We're just about halfway through the year, which in the world of Toronto restaurants is basically a lifetime. While some big deal lists of top spots have already been published (thank you, Joanne Kates), the number of restaurants popping up means it's hard to keep up.

But that doesn't mean we can't try! Here at HuffPost Canada, we love keeping an eye on all that's new and delicious in the Toronto culinary scene, with an eye to finding great price points, unique offerings and, yes, a stellar patio or two.

Thus far this year, Torontonians are really getting into Middle Eastern flavours, with spots all over the city embracing lamb, pomegranate and other similar ingredients, though local fare and gastropubs remain popular as well.

Take a look at the top-rated and new Toronto restaurants right now, and let us know — did we miss any? Have you tried them out yourself?

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  • Byblos

    <a href="http://byblostoronto.com/#!" target="_blank">Byblos</a> <b>Where</b>: 11 Duncan St. (Queen and University) <b>Type of food</b>: Middle Eastern <b>Rave review</b>: "The Spanish octopus was wonderfully tender and the pomegranate salad which topped it gave it a nice little pop. As for the duck kibbeh, it might not be the prettiest dish to look at but it makes up for its appearance in flavour." <a href="http://wherejessate.com/2014/03/byblos/" target="_blank">—Where Jess Ate</a> <b>Price point</b>: Small plates from $5 to $16; large plates from $11 to $28 (and one $39 anomaly)

  • 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>Rave review</b>: "Yet The Beech Tree is an astonishing place, a neighbourhood gastropub with a seemingly limitless ability to delight eaters and drinkers." http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/05/15/beech_tree_brings_4star_dining_to_upper_beaches.html <b>Price range</b>: Dishes from $5 to $21

  • The Passenger

    <a href="http://www.thepassenger.co/" target="_blank">The Passenger</a> <b>Where</b>: 2698 Dundas St. W. (Junction) <b>Type of food</b>: Gastropub <b>Rave review</b>: "I really like the atmosphere here, and a great add to the neighbourhood. It's a little more classy than just a bar, and is trendy and friendly (that's what exposed wood does) that draws in a younger crowd (I mean like under 50)." <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-passenger-toronto" target="_blank">—Yelp</a> <b>Price point</b>: Passenger burger, $16; grilled polenta, $15; glazed Arctic char, $20

  • Cleo

    <a href="http://www.cleorestaurant.ca/" target="_blank">Cleo</a> <b>Where</b>: 3471 Yonge St. (North Toronto) <b>Type of food</b>: Middle Eastern fusion <b>Rave review</b>: "We all loved absolutely everything we tried at Cleo when went for dinner with our two teens. Service was perfect and the chef came out to say hello. In a spot that had one Italian resto after another, this middle eastern gem is very welcome change." —<a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1823653/restaurant/North-Toronto/Cleo-Restaurant-Toronto" target="_blank">Urbanspoon</a> <b>Price point</b>: Fava and soybean falafel, $8; hummus tasting of three, $16; "fourplay" of local lamb, $30

  • Buca

    <a href="http://www.buca.ca/" target="_blank">Buca</a> <b>Where</b>: 604 King St. West (King and Bathurst) <b>Type of food</b>: Italian <b>Rave review</b>: The number spot on Joanne Kates' list, while Bar Buca (another outpost) <a href="http://www.ruthreichl.com/2014/05/another-amazing-toronto-meal-in-toronto.html" target="_blank">earned cred from Ruth Reichl</a> <b>Price point</b>: Wide ranging — appetizers from $12; mains from $19

  • S.Lefkowitz

    <a href="http://www.slefkowitz.com/" target="_blank">S. Lefkowitz</a> <b>Where</b>: 913 Dundas St. West (Trinity Bellwoods) <b>Type of food</b>: Hummus <b>Rave review</b>: "Best: shareable hummus plates splashed with French olive oil infused with house-ground za’atar and topped with spicy minced beef, warm mixed olives or chopped-up hard-boiled egg, all with pitas sadly baked off-site." <a href="https://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=198004" target="_blank">—Now magazine</a> <b>Price point</b>: Dishes from $6 to $!2

  • Come And Get It

    <a href="http://www.comeandgetit.ca/" target="_blank">Come And Get It</a> <b>Where</b>: 676 Queen St. W. (Queen and Bathurst) <b>Type of food</b>: Sandwiches, salads and poutines <b>Rave review</b>: "Reopened at 676 queen street! And the food is still great, with lunch pretty much the same. The jerk chicken salad was so good." <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/come-and-get-it-toronto" target="_blank">—Yelp</a> <b>Price point</b>: Sandwiches, $8.75; poutine, $8.50; salads, $10.50; naan wraps, $8.75

