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15 Toronto Businesses We're Checking Out Next Month

15 Toronto Businesses We're Checking Out Next Month

15 Toronto Businesses We're Checking Out Next Month

Unfortunately, this past year we have witnessed one too many small businesses close their doors. From long-standing institutions, mom-and-pop shops, chains and new ventures, the constant string of lockdowns has most definitely had its impact on Toronto's hospitality industry. Yet, on the flip side, we have seen several pop-ups, homegrown businesses, bodegas, takeout counters and restaurant openings still unfold throughout the past year and successfully so. Sometimes it's hard to choose what new Toronto business to support, so we have rounded up a list of 15 businesses, from restaurants, pop-ups and small homegrown ventures that we're making a point of checking out next month.

Azhar Kitchen and Bar

Azhar Kitchen and Bar

Hospitality group, Gusto 54 opened their newest restaurant, Azhar, earlier this year as a marketplace to pick up Middle Eastern pantry items, baked goods and breads. The restaurant has finally launched its takeout menu, where you'll find an Azhar tasting menu for two for $100 on Tock.

Reverie Deli

Reverie Deli

Plenty of home bakeries have been born out of COVID that it's hard to pinpoint the ones that stand out but Reverie Deli has certainly caught our attention. Truly inspired cakes are unlike any other creations available, like the Stripy Pistachio Pamplemoussier with grapefruit genoise sponge, orange blossom grapefruit curd, roasted pistachio mousseline cream, topped with pulp, zest, ground pistachio, safflower petals and Maldon salt.

Ba Noi

Ba Noi

There's been plenty of bakeries to open this past year that's its hard to account for them all but one worth noting is this new micro-bakery in Bloorcourt. Find cheese boules, sourdough bread and absolutely divine cookies.

Ernie's Icebox

Ernie's Icebox

This Toronto-based ice cream company is making some beautiful ice cream sandwiches just in time for the summer. Sandwiches can be ordered directly through their Instagram, at Tulip Variety and when ordering from Saints Island Pies. What sounds better than homemade vanilla brioche ice cream with raspberry jam sandwiched in between a peanut butter cookie. We're also digging the nostalgic rectangular shape.

Pigot's Burger Club

Pigot's Burger Club

Toronto's newest burger to arrive on the scene comes from famous Calgary chef Mike Pigot and is already selling out. The pop-up even has a secret burger on the menu that is a collaboration with Toronto's very own, The Heartbreak Chef.

141 Ossington Ave

Mamaliga Romanian Kitchen

Mamaliga Romanian Kitchen

This authentic Romanian pop-up is one of the more unique offerings the city has seen thus far (the space for smash burgers and fried chicken is closing) and if you have yet to try Romanian food, now is your chance! Behind Mamaliga is chef Haan Palcu-Chang, who is also the chef at Favorites Thai BBQ.

Rockwell Pasta

Rockwell Pasta

This small business catering to Toronto's west end is crafting hand-made pasta from the kitchen of Bar Vendetta. Chef Holger Schoorl has spent 30 years in the industry and his dedication and passion to producing the best possible product shows.

659 Lansdowne Ave

Ruru Baked

Ruru Baked

Easily the most anticipated ice cream storefront opening ahead of the season, this pop-up turned Bloordale Village store scoops small-batch, custard based ice cream in inspired flavours like Ontario apple pie and Viet coffee.

15 Toronto Businesses We're Checking Out Next Month

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15 Toronto Businesses We're Checking Out Next Month

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Unfortunately, this past year we have witnessed one too many small businesses close their doors. From long-standing institutions, mom-and-pop shops, chains and new ventures, the constant string of lockdowns has most definitely had its impact on Toronto's hospitality industry. Yet, on the flip side, we have seen several pop-ups, homegrown businesses, bodegas, takeout counters and restaurant openings still unfold throughout the past year and successfully so. Sometimes it's hard to choose what new Toronto business to support, so we have rounded up a list of 15 businesses, from restaurants, pop-ups and small homegrown ventures that we're making a point of checking out next month.

Azhar Kitchen and Bar

Azhar Kitchen and Bar

Hospitality group, Gusto 54 opened their newest restaurant, Azhar, earlier this year as a marketplace to pick up Middle Eastern pantry items, baked goods and breads. The restaurant has finally launched its takeout menu, where you'll find an Azhar tasting menu for two for $100 on Tock.

Reverie Deli

Reverie Deli

Plenty of home bakeries have been born out of COVID that it's hard to pinpoint the ones that stand out but Reverie Deli has certainly caught our attention. Truly inspired cakes are unlike any other creations available, like the Stripy Pistachio Pamplemoussier with grapefruit genoise sponge, orange blossom grapefruit curd, roasted pistachio mousseline cream, topped with pulp, zest, ground pistachio, safflower petals and Maldon salt.

Ba Noi

Ba Noi

There's been plenty of bakeries to open this past year that's its hard to account for them all but one worth noting is this new micro-bakery in Bloorcourt. Find cheese boules, sourdough bread and absolutely divine cookies.

Ernie's Icebox

Ernie's Icebox

This Toronto-based ice cream company is making some beautiful ice cream sandwiches just in time for the summer. Sandwiches can be ordered directly through their Instagram, at Tulip Variety and when ordering from Saints Island Pies. What sounds better than homemade vanilla brioche ice cream with raspberry jam sandwiched in between a peanut butter cookie. We're also digging the nostalgic rectangular shape.

Pigot's Burger Club

Pigot's Burger Club

Toronto's newest burger to arrive on the scene comes from famous Calgary chef Mike Pigot and is already selling out. The pop-up even has a secret burger on the menu that is a collaboration with Toronto's very own, The Heartbreak Chef.

141 Ossington Ave

Mamaliga Romanian Kitchen

Mamaliga Romanian Kitchen

This authentic Romanian pop-up is one of the more unique offerings the city has seen thus far (the space for smash burgers and fried chicken is closing) and if you have yet to try Romanian food, now is your chance! Behind Mamaliga is chef Haan Palcu-Chang, who is also the chef at Favorites Thai BBQ.

Rockwell Pasta

Rockwell Pasta

This small business catering to Toronto's west end is crafting hand-made pasta from the kitchen of Bar Vendetta. Chef Holger Schoorl has spent 30 years in the industry and his dedication and passion to producing the best possible product shows.