August is here, and so is phase 3! Whether you’re ready or not, restaurants and indoor spaces are beginning to open in our fair city and country. If you’re ready to romp around, make sure you wear your damn mask, wash your hands and tip heavy!

Aphrodite Cooks is holding their next family cooking class on Saturday August 8th where you’ll learn how to make paella on your BBQ. Looking to take a break from the culinary duties? Vanessa is also offering deluxe BBQ kits for you to heat and eat!

Leña, Babel, and all our other fave O&B operations are inching closer to opening. Stay tuned for more news on their staggered and safe openings, or scope out the sublime patio at Auberge du Pommier, a perfect terrace for phase 3 celebrations. With Canoe + Auberge Chefs tag-teaming for tasting menus and more, its been one plus during this bleak pandemic.

Eat Nabati is welcoming hungry vegans (and those that dabble) to their brand new Kensington Market eatery. Owner Israa Ali is bringing her Vegan Egyptian recipes to the masses with comfort food finds like Cairo Koftas and Shawarmas. Look for a feature on this beautiful space soon.

Clink glasses and challenge your mates to the Mionetto Prosecco Competition. The contest challenges your inner bartender to craft and produce a quick video creating your fave bubbly-based beverage. You can win up to $2500 for first place, take that CERB! Follow along #MionettoCocktail

Our main man Mark McEwan is celebrating lobster season by bringing the PEI experience to you, with complete maritime meals, including mussels, oysters, lobsters and turf friendly options. Order your kit here.

It’s always fun to get yelled at entering any KINKA in the city, but with CERB friendly drink prices ($9.99 pitchers of Sapporo!) and daily plates, we’re feeling right at home back with family – especially the tucked in patio just south of Yonge and Sheppard.

Love in the First Degree from Moniker, a Toronto based corporate retreat planning company is delivering a dose of mystery (via Zoom, naturally) with an online dinner themed murder mystery designed to thrill, with live actors and killer cocktails. Find out more about their chilling offerings here.

Egg Bird is now open on Bayview. The new concept from our pal Hemant Bhagwani is a bit of a departure from his usual repertoire. Egg topped burgers and milkshakes offer diner-style eats in the days of comfort food so high on demand.

Closing Time

Our Queen West darling for dinner dates and eclectic eats, Canis (lead photo) has closed, but their APRÈS Wine Bar still very much exists, thank goodness.

Brothers, the Yorkville based restaurant known for its small space but huge impact has also closed.

All photos by Libby Roach. Have a hot food tip? Hit us up- food@auburnlane.com