Archives

Ossington Village Restaurant News: August 2017

We’ve got your Ossington Village restaurant news for August 2017 – what’s going on in the local restaurant and cafés these days!

Visit the new 86ed86ed logo

Dundas West restaurant Moto Bar recently rebranded to 86ed.  Located at 1321 Dundas West, stop in nightly from Tuesday-Sunday for their ever changing menu. When something runs out, it’s replaced by the next fresh dish concocted by Chef Wesley Hains. Expect the menu to always include a pasta, charcuterie plate, meat, veg and more, and plan on a delicious cocktail and wine list to accompany it.


La Banane One of the Best New Canadian Restaurants

En Route magazine announced their long list for best new restaurants in Canada, and Ossington’s own La Banane is on the list.


Bar Sybanne Set to Open SoonBar Sybanne

Ossington is getting a Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant in the next few weeks. Bar Sybanne is thisclose to opening in the space formerly occupied by LAS.

 


The Dundas General Applying For a Liquor LicenseThe Dundas General

The Dundas General, a store and coffee shop at 1243 Dundas West which opened this spring, wants to start serving you alcohol and has a liquor license application pending.


Ideal Coffee Has an Upgraded PatioI Deal Patio Ossington

Stop in for a coffee at Ossington and Foxley’s I deal Coffee and enjoy it on their enhanced side patio. While Ideal’s patio has been a mainstay for years, they just upgraded it and it looks nice!


Have any other Ossington Village news? Share in the comments please!

2017 Ossfest Photos

Yesterday’s second annual Ossfest cycling race and street festival is over and we have lots of Ossfest photos.

The weather wasn’t perfect, but the grey sky and sometimes rain didn’t keep people away from Ossington.

Bike races started the day, and music, food, art, shopping, wrestling and more completed it.

What were your favorite happenings at Ossfest? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook. 

Here are our Ossfest photos.

Ossington Crit

The crit offered exciting races for different levels, including two kids age groups. There were some crashes, especially when the road got wet, and drew cycle racing fans from across the province.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Entertainment

The music stage at Ossington and Dundas drew crowds to a diverse line-up of acts, and the Superkicked pro wrestling show was a popular diversion for all ages! Kids had some fun too, painting pictures at Telegramme Prints, playing the scavenger hunt, and building lego with Habitat for Humanity.  Continue reading 2017 Ossfest Photos

Ossfest 2017 on July 22: More Details

Ossfest #2 is this Saturday, July 22nd. We’ve got a little more information on the schedule of events and what to expect at Ossfest 2017, brought to you by the Ossington BIA!

Ossington Crit

The Ossington CriteriumOssfest 2017 Oss Crit Map is a series of bicycle races on the lower part of Ossington beginning in the morning of July 22nd.

The loop is consistent with last year’s race, running on Ossington north of Argyle and turning east on Halton, south onto Givins and back to Ossington via Rebecca. The start and finish line is on Ossington just north of Argyle Street.

The kids race is a 400K run straight up Ossington from Rebecca.

Schedule is as follows:

  • 6am Registration opens
  • 7:30am Senior 4, Master 3/4 and Cadet Men
  • 8:35am Senior 3, Master 2 and Junior Men
  • 10:45am Free Kids Ride!
  • 11:35am Elite, Masters and Junior Women
  • 12:30pm Senior 1/2 and Master Men
  • 2:30pm Awards

Expect the streets that are part of the race to be blocked off – with no street parking – as of late night Friday. If you live on those streets, you’ll receive a notice in your mailbox, but if you don’t – here’s your notice!

Those looking to register in advance can do so here. Registration will be available on site minimum 30 minutes before each race.

 


Ossfest Live Music StageOssfest Music 2017

Continue reading Ossfest 2017 on July 22: More Details

Ossfest Returns To Ossington on July 22

Ossfest logo

Ossington will once again be shut down for a street festival on Saturday, July 22nd. The event, a huge success last year, will begin with bicycle races, feature patios throughout the day, and a music festival in the afternoon and night.

The Ossington Crit

The bicycle races that comprise the Ossington Criterium will kick off the day. Professional and amateur cyclists will take over the street in the morning, and, like last year, we’ll be watching the excitement!

The Ossington Music Festival

Bands have been announced for the Dundas West Creemore Stage, located at the north end of the festival strip. The fest features a free stage with live performances by local Toronto bands including Elise LeGrow, Ossington’s own The Reposadists, and Celebration Army. Bands are scheduled from 2-11pm.

The Ossfest Street Festival

All the local restaurants and bars – and you know how good our Ossington restaurants and bars are! – will be offering streetside eating and drinking. Patios out front, on the corner, everywhere! Don’t you remember last year?

In addition, our local shops will host street-side sales of clothing, home decor, and everything else you can find on Ossington.

