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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.

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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.


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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

CONTACT Photography Festival In Ossington Village

The CONTACT Photography Festival officially launches April 28th and runs through the month of May throughout Toronto. While the theme this year is Canada’s 150, there are a lot of different subjects confronted in the works on display around Toronto. Here’s where you can enjoy the CONTACT Festival in and around Ossington Village.

 

 

Photographers Without Borders presents – Sumatra: Conservation is our Future

CONTACT Festival Ossington

Gita Defoe

Boehmer Restaurant, Reception:

Boehmer Restaurant is a beautiful space for exhibiting art, and for the duration of CONTACT, it will host the photographs of 4 females with the focus on the Sumatran rain forest. Photos of the animals and people living in that rapidly depleting environment are mean to raise awareness of the endangered animals in Sumatra. Stop by Boehmer at 93 Ossington to see the photos.

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Roywoods Jerk Chicken Moving Into 198 Ossington

We got some answers after our post yesterday about the mysterious signage at 198 Ossington. It turns out that Cityplace favorite Roywoods is expanding to Ossington.

Roywoods Toronto

The team behind Roywoods at Cityplace is bringing their Caribbean cooking to Ossington Avenue. The flagship spot is a quick take-out style joint. Their specialty dish, jerk chicken, ranks #3 on the list of best jerk chickens in the city. The menu also includes oxtail, BBQ chicken and catfish and pork. Sandwiches and plates are available. This is all based on the menu at the original location. We will have to wait and see precisely what dishes the kitchen brings to the Ossington location. We can expect some Caribbean cuisine at 198 Ossington. This is a cuisine that doesn’t currently exist in the neighborhood, so it’s a welcome addition.

Roywoods Jerk Chicken

Roywoods Sandwich, courtesy roywoods.ca

Here’s a photo of the Roywoods jerk chicken from Cityplace.

We’ll keep you posted when it’s available on Ossington, because when it opens, we’ll be there!

What’s Going On at 198 Ossington?

A Restaurant Called Roy Woods May Be Coming to 198 Ossington

198 Ossington is covered with posters promoting a new restaurant which may be opening soon called Roy Woods.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington is a commercial space on the west side of Ossington, a block and a half south of Dundas. Last occupied by The Ossington Dispensary, which opened in April 2016, the previous long-term tenant of 198 Ossington was Portugal Drapery and Textiles.  Since the dispensary’s closure in December of last year, the space north of Telegramme Prints has been empty.

A quick peek into the space today shows there’s some furniture inside but it doesn’t look like there’s any activity, certainly no renovations. And renovations would be needed to convert the retailer into a restaurant.

Signage up at 198 Ossington

The exterior of 198 Ossington is papered with signs proclaiming a new restaurant opening soon.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington exterior

198 Ossington Roy Woods

Close-up of the sign on 198 Ossington

Roy Woods Resto and Bake

We have no idea what Roy Woods Resto and Bake is! Is this a fun hoax referring to the previous tenant with the use of the word “bake”? Elaborate graffiti art? Or maybe a new restaurant coming to Ossington?

Online searches are no help. There is already a Roywoods restaurant in Toronto, a jerk chicken joint in City Place, but the name is one word in that case and graphics are completely different so this seems unlikely.

Another Roy Woods is a young Canadian rapper who replaces the S with a dollar sign (Roy Wood$), but that road leads nowhere.

If Roy Woods 198 Ossington is an upcoming restaurant, we’ll let you know when we find out! Until then, post a comment if you have any information to share about these posters or what’s happening at 198 Ossington.

LAS closed: 229 Ossington vacant

LAS closed

LAS is closed at 229 Ossington

LAS, originally named La Saucisserie when it first opened less than 2 years ago at 229 Ossington, is closed.

Never a particularly busy spot after replacing well regarded fine dining destination Yours Truly, LAS struggled to find it’s place on the Ossington strip. Opened as a craft beer and sausage hall, LAS tried to gain traction with DJs and live music, sold buytopia vouchers, and hosted painting parties throughout it’s two years in business. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

The website doesn’t load anymore, and the restaurant’s social media accounts have been inactive since early March. The paper recently added to the inside of the doors and windows may mean someone is renovating for a future venture. For those who remember, this place used to be a coffee shop before Yours Truly. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the next tenant of 229 Ossington.

 

LAS closed on Ossington

229 Ossington, recently occupied by LAS Resto Bar