Food & Drink

The Toronto Winter Restaurant Preview

We know its going to be a white Christmas at the Ford household, and we can be pretty sure it’ll be awesome for everyone else too thanks to the slew of awesome openings that the T-Dot has in store for 2014 (plus a couple that're open right now), including burgers from two famous brothers, a new airport strip of gourmet goods, slow-cooked BBQ holiness, and a gourmet sports bar.

Name: Wahlburgers
Opening: Early 2014
Why You Should Care: Mark makes movies. Donnie makes movies. Paul Wahlberg flips burgers (but in a rich, franchise owner sort of way). See, he’s the executive chief of their burgeoning burger empire -- Wahlburgers. It’s coming to Toronto early in the new year, occupying a space in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Word on the street is that Markie’s choice cut is the Thanksgiving Burger, a turkey burger with orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash, and stuffing.

It’s not often you think to head to the airport for fine dining, but top Toronto chefs, Lynn Crawford from the Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover, Susur Lee, and Roger Mooking, are trying to change that. They are among a group of chefs will help create more than a dozen dining spots at the Pearson International Airport. The plan is to the give the busiest airport in Canada the greatest number of chef-inspired restaurants of any airport in the world.

Name: Greenwood Smokehouse
Opening: End of 2013
Why You Should Care: On the Danforth, a new BBQ destination, Greenwood Smokehouse, will be opening extremely soon. Taking the place of what was once Slider Revolution, the new shop is promising delicious, slow-cooked BBQ goodness. They are being pretty hush-hush about the deets, but we can definitely expect smoked turkey legs w/ bacon, huge pork ribs, and their twist on Montreal smoked meat. 

Name:The Dock Ellis
Open now
Why You Should Care: A new sports bar, The Dock Ellis, has just hit Dundas and Dovercourt. Helmed by Trish Gill (of Discovered Culinary Competition fame), they’ve decked it out w/ plenty of TVs, plus foosball/pool tables, and scattered couches, and the menu has comfort goodness like fried chicken sands, and beef brisket on a bed of wontons.

Name:P & L Burger
Open now
Why You Should Care: Parts & Labour, who serve up some of the best seafood and meat dishes in the city, will soon be opening a burger shop on Queen Street West, inhabiting the former home of White Squirrel Snack Shop. If it’s even half as good as the P & L burger they serve at their main stop (7oz. of Canadian brisket, dill-mayo, bacon-onion jam, iceberg lettuce, and Monterey Jack cheese on a toasted Blackbird Baking Co. milk bun) we’ll all be better for it.

Name: Sansotei Ramen
Opening: End of 2013
Why You Should Care: Sansotei Ramen is one of the best ramen spots in the city and soon there’s going to be another one. They use fresh, locally made noodles and serve them up in gigantic portions. Especially recommend is the Tonkotsu; pork belly, black fungus, egg, and green onion.