Just in time for the holidays, Thomas Lavers Cannery & Delicatessen (193 Baldwin, at Augusta, twitter.com/ThomasLaversCD) opened in the Market last Saturday. The gourmet food shop was packed from the get-go with festive foodies stocking up on beet 'n' blue cheese ravioli and vegan Reuben sandwiches. Around the corner, the similar Hogtown Charcuterie (61 Kensington, at St. Andrew, 647-330-6611, hogtowncharcuterie.com) also launched and almost immediately sold out except for a few loaves of Petit Thuet bread. First to go: waffles topped with pulled pork, and corned beef tongue sliders.
It's a wrap!
In a not so surprising move, Jacob Wharton-Shukster and Jonathan Poon of Chantecler (1320 Queen West, at Brock, 416-628-3586 restaurantchantecler.ca) have killed their avant-garde à la carte lineup and replaced it with their insanely popular $21 Lettuce Sunday mondo Korean barbecue meal deal every night of the week. They will, however, offer a more adventurous tasting menu nightly for those who don't do DIY.
A couple of doors down, the lineup starts a little earlier at Grand Electric (1330 Queen West, at Elm Grove, 416-627-3459 grandelectricbar.com) now that the trendy taqueria features lunch Thursday through Sunday. Same menu, less crowded.
The last roundup
After a five-year run, Stampede Bison Grill (5 Brock, at Queen West, 416-534-4999) will be closing for good on Saturday (December 23), proof that not every beanery in Parkdale has a licence to print money.
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