Notable Now Toronto: May 25, 2012

Just Opened: Romeo’s Juice Bar
Kensington has another draw. Romeo’s Juice Bar opened up at 285 Augusta Avenue a little while ago, serving up some of the freshest fruit and vegetable juices you’ll ever slug back. How do we know? The owner is a produce wholesaler who’s a stickler for the finest goods he can find. Bonus: Romeo’s Juice Bar looks like a tropical tiki hut, perfect for summer.

Just Opened: The Stack Smokehouse
We’ve got another smokehouse in town, and this one is stacked with smoky goodness. Stack opened up about a month ago, with a country meets city chic vibe and some finger lickin’ classics. The 4,000 sq. ft. restaurant serves favourites like baby back ribs and brisket, but their fish tacos are also a taste to be reckoned with. 3265 Yonge Street.

Dog & Bear Pub opens Friday
The folks behind Parts & Labour – a definitive gem on West Queen West – are bringing us a British-style pub opening today. The Dog & Bear (1100 Queen Street West) is an English cuisine experience and will be a new hotspot for weekend brunch to be sure. All the classics will be on menu, like sticky toffee pudding, just with modern twists.

Burger Stomper and Milkshake Bar
A new burger joint opened in town, this time on the Danforth. Gourmet burger-loving Torontonians should rejoice that the Burger Stomper and Milkshake Bar has taken over the space at 364 Danforth Avenue. What are their twists and takes? The Cheese Please has a disc of cheese out the sides of the bun, the Sweet Onion is caramelized joy, and the Secret Stomp has onion rings and a fried egg on top.

Niagara Food and Wine Expo
Starting today and heading through Sunday, the Niagara Food and Wine Expo is the region’s biggest food event. What better way to spend a weekend than eating some bites from top suppliers and chefs, sipping wines from Ontario’s backyard, and wandering through an international hit show in Niagara? (At the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls.)

Butterfly Ball 2012
The 15th annual Butterfly Ball is May 31st at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), and is the Boost for Kids Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser. A who’s who of Toronto always heads out for the Butterfly Ball, sipping bubbly, schmoozing around, and helping support this most notable of causes.