  • Actinolite

    <a href="http://actinoliterestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Actinolite</a> <b>Where</b>: 971 Ossington Ave. <b>Type of food</b>: Foraged and hunted food <b>Rave review</b>: "The food is odd, inspiring, beautifully executed, even magical in places. It’s Canadian cooking as I’ve never tasted it." —The Globe and Mail <b>Price point</b>: Tasting menus either $55 or $85 per person

  • District Oven

    <a href="http://districtoven.com/" target="_blank">District Oven</a> <b>Where</b>: 842 College St. (Little Portugal) <b>Type of food</b>: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern <b>Rave review</b>: "But if you order only one main, go with the cauliflower steak ($17). Strictly vegetarian, it finds meaty baked cauli’ flowerets sauced with sumac-scented chili oil and plated over a rich risotto of Israeli couscous strewn with mushrooms, sultanas and Parmesan, a handful of toasted almonds to finish." <a href="http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=197062" target="_blank">—Now Toronto</a> <b>Price point</b>: Mains $15 to $23

  • D.W. Alexander

    <a href="http://www.dwalexander.com/" target="_blank">D.W. Alexander</a> <b>Where</b>: 19 Church St. (St. Lawrence Market) <b>Type of food</b>: Gastropub (and serious about cocktails) <b>Rave review</b>: "A small taste of the menu: buttery ocean trout over pumpernickel bread, fried shredded potato fritters, bacon infused popcorn and a smoky pulled bison sandwich." <a href="http://carolinesculinarydelights.com/2014/03/d-w-alexander/" target="_blank">—Caroline's Culinary Delights</a> <b>Price point</b>: Savoury snacks from $7 to $15

  • Farmer's Daughter

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/FARMERs-Daughter-eatery/735696276455050" target="_blank">Farmer's Daughter</a>; (416) 546-0626 <b>Where</b>: 1588 Dupont St. (Junction) <b>Type of food</b>: Local ingredients; seafood <b>Rave review</b>: "Menu boards hung on walls offer no clues as to what you'll get, and even out-loud descriptions can't brace my taste buds for some of the delightful surprises." <a href="http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/farmers-daughter-toronto" target="_blank">—BlogTO</a> <b>Price point</b>: Appetizers $9 to $12; mains $18 to $22

  • Fat Pasha

    <a href="http://www.fatpasha.com/" target="_blank">Fat Pasha</a> <b>Where</b>: 414 Dupont St. (Dupont and Bathurst) <b>Type of food</b>: Jewish <b>Rave review</b>: "Marinated in yogurt, harissa and mild Aleppo pepper, a chopped up ’n’ roasted Cornish hen garnished with charred slices of orange ($25) could be spectacular tandoori chicken by way of Tel Aviv." <a href="http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=198001" target="_blank">—Now Toronto</a> <b>Price point</b>: Fattoush (chopped Israeli salad with pita chips), $16; Flunken short ribs, $24

  • Barrio Coreano

    <a href="http://www.playacabana.ca/locations/5/barrio-coreano" target="_blank">Barrio Coreano</a> <b>Where</b>: 642 Bloor St. West (Annex) <b>Type of food</b>: Korean-Mexican fusion <b>Rave review</b>: "Friendly, informed service, an innovative East-meets-Southwest carte and a low-key Latin playlist transform first-timers into repeat customers." <a href="https://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=198004" target="_blank">—Now magazine</a> <b>Price point</b>: Dishes from $6 to $18

  • El Caballito

    <a href="http://www.elcaballito.ca/" target="_blank">El Caballito</a> <b>Where</b>: 220 King St. West (King and University) <b>Type of food</b>: Mexican <b>Rave review</b>: "Following the steak taco was the Tamarind Ceviche – jicama tacos, cod, mango and coriander, one of my favourites of the evening ... It was the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and the slight crunch from the thinly-sliced sheets of jicama provided a nice textual contrast." <a href="http://wherejessate.com/2014/02/el-caballito/" target="_blank">—Where Jess Ate</a> <b>Price point</b>: Dishes $3.25 to $11.50; family style platters $18 to $29 per person

