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Tired of mainstream food establishments? You’ve come to the right place! From up-cycled wooden tables, deconstructed desserts and steampunk wall fixtures, we break down the three hottest hipster joints in Toronto.

TEQUILA BOOKWORM

The Upshtairs Event Venue

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What is it?

Amongst the city’s newest cider haunts is Tequila Bookworm–best known for its delicious sausages and equally delicious craft beers. This rustic restaurant is tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood. Graffiti covered walls, hardwood flooring, funky red accent moulding, and exposed brickwork come together to create a novel dining experience. The bar area, consisting of a front and back room, has been dubbed the “Upshtairs” and offers an intimate venue with an understated appeal. It can accommodate up to 80 people and is ideal for any event. The bar is stockpiled with the most innovative Ontario craft beer. An extension of the Upshtairs is a gorgeous patio that is often rented out during the summer.

What can I get there?

Ontario Craft beer, cider, wine and a whole load of mouthwatering eats! The rotating menu has sharing plates and snacks with something for everyone. Offering locally-sourced salads, seasonal staples, burgers, avocado toast, Korean short ribs, chicken nuggets, and hummus, this hipster hangout offers a broad blend of all your favorite cuisines.

Tequila Bookworm prides itself on providing its patrons with delicious Ontario produced craft beer – right from the province’s backyard. It does not stock international fare. The beer on tap is a rotating selection courtesy of up and coming breweries brewing smaller batches. It changes daily. The bar also has farmhouse ales and sours. Just like the beer, the wine is exclusively sourced from local wineries. It keeps its cocktail selection fairly simple with six cocktails on tap – mostly classical flavours with some originals peppered in.

This menu sure knows how to tease those taste buds! Check it out here.

Where is it?

Location: 512 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3

Website: https://www.tequilabookworm.ca/

Do I need to make reservations?

Yes. Click here to make a reservation.

THE ALLEY

The Alley offers high-end artisanal teas, milkshakes, fruit juices and slushes

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What is it?

The Alley is a popular bubble tea chain with a dining room that feels more like a living room. The exposed brick interior, soft diffused lighting, deer-themed decor, and isolated greenery afford a lived-in ambiance – perfect for grabbing a quiet moment to yourself or catching up on homework. Over the past few years, Taiwanese bubble tea franchises have grown rapidly in the GTA. The Alley is the dark horse amongst this bunch. It sets itself apart through its attention to detail and high standards of quality. The zinger? The tea-ristas are warmer than the tea, and are more than willing to whip up a unique concoction, made to order.

What can I get there?

This little café is every tea fanatics dream destination. It offers high-end artisanal teas, milkshakes, fruit juices and slushes. Its original brewed teas put a spin on classic flavours and even come with zany labels; Dark Knight, Iron Goddess, In Love with Lemonway, to name just a few. The Alley makes its sugar cane syrup in-house. It takes pride in its signature tapioca (or Deerioca as it’s known in these parts), made from fresh dough, kneaded and rolled into delicious bite-size balls.

Feast your eyes on the full menu here.

Where is it?

TORONTO

Location: 5 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON M4Y 0B6

Location: 3260 Midland Ave Unit F107, Scarborough, ON M1V 0C5

THORNHILL

Location: 505 Hwy 7 #16, Thornhill, ON L3T 7T1

MARKHAM

Location: 30 Gibson Dr Unit 118, Markham, ON L3R 8B5

UNIONVILLE

Location: 142 Main St Unionville, Unionville, ON L3R 2G5

Website: http://www.the-alley.ca/

Do I need to make reservations?

No.

GUSTO 101


Gusto’s brings authentic Italian flavours to life with its prolific menu

Source: https://jamiesarner.com/toronto-restaurant-reviews/gusto-101/

What is it?

A hearty meal is just around the corner at Gusto 101, located at 101 Portland St. The rustic Toronto hotspot takes a contemporary approach to traditional Italian fare. The space once housed a mechanic shop. Some of these remnants are filtered through to the present day eatery, and are evident in its industrial style restaurant and patio. As you enter its premises, you’ll find all types, young and old, enjoying the lovely cuisine. The second floor is a spacious patio geared for seasonal events. It uses a retractable roof in the winter that opens up during the summer.

Every inch of the restaurant tells a heartwarming tale. The mile-a-minute atmosphere, impeccable service and delicious food makes this a perfect destination for family and friends.

What can I get there?

Gusto’s brings authentic Italian flavours to life with its prolific menu. Southern Italian dishes highlight their quality ingredients. One such highly recommended dish is the arancini packed with mushroom risotto and topped with their secret tomato sauce. Another must-try are the tender cured meats that make for a gobsmacking affair. Of course, at Gusto, alcohol is never in short supply. Its in-house crafted cocktails use traditional flavours with innovative twists. Gusto’s staff is very well-informed to suggest the perfect wine from the extensive list to complement your meal. Their house wine on tap, “Vini Di Gusto”, comes highly recommended.

The menu? It’s right here!

Where is it?

Location: 101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

Website: http://www.gusto101.com/

Do I need to make reservations?

Gusto is a walk-in restaurant, however it does accept reservations for up to 8 people.

Make an online reservation here.

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