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Don Appetit! The Wilcox’s Delicious Evolution

June 12, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

My first visit to The Wilcox gastropub in Mississauga, Ont., came in 2015. At the time, I was impressed with the kitchen’s contemporary spin on pub fare. A recent visit, however, showed a confident kitchen that has evolved in exciting

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Family Style Feast

June 2, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

El Catrin, the buzzing Mexican eatery in Toronto’s Distillery District, continues to tweak its menu in creative and delicious ways. Exhibit A: Chilled avocado soup, velvet-textured, with herbal tang (thanks to mint oil) and subtle heat (from habanero vinaigrette) and

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Don Appetit! Locale Mercatto’s Sophisticated Italian Plates

May 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Locale is the newest location in the Mercatto casual Italian chain that now numbers five Toronto restaurants. Nestled on Bay Street, near the financial district, Locale, last June, unveiled a renovated space and a refreshed perspective on Italian food. The

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Don Appetit! Benihana’s Delicious Theatre

May 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 44 years, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, in the lower level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, has entertained diners with its teppanyaki-style experience. Customers sit around a rectangular table outfitted with a flat-top grill. After ordering, diners sit

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Don Appetit! Rasa: Think Globally, Eat Brilliantly

May 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Rasa is part of the growing culinary empire operated by The Food Dudes, a Toronto-based caterer that, in recent years, has diversified into restaurants. Rasa inhabits restaurant row on charming Harbord Street, in Toronto’s leafy Annex area. The space resembles a

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Don Appetit! Signatures’ Marvelous Makeover

May 3, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last year, Signatures restaurant, in the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, unveiled its brighter, more contemporary new look. From the colour palette (clean, elegant, understated greys and off-whites), design accents (marble floors; wood tile; up-to-date light fixtures; modernized seating), the refreshed, split-level

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits’ Global Influences

May 1, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For some time, Pure Spirits Oyster House has been a fixture in Toronto’s Distillery District. It’s a spacious, instantly welcoming space — appealingly worn hardwood floor; exposed brick walls; wood-beam ceiling — that fully capitalizes on the building’s historic bones.

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Don Appetit! Cucci Scales New Heights

April 24, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been several years since I’d visited Cucci, a modern Italian restaurant in Oakville, Ont., just west of Toronto, so I paid a return visit, to see what executive chef Gordon Goss and his kitchen brigade are up to.

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Don Appetit! All Roads Lead to Compass Grill

April 21, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early April, I ventured up to Deerhurst Resort, in Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country, and sampled Compass Grill & Bar, located off the spacious lobby. It’s a bright, high-ceilinged room whose visual centrepiece is an enormous, illustrated Muskoka tourist map

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Don Appetit! Le Baratin’s French Kiss

April 5, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, Le Baratin opened in Toronto’s Dundas Street West/Dufferin Street area. It’s a classic neighbourhood bistro, seating 30 in welcoming, unadorned setting (bare wood tables; children’s books displayed on wall shelves). Manning the stoves, visible in the tiny open

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Don Appetit! Bar Reyna’s Snazzy Mediterranean Snacks

March 31, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In May 2016, Bar Reyna launched in a charming Victorian row house in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville area, dishing up Mediterranean-inflected snacks. It’s a casually comfortable two-level space featuring a bar/lounge and upstairs dining area. In the cold weather, the winterized

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Don Appetit! Union Chicken’s High-Flying Bird

March 29, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early February, Union Chicken opened in Sherway Gardens shopping mall, in west-end Toronto. Union Chicken’s first location, the room is bright — thanks to plenty of natural light — upbeat and fun. Guests eat at individual or communal tables in