It was just last year that I wrote about a plethora of places opening up in Leslieville and environs. Well, apparently, the trend continues for spring 2011. Here are some new openings and movement in the last few months.
Hooked is the new fishmonger in town, offering a curated collection of sustainable fish. The knowledgeable staff can give you a coast-to-coast tour of their showcase, citing the source and farming/harvest methods as they go. A good addition to the neighbourhood.
The Foodist Market carries organic produce and products. While the selection isn’t huge, they do have some very nice options. Familiar names like Amy’s, Organic Meadows, and Kashi pepper the store and premium local producers La Ferme, Monteforte Dairy, Niagara Food Specialties, and Kozlik’s also have their place on the shelves. The Foodist’s house-made granola is a nice treat – one I’ve indulged in a few times already.
Taking up the space where Lucaffe used to be, The Canadian Pie Company has opened its doors. They offer puff-crusted pies, both sweet and savoury, for lunch and into the evening. Just tried the bumbleberry pie recently and thought it pretty decent. Croissants remain the domain of Bonjour Brioche a few doors East.
Though not a new shop, The Inspired Cook has newly moved in to this end of the neighbourhood. Shiny cookware and gadgets entice a food-centric neighbourhood through its doors. Le Creuset, Wustof, and other quality names grace its shelves.
And the space that The Inspired Cook vacated will now host Sausage Partners. Not yet open, but porky goodness awaits, I know it! We can thank Starfish/Ceili Cottage head chef Kyle Deming and his wife for the upcoming retail outlet.
I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on in the old Barrio space, but nothing yet. It’s supposed to be something new from the same people who run Le Rossignol (where I had a lovely and gluttonous meal) down the street in Riverside. Will have to keep an eye on that.
Am I missing anything?