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Toronto's summer openings roundup

Published On 08/16/2013 Published On 08/16/2013
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1. Origin North 2901 Bayview Ave Ste 300, Toronto, M2N 5Z7

This chic bar restaurant is decked in mahogany wood and hanging amber lights and features three different bars. Of course they serve craft cocktails and an endless flow of beer and wine, but oysters and mozzarella, well they deserve their own bars too, right?

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2. Rock Lobster (Queen) 538 Queen St. West, Toronto, M5V 2B5 (Toronto)

This Queens West location of the seafood favorite has twice the space with a huge wooden, maritime-themed patio, nets, and ocean-themed taxidermy. Rock Lobster sizzles up steam pots of the classic crustaceans and creates some pretty flavorful street food items like lobster tacos, corn on the cob dusted with potato chip crumbs, and bacon wrapped corn dogs.

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3. Amsterdam BrewHouse 245 Queens Quay W, South Building, Toronto, M5J 2K9 (Harbourfront)

With over 800 seats and waterfront placement, Amsterdam Brewhouse offers plenty of breezy and relaxed socializing opportunities for beer drinkers and their friends alike. Inside, the place is huge -- it's got two floors, and a second-floor open kitchen devoted entirely to food prep -- and all in all houses two separate dining areas, a bar, a running brewery, and a retail store selling exclusive brews. Beer is obviously the great unifier here (though food is also on offer), and the alehouse offers an extensive list of non-pasteurized bottled, draft, and canned beer. There're also cocktails of the classic and frozen variety, and, an extensive wine list, because no lakeside hang is complete without a glass of rosé

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4. Osteria dei Ganzi 504 JARVIS ST. , Toronto, M4Y 2H6 (The Church And Wellesley)

Osteria dei Ganzi is a contemporary and sleek restaurant inside the historic mansion and old home of famous architect, George Horace Gooderham. With some heavy Italian influence, Ganzi has an artistic and authentic menu that is designed around the classic Italian motto to live in the moment. The wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, and craft cocktails are meant to be enjoyed while relaxing on their outdoor patio and admiring the architecture and lush garden.

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5. Grasslands 478 Queen Street W., Toronto, M5V 2B4 (Queen St West)

This American style tapas bar and restaurant serves contemporary vegetarian and vegan snacks and small plates with a mediterranean influence. They use all fresh ingredients to craft their cocktails like the Black Forest Martini, carefully shaken with vodka, ice, raspberries, and drizzled with dark chocolate.

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6. Brock Sandwich 1260 Bloor St West, Toronto, M6H 1N5 (Bloor West Village)

Brock has cheap and unique sandwiches and salads for under 10 bucks. The buttermilk fried chicken is a favorite, but if you're more into the greens, the veggie panini is equally as flavorful, and yes, probably healthier for you, if we're going to split hairs here.

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7. Ryus Noodle Bar 33 Baldwin Street, Toronto, M5T 1L1 (Chinatown)

This quaint little ramen spot is simplistic, but welcoming and dead on with flavors. Try their best selling spicy miso tanmen and supplement the pork for tofu if you don't indulge in a carnivorous diet.