The best steakhouses in midtown

 

Sometimes nothing but a steak will do. When you’re in the mood for perfectly cooked meat, you’ve got some great options nearby. Do you want a classic, elegant steakhouse atmosphere or a party atmosphere? Do you want to feel like royalty as you dine? Or like you’re in a music video? All of this and more is possible nearDavisville Village. Here’s a roundup of the best steakhouses in Midtown.

 

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

 

 Yonge + Eglinton Keg Toronto

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The Keg has been the king of the steakhouse scene for decades, and for good reason. Visit The Keg Steakhouse + Bar (2201 Yonge Street) for the finest aged beef, plus fresh seafood, shareable appetizers and signature cocktails, all in a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere.


Steak purists will love the Prime Rib, with horseradish and red wine herb jus (10oz for $32 and 14oz for $36). The pescatarians in your party will love the Pistachio Crusted Salmon served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and maple butter ($34). The Keg doesn’t forget about vegetarians, either. You’ve got to try their Cauliflower ‘Steak’ ($16). It’s grilled cauliflower with chickpea and sundried tomato relish and asparagus.


Visit The Keg Yonge and Eglinton, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am until midnight, Friday from 11:30 am to 1:00 am, Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am, and Sunday from 4 pm to midnight. Limited reservations are accepted 7 days a week.


Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse

Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse Toronto

Credit: Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse

 

The Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse (150 Eglinton Ave E) is an all-you-can-eat dinner and a show restaurant all rolled into one incredible experience. If you are looking for a night of great and plentiful food –including steak, chicken and fish, grilled to perfection and carved for you at your table, plus a Samba show on weekends and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays– there is nothing quite like a night at the Copacabana.


With a selection of crisp salads, rice, black beans, mac and cheese, lasagna, mashed potatoes sauteéd vegetables, cassava frites and much more, it would be easy to make a meal out of the Galleria Buffet alone. This is exactly what non-meat eaters will do. The all-you-can-eat Galleria Buffet (minus the meats) is $35 Sunday to Thursday, and $40 Friday and Saturday. The full experience of the buffet, plus all-you-can-eat grilled meats, is priced at $45 on Thursdays, and $50 on Friday and Saturday. Kids under 6 are $10 and 6 to 11 year-olds eat for $20.


They are open Monday to Friday, from 5:00 pm till late, Saturday from 4:00 pm till late, and Sunday from 4:00 pm till late. Make your reservations today!


BlueBlood Steakhouse

 BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma

Credit: BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma

 

When you want to dine like royalty, BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma ( 1 Austin Terrace) is the place to do it. To access BlueBlood, you need to stroll through the opulent and gorgeous gardens on the Casa Loma grounds. As soon as you set foot inside the restaurant, you’ll know you’re not in for a run-of-the-mill diningexperience. The plush leather booths, dark wood panelled walls, and modern art from Warhol, Dali and more will have you feeling like new-world royalty. You can get an 8oz Canadian Prime Centre Cut Filet, aged 28 days, for $65 a la carte. But if you’re here, it’s a special occasion, or you’re fabulously well-to-do, so why not go all out? A Japanese Kagoshima A5 6 oz Filet Mignon will set you back $200. And of course, you can add some surf with a Lobster Tail, Crab Legs, Jumbo Prawns or Scallops.


If you brought a vegetarian to BlueBlood, they must like you very much. Your herbivorous friends can fill up on a la carte vegetables for $16 per dish, including dishes like crispy kale with lemon aioli, or sautéed spinach with quail egg, as well as a la carte starches for $14 each, including housemade gorgonzola gnocchi and polenta squares. Reservations are required.


STK Toronto

STK Toronto

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STK Toronto (153 Yorkville Ave) is a must try. Ok, so Yorkville is exactly Midtown, but STK Toronto may be worth expanding your boundaries a bit south. This sleek and ultra-modern steakhouse has an almost clubby feel, with live DJs daily. Their food is simply fantastic!


Choose your favourite cut, including Filet, Sirloin, Bone-In Filet, Dry-Aged Delmonico, Dry-Aged Bone-In Strip or the larger Dry-Aged Tomahawk and Dry-Aged Porterhouse. Top it with your favourite luxury fixings including Canadian Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, Shrimp, Truffle Butter, Foie Gras Butter or Peppercorn Crusted. Next, choose your sauce from STK, STK Bold, Au Poivre, Horseradish, Chimichurri, Blue Butter, Béarnaise or Red Wine. There are also amazing sides like Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Mac n’ Cheese, Parmesan Truffle Fries and much more. It’s enough to make any steak lover’s mouth start watering.


