Notable Now Toronto: July 19, 2013

Just Opened: Big Crow
We knew it was coming, but still we were anxious. And now, ladies and gents, we’ve a new BBQ bad boy in town. Big Crow is the latest venture from Chef Anthony Rose. Sitting pretty behind his Rose & Sons restaurant, Big Crow (176 Dupont Street) is serving up awesome sammies on Thuet bread, BBQ faves like pork and beans, and s’mores with an uber gourmet twist.

Just Opened: Amsterdam BrewHouse
At 245 Queens Quay you’ll now find another entry on Toronto’s hot brewery scene. Amsterdam Brewery has just opened up their impressive BrewHouse sitting pretty on the lake. The menu’s a mix of pub classics with some more refined fare, and all the items are perfectly paired with one of Amsterdam’s many awesome beers.

Just Opened: Lucy Brock
The burgeoning Dundas West strip shows no signs of dying down, thanks to new entries popping up on the monthly. The latest is Lucy Brock, a new bar near Dundas and Dufferin (1479 Dundas Street West) that’s pumping out pints to the beats of their own drum. Coolest part: the bar, which sees about 25,000 pennies trapped underneath glass in a beautiful display.

The Cocktail Parlor at STORYS
On July 27, a new era in Toronto’s cocktail renaissance will be born. The Cocktail Parlor is opening up in the STORYS building (11 Duncan Street), bringing us 66 premium cocktails to sip and savour alongside amazing share/snack plates from famed Chef Stuart Cameron. The curated space enhances the building’s brick and mortar aesthetic, and the curated cocktails enhance our pleased palates.

Thrill of the Grill
On July 20, get your meat sweats on at the 4th annual Thrill of the Grill. The stretch of Danforth Avenue from Jackman to Broadview will be shut down for this meat melee, as five purveyors of fine foods go head-to-head in a rib fest competition judged by local celebs like Chef Lynn Crawford and Kris Reyes from the Morning Show, as well as by you, the people. Proceeds support kidney cancer research. 

Ontario Oyster Festival
On July 21 in the lot between 461 and 469 King St West, get to some good ol’ shuckin’ at the 25th annual Ontario Oyster Festival by Rodney’s Oyster House in support of Environmental Defense. The fest offers cheap drinks, oysters aplenty, lobster, live music, competitive oyster eating, great auction, and the best oyster shuckers in the country duking it out to the oyster enthusiasts of Toronto.

Photo courtesy Rodney’s Oyster House