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The Dish Power Rankings: bikinis and beefcakes edition

The Dish Power Rankings: bikinis and beefcakes edition

Cabana Pool Bar attracts the city’s skin set for the long weekend, and Clafouti knocks-off the wildly popular cronut.

1. Cabana Pool Bar (no change) The new resort-style pool and bar’s Facebook and Twitter looked like a social media edition of Girls Gone Wild after the Canada Day weekend.

2. Bar Isabel (no change) Four months in, Grant van Gameren’s Little Italy tapas bar is still one of the city’s toughest places to get a table: nothing is available before 10:30 p.m. this weekend.

3. Bellwoods Brewery (no change) The street-facing patio is the most popular spot on the always-rammed Ossington strip.

4. THR&Co. (no change) You have to go early to get a table at Cory Vitiello’s new Harbord Street spot: no reservations are open after 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

5. La Carnita (back this week) Hour-long line ups make La Carnita the busiest taqueria in a city that’s currently crazy for tacos.

6. Clafouti (new this week) The small Queen West bakery and café is capitalizing on the cronut insanity with their own mutant confection: a croissant stuffed with Oreos called the “Crookie.”

7. Sabai Sabai (back this week)
Toronto Star critic Amy Pataki discovered Nuit Regular’s Church Street Thai restaurant this week and had a deliciously good time. We weren’t so impressed.

8. Patria (back this week) CBC Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi offered his take on the King West Spanish spot after dinner on Tuesday: “super-duper foodz. Loved it.”

9. The Grove (back this week) Chef Matt Blondin’s favourite Toronto restaurant has just two primetime tables up for grabs all weekend.

10. Valdez (no change)
Top Chef Canada alum Steve Gonzales’s Latin American restaurant started hot. One month later the buzz is already starting to fade.

Honourable Mentions: Chantecler’s tasting menu is full again: reservations are already booked through September. The Star’s Pataki also discovered, and promptly drooled over, the sloppy veal cutlet sandwich at Boar, the midtown sandwich shop from the owner of the Black Camel.

Dropped off the list: Shoto, The Harbord Room, Actinolite and The Drake Hotel


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