If steak isn’t what you’re in the mood for, there is also an incredible seafood platter which features a whole roasted Dover Sole, served bone on or off with beurre noisette, capers béarnaise and grilled lemon. Vegans can keep it light with the savoury Vegetable Plate with braised daikon, pickled hon shimeji mushrooms, and baby bok choy with a sesame black bean vinaigrette. Book your table, today.


No matter what atmosphere you’re in the mood for, when you feel like some stupendous steak, you can’t go wrong with these hotspots near Davisville.


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Discover Crothers Woods

 

Living in the heart of Midtown at Davisville Village has some huge advantages. Whatever you need is within easy reach. Whether you are looking for shopping, dining, nightlife, or to reconnect with nature, this fabulous neighbourhood has it all. One of the best parts of the area is Crothers Woods.

 

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Crothers Woods is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. This 52-hectare parcel of land sits along the banks of the Don River and is loaded with mature woods consisting of beech, maple and oak trees, as well as new growth and some rare undergrowth plants. There are also meadows and approximately 9 kilometres of metre-wide dirt trails.

 

To the south, it is bordered by Pottery Road, and to the northeast by Millwood Bridge. It is easily accessible by TTC. Take the number 28 bus Bayview South toward Brick Works. Transfer at Moore Avenue to the 88A South to Millwood Road and Redway Road South. From there it is a short, two-minute walk to access the trail from the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead. The access point to this 2.4-kilometre trail is tucked away behind the Loblaws at 11 Redway Road. You’ll find a trail map posted there and you can view the map online in the Crothers Woods Trails brochure (PDF). There is also ample parking.

 

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Once you hit the trail and begin the winding descent down the hill, it’s easy to feel like you’ve entered a different world. From the bunnies that can be seen feeding on the vegetation, or if you’re really lucky you can catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer bounding into the bush. During the fall, right around Thanksgiving, you can even head down to the river and see salmon swimming upstream, leaping the man-made waterfalls to make it to their spawning grounds. It’s kind of magical. If you follow the trail north from the trailhead, you can catch some great views of the city.

 

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here are three access points for Crothers Woods, each of them with parking. One parking lot entrance can be found at the Don Valley Mountain Bike Trailhead on Pottery Road, across from Todmorden Mills. This path heads north, parallel to Bayview Avenue to the northern end of the park where you will find another access point from Bayview Avenue. This area is also known as Sun Valley, the former home of the Sun Brick Company which shut down back in the 1930s. It was owned by the Taylor family, who also owned Todmorden Mills and the Don Valley Brick Works. The family built their homestead here. A well-preserved re-creation of it can be found on site at Todmorden Mills. When the clay for brick making was exhausted, the area was transformed into a landfill pit that was capped with clean fill in the 1980s.

 

It is difficult to believe that this designated Environmentally Significant Area was an industrial landfill only a few decades ago. Since then it has become a hotspot for mountain bikers, nature lovers and urban hikers. Be sure to watch and listen for the cyclists as you share the trails with them. It is in large part thanks to these cyclists that Crothers Woods is so well-maintained today. Since 2005, organized groups of cyclists, volunteers and enthusiasts have lobbied and pushed for the city to maintain the area. Crothers Woods also easily connects to the newly renovated and revamped Lower Don Trail. If you want to explore these and other trails near you, check out our recent article.

 

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As you continue along the trail by the Lower Don River, you’ll come to the abandoned CN Rail Bridge that runs parallel with the old abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway corridor which first began operations back in 1891.  There’s also an active set of Canadian National Railway tracks if you want to do some trainspotting.

 

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Crothers Woods is an urban nature lover’s paradise, rich in history and wildlife. It can be easy to overlook such hidden gems. They sit patiently, just waiting to be discovered right in your own backyard. Once you do discover them, you may wonder how you ever got along without them.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all the natural resources available in your community and give you a taste of the rich history that surrounds you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

What’s on at the ROM this Fall

 

The ROM is one of the most precious educational resources available in Toronto. This world-class, world-famous museum has an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, galleries and special events to enjoy. Here is sample of what you can experience at The ROM in the fall of 2018.

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

 

Change your opinion of spiders from creepy to cool. Learn what makes arachnids some of the most interesting creatures on Earth. We all know about their incredible web-spinning abilities, but did you know that spiders can also dance, swim and grow back their lost limbs?

 

Spiders: Fear and Fascination is on now at the ROM. The exhibition will be open until January 6th, 2019. Entangle yourself in interactive displays and augmented reality experiences, including a dance competition with a beautiful Peacock Spider! You can even explore a recreated spider cave. You can go even deeper and check out the ROM Spider Lab, weekdays from 10:30 am to 4 pm, and weekends from 10:30 am until 5 pm. Experience live spider demonstrations from professional Spider Wranglers.

