It's been a boom year for new restaurant openings in Toronto, and there's hardly a neighbourhood in the city that's without at least one sparkling new addition. From novel new cuisines to expansions of already-beloved eateries, there's somewhere new and delicious to try no matter where you live.
Here are my picks for the top 25 new restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Chef Anthony Rose doubled his additions to Dupont this year with the openings of Fat Pasha and Schmaltz Appetizing. The hand-chopped liver tossed table-side with gribenes, onions and egg was one of the best things I've eaten this year.
People's Eatery, a spin-off from the same team behind 416 Snack Bar, launched this utensil-free, late night eats destination with a nod to the Chinese and Jewish histories of the neighbourhood.
Cluny, the opulent new bistro and boulangerie brought a little Parisian flair to the Distillery District when it debuted this summer with an playful menu featuring modern takes on the classics. Expect to find tuna tartar nicoise and ginger-chili-fried frogs' legs.
There were a number of notable openings on this stretch of Dundas West this year (shout outs to Essen, Branca and Kadbanu) but Patois, the Asian-Jamaican mash-up, best captures the spirit of Toronto's melting-pot culture in dishes like pierogi-style kimchi potstickers and Jamaican patty double down sandwiches.
Big Butcher Barbeque on Kipling is more than just a burger joint. The fast food offshoot of Market Jolly boasts a from-scratch menu featuring a lineup of impressive burgers, plus Balkan specialties like chevaps (minced meat kabobs) and plyeska (pork burgers).
Farmer's Daughter, the sister location to Farmhouse Tavern opened this past spring and quickly earned big points for chef Leonie Lilla's playful menu featuring beef heart tartare at dinner and eggs mollet at brunch.
Bar Buca, an all-day destination, transitions from espressos and brunch to cocktails and snacks. Expect to find an offal-friendly menu stocked with stuffed focaccia, spiedini and fried delicacies.
Coastal cuisine landed in Leslieville this summer with the opening of Eastside Social, a casual, cozy dining room and bar where the menu features comfort foods like clam chowder, Yorkshire pudding poutine and homemade Hamburger Helper.
Local Public Eatery might be part of a chain of restaurants, but tailored to this specific enclave of the city, it fits in quite nicely - plus, it's hard not to like the 20 tap beers, hard liquor on tap and table-side made guacamole.
Maha's introduced Egyptian brunches to Greenwood this fall, and to be honest, I'm a little jealous that the novel cuisine isn't closer to my own home. Dishes include sunny eggs with foule and a "Pharaoh's po'boy".
Top honours go to chef Nick Liu's long-awaited restaurant Dailo and complementary cocktail lounge, Lo Pan. Launched in August, the two-storey spot offers contemporary takes on classics like truffle fried rice and roast duck and scallion tacos.
Han Ba Tang is a notable new addition in Willowdale, where innovative cocktails and Korean foods are the main event. Highlights on the menu include spicy shrimp tacos, kimchi fries and cheese fondues.
The east side expansion of The County General saw County Cocktail & Snack Bar spring up on Queen East in March. The newest outpost brought over favourites like fried chicken thigh sandwiches and a strong cocktail menu.
Chris Jerk on Birchmount has garnered quite a buzz in the months since it opened. The Caribbean bistro isn't fancy, but the menu, featuring jerk chicken poutine and shawarma, has proven itself a winner.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Among the notable openings (including The Good Son and Nana) on West Queen West, the most notable might just be Brit-style pub The Bristol. After outgrowing its former home near Christie Pits, the perpetually-packed source for hangover-crushing brunches found a new home in the expansive space that was previously the Samuel J. Moore.
What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.
Top photo of Eastside Social by Jesse Milns.
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