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Hot Dining: Women’s Kitchen

The area around Church and Bloor streets is a little more welcoming thanks to three recently arrived women—restaurateurs Therese DeGrace and Karen Balcom, and their cheerful boîte, Lola’s Commissary. Within a Victorian-era townhouse featuring huge windows, exposed brick and reclaimed wood fixtures, chef DeGrace combines international influences in both tapas dishes and homestyle entrees like baked orrechiete ($13) and braised short ribs ($21). The restaurant’s weekend brunch also earns praise for sumptuous cheesecake-stuffed French toast ($12) and numerous poached-egg options served with a side of Lola’s “sexy potatoes.”

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