 

Get your tickets now, or become a ROM Member to enjoy unlimited free admission to this and other exhibitions, galleries, special events and exclusive members-only privileges.

 

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

© Iris van Herpen. Photo: Ronald Stoops

 

Enter the world of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen  Explore her collections from 2008 to 2015. Always on the cutting edge, van Herpen transcends fashion to interweave the worlds of art, technology and design into her work. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion gives you a look at the creations and collaborations that have pushed boundaries and brought the artist international acclaim.

 

Accompanying this exhibition is Phillip Beesely: Transforming Space. One of Canada’s most innovative architects and a collaborator of van Herpen, Phillip Beesely is fascinated with form, function and evolving the design world and how we collectively think about it. The show is on now until October 8th.

 

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

Credit: Raghubir Singh. Ganapati Immersion, Chowpatty, Bombay, Maharashtra, 1989. Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh.

 

The late photographer Raghubir Singh was one of the most celebrated photographers India has ever produced. His style offered an insight into the intersection of the traditional East and the modern West, the places and people that reveal a dramatic palette through his distinctive lens. Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs tracks his career from the late 1960’s all the way up to his unpublished projects, and his death in 1999.

 

#MeToo & the Arts

 

#MeToo & the Arts examines how museums are struggling to engage with the issues raised by the #MeToo movement — when an artist’s work or their personal behaviour becomes problematic. Through a series of displays and public engagements, a larger conversation is encouraged about how museums, the public and individuals are engaging with art in this new context. The display is free and open to the public. It’s located in the Thorsell Spirit House, by the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance. It is on now, until October 21st.

 

GALLERIES


Gallery of Chinese Architecture

Credit: The ROM Gallery of Chinese Architecture

 

Visit the Gallery of Chinese Architecture on Level 1 of the ROM. With over 200 artifacts, this is the largest collection outside of China. The Ming Tomb, Tombs of the Han and Tang, as well as a reconstruction of an Imperial Palace are cornerstones of the collection.

 

China is an ancient culture and its architectural legacy dates back just as far. This gallery features artifacts dating between approximately 300 BC to AD 1900. Learn about the relationship between Yin-houses (architecture for the dead) and Yang-houses (architecture for the living) and how that intertwines with the concept of feng shui or geomancy.

 

Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity

 

The Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity, located on Level 2, is an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in the complex relationship that connects all living things. This interactive environment offers hands-on displays and specimens, along with trained facilitators to answer any questions and offer further insight.

 

Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

Credit: The ROM Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

 

Take a journey back to the Cradle of Civilization with the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, on Level 3 at The ROM. In The Fertile Crescent, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, ancient civilizations thrived and made enormous advances in areas including medicine, law, mathematics, writing and religion. Examine the legacies that the Babylonians, Sumerians, Assyrians and others left behind, and how they influenced our modern world, spanning from the Palaeolithic age all the way to the 20th Century.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Credit: The ROM Friday Night Live

 

If you’re still under the impression that museums are boring, Friday Night Live is going to change your mind. These evening parties for adults are held between 7 pm and 11:30 pm. They feature live entertainment, food, drinks, as well as access to galleries and exhibits. Here are a few upcoming #FNLROM events to look forward to:

 

#FNLROM: Fashionology

 

Get access to Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and Philip Beesley: Transforming Space, as well as live performances by For Esmé and U of T Jazz Stars of the Future at

#FNLROM: Fashionology on Friday, September 28th.  There will also be a display of carnival costumes using the latest digital design and fabrication techniques from SugaCayne Designs. Designer Beckie DiLeo will be illustrating the evening’s guests in her whimsical style.

 

#FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice

 

Get your gratitude flowing and spice up your Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, October 5th with #FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice. Enjoy performances by Lissa Monet, as well as Silent Beats Silent Disco where you choose which live groove to tune into. Choose from Cozmic Cat, Janette King or the U of T Jazz Stars of the Future. Tickets also give you access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs exhibit, and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions.

 

#FNLROM: Dig It!

 

There is no better way to celebrate International Archeology Day on October 12th, than with #FNLROM: Dig It! In addition to access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions, live performances by Narcy and And U of T Jazz Stars of the Future, you can also experience the CRANE PROJECT. This gallery activation features an international, interdisciplinary research team as they use the latest tech to enhance Near East archeology.

 

Family Fundays


Selected Sunday afternoons, from 11 am to 4 pm, at The ROM are Family Fundays. Come out and experience exciting themed activities inspired by the exhibits and collections on display. The next one is Family Funday: Digging History on October 21st. Celebrate International Archeology Day with the oldest tools ever used by hominids, and the newest technology available to archeologists, to help us discover our past. This event is free with Museum admission.

