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Hawthorne Food & Drink Mixes Local and Global Fare

Hawthorne Food & Drink features fresh ingredients in cosmopolitan dishes (photo: Craig Moy)

Hawthorne Food & Drink features fresh ingredients in cosmopolitan dishes (photo: Craig Moy)

The recipe for drawing crowds to a new Toronto restaurant has a few variations, but none are particularly complicated. The formula followed by Hawthorne Food & Drink? Open near a busy strip that’s nevertheless wanting for fresh eating options, then deliver distinctive fare highlighted by a novel feature offering. For chef Binh An Nguyen, that means a menu of fusion dishes like ponzu-glazed Berkshire pork belly ($19) and East African–spiced roast chicken ($19), plus a fresh-daily #foursquare meal ($16 for lunch, $22 at dinner), which presents a quartet of small plates meant to comprise a well-rounded meal—vegetables, carbs, a protein and dessert. All-natural house-made sodas add a little extra to the experience.  —Craig Moy

• Hawthorne Food & Drink, 60 Richmond St. E., 647-930-9517; facebook page
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