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Don Appetit! King Edward Hotel’s Reimagined Consort Bar

May 22, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 115 years, the King Edward Hotel has been an integral part of Toronto, and a $40 million renovation, completed in 2015 by the property’s owners Skyline International and Omni Hotels, has polished this historic gem and reimagined it for

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Don Appetit! Anchor Bar Toronto’s Boffo Taste of Buffalo

May 17, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In October, 2016, Buffalo, NY’s, famous Anchor Bar, pioneer of the chicken wing, launched on Toronto’s Airport Strip. By all reports, the Toronto location is flourishing, and after a recent visit, it’s easy to see why. Anchor Bar Toronto dishes

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Don Appetit! Montecito — Source Locally, Cook Splendidly

May 8, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In summer 2014, Montecito launched adjacent to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, with an ownership group that brings considerable star power — Ivan Reitman, Toronto-born Hollywood producer/director, whose film credits include Ghostbusters, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, Twins and Up in

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Don Appetit! Hyatt Regency Toronto’s King Street Social Scene

May 7, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nestled one floor beneath the Hyatt Regency Toronto’s bustling lobby sits the hotel’s dining area, King Street Social Kitchen. The low-ceilinged, softly lit, white-tablecloth space is sleek and contemporary in its gleaming hard surfaces; cream-coloured (and very comfortable) padded banquettes

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Don Appetit! District Eatery — Clean Eating, Bold Flavours

May 2, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

District Eatery, on King Street’s crowded, west-of-John-Street restaurant row, in Toronto’s Entertainment District, dishes up a menu focused on healthy, clean food, rounded out by a handful of deep-fried items, for those in the mood for something else. The restaurant,

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Don Appetit! Oliver’s Polish and Sophistication

April 23, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 40 years, Oliver’s, nestled on Lakeshore Road East, on the main street of Oakville, Ont., has been the city’s go-to steakhouse of choice. Under the watchful eye of co-owners (and husband-and-wife team) Nancy Knowles and Bogdan Bor, who’s been

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Don Appetit! Walrus Modernizes Pub Grub

April 19, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About seven weeks ago, Walrus Pub & Beer Hall launched in the former Far Niente space in Commerce Court office building, in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Owned and operated by The Donnelly Group, a Vancouver-based hospitality company, Walrus

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Don Appetit! Estia’s Inspired Mediterranean Plates

April 13, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In April 2017, Toronto-based hospitality company ICONINK opened Estia restaurant in the Yorkville-area space previously occupied by NAO Steakhouse (also operated by ICONINK). The split-level space is sophisticated and impressive, especially the main dining room’s high-ceilinged front area that’s outfitted

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Don Appetit! Matisse’s Ongoing Evolution

April 4, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

A couple of years ago, Matisse restaurant, in the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, unveiled a renovation that transformed it and the adjacent lobby bar into a snazzy, modern space that is a night-and-day decor upgrade. Sleek finishes — slate, natural

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Don Appetit! Brassaii’s Boffo Brunch

March 29, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Fronted by a cobblestone courtyard patio, just steps off Toronto’s eclectic King Street West restaurant zone, Brassaii is blessed with a delightful hidden-gem quality that’s only amplified at weekend brunch. What’s more, the brunch menu, under executive chef Ivan Bailey,

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Don Appetit! El Catrin Raises the Bar on Modern Mexican

March 26, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Stepping into El Catrin, in Toronto’s Distillery District, is like walking into a bustling restaurant in Mexico City. Dominating the always-packed, high-ceilinged space is a gigantic mural painted by Mexican street artist Oscar Flores whimsically and colourfully depicting neon-backlit skulls,

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Don Appetit! Ryoji — Okinawa-style Pub Grub

March 20, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ryoji, on Toronto’s leafy College Street, is the only Okinawa-style izakaya restaurant in the country, and delivers terrific flavours and textures in a sleek, contemporary space. During the past six or seven years, izakaya-style dining (Japanese pub food) has taken