 

Don’t miss out on all The ROM has to offer!

 

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Don’t miss aluCine!

 

Since 1995, the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival has been providing one of the most comprehensive platforms for independent Latin media makers from across Canada and around the globe. It’s the longest-running Latin film festival in Canada and returns to venues across Toronto from Wednesday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 6th.

 

The focus of aluCine is to provide a voice for Latin artists who work outside of mainstream media programming. Voices that would otherwise go unheard are given a forum for cultural representation within an international context.

 

Whether it’s fiction, documentary, animation or experimental film, aluCine seeks to keep the Latin film culture thriving with a variety of feature-length and short films.

 

The vision for this year’s edition of the Festival is a reflection on perspective and diversity. How each individual perceives their reality differently and the factors that help to shape that perception; their culture, their customs and their history.

 

Films will be screened at Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W), CineCycle (129 Spadina Ave.), TMAC (32 Lisgar Street) and Art Square (334 Dundas St. W). All films are presented with English subtitles. All regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years of age or older according to the Ontario Theatres Act.

 

Tickets

 

General Admission tickets for regular screenings are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The Opening and Closing Night Gala screenings with reception are just $20.

 

Opening Night Gala – Wednesday, Oct 3rd

7pm-9pm

 

This year’s Opening Night Gala features the Canadian Premiere of the documentary Ciro and Me / Ciro y yo. This is the remarkable story of Ciro Galindo and the film’s director, Miguel Salazar. Back in 1996, Salazar travelled to Galindo’s small Colombian town to photograph its famous river, Caño Cristales. Ciro’s 14-year-old son was the expedition’s guide. When the boy tragically drowns, the task of informing Ciro fell on Salazar. This unbearable situation formed an unbreakable friendship between the two men. The war and conflict in Colombia in the following years brought even more hardship and tragedy into Ciro’s life. Salazar reunites with his friend and together they journey through the tragic past of Colombia and their own personal life experience. Get tickets now.

 

The Love & The Fury / El amor y la furia — Thursday, October 4th

 

The lengths we will go to to protect our loved ones or to follow our dreams and ambitions, is explored in these films. We can be motivated by light or by darkness. Our quest can be noble or absurd. Watch as these protagonists push it to the limit and beyond to try and manifest the reality they want. This film will be presented at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

 

#nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America — Friday, October 5th

 

Check out #nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America on Friday, October 5th at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm until 9 pm. The films screened at this event explore what we do in the darkest moments to preserve a sense of hope. In this collection of films, the characters attempt to transcend their seemingly inescapable situation.

 

Short for Shorties Special Edition / Cortos para chicos — Saturday, October 6th

 

Calling all kids and their grown-ups! On the final day of the Festival (Saturday, October 6th,

from 2 pm until 4 pm), it’s time for Shorts for Shorties at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto). This year, all the best shorts from the Festival’s previous editions will be screened in one place! Enjoy all the fantasy, beauty and humanity with these unforgettable stories. These might just be the best-animated shorts from Latin America! Get your tickets, today.

 

Closing Party and Award Announcement — Saturday, October 6th

 

The Closing Party and Award Announcements will take place on Saturday, October 6th at

Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W, Toronto) from 9:30 pm until 11 pm. The screenings begin with the short documentary film: Fantasia/Fantasy about Victor Yanqui, a Toronto mechanic by day, and singer in a popular salsa band by night.

 

The closing feature film for this year is Ruben Blades Is Not My Name / Yo No Me Llamo. This is the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning documentary of the man Garcia Marquez described as “the most famous unknown person.” Ruben Blades, and his socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms, helped bring salsa music to an international audience during the New York Salsa revolution during the 1970’s. He is a 17-time Grammy award-winner, acted in movies, earned a law degree from Harvard, and ran for President of Panama. Enjoy a 50-year journey through Blade’s extraordinary life with director Abner Benaim’s film about this living legend. Get your tickets for the Closing Night Gala, today!

 

Explore the diversity and wonder of your community with this year’s edition of the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

 

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The best places to shop for Fall in Midtown

 

It’s a brand new season, and that means you may be in the market for some fresh new clothes from quality brands. You can find everything you need and more nearDavisville Village. To help you make your fall fashion dreams come true, here are some of the best places to shop for fall in Midtown.


Reitmans

Reitmans Toronto

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Reitmans has been dedicated to providing affordable fashion with great customer service since they were founded in 1926 by Herman and Sarah Reitman. The brand has come a long way since those days. What started as a small women’s clothing store on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montréal has become a publicly owned company. Despite scaling up significantly, it’s still a family-controlled business. It has 642 stores across the country operating under six different banners: Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity, RW&CO and Hyba Activewear. Visit their location in the Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) for the latest fall fashions and essentials at prices you can afford. Walk in on weekdays from 10 am until 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm — you’ll walk out with something you’ll love!


