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Eschew the Taco Trend at Agave y Aguacate

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Agave y Aguacate’s upstairs dining room

Torontonians have been conditioned to think of Mexican food as street-style tacos and burritos and not much else. Which is fine, but not particularly reflective of Mexico’s vibrant culinary traditions. Chef Francisco Alejandri corrects our collective palate at Agave y Aguacate, the two-level bricks and mortar version of his now shuttered but still legendary Kensington Market food stall. Instead of a portable stovetop, Alejandri now has a full kitchen in which to prepare the likes of shredded chicken tostadas, roasted poblano peppers stuffed with guacamole and pineapple, and his famous flank steak salad. What hasn’t changed is the restaurant’s popularity: you’ll want to make a reservation to avoid waiting too long for a table.  —Craig Moy

• Agave y Aguacate, 35 Baldwin St., 647-748-6448; Facebook page
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