When Delica Kitchen's Devin Connell came up with the concept for a low-key café that served only donuts and fried chicken, she never imagined anyone would want to eat the two together.
But that's exactly what's likely to happen at Paulette's (913 Queen East, at Logan, 647-748-1177, paulettesoriginal.com) when the Leslieville takeaway opens Monday (June 25). Who could resist piling the likes of salted peanut butter donuts with barely battered pieces of naturally raised deep-fried chicken?
"We're trying to push the envelope," says Connell. "We won't be doing a bacon donut, but we'll definitely be doing one with extra-crispy chicken skin!"
Last supper at Senior's
After a 51-year run, Senior's (1397 Yonge, at Pleasant, 416-924-8366) will be shuttered for good on Saturday (June 23). The beloved two-storey steak house is set to become yet another Hero Burger.
"We'll be closing just as we opened," says Mary Marlet, who's worked at her parents' resto her entire life. "Very quiet, no party or anything. Just a regular working day. And then that's it."
Don't feel bad for the Marlets: they still own the building.
To celebrate its 25th birthday, Sneaky Dee's (431 College, at Bathurst, 416-603-3090, sneaky-dees.com) offers its legendary King's Crown nachos for free on Monday (June 25). You just need to bring a non-perishable food item that can be donated to a local food bank. We recommend a large jar of peanut butter. This steal of a meal deal is in effect from 2 to 5 pm.
Reservations are now being accepted for the 10th annual Summerlicious, the food fest that this year runs July 6 to 22. And though prices have slowly slipped higher (dinner at either Colborne Lane or Canoe goes for $45 a pop), there are still bargains to be had, most notably the $15 three-course lunches at Banu, La Bruschetta and the Chef's House. See the full lineup at toronto.ca/special_events/summerlicious/2012.
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