BY MACRINA SMART
Some of the dapper duds at Gypsy Found Objects on St. Clair West (photo: Gypsy Found Objects)
It’s no secret that the Torontonians have something of a love-hate relationship with our public transportation commission, the TTC. Millions of us ride the TTC’s busses, subways and streetcars every day. We’re glad that the system exists; for years we’ve also been desperate to see its expansion. Thus the installation of dedicated streetcar lanes along St. Clair Avenue West continues to stick out as an example of transit’s challenges in Toronto. Started in June 2005, cost overruns and delays meant that the project took five years to complete, snarling traffic and limiting parking along the Midtown artery. In hindsight it’s unsurprising that numerous businesses closed their doors during this period.
The Bymark Burger is a favourite of Bay Street's power players (photo by Claudia Hung)
Last week we broke down our five favourite burger joints in Toronto. But of course they’re not the only spots for amazing grilled-meat patties. Lots of full-service restaurants—both casual and upscale—prepare excellent, mouthwatering specialty burgers with all sorts of elaborate ingredients. (more…)
A stretch of cozy restaurants and stylish boutiques runs through the upper portion of the moneyed Forest Hill neighbourhood. (more…)
The Stockyards' porchetta sandwich with rapini
The scent of wood smoke and the sight of meat falling off bone will have you salivating at these local barbecue joints.
1. The city’s newest smokehouse, Barque (299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700), presents a lighter, more refined take on favourites like baby back ribs ($18 for a half rack, $26 for full), without sacrificing authenticity—much of the menu comes courtesy of a huge smoker imported from Tennessee.
2. Pit master Phil Nyman has been a student of barbecue’s many styles—from Texas “wet” to the dry Memphis variety—for more than 20 years. His devotion shows in such dishes as beef brisket ($16.50) and pulled pork ($15) at Phil’s Original BBQ.
3. Apple and hickory are the smoking woods of choice at The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666), which offers South Carolina-style barbecue, plus other options like fried chicken ($14), burgers ($7 to $14) and a porchetta sandwich ($10).