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Best New Pop–ups


Our panel selects the dining experiences that made a mark last year, from spots that are still popping to those that have settled down.

Black Cat Pizzeria
Black Cat Pizzeria   Photo: Harnum Photography

Black Cat Pizzeria at Terre Restaurant

St. John’s, NL

From the ALT Hotel’s Terre Restaurant, this sourdough pizzeria serves Detroit–style deep dish topped with foraged chanterelles, Newfoundland lamb sausage rolls and then some. instagram.com/blackcatpizzanl

HOB Fine Foods

Langford, BC

Chef Castro Boateng’s latest outpost doubles as a storefront and event space for cooking classes and long table dinners inspired by Black History Month, mentors and more.

November 2, 2022
Beverley Taco
Beverley Taco

Beverley Taco Service at Sourwood Cider

Halifax, NS

What debuted as a mysterious taco hotline is now a regular operation, featuring housemade corn tortillas served alongside wild fermented cider and Ramblers coffee.

Two Hands Dining Room at One Sixteen

Winnipeg, MB

Chefs Michael Robins and Kurt Kolbe put their four hands together to run the dining room and Good Neighbour Taproom and offer an East London–inspired Chefs’ Table menu.

Sumac & Salt
Down Home with Sumac & Salt   Photo: Alyssa Joline

Down Home with Sumac & Salt

Markdale, ON

Rooted in Grey Highlands, this seasonal dinner series bloomed into a full–time farmhouse eatery, offering dishes like Lake Erie pickerel with wild mint, chive and radish top vin.

Namjim at Bannerman Brewing Co.

St. John’s, NL

At this pop–up–turned–permanent fixture, chefs Ian Brown and Gabe Roberge riff on the Southeast Asian flavours they love with East Coast seafood, greens and herbs. Also featured on the Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2022 longlist.

The Soy Luck Club
The Soy Luck Club   Photo: Kimberly Lyn

The Soy Luck Club

Toronto, ON

Founded by Momofuku Kōjin alum and Avling chefs Eva Chin and Steve Allery, this Chinese banquet supper club brings food, culture and storytelling together over a multicourse meal.

Naagan   Photo: Wilkinson_Rrampt

Naagan by Zach Keeshig

Owen Sound, ON

In the historic Owen Sound Farmers’ Market building, chef Zach Keeshig’s tasting menus blend modern culinary techniques and progressive Indigenous cuisine with local and foraged foods.

Clos de la Oyster Barre at Teatro Restaurant

Calgary, AB

About twice a month, the Opera Room at this Italian fine dining mainstay transforms into a an oyster and wine bar that features splashy seafood menus and the occasional guest chef.

Odd Duck, Wine and Provisions

Kitchener, ON

This pop–up, run by a trio of friends, has nestled into The Wooden Boat Food Company collab space where juniper–cured pork, smoked beef and heaps of veggies crop up on the menu.

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