Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Northern Maverick Brewing Company

Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Northern Maverick

Northern Maverick

Nearly every restaurant, from prim bistros to hard-core vegan establishments, has a signature burger. One of the best is Mark Cutrara’s. He first gained fame at the now-defunct Cowbell, his Parkdale nose-to-tail restaurant. He’s now the chef of this airplane hangar of a brewpub at the base of a new condo tower, and the menu includes—wait for it—the Cowbell Burger. He ages his chuck, and smokes his own bacon and cheese. It comes with bread-and-butter pickles, tomato and bibb lettuce, but no truffle butter or edible gold or what have you, and it’s perfection. There’s more to the place—premium pub food, like airy buffalo ricotta cakes, duck prosciutto and smoked chicken wings with a house hot sauce—but there’s nothing better than a burger and a pint.

115 Bathurst St., 416-540-4030,

Generously sized smoked lemon-herb wings.
The 11,000-square-foot space is equal parts restaurant and brewery, and sits at the base of a new condo.