The already bustling resto stretch along St. Clair West just got busier. Parkdale fave Thai Springroll's newest outlet, Thai (630 St. Clair West, at Wychwood, 416-653-1838), brings bamboo 'n' fire to the nabe. Nab flyers out front with coupons for free pad thai, then go for the curried version.
Popular backyard patio El Palenque (653 St. Clair West, at Pinewood, 416-656-0725) has extended its Tex-Mex act down the street to a second set of digs in the former Miraflores (816 St. Clair West, at Atlas, 416-653-5593).
dufflet goes north
Uptown, pastry queen Dufflet Rosenberg and her amazing cakes rule at the appropriately named Dufflet on Yonge (2638 Yonge, at Craighurst, 416-484-9080).
couillard on a budget
He's back. After a year on hiatus, the incomparable Greg Couillard promises to launch a small downtown spot this fall featuring his oft-imitated fusion cuisine but at mid-range prices.
"I'm tired of that $300 dinner thing," says the newly svelte chef.