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enRoute's Best Restaurants 2012

A big, HUGE congratulations to, "Edulis" (Toronto) for being named the best new restaurant in Canada according to enRoute's 2012 list! Every year, I look forward to seeing which restaurant will be featured by food journalist, Sarah Musgrave. See her thoughts on each restaurant below and let me know if you've tried any of these wonderful spots!

  1. Edulis (Toronto). “…the make-it-look-easy restaurant of the year. Refreshingly more show than tell, it does barn to table without the fuss. …it’s above all not self-conscious…Nor should you be when you come back for more.”
  2. Model Milk (Calgary). “Justin Leboe is taking his cooking down home without dumbing it down… perfectly tender southern-fried rabbit, the golden crust stung by hot pepper vinegar, sits on ethereally creamy grits.”
  3. Ursa (Toronto). “…rootsy and possibly radical, but with more than a touch of glam… A cuisine that is health-oriented and highly original, but not preachy. We’ll drink to that.”
  4. Acadia (Toronto). “Encompassing Lowcountry and Acadian cuisines... the menu reinterprets with technical aplomb the messy jumble of rustic French and southern coastal influences.”
  5. Pastaga (Montreal). “Pastaga shows off chef Martin Juneau’s kooky but tightly controlled creativity… bison smoked meat sandwich with homemade rye, chopped liver ‘à la juive,’ marinated salmon and salmon jerky shavings...”
  6. Hopgood’s Foodliner (Toronto). “…Geoff Hopgood presents East Coast comfort food with intimacy and intelligence. His nouveau Scotian cuisine is equal parts nostalgia and now.”
  7. Grand Electric (Toronto). “…doing for Mexican what the isakaya scene did for Japanese. It’s exciting, fun, affordable, quality late-night food to get drunk by.”
  8. Keriwa Cafe (Toronto). “Keriwa’s seasonal-minded menu draws First Nations techniques and unspoiled tastes of the Canadian landscape into an urban context…Canadian head-to-tail cooking with a history: a real dream catcher.”
  9. Borgo (Calgary). “…a workhorse of a restaurant. It hustles from day to dark with the clatter of espresso cups and shared plates of the cuisine’s greatest hits – golden arancini, imported salumi, crudi and cicchetti....”
  10. Nora Gray (Montreal). “Emma Cardarelli honed her command of red sauce at Liverpool House... the parade of direct, unfussy, seasonally motivated plates comes at you nonna style.”