Moores Clothing for Men

Moores Clothing for men Toronto

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They say that clothes make the man. For more than 30 years, Moores has been helping men look their best. They know that the right clothes do more than improve your appearance, they can improve your confidence. The staff at Moores Clothing for Men are dedicated to improving men’s lives — one suit, shirt or sports coat at a time.


From suits to casual wear, choose from top brands including Kenneth Cole, Joseph Abboud and Ralph Lauren. They carry hard-to-find sizes, too. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, their team of master tailors and expert stylists can create custom clothing to suit you perfectly. In addition to on-site tailoring, free pressing is available for suits, sports coats and pants, so what they sell is truly ready to wear the moment you leave the store.


Pay them a visit weekdays from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.


Carter’s

Carters Oshkosh Canada

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You can count on Carter’s in the Yonge Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) to keep your kids looking their best. Carter’s is the leading brand for children’s apparel in Canada. From infants and toddlers to big kids up to 14 years of age, you’ll find clothes they’re happy with at prices you’re happy with. They are open weekdays from 10 am until 9.pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm.


Carbon

Carbon clothing store Toronto

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Carbon (2591 Yonge Street) first opened its doors in 2009. Since then they have become a staple of the neighbourhood. When you want the latest seasonal styles in a small, personal setting, you’ll want to visit Carbon. Alex and Sharon Mazelow are the owners and they travel the world in search of the best for their store and their customers. They also believe in selling top-quality fashion from some of the world’s most relevant brands, at a reasonable price.


Pop by and browse the shop, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Or you can book a Personal Shopping experience. These appointments can take place before, during or after normal store hours. It starts with a short discussion about your style and goals. If you don’t know what those are, Carbon Personal Shoppers will provide you with an overview of current trends and classic styles. They will teach you how to blend classic and current looks to create whatever look you desire.


They will even book In-Home Wardrobe Consultations. An experienced stylist will come to your home at an appointed time and review what pieces you should keep, and what should be replaced, based on your needs, lifestyle and budget.


Hatley Boutique Toronto

Hatley boutique Toronto

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Hatley Boutique Toronto (2648 Yonge St) is an excellent resource for quality clothes, sleepwear and rain gear for women and children. It all began as a small cottage business in the small lakeside town of North Hatley, Ontario. Alice and John Oldland began selling cow and pig aprons. It caught on and grew from there. When the couple wanted to retire, their three sons took over and grew the business into what it is today, with stores throughout North America, New Zealand and the UK. They managed to keep the small town feel of the store, too. Stop by Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.


We hope these shopping hotspots near Davisville help you look and feel your best this fall!

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Explore Riverdale Farm

 

After the sweltering summer heat subsides, and before the bitter cold of winter arrives, there is the colourful, magical, sweet-spot season of fall. The air is crisp and cool, and the trees seem to show off with a brilliant display of gold, orange and red. These are the sweet and simple days where you feel like putting on a cozy sweater and heading out for a seasonal stroll.

 

Make your fall experience even more wholesome, quaint and beautiful by heading over to Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street), located within Riverdale Park West in Cabbagetown. You can walk there from Village Green in about 25 minutes, or ride your bike there in about 10 minutes. Be sure to park your ride in the bike racks as bicycles are not allowed on the farm. Or jump on the eastbound 504 streetcar from College subway station, get off at Parliament Street and walk north to Winchester Street.

 

Get a Feel for Farm Life

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Riverdale Farm is a working farm owned and operated by the City of Toronto. It is open 365 days a year, from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is always free! If you’d like to support the farm, a donation box can be found outside the entrance. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.

 

The 7.5-acre property features vegetable, flower and herb gardens, and is home to a variety of pioneer breeds of farm animals that are rarely found on commercial farms today, including cows, pigs, sheep and goats. There are also horses, donkeys and chickens and waterfowl. Come and get a glimpse of farm life under the glorious, colourful backdrop of the fall foliage. Pack a picnic and enjoy the feeling of a peaceful and beautiful afternoon in the country, without leaving the city.

 

History of Riverdale Farm

 

The land was originally owned by John Scadding, an early settler and clerk to the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. The property was purchased by the City of Toronto in 1856. Between 1888 and 1974, it was the site of the city’s first zoo, the Riverdale Zoo. The farm was built as a tribute to small, family farm heritage. The barn doors were opened to the public in 1978.

