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McGugan’s Pub Grand Opening – Robbie Burns Day Jan 25th, 2012

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Restaurants

McGugan’s Where?  1058 Gerrard St E., Toronto ON M4M 1Z8 416-901-9859 McGugan’s food is comforting and classic Scottish fare prepared to exacting standards. They aim to give every guest a heightened culinary experience within a traditional pub scene.  Being good Scots, they also aim to provide great value! Don’t miss their Grand Opening – January 25th, 2012 – Robbie Burns...

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Fortis Fitness

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Gyms

Fortis Fitness Where? 276 Carlaw Ave, Toronto 416-465-4777 If you are someone who is looking for a gym that is; no nonsense, well equipped, grunt it out workout centre, then this is the gym for you! No glitzy washrooms here. For the most part everyone training here means business. Very little talking or socializing going on but everyone has a friendly attitude and are courteous to each other. I am currently a member here and working with a personal...

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Crossfit

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Gyms

Crossfit Where? 32 Logan Avenue, Toronto 647-351-6336 Located at the bottom end of Logan this incredible space that looks straight out of a Mad Max movie will help motivate you to do this old school traditional military style of workout (no major free weights here).  Chin up bars, rings, kettle bells and rowing machines as well as expert instruction in all the traditional Olympic style lifting techniques and some running are the essence of this awesome gym.  There are...

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Lola Bar

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

Lola Bar Where? 1173 Dundas St. E. (on the southwest corner of Carlaw and Dundas) Located on the ground floor of the I-Zone loft building which happens to be conveniently located at the bottom of my stairs. Owners Grant and Kramer are almost always behind the bar that opens at 5pm everyday but Sunday. This tiny stylish bar is one of my mainstay spots after finishing up deals in the evenings. They have 2 beers on tap both from...

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The Roy Public House

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

The Roy Public House Where? 894 Queen St E, Toronto 416-465-3331 As I live on Carlaw, the close proximately of the Roy seems to have me walking in there on a weekly basis.  I love that this place is worked by the owners who always make you feel special when you walk through the door.  The staff are also some of my favourite in the city.  An amazing selection of beers on tap – a quiet, intimate atmosphere by...

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Prohibition Gastro Pub

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Pubs, Restaurants

Prohibition Gastrohouse Where? 696 Queen Street East, Toronto 416-406-2669 They opened approximately 5 years ago by an old friend/colleague of mine, Michael Summerfield.  This large beautiful gastro pub has an amazing oval shaped bar located directly in the centre of the space.  It features tons of carefully chosen beers from around the world as well as an amazing selection of fine spirits.  Beyond this, the food is outstanding.  My personal favourite would be the nachos covered in pulled pork!!! ...

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The Butchers of Leslieville

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Blog

Strickland’s Choice Meats  Strickland’s is a classic, old school Butcher shop that has been in business long before the term Leslieville even existed. Two brothers currently own and operate the shop that their father started many moons ago.  They certainly know what they are doing! Order your turkey’s well in advance for Christmas and Thanksgiving. 245 Greenwood Avenue,Toronto 416-461-9192 Web:  Say what? There was no internet in 1950 🙂 Rowe Farms Leslieville Rowe farms is a high end, all...

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The Best SUSHI in Leslieville?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Best of Leslieville, Sushi

We are huge fans of SUSHI MARCHE. It has to be the freshest,tastiest sushi in the city. The bad news: you can’t eat in! Which is what we love to do, so we don’t eat it often enough. You can find good sushi also at http://www.districtsushi.ca/ in riverside. In my opinion leslieville/riverside is a lacking a great dine in sushi restaurant and a great location to open one would be on Gerrard Street East. www.sushimarche.com 1105 Queen Street East...

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What is the east end of Toronto’s next big thing?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog

Wondering what the most upcoming strip in Toronto’s east end? We will have to go with Gerrard Street Through Riverdale going east and right through Little India. Recent businesses to open include Starbucks,GBK,Lazy Daizy Cafe, Grinder,Projection Booth (info here) ,the funky Zero Gravity Circus and Sideshow Cafe ,  and coming soon includes a Pub and a number of cafes and bars.   This strip on Gerrard certainly has the building stock and habitants to test Queen Street with style and culture....

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Featured Coffee Spot

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog

Looking for a good cuppa in the hood?  A must try (one of my personal favs) Mercury Espresso Bar @ 915 Queen Street East.  Handcrafted espresso and coffees from around the world.  You must try a cortado.  It is thick and creamy with a balanced flavour that brings out the espresso but softens the bitterness....

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Good Bye Red Rocket!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog

It is with teary eyes that we say good bye to one of my fav coffee shops in the east end. Its around the corner from my childrens school (duke) and makes the best coffee, not to mention the fantastic hot chocolate w/ gummy worms! They have looked for a less expensive lease and wound up on the danforth. We wish them good luck in the new location and hope to make it up to the Danforth to check...

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NEON Gas Station at Leslie and Queen!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Worst of Leslieville

We will keep this a best of blog unless there is someone/business that really deserves to be nominated. This is one of those cases. If you are thinking of filling up here – DON’T. In late November I filled up with premium gas only to have my car break down. Upon a fuel analysis the technician at downtown Acura said the gas was the worst quality they had ever seen, riddled with contamination and “filler”. The Neon Gas Station...

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Leslieville’s Best Burger

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Best of Leslieville, Burgers

Yes it’s on the east side of Coxwell which I guess, in theory makes it “The Beach” but we will have to go with “The Burgers Priest”. There is a reason why there is a line up out the door here. It’s awesome! We will have to give an honorable mention to GBK, which we also love! Burger’s Priest 1636 Queen St E 647-346-0617 theburgerspriest.com Great Burger Kitchen 1056 Gerrard St East 416-778-0111 / 416-504-8494...

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Leslieville Dog Zone

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Blog

Greenwood Park Off Leash launched! If you haven’t been over to check out the new improved Greenwood Park I would recommend you do so. Especially if you have a dog! The Park’s revamp project is well underway and included a new off leash area which has recently been completed The area features modern fencing, new trees, benches and a doggie drinking fountain! Lots planned for Greenwood Park in the coming years check out this link for full details! Want to...

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