Restaurant Guide 2001

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Popular hot spots are turning these few blocks into the centre of T.O.’s universe. Outdoor Food & Drink**BAIRRADA Huge backyard garden with super Portuguese grills. 1000 College, 416-539-8329 $ L/D/Late

**BAR ITALIA A zoo on the weekend, this timeless spots attracts a glitzy crowd. 582 College, 416-535-3621 $$ L/D/Late *O* ***

**CAFE DIPLOMATICO Crowded College Street standard-bearer for la dolce vita. 594 College, 416-534-4637 $ L/D/Late *O*

**CAFE SOCIETA NOW Magazine’s best restaurant for 1998 goes al fresco. 796 College, 416-588-7490 $$$ D *O*

**EAT MY MARTINI Cal-Ital eats on the hottest stretch of College. 648 College, 416-516-2549 $$$ D/Late *O*

**EL BODEGON Peruvian tapas on the shady south side of College. 537 College, 416-944-8297 $$ L/D *O*

**ELLIPSIS Tres chic surroundings with contempo French cuisine streetside or out back. 503 College, 416-929-2892 $$ L/D *O*

**FRUITION Natural fruit elixirs and substantial sandwiches keep Fruition fulfilled. Tasty DJs Friday and Saturday nights. 492 College, 416-920-5428 $ L/D *O*

**IL GATTO NERO Traditional Italo coffeehouse and bar. 656 College, 416-531-0543 $ L/D *O*

**JOHN’S CLASSIC PIZZA Park it on the bench out front with a slice. 591 College, 416-537-2794 Cash Only. $ L/D/Late *O*

**JOYA Leafy backyard hideaway with first-rate grill. 577 College, 416-588-6458 $$ L/D/Late *O*

**KALENDAR KOFFEE HOUSE Darkly romantic rendezvous for lingering over drinks. 546 College, 416-923-4138 $$ L/D *O*

**LAKEVIEW LUNCH Curbside burgers in the heart of Little Portugal. 1132 Dundas West, 416-530-0871 $ L/D *O*

**LAVA College’s hippest patio grooves to pan-Asian eats. 507 College, 416-966-5282 $$ L/D/Late *O*

**MIDTOWN The blue-and-white awning marks the spot for pseudo-scenesters. 552 College, 416-920-4533 $$ ***

**MIDTOWN WEST The Midtown’s classier cousin. 558 College, 416-966-6952 $$ L/D/Late

**ROSA’S ORIGINAL PANINI Tiny secluded patio under a shade tree. 923 Dundas West, 416-603-7666 $ L/D

**SAVING GRACE Spectacular lunches and brunches on an undiscovered stretch of Dundas. 907 Dundas West, 416-899-9186 $ L Unlicensed

**SICILIAN ICE CREAM COMPANY Celebrating its 42nd summer serving Ital ices to the neighbourhood. 712 College, 416-531-7716 $ L/D/Late *O*

**SOTTOVOCE Wine bar attracts the fashion crowd and their followers. 595 College, 416-536-4564 $$ L/D/Late *O*

**SOUZ DAL Romantic candlelit hideaway evokes NYC’s Lower East Side. 636 College, 416-537-1883 $$

**TAVOLA CALDA A treasure: inexpensive Italian takeout — eggplant parmigiana! — with a slight Argentine accent. 671 College, 416-536-8328 $ L/D *O*

**TEMPO Fabulous sushi at ground zero of the College scene. Cool late-night DJs. 596 College, 416-351-2822 $$$ D/Late *O*

**TEMPTATION Friday-night house DJs in the lounge. 589 College, 416-538-5973 $$ *O*

**TOMMY’S BACKYARD Great Greek grub in the great outdoors. 771 Dundas West, 416-603-6161 $ L/D *O*

**TRATTORIA GIANCARLO Standard-setting cantina — a favourite of visiting movie stars like Sophia Loren. 41 Clinton, 416-533-9619 $$$ L/D *O*

**VENI VIDI VICI Fancy stuff just east of Grace. 650 College, 416-536-8550 $$$ L/D

**WILD INDIGO Like being invited to someone’s house party. Only better. 607 College, 416-536-8797 $$ *O* Clubs & Bars**BARCODE Funky streetfront terrace with live music indoors. 549 College, 416-928-9941 *O* ***

**BAR ITALIA Upstairs space hosts DJs Thursday and Friday, while funk and R&B groups take over Saturday. 582 College, 416-535-3621 $$ ***

**CIAO EDIE DJs mix it up nightly with everything from rare groove to underground house. 489 College, 416-927-7774

COBALT Cozy cocktail lounge with jazzy DJs and combos. 426 College, 416-923-4456

**COLLEGE STREET BAR Sunday R&B nights popular with regulars. Laid-back DJs Friday and Saturday. 574 College, 416-533-2417 $$

EL CONVENTO RICO Open nightly for latin dancing Thursday to Sunday with drag shows Fridays and Saturdays. 750 College, 416-588-7800

**LAVA Progressive, soulful beats Thursday to Tuesday. Mod Club every Wednesday. 507 College, 416-966-5282 *O*

THE MATADOR Yes, it’s legal! Country rockers play from 2 am till the sun comes up. 466 Dovercourt, 416-533-9311 Unlicensed

**ORBIT ROOM Non-stop Dad-rock at Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson’s retro bar. 580A College, 416-535-0613

SHALLOW GROOVE Subterranean sushi and mixologists Wednesday through Saturday in a space known to regulars as Shallow Grave. 559 College, 416-944-8998 ***

TED’S WRECKING YARD Rockin’ roots bar with full-tilt live shows. Yeehaw! 549 College, 416-928-5012

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