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Daily Events

 

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Every day, at 11:30 am, the farmer presents an animal for visitors to see and ask questions about in the Lower Francey Barn. There is a chalkboard posted at the barn entrance that will inform you which animal will be appearing that day. Riverdale Farm is a working farm and not a petting zoo. Direct contact with any of the livestock must be supervised by farm staff. Feeding of the animals is not permitted.

 

The Barns:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Francey Barn is located just inside the main gates. When the animals aren’t out roaming in their paddocks, this barn is their home. The barn is designed in a rare architectural style known as a Pennsylvania bank barn. The barn is built into a hill (or river bank) which provides an upper and lower floor. The animals are housed below, and the supplies are stored on the upper floor.

 

The Animals:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

In addition to The Francey Barn, visitors can tour the Pig and Poultry Barn. Home to chickens, turkeys, domesticated waterfowl and pigs. During the day, the waterfowl can be found walking the grounds on their way to and from the duck pond where they swim and forage for food

 

Simpson House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Simpson House is named after the architect who built it, Napier Simpson Jr. It is a reproduction of the original Francey farmhouse. Today, renovations are underway within Simpson House to create a new Welcome Centre and discovery hub. Construction is due to be completed this fall. Check in with Riverdale Farm’s facebook page for updates.

 

In the meantime, public washrooms are available in The Meeting House.

 

The Meeting House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Meeting House is a three-storey building located on the east side of the farm, near the Duck Pond. This building serves as a hub for programs including pottery and weaving, as well as the lost and found.

 

The Residence:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Built in 1902, by prisoners from the Don Jail, The Residence has seen many occupants over the years. It was the zookeeper’s residence, a zoo hospital, and even a temporary morgue for the adjacent Necropolis Cemetery. Today it is used for community-based programs.

 

Explore the Trails:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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There are over 3 kilometres of trails and paths to explore on the farm’s grounds. The Farm map highlights all of the key features waiting for you to discover.

 

Riverdale Park is also your gateway to Toronto’s ravine and trail system. You can learn more about that in our recent post.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be construction on the paths and trails on the east side of the farm.

 

Special Events

 

Saturday, September 29th, is the 40th Anniversary celebration at Riverdale Farm, from 10 am until 4 pm, with fun family-friendly activities, demonstrations, food and activities throughout the day. Admission is free, as always!

 

For a more adult celebration, get your tickets for the Fundraising Barn BBQ on Friday, September 28th. There will be great food, music and a cash bar.

 

Kids will love exploring the Boo Barn on October 21st. There will be Halloween arts and crafts, face painting, a pumpkin patch to explore and pumpkin carving (all tools provided). Take home your very own jack-o-lantern and pumpkin seeds for roasting. A $5 donation is suggested to support the farm and visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

 

A visit to Riverdale Farm is a fun, free and beautiful way to spend an autumn afternoon. Check it out!

 

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Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Carl Laidlaw orchards self pick, u pick, pick your own apples

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

Organics Farm GTA apple picking

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

Myer's Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

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The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival Toronto antiques

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Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

Green's Antiques Toronto

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Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

Trianon Toronto antiques and design

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Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Cynthia Findlay Antiques Toronto

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Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

Bernardi's Antiques Toronto

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For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

Mrs. Huizenga Toronto antiques

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Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

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The best places to grab lunch near Village Green

 

For many of us, the word ‘lunchtime’ is like music to our ears. We’ve been watching the clock tick and listening to our stomach rumble, and when lunchtime finally rolls around we are starving. You may be short on time, but you’re never short on options when you live in The Village. Here are some of the best places to grab lunch near Village Green.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen Toronto Church and Wellesley

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Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up fresh and healthy cuisine in the heart of The Village since 2009. Pay a visit to this elegant and inviting establishment, housed in a classic Victorian Mansion, at 634 Church Street.

 

Their vegan and gluten-free Sante Fe Bowl ($17) is loaded with brown rice, organic black beans, guacamole, corn, romaine, pico de gallo, diced sweet potato, green onion, and crisp tortillas from La Tortilleria. It’s topped with a delicious yogurt lime drizzle.

 

If a sandwich is your go-to lunch, the Portobello and Brie Sandwich (with caramelized onions, arugula and maple Dijon on multigrain) is a good choice. If vegetarian isn’t your vibe, how about a Lamb Burger ($19)? Doesn’t fresh Ontario lamb from Forsyth Farms, with roasted red peppers, arugula, feta and minted yogurt on a butter bun sound amazing?

 

All sandwiches are served with their house salad or homemade frites. You can upgrade to a specialty salad for $3.50, or poutine for $4. Add bacon ($2.50), cheese ($3) or guacamole ($3), and even make it gluten-free for $1.75.

