Meredith Hardie

Meredith Hardie

Staff Writer

Lover of smash burgers and dirty martinis — not at the same time, but also not opposed to the idea. Meredith started at Elle Canada as an editorial intern but prefers food over fashion. And although she is dairy-free (not by choice), she will never, ever order the fruit sorbet for dessert.

Meredith Hardie's articles

14 hot new Toronto restaurants that you have to try this fall

Forget pumpkins, we've got a better list of things you should be excited about this season: Toronto's best new restaurants for fall.

Russell's is the friendly neighbourhood butcher of my dreams

A family-owned butcher shop in Roncy, Russell's Butcher & Deli strives to meat customer expectations — and then some.

When you taste a dish at PAI, you are tasting food etched in time

PAI executive chef and co-owner Nuit Regular walks us through the dishes she cooks that take her back to her home in northern Thailand.

No offence Toronto, but we prefer the views at Cambridge Mill

 We trade Toronto's concrete and construction for waterside dining and a mammoth-sized bone-in ribeye at the Cambridge Mill.

"I was willing to risk it all for the 13-layer King Cake"

We had the feast to end all feasts at Louix Louis in Toronto's spectacular St. Regis Hotel. We came, we saw, we ate the damn King Cake.

What is vermouth? And everything else you should know about the fortified wine

Not just a supporting role in classic cocktails like the manhattan and negroni, Vermouth gives major main character energy — and we tell you all about it.

We find out what Hong Shing's secret sauce really is

Twenty-five years, one devastating fire, countless orders of General Tao Chicken — Hong Shing owner Colin Li tells us all about this epochal Toronto restaurant.

Spirits with soul at Toronto's Nickel 9 Distillery

Nickel 9 Distillery in Toronto’s funky Junction neighbourhood is a small but mighty maker of spirits, syrups and bitters.

Bar Chica — you had me at tapas

Sultry Spanish wines, bite-sized beauties, a really good looking mosaic wall — I will not stop talking about Bar Chica (or that one time I went to Barcelona).

Toronto's hottest new restaurants for summer 2022

From a surprise Seafood Palace to contemporary Indian cuisine in Yorkville, summer just got hotter with these best new Toronto restaurants.

These are the best restaurants and bars on Ossington right now

Some may say Ossington is overrated, but this west end strip continues to shine with some of the greatest restaurants and bars in the city. Here are our faves.

Toronto's best ice cream for summer 2022 (dairy-free options too)

We've got the ice cream you need to try this summer. From extravagant and Insta-worthy to classic and delicious, these are the best scoops in Toronto.

This flower-filled café is so aesthetically pleasing I could cry

At Olivia's Garden, a café and florist at Harbord and Crawford, flowers are more than just a feast for the eyes — they're a delight for the tastebuds, too.

Grape Crush, Toronto's coolest place to buy and sip wine

Switch up your usual wine run with a visit to Dundas West's Grape Crush, a bottle shop and wine bar with a large selection of natural vino.

Four cocktail recipes from the Park Hyatt to write home about

A Park Hyatt institution, Writers Room Bar recently reopened after an extensive renovation. Every cocktail on the menu tells a story — and we've got the recipes.

11 new Toronto restaurants we're loving for spring

Warmer temperatures aren't the only thing that's new, check out these new restaurants popping up all over Toronto this spring.

10 awesome Greek restaurants you have to try

Greektown isn't the only place for incredible Greek cuisine and Agean bites. Discover Toronto's best Greek food at these tavernas across the city.

Make this super easy and enjoyable paper plane cocktail

The paper plane cocktail is a bartender staple: painless to make, highly crushable, and it's got a pretty fly origin story. Give this recipe from Piccolo Caffe a go tonight.

We checked out MIMI Chinese, Toronto's most-hyped restaurant of 2022

MIMI Chinese celebrates the diverse culinary history of China's southern regions. From a four-foot-long belt noodle to the best char siu we've ever had, a night at MIMI is just pure, unforgettable joy.

How to eat oysters: And everything you need to know about these briny beauties

We catch up with sustainable seafood expert Jason Kun of Island Oysters who teaches us all about oysters, from how to eat them to whether they're really an aphrodisiac.