Toronto has not had it easy this winter, what with true winter weather, flailing sports teams and yes, a mayor who is regularly the butt of Jimmy Kimmel's jokes. So how better for to console ourselves than by visiting some of Toronto's best new restaurants?

Despite the hectic holiday season, plenty of hotspots opened up in November and December 2013, with diners just getting a chance to discover them now. Among the selections are a bevy of Mexican restaurants, a trend that's been apparent in Toronto for a few years, albeit now with healthy and traditional twists. Menus are also heavy (quite literally) with meat, as barbecue battles for its own status in a city of grillers.

One thing almost entirely missing from these new menus? As predicted, kale is very much on the way out, with items like coconuts and cipollini onions making their way in.

UPDATE, April 29, 2014: Joanne Kates, one of the city's most well-respected restaurant reviewers, has just released her top 100 restaurants for 2014.

While most of her selections are solid standbys like Scaramouche, Splendido and 2013 fave Bar Isabel, she also picked Bar Buca (opened Jan. 2014), Red Sauce (opened Feb. 2014), The Carbon Bar (opened Feb. 2014) and Luckee (opened April 2014).

UPDATE, March 26, 2014: Toronto Life has posted its "Where To Eat" guide online. Bon appetit.

UPDATE, March 14, 2014: Toronto Life has released its "Where To Eat 2014" issue. The issue outlines some of the food trends sweeping the city (More seafood! late kitchens! tasting menus!). There's also a hunger-inducing survey of the best dishes in the city and the top picks for the 10 best new restaurants in the city.

THR & Co, the second restaurant from the team behind the Harbord Room takes the third spot, Grant Van Gameren's much-lauded Bar Isabel takes number 2 and Michael Steh's The Chase was named the top new restaurant by the magazine.

Below, check out the new restaurants Torontonians are talking about. Tried them out? Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know in the comments below:

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  • Agave Y Aguacate

    <b>What</b>: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-friends-of-agave-y-aguacate/136407583090840" target="_blank">Agave Y Agucate</a> <b>Where</b>: 35 Baldwin St. (near Kensington) <b>Flavours</b>: Traditional Mexican <b>For example</b>: Fryer chicken ($11) cooked with sesame, ancho chilies, and pumpkin seeds with spicy cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and toasted avocado leaves (<a href="http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-drink/beyond-tacos/" target="_blank">description via The Grid</a>) <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $6 to $13

  • Bistrot 92

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.bistrot92.com/" target="_blank">Bistrot 92</a> <b>Where</b>: 1885 Eglinton Ave. W. (Eglinton and Dufferin) <b>Flavours</b>: Continental, with a serious French influence <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.bistrot92.com/dinner.html" target="_blank">Duck confit with cranberry sauce</a> <b>Price range</b>: Depending on which meal you're there for (they offer brunch, lunch and dinner), a visit will cost you anywhere from $15 to $50

  • Carbon Bar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://thecarbonbar.ca/" target="_blank">Carbon Bar</a> <b>Where</b>: 99 Queen St. E. (Queen and Church) <b>Flavours</b>: Barbecue in various forms <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://thecarbonbar.ca/menus" target="_blank">The Pit Master Platter, including ribs, beef brisket, jalapeño sausage, pulled pork, turkey</a> <b>Price range</b>: Plates range from $7 to $29, with cocktails from $14 to $16

  • Drake One Fifty

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.drakeonefifty.ca/" target="_blank">Drake One Fifty</a> <b>Where</b>: 150 York St. (University and Adelaide) <b>Flavours</b>: Gastropub to the next level <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.drakeonefifty.ca/dining/menus/dinner/" target="_blank">Liver and onions — milk-brined calves liver, seared foie gras, pickled pearl onions, roasted cipollini and chanterelles</a> <b>Price range</b>: Appetizers start at $9; mains go up to $26 (apart from the $50 seafood platter)

  • Estrella Taqueria

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://estrellataqueria.ca/" target="_blank">Estrella Taqueria</a> <b>Where</b>: 4899 Yonge St. (Yonge and Sheppard) <b>Flavours</b>: Mexican, with an emphasis on tacos <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://estrellataqueria.ca/food/" target="_blank">Acapulco Ceviche Taco — B.C. snapper and shrimp ceviche, crispy beets, Boston lettuce and avocado</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes range from $3 to $22

