The Dish Power Rankings: The Week of the Sheik Edition

The Dish Power Rankings: The Week of the Sheik Edition


In this week’s roundup: celebs eat noodles, and a former pro-wrestler takes his love for subs online.

1. Bar Isabel (no change)
The Little Italy tavern continues to ride high on the wave of its EnRoute win. Fellow restaurateurs have been liberal with their well-wishes (some of which came scrawled on the skull of a mighty steed.)

2. Rhum Corner (new this week)
The mission statement for Jen Agg and hubby Roland Jean’s funky Haitian restaurant: “It’s hard to use the word ‘cool’ without feeling like a douche, but that’s the concept.” Based on the solid Yelp reviews and bustling midweek crowds, we’d say people get it.

3. Chantecler (6)
Chowhounders are buzzing about the Parkdale restaurant’s new Chinese brunch. Food Truck Eats founder Suresh Doss gives it a big thumbs-up.

4. Edulis (↓1)
Still booked. Still awesome. (Just ask Globe critic Chris Nuttall-Smith.)

5. Shōtō (1)
First Shōtō makes EnRoute’s best-in-Canada list; now David Chang gets the cover of Time magazine and the title God of Food. (Less awesome: Time section editor Howard Chua-Eoan’s explanation for why no female chefs made the coveted list).

6. Saving Grace (new this week)
Last week’s cold snap did nothing to deter the brunchers huddled outside the Dundas West diner: dozens of them were spotted braving the elements for a plate of chef Monica Miller’s Rajastani eggs.

7. Kinton Ramen (new this week)
Hip hop artist and former Community star Donald Glover—a.k.a the Childish Gambino—stopped by the busy Baldwin Street ramen shop, which recently announced a second location on Bloor.

8. La Cascina (↓3)
The tiny uptown trattoria’s aggressive Twitter campaign continues to pay dividends: its booked solid all weekend.

9. El Catrin (↓5)
Middling Yelp reviews may be impacting the Distillery District restaurant’s buzz: Friday night’s booked, but a handful of prime-time tables are up for grabs on Saturday.

10. The Belly Buster Submarine (new this week)
Former pro-wrestler The Iron Sheik took a time out from hurling vitriol at Rob Ford to endorse the King West sub shop.

Honourable Mentions: Gary Oldman, in town for Robocop reshoots, was spotted dining at Sotto Sotto on Avenue Road; Dan Ackroyd was seen sipping a cocktail at Cibo Wine Bar on King West; and Tim Hortons unveiled a brand-new coffee blend—its first since 1964.

Dropped off the list this week: Valdez, George, Electric Mud, One