The Dish Power Rankings: Soups and Subtropical Delusions Edition
In this week’s roundup: soup hits the big time, and Canada’s favourite space oddity eats pizza.
2. Kinton Ramen
The Baldwin Village ramen shop celebrated the launch of its poultry-focused second location with a speed-eating contest. Customers who downed a $30 bowl of ramen in under 15 minutes got their soup for free.
3. Fonda Lola
A viable option for coping with bone-chilling temperatures: total denial. The fizzy kombucha margaritas at this busy West Queen West cantina help sustain the delusion (and the finger-lime garnishes are really fun to eat).
4. La Cubana
The Roncy restaurant—yet another tropical-esque winter destination—has successfully wooed area residents with its Cuban brunches, mojitos and pineapple-topped grilled-fish sandwiches (which the Globe’s Chris Nuttall-Smith refers to as “noon-hour nirvana”).
5. Belmonte Raw
Unsurprisingly, the detoxifying juice cleanses at this organic, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free raw food café have been extremely popular since the New Year.
6. Terroni Queen West
The chandeliered Queen West trattoria is just the right kind of cozy for a frigid winter night. A recently updated reservation policy means customers don’t have to freeze while waiting for a table.
7. The Carbon Bar
Nota Bene’s new Southern spin-off has been drawing steady crowds since launching late last year—an impressive feat for a restaurant the size of an airplane hangar.
8. Porchetta and Co.
Apparently not one for juice-cleansing, Surreal Gourmet star Bob Blumer came out as a rabid fan of the meat-obsessed sandwich counter on Dundas West. Today’s special: fried chicken with truffle sauce on garlic bread. Yikes.
10. Snakes and Lattes
The city’s social gamers rejoiced when the popular Annex board-gaming café announced that it was spawning a spin-off beer hall.