  • 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>Rave review</b>: "Of the eight available variations, the one to get is the tan-tan — a bracing combination of chili oil, minced pork, slow-braised pork belly and a healthy garnish of nutty black sesame." <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish/new-reviews/2014/05/02/review-ramen-isshins-decor-isnt-great-house-broth-delivers-supremely-porky-flavour/" target="_blank">—Toronto Life</a> <b>Price range</b>: From $3.80 to $10.25

  • Grasshopper Restaurant

    <a href="http://www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca/" target="_blank">Grasshopper</a> <b>Where</b>: 310 College St. (College and Spadina) <b>Type of food</b>: Vegetarian <b>Rave review</b>: "The food is, of course, all vegetarian, and it’s mostly vegan, too. But many of the textures and flavours are geared towards those who can’t shake their craving for meat. Seitan — otherwise known as wheat gluten — is manipulated in different ways to mimic a variety of meats." <a href="http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Eat/March-2014/First-Look-Grasshopper-a-new-meat-free-restaurant-near-Kensington-Market/" target="_blank">—Post City</a> <b>Price point</b>: Appetizers $4.50 to $8; mains $7 to $9.50

  • Guygyuya

    <a href="http://www.gyugyuya.com/index.php?q=1" target="_blank">Guygyuya</a> <b>Where</b>: 177 Dundas St. W. (University and Dundas) <b>Type of food</b>: Japanese curry and beef rice <b>Rave review</b>: "Solid, cheap Japanese style curry. Gigantic portions ... The interior of the restaurant is very clean, but the colour makes you feel as though you're inside of an egg yolk :)" <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/gyugyuya-toronto" target="_blank">—Yelp</a> <b>Price point</b>: Bowls $9.99 to $12.99 (and one $20.99 anomaly)

  • Kennedy Public House

    <a href="http://thekennedy.com/" target="_blank">Kennedy Public House</a> <b>Where</b>: 2199 Bloor St. West (Bloor West Village) <b>Type of food</b>: Gastropub <b>Rave review</b>: "Kennedy's is a refreshing change for the neighbourhood, serving up dishes that are interesting and well worth paying for." <a href="http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/kennedy-public-house-toronto#" target="_blank">—BlogTO</a> <b>Price point</b>: Appetizers, $12 to $17; mains, $15 to $28

  • Luckee

    <a href="http://www.luckeerestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Luckee</a> <b>Where</b>: 328 Wellington St. West (Front and Spadina) <b>Type of food</b>: "Nouvelle Chinois" <b>Rave review</b>: Made it onto Joanne Kates' top 100 list after being open only a month <b>Price point</b>: Dishes from $10 to $22 (whole steamed sea bass for $28); dim sum from $6 to $9

  • People's Eatery

    <a href="http://peopleseatery.com/" target="_blank">People's Eatery</a> <b>Where</b>: 307 Spadina Ave. (downtown Chinatown) <b>Type of food</b>: Part Jewish, part Chinese, part Middle Eastern <b>Rave review</b>: "Standouts were the delicious dosa, chopped liver (foie) toast, and especially the kung pao tofu ... Misses aside, I have no doubt they'll find a groove and iterate to a menu with only winning dishes." <a href="http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977190" target="_blank">—Chowhound</a> <b>Price point</b>: Snacks from $4 to $9; oysters $15/$28; Peking duck $25/$40

  • Smoked And Cracked

    <a href="http://smokedandcracked.com/" target="_blank">Smoked & Cracked</a> <b>Where</b>: 516 Mount Pleasant Rd. (Davisville Village) <b>Type of food</b>: Seafood <b>Rave review</b>: "If you're in the mood for lobster but not looking for the price tag that usually comes along with it, hit up Smoked and Cracked cause they know how to make lobster right!" <a href="http://www.the-food-files.com/2014/02/smoked-and-cracked.html" target="_blank">—The Food Files</a> <b>Price point</b>: Dishes from $5.95 to $20

  • The Tavern By Trevor

    <a href="http://www.tavernbytrevor.com/" target="_blank">The Tavern By Trevor</a> <b>Where</b>: 147 Spadina Ave. (Adelaide and Spadina) <b>Type of food</b>: Gastropub <b>Rave review</b>: "Their strength is cocktails and they have a limited but pretty decent wine list. The food is awesome and it is very difficult to choose something as everything looks so good, which will justify further visits." <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-tavern-by-trevor-toronto" target="_blank">—Yelp</a> <b>Price point</b>: Dishes between $10 to $13

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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

  • 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 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.

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