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Canada's Best New Restaurants 2012

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Thursday, October 25th 2012 20:45
Was anyone in Ottawa? The food scene there has exploded with restaurants like Union Local 613, Town, Whalesbone, not to mention Side Door, Back Lane Cafe, Hintonburg Public House... Geez... you'd think the nation's capital might get a visit for this... If it had been , I guarantee at least one of these fine establishments would have been on the list...


Thursday, October 25th 2012 22:25
Our panelists who live around the country make their recommendations and our writer whittles them down. We also only look at new restaurants, ones that opened between June 2011 and June 2012. For more on our methodology, check out this article on How we Choose:
editor, enRoute online

Mara Jernigan

Friday, October 26th 2012 09:30
Congratulations on another great issue featuring the best new restaurants in Canada. For those who cry foul over the concentration of urban choices this year, the En Route writers have always combed the countrysides of Canada and in previous issues have featured great spots from Newfoundland to Lake Cowichan and Sooke. With AC covering flights, meals paid for, a panel of industry experts across the country making recommendations and anonymity the norm it's one of the most objective and well researched food reviewing we have in Canada, it's good for business, tourism and the industry standards. This year's choice of Edulis as best new restaurant makes perfect sense, this couple has serious credentials, having worked abroad and with some of Canada's best chefs including Chris McDonald and Jamie Kennedy. They have genuine passion, a huge work ethic and have done it on their own terms. Their food is inventive, inspired and delicious. I look forward to this issue every year, long live great food in Canada!


Friday, October 26th 2012 16:33
Congratulacions from spain
You are great And you food excellent


Friday, October 26th 2012 20:20
Congratulations! This is a great list of new restaurants! Well done! The photos are also stunning! Congratulations all the restaurants mentioned, special shout out to Geoff Hopgood, who I saw at the Savour Stratford Food Festival and Tobey Nemeth and Micahel Caballo!

Kevin Smith

Monday, November 5th 2012 16:39
WAY too many clicks needed to get thru this fine article. Please add an option to download your good stuff as a PDF for off-line reading, or [as in the case of these Top Ten] for future reference.

Best wishes,


R.M. Goodman

Monday, November 5th 2012 16:39
One resto you MUST check out if you folks ever make it to Winnipeg is Deer + Almond. It is kinda unfortunate that it is not on this list, a list that has some places being just a bit too precious and big smoke hipster for their own good. That being said, at least a couple of places from out west made your cut.


Monday, November 5th 2012 16:40
I agree with MOD why is nothing mentioned in Ottawa!!!!!


Monday, November 5th 2012 17:11
Why didn't you just make the list the best of middle-Canada? Because I see nothing from the coasts!


Monday, November 5th 2012 17:51
Hi Jane and Msmul,

Every year we go out in search of Canada's Best New Restaurants. Last year, our topic pick was in St. John's, Newfoundland. You read more about our methodology here:
In terms of new restaurant openings, this was just a great year for Toronto. Who knows what next year holds.
enRoute web editor


Monday, November 5th 2012 17:55
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your feedback on the format, we're always tinkering with presentation to help provide the best reading experience. You can actually save the article by clicking on the little heart with the "+" sign at the top of this page and it will be saved in the myEnroute tab for future reading experience. Or, if you prefer, you can check out the article in our page turner:
Lastly, all the restaurants in our Canada's Best New Restaurants are also in our enRoute Eats iPhone and Android apps for quick browsing.
enRoute web editor

Dick Hartnett

Monday, November 5th 2012 18:02
Great stuff, however it may prove it`s worth to list the top one, two or three per province. It gets costly to dine in Toronto from NB. Just a thought.


Monday, November 5th 2012 18:58
This list unfortunately misses out on the exciting things happening in Edmonton.


Three Boars Eatery

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JO LEE of jO LEE Magazine

Monday, November 5th 2012 19:27
Fascinating! And I'm sure equally 1st Class! I would like to think the choices are among: CANADA'S BEST RESTAURANTS. I could name a host of Dining Spots from coast-to-coast that one leaves and dreams about. Riveting! BRAVISSIMO for those chosen {among} 'The Best' ~

Estranged Montrealer

Monday, November 5th 2012 22:11
Every choice looked exciting and delicious - and En Route does everyone a great service with the care they take in their editorial and photography. I look forward to crossing every threshold!


Tuesday, November 6th 2012 10:31
Love the list you have put together. I live in Calgary so know the restaurants mentioned are superb, but I do think you need to round it out though with other cities. Totally surprised that nothing in Vancouver made the cut and there are places in Winnipeg which might surprise you.


Wednesday, November 7th 2012 14:53
actually Boletus edulis is Porcini not just edulis
"edible Boletus"


Saturday, November 10th 2012 19:26
Wishing this wasn't so Toronto centric... would have loved to see something from Vancouver or Victoria. Both cities have amazing cuisine. I would have appreciated one from each province/territory.


Wednesday, November 14th 2012 10:35
always love the annual top 10 list. any simple / doc, pdf. versions available for a non-Iapp non Android: BB?


Friday, November 23rd 2012 19:07
Corso 32 was on last years list. One of the things I miss about Edmonton


Monday, November 26th 2012 19:22
Agreed... absolutely stunned that there were no restaurants from the Vancouver area on the list! The food there is absolutely amazing (yes, new restaurants too). Would have like to see more representation from across the country in general. Feels like the "panelists" that suggested these restaurants lived in either Calgary or Toronto only.


Tuesday, November 27th 2012 11:20
This IS a top ten list, not a "let's appease at least one person from every province by including their favorite restaurant" list. Canadians are often more concerned with equal representation, than a subjective opinion, and in that process we completely miss the point! Let's show our appreciation for what the people at Enroute feel is the the best of the best in Canada this year.

Bruce Gifford

Monday, February 4th 2013 18:24
There is a city west of Toronto called Vancouver. You obviously haven't heard of it. I suggest you investigate the restaurants - you might be quite surprised.


Tuesday, November 5th 2013 06:01
Tim, your point is valid, except that it fails to consider how this list was put together. It was based on popular vote, which means anyone can register and anyone can vote. So naturally, East Coast restaurants are going to get more votes, because there are more people there, and if one or two in the Prairie provinces managed to drum up a bit of enthusiasm, well great for them. But this is NOT a list of "what the people at Enroute feel is the the best of the best in Canada this year" as you had mentioned. It's entirely a voting thing.
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