This week in food: Toronto restaurant openings, closings, and our top picks

Mar 5 2020, 12:45 pm

March has arrived, Toronto, and with it has come some beautiful weather. Make sure you soak up the sun this weekend, and while you do, why not grab a great bite to eat?

This round-up spotlights the newest Toronto restaurant openings, bar openings, and upcoming closings, plus some special spots that should be on your radar.

Here’s what’s up in the city’s food scene right now.

Just Opened

  • Though the spot’s not new, the Bisha Hotel’s lobby bar, Mister C, just introduced a new food menu available all week long, from 5 pm until late.
  • You’ll now find Pilot Coffee Roasters at 439 Richmond Street West.
  • Jacob’s Deli and Smokehouse is now open at 1100 Eglinton Avenue West, where Que used to be.

Opening Soon

  • Dzô Viet Eatery is opening soon at 308 Dundas Street West, across from the AGO.
  • Bar Room, by The Commoner, will open its doors at 614 College Street this spring.
  • Jerome Robinson, AKA The Heartbreak Chef, will be opening a storefront at 1316 Queen Street West on March 7. Get ready for fried chicken, folks.
  • Popeyes is set up to take over the space at 1402 Queen Street West, where Coffee Time once reigned.
  • Duggan’s Brewery — Parkdale’s only beer store — is reopening its above ground digs at 1346 Queen Street West, now that Vegandale Brewery has moved across the street.
  • Haven Eatery is slated to open this month at 366 Bloor Street West.

Our Top Picks

Heartbreak Chef

 

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If you’re a fiend for fried chicken, this new spot is going to have you swooning. Make sure you stop by for the grand opening on March 7 to tuck into some major carby indulgences. And, if you arrive early enough, you may be one of the first 75 people to make a food purchase, which means you’ll get a free hat!

Address: 1316 Queen Street West

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Jacob’s Deli and Smokehouse

 

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Burgers, fried chicken, waffles, beef knish, and a fry board — literally, various types of fries presented with dips on a platter — are all on the menu at this new Eglinton West spot. Stop in for a fill of whatever it is you’re craving.

Address: 1100 Eglinton Avenue West

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Pilot Coffee Roasters

 

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Always satisfying, Pilot Coffee’s new location on Richmond is flooded with sunlight thanks to massive front windows. The cafe has replaced another, previously The Alternative Cafe. Stop by to decide if you’re pleased with the new way to get your coffee fix.

Address: 439 Richmond Street West

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Last Call

It’s coming up to closing time for these establishments. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

  • While it’s unclear what the future holds, residents are trying to save Crews & Tangos from a development proposal that could see the iconic drag bar transformed into a condo.