  • Fonda Lola

    <b>What</b>: <a href="https://twitter.com/FondaLola" target="_blank">Fonda Lola</a> <b>Where</b>: 942 Queen St. W. (Queen and Ossington) <b>Flavours</b>: Healthy Mexican <b>For example</b>: Ontario trout marinated in aguachile, a blend of lime juice, macerated jalapeños and cilantro (<a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish/openings/2013/11/27/fonda-lola-toronto-restaurants/" target="_blank">description via Toronto Life</a>) <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $14

  • Gilead Wine Bar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/index.php/restaurants/gilead/" target="_blank">Gilead Wine Bar</a> <b>Where</b>: 4 Gilead Place (King and Parliament) <b>Flavours</b>: Local, seasonal ingredients <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/index.php/happenings/2013/12/02/gilead-wine-bar/" target="_blank">Braised and crispy pork with cider poached apples</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $18 (approximately — menu changes often)

  • Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://greenwoodsmokehouse.com/" target="_blank">Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ</a> <b>Where</b>: 673 Danforth Ave. (Danforth and Pape) <b>Flavours</b>: Barbecue <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://greenwoodsmokehouse.com/menu/" target="_blank">Southern Carolina pulled pork sandwich with a sweet and tangy mustard sauce and topped with Carolina Slaw</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $10

  • Harvest Kitchen

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://harvestkitchen.ca/" target="_blank">Harvest Kitchen</a> <b>Where</b>: 124 Harbord St. (Harbord and Spadina) <b>Flavours</b>: Casual food for veggies and meat eaters alike <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/5202b40ae4b03a4dabcda535/t/52e1900ce4b0db6138657e75/1390514188515/HK_Dinner%20Menu_Food_Jan%2023.pdf" target="_blank">Mushroom Nut Shepherd's Pie: wild mushrooms, carrots, onions, lentils, barley, walnuts, fresh herbs, mashed potatoes, side shoots, roots and sprouts</a> <b>Price range</b>: Depending on the meal, $4.95 to $19.95 per dish

  • Jackson's Burger

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.jacksonsburger.com/" target="_blank">Jackson's Burger</a> <b>Where</b>: 374 Yonge St. (Yonge and Gerrard) <b>Flavours</b>: Burgers (including a veggie option) <b>For example</b>: Lamb burgers <b>Price range</b>: From $4.99 to $7.99 (plus toppings)

  • Kwan

    <b>What</b>: Kwan <b>Where</b>: 1496 Yonge St. (Yonge and St. Clair) <b>Flavours</b>: Dim sum <b>For example</b>: Steamed glutinous rice with chicken meat and shiitake mushrooms wrapped with lotus leaf <b>Price range</b>: From $3 to $16

  • La Cubana

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.lacubana.ca/" target="_blank">La Cubana</a> <b>Where</b>: 392 Roncesvalles Ave. (Roncesvalles and Dundas St. W.) <b>Flavours</b>: Cuban classics <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.lacubana.ca/" target="_blank">Traditional medianoche with pork, ham and gruyere</a> <b>Price range</b>: From $5 to $15 per dish

  • Pukka

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.pukka.ca/" target="_blank">Pukka</a> <b>Where</b>: 778 St. Clair Ave. W. (St. Clair and Christie) <b>Flavours</b>: Indian <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.pukka.ca/menus" target="_blank">Boatman's fish curry with tomato, coconut and mustard seeds</a> <b>Price range</b>: From $6.90 to $25.30

  • Rakia Bar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.rakiabar.com/rakia-bar-toronto/home.84.html" target="_blank">Rakia Bar</a> <b>Where</b>: 690 Euclid Ave. (Bloor and Bathurst; second outpost) <b>Flavours</b>: Serbian <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.rakiabar.com/rakia-bar-toronto/kitchen.41.html" target="_blank">Cabbage roll with smoked pork rib, truffled mash potatoes and house-made sauerkraut</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $6 to $18

