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Ruby Watchco

730 Queen St. East (Broadview Ave.) Send to Phone
A happening eatery from TV personality Lynn Crawford dishes up down-home, local-market-driven fare.
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Ruby Watchco Restaurant Review

: Chef and TV personality Lynn Crawford, of the Food Network’s "Restaurant Makeover" and "Pitchin’ In," worked magic of her own, overhauling the former Citizen restaurant with designer Cherie Stinson. After a career that spans a quarter century (including as executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel New York), Crawford has a place of her own. The 70-seat eatery, co-owned by Stinson and husband Joey Skeir, is long and narrow with a convivial area where people can drink, dine and chat. The setting is fairly minimalist, with one exposed brick wall hung with a huge Ruby Watchco sign and large mirrors on the other to give some sense of space. Crawford and co-chef Lora Kirk (ex-Four Seasons Hotel Toronto) cook a chef- and market-driven, daily-changing menu that showcases local farmers and growers. There is but one four-course, $49 menu offered every night. One night the starter is house-smoked rainbow trout on a salad of fingerling potato, watercress and spinach, followed by Zuni-inspired lemon rosemary roasted chicken with creamy mascarpone-Parmesan polenta and panzanella salad with chicken wing vinaigrette. If you don’t like what’s on the menu that night, you may request a vegetarian or fish alternative---but don’t expect to see anything à al carte in print. The cheese course may feature Upper Canada Cheese’s Niagara Gold with Morello cherry jam, while dessert could be carrot cake made from someone’s mother’s recipe. The wine list is predominantly well-chosen Canadian.

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