Citizen Hip: Anthony Rose

Chef Anthony Rose draws a crowd to the coolest digs in Toronto, The Drake, with his New York twist on Californian farmhouse fare. He earned his stripes south of the Canadian border alongside legendary chefs and equally renowned restaurants. When Rose isn’t barbecuing brisket at the Drake BBQ or whipping up a feast at The Dining Room, he can be found chowin’ down on savory schnitzel sandwiches, scoping out the very best crudités platter or sipping on some brews at the racetrack.

The Steak Pit -1666 Avenue Road / 1 416 783 3077 “I actually wouldn’t recommend the steak, but instead the Mexican-style baby back ribs, they’re amazing. If you order an entrée you can get a celery tray – whole raw celery, onions, radish, pickles and tomatoes and like 4 different dressings. It’s the best crudités platter anywhere.”

United Bakers Dairy Restaurant – 506 Lawrence Avenue West / 1 416 789 0519 “A spot that brings me back to the days when I was kosher… before I met bacon. I recommend the pea soup and borscht and love that the waitresses have been there forever…. and ever.”

The Woodbine Racetrack – 555 Rexdale Boulevard / 1 888 675 7223 “… for ponies, beers and hotdogs. Nothing better than dinner and a show.”

House of Chan – 876 Eglinton Avenue West / 1 416 781 5575 “This is the spot for some of the best steak in the city in one of the most beautifully designed restaurants. Lobster tanks are making a comeback and so is deep fried bacon wrapped shrimp!”

Coffee Mill – 99 Yorkville Avenue / 1 416 920 2108 “The best Ghoulash and coffee cake… what else can I say? Oh their Schnitzel sandwich, that’s what else I can say!”

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