  • Ramen Isshin

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.ramenisshin.com/" target="_blank">Ramen Isshin</a> <b>Where</b>: 421 College St. (College and Bathurst) <b>Flavours</b>: Ramen <b>For example</b>: Tonkotsu shio “sesame” ramen <b>Price range</b>: From $3.80 to $10.25

  • Rhum Corner

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://rhumcorner.com/" target="_blank">Rhum Corner</a> <b>Where</b>: 926 Dundas St. W. (Dundas and Ossington) <b>Flavours</b>: Haitian food <b>For example</b>: Red snapper with shrimp, accompanied by rice, tostones and pickles <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $4 to $12

  • Rose City Kitchen

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.rosecitykitchen.com/" target="_blank">Rose City Kitchen</a> <b>Where</b>: 406 Queen St. W. (Queen and Spadina) <b>Flavours</b>: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern <b>For example</b>: Shawarma

  • Sandoozles Smokehouse And Pub

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://sandoozles.ca/" target="_blank">Sandoozles Smokehouse and Pub</a> <b>Where</b>: 709 Mount Pleasant Rd. (Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton) <b>Flavours</b>: Pub food "with a charcuterie-style twist" <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://sandoozles.ca/menu.html" target="_blank">Apple smoked BBQ chicken, brined for 24 hours and smoked with apple wood</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes range from $5 to $18

  • Sip Wine Bar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.sipwinebar.ca/" target="_blank">Sip Wine Bar</a> <b>Where</b>: 2 Broadway Ave. (Yonge and Eglinton) <b>Flavours</b>: Pizza <b>For example</b>: Pizza SIP, a half-calzone, half-pizza with fior de latte, mushrooms, olives, and basil, as well as ricotta and prosciutto cotto (<a href="http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sip-wine-bar-toronto" target="_blank">description via BlogTO</a>) <b>Price range</b>: $13.99 to $26.99

  • Small Town Food Co.

    <b>What</b>: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/smalltownfoodco" target="_blank">Small Town Food Co.</a> <b>Where</b>: 1263 Queen St. W. (Queen and Dufferin) <b>Flavours</b>: Elevated pub and comfort food <b>For example</b>: Confit Daffy Duck, with creamy polenta, kale, spiced roasted beets and smoked plum <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from approximately $5 to $21

  • Soos Resto/Bar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.soostoronto.com/" target="_blank">Soos Resto/Bar</a> <b>Where</b>: 94 Ossington Ave. (Ossington and Queen) <b>Flavours</b>: Malaysian <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.soostoronto.com/food/" target="_blank">Reconstructed nasi lemak, with crispy coconut rice, sambal ikan bilis, cucumber, fried quail egg</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $6 to $22

  • The Beech Tree

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://thebeechtreepub.blogspot.ca/" target="_blank">The Beech Tree</a> <b>Where</b>: 924 Kingston Rd. (Kingston Rd. and Victoria Park) <b>Flavours</b>: Pub food <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://thebeechtreepub.blogspot.ca/p/menu.html" target="_blank">Char-grilled burger and English chips with thyme aioli, aged cheddar, pickled onions, etc.</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $21

  • The Roncy Public

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.theroncypublic.com/" target="_blank">The Roncy Public</a> <b>Where</b>: 390 Roncesvalles Ave. (Roncesvalles and Dundas St. W.) <b>Flavours</b>: Grilled and pub <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.theroncypublic.com/food.php" target="_blank">Buttermilk fried chicken paired with red velvet waffles, chutney, and spiced maple syrup</a> <b>Price range</b>: From $10 to $25 for meal dishes

  • Union Social Eatery

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.unionsocial.ca/" target="_blank">Union Social Eatery</a> <b>Where</b>: 21 St. Clair Ave. W. (Yonge and St. Clair - second outpost) <b>Flavours</b>: Casual dining <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://www.unionsocial.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Union_Social_Food.pdf" target="_blank">Ace High Club, with smoked turkey, smoked bacon, Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, herbed mayo on Ace Bakery cranberry focaccia</a> <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $24

  • Zakkushi

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://zakkushi.com/" target="_blank">Zakkushi</a> <b>Where</b>: 193 Carlton St. (Carlton and Sherbourne) <b>Flavours</b>: Japanese izakaya <b>For example</b>: <a href="http://zakkushi.com/menu.html" target="_blank">Chicken thigh with fresh wasabi and seaweed</a> <b>Price range</b>: From $1.60 to $19.80

