Where to Eat in TORONTO (PART 2) – a Top25 list from NOW’s restaurant critics, April/2014

NOWRESTAURANTS2 NOW Weekly does an annual survey of the hottest TORONTO restaurants. Below is this spring’s TOP 25 list assembled by the magazine’s restaurant critics, along with their ratings (** to *****). All are located in or near the city centre, and accessible by public transport. Reservations are recommended for most.

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#1 – BAR ISABEL, 797 College Street, 416-532-2222, http://www.barisabel.com *****
#2 – AGAVE Y AGUACATE, 25 Baldwin Street, 647-748-6448, http://www.agave-y-aguacate.com *****
#3 – CHANTECLER, 1320 Queen Street West at Brock Street, 416-628-3586, http://www.restaurantchantecler.ca *****
#4 – MOMOFUKU DAISHO, 190 University Avenue at Adelaide West, 647-253-8000, htp://www.momofuku.com/toronto/daisho *****
#5 – BARRIO COREANO, 642 Bloor Street West at Manning Avenue, 416-901-5188, http://www.playacabana.ca/locations/5/barrio-coreano ****

#6 – RICHMOND STATION, 1 Richmond Street West, 647-748-1444, http://www.richmondstation.ca *****
#7 – ELECTRIC MUD, 5 Brock Street at Queen Street West, 416-516-8286, http://www.electricmudbbq.com *****
#8 – BAR BUCA, 75 Portland Street at King Street West, 416-599-2822, http://www.barbuca.com ****
#9 – BANH MI BOYS, 399 Yonge Street at Gerrard OR 392 Queen Street West at Spadina, 416-363-0588, http://www.banhmiboys.com *****
#10 – PATRIA, 480 King Street West at Brant, 416-367-0505, http://www.patriatoronto.com ****

#11 – SNACK BAR, 181 Bathurst Street at Queen West, 416-364-9320, http://www.416snackbar.com ****
#12 – BENT, 777 Dundas Street West at Markham, 647-352-0092, http://www.bentrestaurant.com *****
#13 – PUKKA, 778 St. Clair West at Arlington, 416-342-1906, http://www.pukka.ca ****
#14 – KINGYO, 518 Winchester Street at Parliament, 647-748-2121, http://www.kingyotoronto.ca ****
#15 – KINTON RAMEN, 51 Baldwin Street at Beverley, 647-748-8900, OR 668 Bloor Street West at Manning, 416-551-8177, http://www.kintonramen.com *****

#16 – GRAND ELECTRIC, 1330 Queen Street West at Elm Grove, 416-627-3459, http://www.grandelectricbar.com *****
#17 – DRAKE ONE FIFTY, 150 York Street at Adelaide West, financial district, 416-363-6150, http://www.drakeonefifty.com ***
#18 – SEVEN LIVES, 69 Kensington Avenue at Baldwin, 416-803-1086, http://www.sevenlives.ca **
#19 – VALDEZ, 606 King Street West at Portland, 416-363-8388, http://www.valdezrestaurant.com ***
#20 – BIG CROW, 176 Dupont at St. George Street, 647-748-3287, http://www.roseandsonsbigcrow.com ****

#21 – DISTRICT OVEN, 842 College Street at Ossington Avenue, 416-901-7717, http://www.districtoven.com ****
#22 – SKIN + BONES, 980 Queen Street East at Carlaw, 416-524-5209, http://www.skinandbonesto.com ****
#23 – HUDSON KITCHEN, 600 Dundas Street West at Palmerston, 416-644-8839, http://www.hudsonkitchen.com ***
#24 – URSA, 924 Queen Street West at Shaw, 416-536-8963, http://www.ursarestaurant.com *****
#25 – HOME OF THE BRAVE, 589 King Street West at Portland, 416-366-2736, http://www.thehotb.com ***

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“A SERVING OF CANADIAN PRIDE” – THE NEW YORK TIMES DISCOVERS TORONTO’S SENATOR

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One of this city’s oldest restaurants got the New York Times treatment in the Sunday Travel Section on March 30. MICHAEL KAMINER writes: “A red neon sign warms the facade of the Senator Restaurant, TORONTO’s oldest, just as it did in the days when streetwear meant fedoras and overcoats.

“Inside, with its vinyl booths, shiny wood counter and huge mahogany mirror, it looks much the same as when it opened in 1929.”

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BOB SNIDERMAN, who rescued the restaurant from demolition in 1984, has hired ANDREW TAYLOR, the chef at Langdon Hall (an acclaimed restaurant in nearby Cambridge, Ontario) to update and revamp the menu.

The new emphasis is on locally grown food. Typically, restaurants have one or two suppliers; The Senator now has 40 thanks to Mr. Taylor.

The dinner menu has been updated. Breakfast and lunch are coming next. “Mr. Taylor has already added irresistible home-made jams from Rose’s and maple syrup from Haggart’s Farm in Owen Sound.” Read the entire review on the website – http://www.thesenator.com

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The Senator is at 249 Victoria Street, opposite the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 416-364-7517.