Finally, a Toronto team makes the championships of something! And where are you going to watch the MLS cup, featuring our very own Toronto FC, this Saturday? Well, if you’re not going to the game at BMO Field (tickets sold out super fast), there are quite a few Ossington Village bars who would love to have your company.
MLS Cup Game Details
Toronto FC plays their first ever championship game against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 8PM in Toronto.
Where to Watch
Wherever you do go to watch the game, make sure you arrive early for a seat. This is the first time Toronto – any Canadian team – has made it to the MLS Finals, so the whole city should want to watch this game.
Local Ossington businesses are sponsoring fundraising efforts for good causes. Check them out and see what you can do to help!
OMAW, Action Against Hunger, November 29
Dine out at local restaurant Omaw this coming Tuesday night for a good cause! Omaw, at 88 Ossington, is donating all proceeds from the dinner service to Action Against Hunger. Dinner service starts at 6PM. Like you need another excuse to eat at a good restaurant.
Academy of Lions, #CALS4PALS Row-a-thon, December 3
Looking for a local place to have lunch during the week? With all the restaurants around Dundas and Ossington, you now have a lot of choices for daytime dining in Ossington Village.
Below is a summary of where you can get a great weekday lunch in Ossington Village.
After nearly 4 years in business, Bazara has become a regular stop on Ossington for dinner – and lunch. Everything on the dinner menu is available at lunchtime, plus they offer a prix fixe menu. For $15, Bazara provides a mix and match three course lunch. The first course can be soup or salad, second is a choice of sushi rolls or appetizers, and finally, it ends with the entree. This is a filling lunch option, for sure!
With all the great restaurants in Ossington Village, we can’t be surprised that there are more Ossington food events coming next week. We’ve already posted about this week’s eating events, and there are more special eating experiences planned for next week.
Cote de Bouef Revel Food Takeover, Monday November 14th
Revel Food Cote de Bouef Takeover
Beloved local butcher shop Cote de Bouef isn’t usually open on Mondays, but next week they will open with special guest chefs from Toronto caterers Revel Food. Revel Food brings south east Asian flavours to the normally French inspired shop. The pop-up features food, drink and a DJ. Stop by anytime after 6PM.
Soos Food and Wine Pairing Event, Tuesday November 15th
This week brings two new food pop-ups to Ossington. If you’re in the mood for food from a different source on the street, this is your chance!
Tocino Boys Opening at La Porte
We mentioned that Tocino Boys, the Queen West Filipino pop up, would be moving to La Porte on Ossington soon. Well, now they’ve announced when this new venture will launch at the nightlife spot at 214 Ossington. This Friday, November 11, you can stop into the bar for some of Tocino Boys’ comfort food with a Filipino twist. As far as we can tell, they’ll be serving on weekends during the same hours La Porte is open.
Reposado’s November Mexican Pop-Up
Reposado, the popular tequila and jazz bar at 136 Ossington, is giving us the opportunity to try the Mexican menu of caterers Santo Pecado this month. The kitchen takeover starts Wednesday and will be through Sunday all through November. Dishes will include a variety of tacos for meat lovers and vegetarians, along with typical snacks like chips and guac and street corn. For bigger appetites, they’ll also be serving larger plates like pozole.
Superpoint Takeout Window Now Open
When Superpoint opened at 184 Ossington, they teased a future takeout window. Last week, they promoted the launch of their takeout service on social media. The takeout window is up front, and slices of all different types of pizza, including pepperoni, are $5.
Sounds like a couple more very good reasons to eat on Ossington this week, doesn’t it?
Now Toronto released their annual readers’ choice lists of top businesses in Toronto, and lots of local businesses ranked high. Here’s a recap of the bars, stores, restaurants and people to be voted best by Toronto locals. Congratulations to all!
Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor
Motif has leased their main floor to menswear store Reigning Champ
People are living in the building at 41 Ossington, and now we know what retailer will take over the main floor of Motif Lofts. It’s Vancouver menswear company Reigning Champ, which will add to the draw of Ossington to shoppers.
Dundas West has a new snack bar. Called MoTo Coffee and Snack Bar, it’s a new business in the space formerly occupied by Porter House and Brockton General at 1321 Dundas West. That Instagram account is their online presence.
There are a lot of restaurants serving snacks around these parts, but MoTo stands out with a menu of predominantly Italian snack food, with many ingredients imported straight from Italy. The chef, Wes Hains, has experience at big name Italian restaurants in the city like Gusto and Piano Piano.
MoTo Snack Bar opened earlier this month, but we just stopped in last night. It wasn’t the best time for them; they were having a private function, so we haven’t tried the food yet. The opportunities to taste Italian snacks are pretty good, however: MoTo is open and serving food every night but Sundays starting at 6pm. In addition, they’ve got Italian wines, craft beers and coffee on offer.
The space looks great. They’ve reconfigured it so the bar is not all the way in the back of the place; it’s alongside the west wall, with some tables and chairs up front, and seating at the bar. This gives the room a more welcoming feel, and the people we met last night added to that welcome.
A couple of photos are below. Let us know if you’ve been to MoTo Snack Bar.
Tocino Boys are moving their popular Filipino street food kitchen to La Porte on Ossington.
About Tocino Boys
Tocino Boys is run by chef John DeBlois, and serves street food with a Filipino twist, including tacos, burgers, poutine, and more. Located out of the kitchen at Midpoint on Queen West for the last couple of years, the move to Ossington is for more space, and a great location! They’ve been lauded with good reviews from Now Toronto and are part of a burgeoning Filipino food scene in Toronto.
About La Porte
La Porte, generally known as one of Ossington’s clubby bars for drinking and dancing, hasn’t served food in the entire 3 years they’ve been in business at 214 Ossington. The addition of this kitchen to their space changes their hours and, probably, their clientele to an extent.
Tocino Boys on Ossington
According to their Facebook post, the kitchen will be open from 6-10PM (days are not specified) and late night from 10pm-2:45am on weekends. Location is 214 Ossington, on the west side of the street near Dundas. No word on when exactly the grand opening will be, but we’ll stop in for some Filipino eats and post about it here.
Ossington and adjacent Dundas West, is a snack food capital of Toronto, and the addition of this well reviewed kitchen to our hood is only making it harder to not eat out every single night.