  • The Chase

    <strong>What: </strong><a href="http://www.thechasetoronto.com/thechase" target="_blank">The Chase</a> <strong>Where: </strong>10 Temperance Street <strong>Flavours:</strong> Seafood <strong>For example:</strong> Arctic char pan-roasted with baby kale and Jerusalem artichokes. ($30) <strong>Price range: </strong> Most mains hover at around the $40 range.<BR><BR> The Chase was named the best new restaurant in Toronto by Toronto Life. They also have a second restaurant specializing in fish and oysters.

  • Bar Isabel

    <strong>What:</strong> <a href="http://barisabel.com/" target="_blank">Bar Isabel</a> <strong>Where:</strong> 797 College St. <strong>Flavours:</strong> Spanish-influenced <strong>For example:</strong> Chorizo Verde w/ Marinated Escarole ($12), Spicy Side Striped Shrimp in the Shell, Pickled Button Mushrooms ($28) and wash it down with one of their cocktails like the Toronto, which contains rye, Fernet Branca, demerara sugar, bitters and orange zest ($14). <strong>Price range:</strong> Dishes from $8 to $59<BR><BR> Grant Van Gameren's much-lauded Bar Isabel was #2 in Toronto Life's Best New Restaurants of 2014.

  • THR & Co.

    <strong>What:</strong> <a href="http://thrandco.com/" target="_blank">THR & Co.</a> <strong>Where: </strong>97 Harbord St. <strong>For example:</strong> Dandelion and ricotta pizza topped with farm egg, hen of the woods mushrooms and smoked salt ($14), follow it up with their braised beef cheek ($23). Price range: Mains from $12-$31<BR><BR> The sister restaurant of the Harbord Room was #3 in Toronto Life's Best New Restaurants List.

  • NEXT: Check out HuffPost Canada's editors' top picks for restaurants in Toronto from 2013:

  • Electric Mud - Medium Priced

    "Up until recently, Toronto suffered from a serious lack of legit BBQ. Electric Mud, brainchild of the creators of Grand Electric, is helping change that, with a slate of sit-down, take-out and delivery options that is bringing the heat of the South to the Great White North." - News editor Michael Bolen <a href="http://www.electricmudbbq.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Momfuku Noodle Bar - Medium Priced

    "Eat the pork belly buns that changed the food world forever and get full and drunk for less than $40." - News editor Michael Bolen <a href="http://momofuku.com/toronto/noodle-bar-to/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Sushi Kaji - Very Expensive

    This tasting menu only restaurant is "arguably the best sushi joint in Toronto," says acting Living editor Claire Sibonney."It's worth the splurge for the all-out tasting menu ($150) that will have you begging for mercy by your last few courses. The restaurant is located in an Etobicoke strip mall, a reminder you're paying for the super fresh and creative food, not the flashy decor." <a href="http://www.sushikaji.com/top.html" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Grand Electric - Medium Priced

    In the word's of HuffPost Music editor Joshua Ostroff: "The greatest taco joint of all time ever." <a href="http://www.grandelectricbar.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Pizzeria Libretto - Medium To Low Priced (Prix Fix Is A Steal)

    HuffPost Style editor Chloe Tejada says Libretto is her favourite resto in Toronto because it has a "simple menu that doesn't change too often, thin crust pizza that has so much flavour and savoury goodness." Also, "their pudding is to die for." News editor Michael Bolen thinks Libretto has the closest imitation in the city of the blissful pie he experienced in Naples. <a href="http://pizzerialibretto.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Lahore Tikka House - Low Priced

    This cheap spot in Little India is the probably the best food you'll get on paper plates in the city. And it's worth going just for the nan bread, which is easily the best News Editor Michael Bolen has ever had in Toronto. Sneak into the hallway kitchen to see the daring cooks throw the dough onto the walls of the volcanic tandoor ovens. <a href="http://www.lahoretikkahouse.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Bar Isabel - Expensive

