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In August, Zane Caplansky plans to relocate his successful smoked-meat operation out of Clinton Street's Monarch Tavern and into a new storefront at 356 College, near Augusta.


Zane Caplansky

Zane Caplansky

In August, Zane Caplansky plans to move his successful smoked-meat operation out of Clinton Street’s Monarch Tavern, in Toronto’s Little Italy, and into a new storefront at 356 College, near Augusta.

Although the Monarch does have a certain grungy appeal, a more spacious room would make a more fitting setting for Caplansky’s superb smoked-meat sandwiches.

Let’s just hope Caplansky’s new deli doesn’t go too upscale on us….

Every Tuesday, the sushi chefs at Toronto’s Ichi Riki restaurant take the night off and the soba-noodle whizzes at Soba Canada move in, offering complete dinners for about $20 per person.

At the end of April, after a five-year run, Soba Canada ended its Sunday lunches at Hiro Sushi, following expiry of the lease agreement.

Toronto is not known as a hotbed of Southern U.S.-style barbecue, but recently, there’s been a slew of new openings.

The Stockyards plies its slow-smoked ribs, chicken and pulled pork out of a narrow storefront on St. Clair West, near Christie.

Lou Dawg’s joins the crowded dining scene at King and Portland. The specialty is southern-style sandwiches (pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket and crisply fillet of sole), along with slow-smoked, dry-rub wings.

On Bayview, Highway 61 operates in the space vacated by Cluck, Grunt & Low. And speaking of Cluck, Grunt & Low, the original location, on Bloor, near Spadina, has closed.

About two months ago, Pie Shack café opened, in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. The name of the game is sweet and savory pies, co-created by owner Tim McConvey and patissiers Erez and Karen Hadad, who bake the puff pastry-anchored creations at their nearby Café Florentin.

Linda by Salad King has opened in the Shops at Don Mills, in north Toronto. The more upscale sister restaurant to downtown’s raucous (and delicious) Salad King, Linda serves up Thai goodies not seen elsewhere, such as a variation on Peking Duck.

Also opening at the Shops are Anthony’s restaurant, a Real Jerk cart and Mark McEwan’s long-awaited 23,000-sq.-ft. food emporium that should give Pusateri’s and Whole Foods a run for their money.

Looks like a field trip’s in order!



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