February in Toronto can be cold and lonely. But it’s only 28 days (this year) so we suggest adopting a can-do attitude- just embrace the cold!
From Black History Month to Winterlicious and yes, Valentine’s Day, February has a lot going on in Toronto.
Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this month.
Who doesn’t love a little Après Ski, without skiing? This month at Distillery District firepits and marshmallow sticks will dot the historic space. Romantic interludes or friendly family time are both great reasons to get outdoors. Weather permitting, enjoy the Distillery each weekend afternoon until March 19th.
Between the massive landscape and the extensive options, Winterlicious Toronto can be a confusing list to navigate. We suggest tucking into some excellent eats, Cafe Boulud, Oretta or Biff’s Bistro for their Braised Beef Cheeks. Winterlicious wraps up on February 9th.
February 9th is National Pizza Day! To mark the occasion, Pizzeria Libretto is celebrating with BOGO Margherita pizzas all-day at any of their six locations, and through their app and delivery/takeout. Share your love of pizza and score a freebie, see you there on the 9th.
If you have a hankering for poutine and don’t want to leave the house, La Poutine Week is for you. From February 1-14th, diners can order some signature fries/gravy/cheese dishes, with some creative accoutrements. We’re tempted by the Korean BBQ sauce + steak. Find out what’s in your ‘hood- www.lapoutineweek.com
Here’s what’s NEW in Toronto this month.
Chef Eyal Shani, known for making the whole roasted cauliflower head a thing, is bringing eclectic Mediterranean food to Yorkville. Miznon is located on Bay Street. This brand-spanking new restaurant is boasting healthy street food dishes in a landscape befitting the neighbourhood. Stay tuned for more on this one!
Not only worth a trip for the best views of Toronto, but AP Restaurants is also Chef Antonio Park’s tribute to refined Japanese cuisine. It’s sensational. Especially if you love caviar. AP is now open in the Manulife Centre.
A hot spot in Thornhill, Ramona’s is coming to Leaside. The brunch spot is a family favourite, known for towering pancakes and eggs of all kinds. We look forward to tucking in at the 416 location!
Parquet is now open on Harbord Street. A restaurant opened by two lawyers doesn’t bring a ton of confidence but they’ve wisely paired with Chef Jeremy Dennis (Chantecler, Woodlot).
Isabelle’s on King West offers a departure from the usual club kids. Smart and sophisticated, we’re saving this one for our next girls night out.
Piano Piano on Colborne is now open. The jovial space is colourful and fun, which fits the theme of this unstuffy restaurant.
Mumbaikar is now open at Yonge and Lawrence. This is the second location for the Indian restaurant known for its Mumbai flair and eclectic and colourful cocktails.
Kinton Ramen is now open in Liberty Village. Toronto’s favourite ramen restaurant continues to expand, we’re excited to check out this newest location to the Kinton empire. Stay tuned for more.
It’s no oasis, but Mirage Mediterranean is now open on Bayview Avenue. The family-owned restaurant blends Iranian, Turkish and Lebanese cuisines.
CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO!
Aloette is a go, literally, at Yonge and Eglinton. Permit signs indicate it will be dubbed Aloette Go. Look for a spring opening for this new project.
A massive Earls is going in at Yorkdale. The casual eatery is being built out overlooking the 401 and parking lots. Look for this project to go well into ’23 as they break ground on a new era of mall dining.
Ruby Soho is getting a little sister. Liberty Soho is inching closer to the big unveil in Liberty Village. Known for chuggable cocktails and bar bites, this casual resto-bar has been a bright spot on King Street West since it opened in 2020.
Redpath Coffee and Redpath Restaurant are both coming to, wait for it, Redpath Avenue! The prime coffee location at this midtown hub means there’s so much potential for these projects. Stay tuned as we await this buzzy opening.
Maker Pizza on Bayview is opening, south of Eglinton. Housed in a new condo-build, look for this pizza joint to open in the coming months.
FEBRUARY CLOSING TIME
Originals Ale House has closed on Bayview in Leaside. The longtime pub leaves a greasy hole in our hearts, and a prime patio to redevelop!
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