First Look: Mother-son chef team opens Syracuse cafe specializing in gourmet toast

(In First Look, we pay a quick visit to a new restaurant or bar in Central New York to give readers an idea of what to expect. Our food critics might visit these places eventually and give us their take, but we want to highlight what’s new in our area. If you know of a new place, send an email to [email protected] or call/text me at 315-382-1984.)

Syracuse, N.Y. — It seems odd to hear Janine Hills taking orders from her son. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? But she takes them with a smile.

“Slice the

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Chef who worked at world’s best restaurant opens his own Toronto pop-up

A Toronto chef who has worked at one of the world’s best restaurants has come out with his own dazzling Ecuadorian pop-up. 

Quito is the brainchild of Diego Reyes, named for the capital of Ecuador where he was born. He’s previously worked at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto, a French restaurant known for their intricate plating of luxurious dishes, and currently works at Italian restaurant Viaggio, where there’s a similar elevated style and eye for presentation.


Seeking a next step and a new experience, Reyes applied for an internship at Noma and finally secured a spot after weeks

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Lori’s Oy Vey! Cafe opens for 25th season

For almost all of her adult life, Lori’s Oy Vey! Cafe owner Lori Kline has spent her summers working behind a counter in Rehoboth Beach. It hasn’t always been easy, but 25 years into being the proprietor of this popular Baltimore Avenue eatery, she wouldn’t change a thing, she said.

“I still enjoy coming to work every day. The people I work with and my customers are awesome,” said Kline. “It’s about having fun.”

Kline opened the cafe, located off the courtyard of the CAMP Rehoboth property, in the summer of 1997. A few days before reopening for 2021, Kline

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DAE’S Beckles Opens Cafe For Everyday People

TAMPA, FL – Ian Beckles is best known for what he says.

The former Buc has plenty to talk about when it comes to Tampa sports, considering he’s called the area home for over three decades.

“Listen, when I got here ( on the Bucs) in 1990, we were not a good sports town,” said Beckles. “That’s not a debatable fact, we can’t debate that because we had the Bucs…and the Bucs. And we sucked. Now, you fast-forward to 2021, there’s very few better sports towns in the country.”

The 95.3 DAE host does more than just sports. He promotes

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Good as Gold Coffee Opens in Brockley After Soho Residency at Sharps

Good as Gold, the outstanding central London coffee residency, has opened its first permanent cafe in Brockley, south east London. Owners Anthony Khouri and Tom Hibbert have put down roots at 209 Mantle Road, after a successful stint at well-know cafe / barber Sharps on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia.

While the formal opening is 19 March, the duo have been running a soft launch in SE4 this week, continuing to platform numerous roasters from across London, the U.K., and Europe. Hibbert’s background as group chef at the Gentlemen Baristas comes to the fore in atypically inventive lunch specials, so far

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Much-anticipated Portillo’s opens today in Sterling Heights

Who’s ready for the hottest new burger in town? Portillo’s is opening its dors for the first time today.

The first-ever restaurant in Michigan, located in Sterling Heights at 14425 Lakeside Circle in the popular restaurant and retail corridor of the Northern suburb of Detroit today. Portillo’s officially opens to the public at 10:30 a.m. today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The event will be hosted by Vice-President of Restaurant Support Michael Portillo, who will welcome Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.

Guests can expect to enjoy Portillo’s signature menu items like Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Famous Italian Beef Sandwiches,

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