just inside the Bathurst main entrance. Original and hot sammies, ‘slaw, fries, mac and cheese and and potato salad are on the menu at this spot, perfect for enjoying in the sun.

Address: stackt market – 28 Bathurst Street



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Taking over the space of an old hardware store at 235 Queen Street West, Azkadenya has opened its first set of North American doors. Hot, sizzling platters of beef and mushroom tempt your tastebuds. And the table-sized shawarma spit, available in chicken or beef, is perfect for slicing off of to share with company.

Address: 235 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-260-5555


The Alley


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If you’ve yet to try a drink from The Alley, you’re out of excuses. Because a location just opened up in the heart of downtown. The next time you’re swingin’ past the area of Yonge and Gerrard, stop in for a swig of Brown Sugar Deerioca. You won’t regret it, and neither will your Insta feed.

Address: 382 Yonge Street, Unit 1


The Sweet Oven


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Serving up solely the quintessential Canadian dessert — butter tarts — alongside steaming cups of coffee, is The Sweet Oven. Opt for your childhood favourites like plain or raisin, alongside a hot cup of Joe. Or, lean into your more adventurous side and take chocolate chip, tart raspberry, Oreo, or s’more for a spin!

Address: 1911 Queen Street East
Phone: 416-519-9559


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