 

Upgrade your lunch experience with a visit to Lola’s Kitchen. They are open and ready to welcome you, Mondays from 11 am until 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, and again from 4 pm until 10 pm. Sunday is Brunch Day from 10 am until 3 pm.

 

Freshii

 

Freshii Church and Wellesley Toronto

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Freshii (77 Wellesley St E) is a health-conscious chain that gets it right. They offer fast, fresh, healthy food, at fair prices.

 

Looking for a light but well balanced lunch? The Fiesta Salad (with field greens, avocado, aged cheddar, black beans, corn, salsa fresca and dressed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette) is a great choice.

 

Add comfort to your meal with a bowl of Superfood Soup. It’s full of quinoa, kale, cabbage, carrots, celery and red onions.

 

Make your meal super substantial by adding a Smokehouse Burrito to your soup and salad combo. It’s packed with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and spicy yogurt sauce.

 

Add a protein punch to any meal by adding tofu, falafel, chicken or steak.

 

The new Freshii app lets you order online, so you can skip the lunch line. Stroll in like a VIP and pick up your fresh and ready-to-eat lunch. You’ll also earn points towards free meals for every dollar you spend. Their location in The Village is open weekdays from 11 am until 10 pm, and Sundays from 11 am until 7:30 pm.

 

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

 

Sabai Sabai Toronto

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If you want to try something different, Sabai Sabai (81 Bloor Street East) is a hip Northern Thai and Laotian restaurant with a fresh and funky vibe.

 

Some lunch favourites are the Street-Style Rice Noodles (with ground chicken, peanut, and tamarind sauce, $14), or the amazing Massaman Curry (with braised beef, star anise, cinnamon cloves, peanut, potato, and coconut milk that’s served with rice, $15).

 

They also offer a separate vegan menu for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes a delicious version of Massaman Curry (with tofu instead of beef, $15) as well as a rotating chef’s special dessert of the week ($6).

 

The food here is fantastic, and the word has spread. That means if you’re going for lunch, make sure you have a reservation for any size table. Online reservations make it simple. Last-minute seating is often available at the bar. Or, you can order online and pick it up.

 

They’re open Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 4 pm until 10 pm.

 

Katsuya

 

Katsuya Toronto

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Katsuya is an authentic Japanese Cutlet House (Katsu means ‘cutlet’, and Ya means ‘house’). Your favourite meats are well seasoned, then dredged in flour and egg, and finally coated in panko bread crumbs that are freshly toasted daily. The Katsu is then covered in your choice of signature sauces.

 

The Katsuya Original house sauce is made with seasonal fruits and vegetables (the flavour can change with the seasons) and organic herbs. It starts at $14.25 for Pork Loin, or $15.75 for chicken or fish. Or you can go all out and get a Double Cheese verison of the Pork Loin with Mozzarella and Cream Cheese ($16.95).

 

The restaurant concept is simple. Basically you choose your meat and a signature sauce. Sauces include Carbonara Katsu, Sweet Chili Katsu and Garlic Spicy Katsu (they come out with new sauces regularly). The result is an almost endless variety of meal options.

 

At their downtown location only (66 Gerrard Street East) you can try the amazing Katsu Burger. This is the first of its kind in Canada! Available in Pork ($10.75) or Chicken ($11.25), it’s topped with teriyaki and/or tartar sauce and cheese. Make it a combo (addinh fries and a pop) for $4.50.

 

The Chicken Katsu Salad ($14.75) is another great lunch option. It’s topped with Chicken Katsu strips, sliced egg, roasted almonds and homemade thousand island sauce made with apple, pineapple and vegetables.

 

Katsuya is open to serve you, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. Call 416-591-7756 for reservations.

 

Fresh Burger

 

Fresh Burger Toronto

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The folks at Fresh Burger know what a real burger should taste like, and so should you! The ingredients for a great burger are simple. It should consist of fresh meat of the highest quality available on the market, fresh veggies and be served on a fresh bun. One thing you won’t find at any Fresh Burger location, including the one at 542 Church Street, is a freezer.

 

Fresh Burger’s goal is to make the best burger for the lowest possible price. Their original 4 oz Fresh Burger is only $5.89, and only $9.75 with fries and a drink. Make it a Double Fresh Burger (two 4 oz patties) for $8.89, or $12.39 for a combo. Get a 6 oz Prime Fresh Burger for $7.85 or $11.65 for a combo, or try to tackle the big one, the whopping 12 oz Double Prime Fresh Burger for $11.85, or $15.55 for a combo.

 

They’ve also got some of the best poutine this side of Montréal.

 

Order online to skip the line. They are open daily, Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 3 am, and Sunday from noon until 10 pm.

 

We hope these tasty lunch spot suggestions help you dig in and let loose when lunchtime rolls around!

