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Exchange District

Hot Dining: Now Open

Smoke's Poutinerie in the Exchange District is now open for business.

From curried chicken to peppercorn gravy and steak, the creative toppings piled high on poutine at new eatery Smoke’s Poutinerie have created a frenzy in the Exchange District. The latest location of the popular Toronto franchise offers the iconic Quebec dish of fries, gravy and melted cheese curds with custom combinations. A favourite is shredded smoked Montreal meat, tangy mustard and dill pickle that pairs perfectly with sweet black cherry cola. 131 Albert St, 253-2873, Map 1: O-4.

Hot Dining: Now Open: Italian Eats

Both contemporary New York-style and classic Italian eateries are making their mark in the city’s dining scene. At La Trattoria in St. Boniface, Italy-trained Chef/owner Chris Tascona delivers traditionally prepared favourites, like fall-off-the-bone grilled lamb chops marinated in fragrant garlic and mint. 271 Provencher Blvd, 233-5318.  Across the river in the Exchange, Chef Darryl Crumb (pictured) of Brooklynn’s Bistro uses a wood-fired oven to create pillowy soft pizzas served in an architecturally stunning room decorated with sleek modern accents. 177 Lombard Ave, 415-4112.

Hot Dining: Now Open: Sensi Wine Lounge

Located on the second floor above Tre Visi in the Exchange District, Sensi Wine Lounge is a new venture opened by the owners of the popular Italian eatery. The super sleek lounge offers $5 piattini dishes designed for sharing. Order a few plates for a sumptuous culinary tour of Italy. A must is prosciutto with minted melon for a complementary combination of sweet and savoury flavours. 173 McDermot, 975-0160.