The skinny: Opened just a couple of months ago in late November, Grand Electric has quickly gained a following for their Mexican fare and extensive alcohol list (including drafts, bottles, bourbon and wine). Then of course there’s the roots: two Ex-Black Hoofers, chef Colin Tooke and foh manager Ian McGrenaghan. Yep, this discrete restaurant isn’t going anywhere. ;D
The skinny: bannock is the newest addition to the Oliver&Bonacini line-up of restaurants. They’re all about Canadian comfort food (they’re right beside an HBC so go figure! haha). Yep, it’s a restaurant, but also a grab-and-go sort of café as well. Consistency and familiar ingredients are much looked forward to here! :D
Macarons, the sweet confection made famous by Marie Antoinette and the legendary Parisian bakery Ladurée. The delicate sandwiches of meringue and ganache (or buttercream) have since made their way here and been full embraced.
On the search for the perfect banana bread (here and here), I decided to retry a recipe that uses sour cream. I think this may be the one, although it’s not as dense as I would like it to be. In short, some tweaking still needs to be done, but this is a decent starting point. :D
Where? 53 Clinton st (streetcars from College or Bathurst station)
The skinny: From the Fuel House website, “Set in a converted Victorian home, we aim to provide tasty food, cold pints and delicious wines in a casual neighborhood pub atmosphere that pushes to transform your thoughts on what it means to enjoy a reasonably priced meal.”
Where?609 King Street West (streetcars from King/Bathurst/Spadina station)
The skinny: WVRST “sausage and beer hall.” This is what you’d envision when you think of a restaurant that’s laid back, bien conçu, with a great beer selection paired perfectly with sausages and fries. Of course, sausages taken to the next level that is ;D