We made it to May and while the promise of another month of meh might not be the shot the arm you’re looking for, hold out, your turn is coming. Between Cinco De Mayo, Mom’s Day, NHL/NBA Playoffs, May 2-4 weekend, there’s some buzz this month in Toronto and it’s not just the bees.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo *used* to be a pinnacle of Toronto appropriation, the first spring day of fun and too many tequilas has been replaced with yet-another-stay-at-home-order, but Quesada has crafted a very tasty way to still pay tribute to Mexico’s day of heritage and enjoy some authentic eats right at home. From homemade salsas to tricked out tofus, Quesada’s got a burrito for you, and another for 50% off until May 5th. Get all the juicy details on this promo from www.quesada.ca.


We’re of course excited to slurp mimosas and sit around the house this Sunday, so scope out our dedicated lunch-and-lounge eating guide to Mother’s Day here.

Openings are still happening, and we’re excited to visit Emmer, a new bakery opening soon in The Annex on Harbord. Handcrafted coffees and fresh baked goods will never go out of style, we’re excited to see this new space evolve.

Our friends at The Dep have had a brunch residency for the past six months, and now, with their own brick walls we can’t wait to drop by Fattoush in Cabbagetown for more. Look for Fattoush to open on Gerrard in early May.

Surreal Food Co is launching a bakery cafe concept at Bathurst and Eglinton this month. Look for Kosher finds to go with that grab and go hot drink- a boon for this pocket when this Metrolinx is finally finished.

County General

County General at Queen and Shaw has called it quits. The longstanding occupant of this wrap-around restaurant known for their stacked chicken sammies has closed after operating takeout only for the past 12 months.

It’s last call for Benihana. The teppanyaki chain is closing their Toronto location after decades at The Fairmont Royal York.

The jury is still out on what’s happening over at Loch & Quay. A few restaurant owners that rented space in the shared kitchen were shuttered last month, while owner Ryan points to other problems for the disolution. Marquee tenant Chen Chen’s Nashville Chicken disbanded months ago, but no word out if that was planned or part of this exodus.

Bylaw enforcement be damned, the bros at Brother’s Butcher Sh*ppe placed their stupidity on full display with their IG post berating police officers and bylaw peacekeepers for doing their-damn-job. So if you’re looking to survive COVID, maybe avoid going to this anti-mask establishment. Apparently pregnant women who have been vaccinated are also toxic so avoid this dumpster fire of vaccine shedding lunatics at all costs.

All photos by Libby Roach.