 

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The best BBQ in Toronto

 

Most people argue that summer is BBQ season. But why should something as delicious as BBQ have a season? We think any time of year is a good time to dig in. Toronto is a great town for this sweet and smokey delicacy. If you’re into it, visit these local restaurants for the best BBQ in the city.

 

Barque

 

Barque Smokehouse Toronto

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Barque (287 Roncesvalles Avenue) makes some of the best low n’ slow smoked BBQ in the city and serves it to hungry patrons in a relaxed and comfy atmosphere. Note that the low temperature of their smoker (between 150°F and 325°F) means that the meat is served warm, not piping hot. Also, their slow cooking method means that once they’re out of meat for the day, they’re out!

 

The Meet Meat Platter ($99) is perfect for a group of four. It offers a good selection of their best meats. The platter consists of 12-hour beef brisket, Pommery pulled pork, smoked lamb shoulder, southern fried chicken, BBQ chicken and baby back ribs.

 

The Sampler for Two is $59 and includes your choice of appetizer or salad, three choices of meats, and two sides. You can add dessert for $5 per person.

 

If you want to enjoy the ultimate Barque BBQ experience, you’ll want to order The Smoker’s Choice. It’s a large, shareable platter big enough for the whole table. It includes Caesar salad, smoked chicken wings, cajun mac n’ cheese, hush puppies and all their BBQ meats. Dig into beef brisket, BBQ chicken, and baby back ribs. If also includes Tableside S’mores for dessert. This incredible meal goes for just $39 per adult or $21 per teen.

 

They also serve diners free popcorn which is a nice touch!


Carbon Bar


Carbon Bar Toronto

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Carbon Bar, at 99 Queen St East in the Old City TV building, is a world-class BBQ joint with a full-service bar that serves excellent cocktails. Even if someone in your party isn’t into BBQ, there is a lot to love about this place. Their Hot Smoked Trout and Seafood Boil dishes are amazing. There are great sides including Jalapeno Cornbread ($8) or Mac & Cheese ($13) made with vintage cheddar, gruyere and chipotle. It’s perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy inside. But the real star is, of course, the BBQ.

 

The Pit Master Platter ($34 per person, minimum 2 people) from their Bar Menu is a must. It includes St. Louis cut pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, fries with chipotle mayo and dill pickles.

 

Eat at the bar, or get comfy in one of their plush leather booths, and get ready to enjoy some upscale, yet unpretentious eats!

 

Reservations are recommended.


The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder


The Stockyards, at 699 St Clair Ave West at Christie Street, serves up wood-smoked BBQ at their small diner counter. They may be a small place, but their food is outstanding and they offer a full take-out menu. Take your meal home or have a picnic two blocks down Christie Street on the Wychwood Barns grounds (76 Wychwood Ave). Remember to grab plenty of napkins – it gets pretty sticky!


Their wood-smoked BBQ is amazing, but their Buttermilk Fried Chicken is out of this world. Most meals come with fries which are perfectly crisp and well seasoned.


Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ


Gyu Kaku BBQ Toronto

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (81 Church Street) offers authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue). Japanese BBQ is all about large plates of shared food. There is a personal charcoal grill installed at every table, so you can cook your meats just the way you like them. This is not an All-You-Can-Eat establishment. This restaurant is all about quality, not quantity. There are set prices for set meals, and the portions are more than filling. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are very friendly. If you’re new to Japanese BBQ, the staff are happy to offer meal suggestions and guide you through the menu. You can’t go wrong with their 21-Day Aged Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade, or their Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib with a Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.

 

With over 700 Gyu-Kaku restaurants worldwide, we’d say they’re doing something right! The Church Street location is not an overly large space, so it’s usually pretty busy. Make reservations to avoid long wait times.


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que Toronto

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Cherry Street Bar-B-Que has two locations to choose from in Toronto. Their flagship, namesake location is located in the Port Lands, at 275 Cherry Street. They also have a stand at Assembly Chefs Hall, at 111 Richmond Street West. The Cherry Street location may be a little out of the way, but it’s housed in a historic former bank building with a great atmosphere and an enormous patio that offers exceptional views of the city. It’s worth heading down for some of their classic Southern pit-smoked meats, including brisket, baby back ribs, turkey and pulled pork. They’ve got some great sides like BBQ beans, mac n’ cheese, and even quinoa salad. They also offer a good selection of craft cocktails, local beers and a carefully curated selection of bourbon. Everything on their menu is market priced.

 

This is a casual, laid back restaurant. After you’ve been shown to your table, you order what you want at the counter, get a drink from the bar and enjoy. Go ahead, get saucy – nobody will care!

 

We hope this post inspires you to take a fabulous BBQ tour of Toronto!

 

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