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The Toronto Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, diners in Toronto have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Home Of The Brave

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589 King Street West
Toronto, Canada
From the owner of La Carnita, Andrew Richmond, comes this comfort food locale on trendy King West. After causing a stir with his tacos-and-art food truck before turning La Carnita into a fixed Mexican restaurant, Richmond’s chefs shift focus to reimagining old-school favourites like tater tots, bologna and American cheese. [Photo from Kiki's BFF]

2. The Drake One Fifty

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150 York Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
The highly-anticipated first outpost of The Drake Hotel brings its own brand of cool to the downtown core. After a long(er than expected) wait, Drake One Fifty has thus far lived up to its hype. Expect the usual creative approach to art and food.

3. Hudson Kitchen

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800 Dundas Street West, Toronto
ON, Canada
Excitement swirled around Hudson Kitchen during the Toronto International Film Festival last month and how they hosted Brad and Jen (but not at the same time)! The menu is contemporary with a Filipino influence from chef Robbie Hojilla, and they’ll start serving Sunday brunch in November.

4. Geraldine Restaurant

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1564 Queen Street West, Toronto
Ontario M6R 1A6, Canada
This charming Parkdale seafood restaurant has the atmosphere of a Prohibition-era French bistro, and focuses on fresh simple dishes meant to share. La pièce de resistance, of course, is the bar’s absinthe fountain. Because absinthe is the new bourbon. [Photo: Wheretoeatout.ca]

5. The Chase

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10 Temperance St, Toronto
On M5H 1Y5, Canada
The Financial District’s new fine dining restaurant, The Chase, brings contemporary Canadian cuisine to men in suits and ladies who lunch. It’s not surprising that its wine menu boasts 300 bottles when the chef, Michael Steh, is formerly of REDS. Downstairs you'll find The Chase Fish & Oyster, a more casual option.

6. Big Crow

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176 Dupont St., Toronto
Ontario M5R 2E6, Canada
(647) 748-3287
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Anthony Rose’s second of three (the third’s still to come) resto ventures started drawing a crowd even before an official introduction was made. Hidden down a nondescript alleyway behind Rose and Sons (venture number one) is a throwback to camp: wooden benches, s’mores and a whole lot of barbecue.

7. Beverley hotel

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335 Queen Street West, Toronto
Ontario M5V2A4, Canada
(416) 493-2786
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Though from first glance the Beverley is reminiscent of a boutique hotel in Manhattan, its rooftop patio is more South Beach. Chef Eric Wood, formerly of the Hawthorne, creates a menu that provides many reasons to eat, drink and stay. [Photo Credit]

8. Bero

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889 Queen St. E., Toronto
ON, Canada
(416) 477-3393
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Leslieville’s latest comes from Matt Kantor, of The Secret Pickle Supper Club. It’s a refined Spanish restaurant, with a boutique wine list and white linens. [Photo Credit]

9. Food & Liquor

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1610 Queen St West, Toronto
Ontario M6R 1A8, Canada
(647) 748-7113
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This summer, Food & Liquor took over from Poor John's Cafe in Parkdale, offering late night libations and snacks such as duck tongue, escargots and chicken hearts. Thanks to the recent moratorium on new bars in this neighbourhood, expect the buzz to move away from Brock Street and down to Sorauren.

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1. Home Of The Brave

589 King Street West, Toronto, Canada
From the owner of La Carnita, Andrew Richmond, comes this comfort food locale on trendy King West. After causing a stir with his tacos-and-art food truck before turning La Carnita into a fixed Mexican restaurant, Richmond’s chefs shift focus to reimagining old-school favourites like tater tots, bologna and American cheese. [Photo from Kiki's BFF]
589 King Street West
Toronto, Canada

2. The Drake One Fifty

150 York Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The highly-anticipated first outpost of The Drake Hotel brings its own brand of cool to the downtown core. After a long(er than expected) wait, Drake One Fifty has thus far lived up to its hype. Expect the usual creative approach to art and food.
150 York Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada

3. Hudson Kitchen

800 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
Excitement swirled around Hudson Kitchen during the Toronto International Film Festival last month and how they hosted Brad and Jen (but not at the same time)! The menu is contemporary with a Filipino influence from chef Robbie Hojilla, and they’ll start serving Sunday brunch in November.
800 Dundas Street West, Toronto
ON, Canada

4. Geraldine Restaurant

1564 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6R 1A6, Canada
This charming Parkdale seafood restaurant has the atmosphere of a Prohibition-era French bistro, and focuses on fresh simple dishes meant to share. La pièce de resistance, of course, is the bar’s absinthe fountain. Because absinthe is the new bourbon. [Photo: Wheretoeatout.ca]
1564 Queen Street West, Toronto
Ontario M6R 1A6, Canada

5. The Chase

10 Temperance St, Toronto, On M5H 1Y5, Canada
The Financial District’s new fine dining restaurant, The Chase, brings contemporary Canadian cuisine to men in suits and ladies who lunch. It’s not surprising that its wine menu boasts 300 bottles when the chef, Michael Steh, is formerly of REDS. Downstairs you'll find The Chase Fish & Oyster, a more casual option.
10 Temperance St, Toronto
On M5H 1Y5, Canada

6. Big Crow

176 Dupont St., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2E6, Canada
Anthony Rose’s second of three (the third’s still to come) resto ventures started drawing a crowd even before an official introduction was made. Hidden down a nondescript alleyway behind Rose and Sons (venture number one) is a throwback to camp: wooden benches, s’mores and a whole lot of barbecue.
176 Dupont St., Toronto
Ontario M5R 2E6, Canada

7. Beverley hotel

335 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V2A4, Canada
Though from first glance the Beverley is reminiscent of a boutique hotel in Manhattan, its rooftop patio is more South Beach. Chef Eric Wood, formerly of the Hawthorne, creates a menu that provides many reasons to eat, drink and stay. [Photo Credit]
335 Queen Street West, Toronto
Ontario M5V2A4, Canada

8. Bero

889 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada
Leslieville’s latest comes from Matt Kantor, of The Secret Pickle Supper Club. It’s a refined Spanish restaurant, with a boutique wine list and white linens. [Photo Credit]
889 Queen St. E., Toronto
ON, Canada

9. Food & Liquor

1610 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario M6R 1A8, Canada
This summer, Food & Liquor took over from Poor John's Cafe in Parkdale, offering late night libations and snacks such as duck tongue, escargots and chicken hearts. Thanks to the recent moratorium on new bars in this neighbourhood, expect the buzz to move away from Brock Street and down to Sorauren.
1610 Queen St West, Toronto
Ontario M6R 1A8, Canada