The Dish Power Rankings: Best New Restaurants Edition
In this week’s roundup: Toronto Life comes out with its yearly roundup of the city’s best spots, and a beloved $10 lunch special bids adieu.
1. The Chase
Toronto Life’s Mark Pupo crowned the glitzy surf ‘n’ turf destination the Best New Restaurant in Toronto, calling it “expense-account dining at its finest.”
Carb-loaders lined up around the block for one last chance to spend $10 on Beast’s gourmet, brown-bag sandwich lunch. The TGIF takeout special is being retired after two years.
The Big Daddy of Toronto fine dining nabbed the number-one spot on Toronto Life’s list of 2014’s 10 best dishes, for last summer’s elegant sweet corn with swordfish tartare.
4. The Black Hoof
Hoof owner Jen Agg talked food trends, truffle oil and Toronto’s “mega-bro-y” chef culture during a guest appearance on Jesse Brown’s Canadaland podcast—and ruffled a few feathers in the process.
5. Bar Buca
The unchecked adoration continues. Post City named Buca’s mortadella one of the “best sandwiches in Toronto.”
6. The Carbon Bar
The panko-crusted crab and shrimp cake, according to the Star’s Amy Pataki, is “all killer, no filler.” The brisket, however, she found “as dense as the idiots who block the subway door during rush hour.”
“What nouvelle Indian should be,” according to Post City’s Joanne Kates.
Buzz = generating tonnes of talk before you’ve even opened. Luckee got extensive screen time on the season-four premiere of Top Chef Canada (which so far feels sort of like Lord of the Flies, only more sexist).
9. Côte de Boeuf
Ossington’s gourmet butcher shop worked Game of Thrones fans into a lather by announcing an upcoming two-day medieval feast inspired by the series.
10. Ceili Cottage
Leslieville’s winterized yurt was packed Thursday for the pub’s St. Patty’s Day kick-off jam. Highland dancers were involved.
Honourable Mentions: Momofuku Toronto’s David Chang was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” class of 2014. Meanwhile, Bar Isabel, THR & Co., Drake One Fifty and Electric Mud rounded out Toronto Life’s top-five best new restaurants of the year.
2 thoughts on “The Dish Power Rankings: Best New Restaurants Edition”
I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that the beastwich that was retired was the Friday lunch sandwich – which changed weekly, not the brunch beastwich which is the one you are describing. At least that is what the tweet seems to say. I’m sorry for those that worked in the area but I could never get there and back to work without taking a cab. The brunch beastwich is the only brunch item anywhere that I ever liked, perfect for the day after.
Just saw tweet from Beast, the brunch beastwich is here to stay, it was the Friday lunch sandwich service that was retired.
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