    This Spanish sensation has taken the Toronto food world by storm. And for good reason. News editor Michael Bolen says the octopus is the "single greatest thing" he's eaten all year in Toronto. <a href="http://barisabel.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Cafe Polonez - Medium Priced

    According to Business editor Daniel Tencer (Polish by birth), Cafe Polonez is "the best Polish restaurant in Canada, now that <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/mazurka-montr%C3%A9al-2" target="_blank">Mazurka</a> in Montreal is history." <a href="http://cafepolonez.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • King's Noodle House - Low Priced

    If News editor Michael Bolen could only eat one thing for the rest of his life it would probably be the BBQ pork from King's Noodle House. Just walk in and grab a pound from the takeout counter. Ridiculously cheap, ridiculously delicious. <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kings-noodle-restaurant-toronto" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Guu - Medium Priced

    Proof that Japanese is about way more than sushi, Guu has spread from Vancouver to multiple Toronto locations. Cheap, but delicious dishes and a rocking atmosphere explain why. Parentdish editor Kristy Woudstra says "every dish is better than the next and I sort of like people shouting at me in Japanese while I smile at them like a goof." <a href="http://guu-izakaya.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Bitondo - Very Low Priced

    Managing editor for News Jen MacMillan votes for this Toronto institution "mostly for the ambience of a 1980s pizza joint." Website (they don't have one, but there's always <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/bitondos-pizzeria-toronto" target="_blank">Yelp</a>.

  • Hopgood's Foodliner - Expensive

    "For a true taste of the East Coast, go with four people and try the whole menu of seafood (and donair) goodness." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://hopgoodsfoodliner.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Bairrada Churrasqueira - Medium To Low Priced

    "Lovely backyard patio, my dad is a huge fan of their suckling pig. Also, quite cheap considering how much food you get." - Entertainment editor Chris Jancelewicz <a href="http://www.bairrada.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Acadia - Expensive

    "Cajun-inspired art on a plate that looks too delicate to be filling, but it is." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://acadiarestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Tacos El Asador - Low Priced

    For Central American fare, it doesn't get much more authentic than Tacos El Asador. A fave of a number of HuffPost editors. Website (no website, but there is always <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/tacos-el-asador-toronto" target="_blank">Yelp</a>)

  • Richmond Station - Medium To Expensive

    HuffPost managing editor Kenny Yum doesn't eat out much, but he's a big fan of Richmond Station's rib-stuffed burger served with their "perfect fries." <a href="http://richmondstation.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Burger's Priest - Low Priced

    "Plus one million points for decadence," says HuffPost Business editor Daniel Tencer. Associate editor Emma Prestwich agrees this spot is "worth all the hype," but she prefers the vegetarian "Option," better-known as that "fried mushroom thing." <a href="http://www.theburgerspriest.com/secret-menu/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Barque - Medium Priced

    Entertainment editors Chris Jancelewicz thinks Barque is the " best BBQ in the city." Others may disagree, but it's certainly further evidence of a the good things happening with low and slow meats in Toronto. <a href="http://www.barque.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Buca - Expensive

    According to acting Living editor Claire Sibonney, Buca provides "artisanal and innovative Italian that never disappoints. They make every single thing on their menu from scratch, and work wonders with seasonal ingredients in unusual and delightful combinations. Oh, and the novelty of getting to cut your own thin-crust pizza with scissors provided at the table never wears off." <a href="http://www.buca.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • JaBistro - Expensive

    This one isn't exactly cheap, but the fish is exceptionally fresh, according to more than one HuffPost editor. If you're tired of standard sushi, this is a great place to expand your Japanese horizons. <a href="http://www.jabistro.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Hawker Bar - Medium To Low Priced

    Business reporter Sunny Freeman saw legendary Toronto chef Susur Lee and his sons dining at this casual (cardboard menus) Ossington hotspot serving up Singaporean street food, including some of the best Laksa in the city. <a href="http://hawkerbar.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>

  • Foxley - Medium To Expensive

    "Amazing food without the pretentious atmosphere or service. The menu is interesting because of the flavour pairings, not because the chef uses foam or serves microscopic portions.Time-tested and true." - Blogs editor Angelina Chapin. <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/foxley-bistro-and-bar-toronto" target="_blank">Website</a>

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