The Ossington strip is an new neighbourhood spanning on Ossington Avenue between Dundas Street West to the north to Queen Street West to the south. The street was named after the English home of the Denison family (early landowners of that area). The building of the street began shortly after 1793 when it was part of Dundas Street (leading to London, Ontario) until 1906 when it reached St. Clair Street.

By 2007 the high rents of Queen Street West became too much for businesses so they started moving their way up the Ossington Strip. By 2009 the local residents petitioned a ban on the opening of any new bars and restaurants but after it was lifted in 2010 business boomed once again.

Since it’s a great area for bars and restaurants, go and check a few of these places out:

Libretto Pizzeria - 221 Ossington
A certified Italian pizza joint selling amazing thin crust pizzas cooked in their wood burning oven. Their canned tomatoes are imported from Italy (so the sauce is authentic), the cured meat toppings are made in house and most of the pizzas come with an Ontario Buffalo mozzarella option.

OddSeoul - 90 Ossington
Another hip joint on the Ossington strip that serves cheap beer, amazing bar snacks, pretty complex cocktails and an amazing atmosphere. The grub is a North American adaptation of Korean favourites and everything on the menu is worth trying (and if you go for all the snacks, it’ll be under 40$ for everything). You can follow them on Twitter @TO_ODDSEOULS but no website

Bellwoods Brewery - 124 Ossington
If you’re up for a brewed adventure then this is the place for you. Not so hot on the food aspect (although they try with their patio BBQ) but the beers are delicious. You can even pick some up to go and it’s open on all the long weekends.

Rock Lobster - 110 Ossington
Serving lobster in any mode possible, this restaurant has been causing quite the stir on the culinary scene of Toronto. Look for it’s sister location on Queen street West.

Delux - 92 Ossington
This restaurant is very well known for its Cuban cuisine and specifically for its Pressed Cubano sandwich (similar to a Reuben). The place has a pretty heavy brunch following being one of the few restaurants offering this on the strip.


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