Now that everyone except Tim Hortons is cranking out tacos, could quesadillas be the next big culinary craze? That's an affirmative if you're Gabriela Ituarte and Ivan Wadgymar, the owners of the newly launched Maizal (133 Jefferson, at King West, 416-802-4155) in Liberty Village. The two first-time restaurateurs don't use store-bought tortillas, instead hand-grinding local CSA corn to produce a crumbly-textured tortilla that's almost twice as thick as usual and three times as tasty. The grilled spinach and cheese quesadillas ($5.50) are particularly delish.
And very messy. If you're doing takeout, make sure to get the garlicky refried beans and overly dressed iceberg salad that come with everything in a separate container; otherwise, you'll be eating lunch with a soup spoon.
Whole lotta beef
Although they won't be featuring a Led Zeppelin tribute band like they did last summer, they will be blasting the tunes when Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Café (4 Gilead, at King East, 647-288-0680, jamiekennedy.ca) hosts a Back Door Burger bash Saturday (July 14). The rockin' block party runs from 11:30 am to 2 pm, when 5 bucks'll get you a burger and a side of Humble Pie.
Deep in the downtown core, the sex-themed lounge Laide (138 Adelaide East, at Jarvis, 416-850-2726, laide.ca) will be showing its last vintage porno loop on Sunday (July 15), another victim of relentless condofication. And over in Leslieville, dim sum spot Sea Breeze (1342 Queen East, at Greenwood, 416-406-6060) is throwing in the towel after an almost 20-year run on September 16, since the building's been sold. We'll miss the crocodile dumplings. The shrimp tacos? Not so much.
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