New on Queen East??? - Ruby Eats, Tavern, Olive & Olive
I noticed a handful of new foodie places that have recently opened or are about to open on my streetcar ride along Queen St East.
Anyone have any details/info on them?
Ruby Eats - Queen E/Broadview area
Olive and Olives (?) - Queen E/Degrassi area
Tavern (?) - Queen E/Caroline area
Any other news on new places opening soon?
- Le Canard Mort has just opened in the Barrio space.
- Goods & Provisions will open at 1124 Queen St. East according to the liquor licence.
- One more raw/vegan place further East, I thnk.
- That new cupcake/bakery place a few doors West of Ruby Eats
...and waiting to see what crops up in The Foodist Market space.
Two shots of Olive & Olives: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvhspKu The interior is really nice though. Wouldn't let me shoot, sadly. The canned anchovy olives are only so-so. Too soft for my taste. Wanted garlic-stuffed, but they didn't yet have 'em. Will go back and see at some point.
Le Matin by Jean-Pierre Challet (from Ici Bistro, The Fifth etc) located at 1560 Queen St East
Saw it listed on the leslieville farmers website saying the produce Bread and croissants but the Website is under construction so I dont know if it is up and running or what...
I went to Olive & Olives and was impressed. The service was very relaxed and attentive, samples freely given in form of small shots (I'm speaking of the olive oil and the balsamic). Tasting pure really gave us a sense of the product, we ended up switching what we had originally picked as a result of being able to taste a variety. True we ended up with more expensive oil and balsamic but we make a snack of it with fresh bread and some dukha we also bought there. Very happy snacks, puts the savour in savoury.
The oil is from family estate harvested in Spain tastes sweet upfront, grassy and a little bitterness after. Called Cortija de Suerte Alta ($29.95)
Olive & Olives is an offshoot of a Montreal store of the same name that's been around for a few years. Their focus is on showcasing high-end olive oils, primarily Spanish (in my opinion, the most flavourful region for olive oil). I've been into the Toronto location once and chatted with the owner, Mia, who seems very nice and determined to make the place as big a success here as it is in Montreal. They have a cooking space in the back where they're planning to hold product tastings and food demonstrations from time to time.
Noticed this new place tonight too. I just found their website and it's owed by Chef Lynn Crawford and Sherie Stinson who both star in Restaurant MakeOver. http://www.rubyeats.com/blog/
Also anticipating what will replace Food Market.. I enjoyed their products but found the owner to be lacking in a friendly attitude.
I've also noticed Tavern and was surprised that another drink/eats spot was opening so close to places like Leslie Jones, etc.
Loving Leslieville/Riverdale!! Such great 'hoods :)
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Ruby Eats opened yesterday. We dropped in today. Nice little shop - she has some produce, oils, salts, honeys and a few salads ready to go, burrata cheese, dry pasta....and some kitchen ware too.
Cherie and Chef Lynn were both working away. Chef did a pasta demo while we were there. She pulled someone from the audience to help her out. Kind of a nice touch.
Dropped by Ruby Eats this evening and found it to be a warm, welcoming space - not too sparse (my pet peeve with some food shops). The produce (select fruits and vegetables) was jewel-like and there was an interesting variety of goods. Kitchenware included some tools used regularly at the restaurant (so explained the helpful staff member). I want to go back and pick up a few of the tiny, perfect pale green apples and a Japanese mandoline!
Bonus: they're open until 8:30 p.m. during the week. I can go after work!
Ruby eats - excellent local, sustainable food store. Also, cooking demos are great. They take all produce from store itself, as if they were shopping, then bringing food home to cook. Clever idea!
Eadry Foods: Try their chipotle chicken sandwich - very tasty/fresh.
Goods and Provisions: Still waiting for my first visit, but I went by it yesterday and it was already packed - on 2nd day or opening...good sign!
Le Canard Mort - Very good, authentic, moderately priced french food. Been there a few times for dinner. They are no also open fo brunch sat. sun!
Have fun dining in the east my friends!
There is a cute little shop called Empire the Collection on the south side of Queen just east of Broadview which carries a wide variety of British products. Delightful for a quick browse!
"Empire the Collection is home to all things British including pillows, pottery and food."