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We spent the day walking and shopping all over the city of Toronto, from the downtown core all the way through to Parkdale. With tired feet and hungry stomachs, we walked just a couple blocks more to wait in line at Grand Electric. Arriving only two minutes before opening at 6 pm, a huge line had already amassed outside its wooden doors. A good thirty to forty people had gathered in anticipation of being among the first to be seated that Saturday night. We were hopeful but dubious as to whether or not we would get in on the first round.
Guu Sakabar is exactly what it should be. It’s loud, it’s busy, it’s crazy and it’s delicious. We showed up on a Saturday evening and waited about an hour and 15 mins for a table. This seems par for the course at any of the trendier restaurants in Toronto. The Sakabar is located on Bloor street close to Bathurst while the original Izakaya is located on Church street.
The Thompson Diner is the restaurant counterpart to the swanky Thompson hotel, located in the trendy King West Village district. Home to the offices of One Method, Cossette and other creative agencies, the area is teeming with artistic and eclectic shops, restaurants and clubs (I’m talking about Spin Galactic, the ping pong club founded by Susan Sarandon – how amazing is that?!). While some elements of the traditional diner remain – vinyl booths, servers dressed in gingham and unbeatable milkshakes – it is clear that they have revamped the concept with an eye for a more modern look suitable for the times.
Big Smoke Burger was formerly known as Craft Burger and has three locations throughout Toronto. We visited the location at 830 Yonge Street just North of Bloor. The service was extremely fast and it had a pleasant lunchtime vibe to it. I ordered the Fresh Ontario Lamb Burger with cilantro-feta spread, tomato and lettuce and an Arnold Palmer mix of Arizona Iced Tea and Lemonade. This is the first time I’ve seen this drink available outside the U.S. and it tastes pretty much how you would expect it to. The Lamb Burger was simple, light on the dressing but delicious. The lamb flavor came through strong and went well with the feta cilantro spread. Beer drinkers note: They don’t serve any alcohol (hence the iced tea).
The Gabardine is tucked away in the heart of the 9 to 5 Bay Street jungle, underneath a construction awning canopy and next to a 7-11. Once inside, time all at once slows down and you will be standing in a gastropub minus the pretension. Alison Mackenna, one of the founding staff (along with Katherine Rodrigues and Chef Rodney Bowers), welcomed me in and kept friendly company all evening.