Fresh dish: Pig Out BBQ opens in the Annex

Plus, Kensington's Moo Frites offers 18 different dips for fresh Belgian fries


This week in burger news: Richmond Hill’s Fresh Burger now has a downtown location at 524 Church (at Maitland). The 4-ounce burgers come straight-up with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles and special sauce for those who want to keep it simple.

Popular PATH lunch option Kupfert & Kim expanded last month, with two more underground locations catering to those who eschew meat and wheat. K&K Food Stand in the Sun Life Tower (150 King West, at University) does burgers, tacos and breakfast, and the new Kupfert & Kim at Brookfield Place (181 Bay, at Wellington) serves up salads, juices and grain boxes.

Over in Kensington Market, where specialty food shops reign supreme (seriously, there’s a shop that just sells popcorn), a new Belgian fry place called Moo Frites (178 Baldwin, at Spadina) serves nothing but thick-cut fries that come in paper cones. The fun part is choosing from the 18 dips, like wasabi, gochujang and peanut sauce.

Pickering’s Pig Out BBQ has opened a second resto in the Annex (650 Spadina, at Harbord). Specialties include rib platters, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, as well as burgers and barbecue chicken with all the requisite sides.


High Park’s Maritime-ish Hopgood’s Foodliner (325 Roncesvalles, at Grenadier) will be doing lunch service from December 18 to 20, as well as brunch on December 21 for those who want to fuel up before last-minute treks to the mall. Reservations are accepted.

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