We will update as more information is available. Save the date – July 22nd.

Ossington Village Summerlicious Deals

SUMMERLICIOUS LOGOSummerlicious is returning this July, and three Ossington Village restaurants are participating with prix fixe menus. Below is our overview of Ossington Village Summerlicious opportunities.

What is Summerlicious?

An annual event since SARS in 2003, Summerlicious is a Toronto-wide restaurant promotion. It now has hundreds of restaurants across the city offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for 3 weeks in July. The event launches July 7 and runs through July 23. Menus are 3 courses, usually include vegetarian options, and the prices range from $18, $23 to $28 for lunch and $28, $38 and $48 for dinner.

For popular restaurants, which probably includes those in Ossington Village, reservations are recommended.

Ossington Village Summerlicious: Which Restaurants Are Participating

Three local restaurants are offering Summerlicious menus this July, and all three were listed in Now’s Top 20 Picks for Summerlicious 2017: Hawker Bar, Hungry Amoo, and Ufficio.

Hawker Bar, 164 Ossington

The Asian street food snack bar is offering flavorful food at the low end of the cost spectrum for Summerlicious. The 3 course lunch is only $18 and the dinner is $28 and both include some of their top tasty dishes like Sweet Chili Soy Chicken Wings, Laksa and the Banana fritter for dessert. Summerlicious menu

Hungry Amoo, 74 Ossington

Haven’t tried Hungry Amoo’s menu yet? Well, Summerlicious may be the perfect reason. Hungry Amoo’s vibrant Middle Eastern cuisine will be offered at $28 for 3 courses at dinner. With dishes like Tamarind Beef Brisket and a Sour Cream Donut with banana and nutella, this is a good time to sample! The menu

Ufficio, 1214 Dundas West

Are you a fan of Italian food? Fresh fish? This pescatarian restaurant with Italian roots is serving a $38 tasting of some it’s most delicious plates for Summerlicious dinner, like Swordfish Crudo and Grilled Octopus. See the menu here.

All of these restaurants have ample vegetarian options and 3 or 4 choices for each course. Summerlicious may be your chance to try a new place – or revisit a favorite – this July.

Saucy Pierogi Closing After This Weekend

Dundas West Polish restaurant The Saucy Pierogi is closing after this weekend.  The “pierogarnia” opened less than 2 years ago at 1282 Dundas Street West, which is a large restaurant space for this neighborhood. Before opening the restaurant, The Saucy Pierogi was a pop-up at festivals around Toronto. The restaurant made the announcement on social media yesterday:

Saucy Pierogi Closing

You can still get a sampling of their Polish comfort food through the weekend before they close up for good.

Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

Summer is coming and with it some fun events and changes at local restaurants! Here’s a list of upcoming Ossington Village food and drink events for June 2017.

Smoke Signals Patio Sundays, Sundays 12-8pm

Smoke Signals patio

They’ve already begun! Every Sunday this summer, Smoke Signals BBQ is utilizing the patio across the street on Dundas West for weekly outdoor patio parties, with their signature barbecue eats and Ace Hill brews. This event is Sundays all summer from 12n-8p, but make a reservation, because it’s going to be popular! Continue reading Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

5th Annual Dundas West Fest is This Saturday, June 3

Dundas West FestThe 5th annual Dundas West Fest is back again for another Saturday of fun-filled events. The festival encompasses Dundas West for 1.5km west to Landsdowne, and features something for everyone, with most of the local businesses participating.

 

About Dundas West Fest

This is the 5th year of this street festival, and it has always been a big success! So many local businesses participate that it really feels community focused. Not just businesses, either, the community centres, retirement homes and churches also get involved. The event starts at 10am and runs until midnight. Expect crowds and some food and drink line-ups in the afternoon and evening, especially if the weather is good!

The festival includes music, comedy, dance, art, shopping, eating, drinking, and activities for kids. While we don’t have the whole schedule of events, here’s an overview.


Continue reading 5th Annual Dundas West Fest is This Saturday, June 3

Ossington Food Specials By Day

Ossington Village is full of restaurants and cafés serving delicious food every day of the week. Many of these eateries offer specials and you don’t want to miss some of these deals! We’ve got a roundup of the Ossington food (and drink) specials by day of the week.

Monday

Union Restaurant: 1/2 price bottles of wine

That’s right. Union Restaurant offers all their wine at 1/2 price every Monday night. They have a good wine list, too, so if that doesn’t get you out on a Monday, what will?


Tuesday

Salt Wine Bar: 1/2 price wine

The Portuguese restaurant and wine bar just announced this new weekly deal on social media. Another restaurant with a good wine list offering 1/2 price on all their bottles? Enjoy! Continue reading Ossington Food Specials By Day