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The Best Pho in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 17, 2014

Pho TorontoThe best pho in Toronto will fill you up and warm you from the inside out. Whether topped with rosy, paper-thin sliced meats, luscious tripe and tendons, or floating meatballs, these steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup can incite divisive allegiances and fierce debates amongst pho enthusiasts.

For me, what sets one bowl apart from another comes down to the quality of the broth. It should be almost clear - not murky - and imparted with complex flavours developed through hours-long simmering, then perked up with a little fish sauce at the end. The finishing touch: A selection of DIY additions including vibrant herbs, sprouts and chilis.

Here are the best bowls of pho in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Banh Mi in Toronto
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The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 15, 2014

best thai torontoThe best Thai restaurants in Toronto are a contentious topic - with rivalries between restaurants and rapid expansions turning up the heat on Thai dining options citywide. Worth noting is the influence of Chef Nuit Regular (widely regarded as putting Khao San Road on the map) who, since parting ways with KSR, has opened a number of popular family-run eateries that embrace regional styles and street food specialties.

Even those not directly caught in the crossfire of competition between these downtown restaurants have been prompted to step up their game, resulting in destination-worthy Thai restaurants where status-quo pad thai is hardly the main attraction.

Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.

See also: The Best Pad Thai in Toronto
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The Best Chocolate in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 8, 2014

chocolate torontoThe best chocolate in Toronto begins with one thing - theobroma cacao seeds, fermented, roasted and ground. The removal of the shell reveals the nib from which all pure chocolate is produced. Just writing that sentence gets my mouth watering and the cravings flaring. One bite into any one of Toronto's best chocolate products, and you're apt to feel the same.

All of these chocolatiers take a slightly different approach, and may connect with the ancient Mesoamerican or old European traditions. Raw, dark, unsweetened, milk or even white chocolate (which, importantly, contains no chocolate solids) decorate the shelves and lure in chocolate fanatics who consider a taste of the potent elixir better than sex.

Here is the best chocolate in Toronto.

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The Best Candy Stores in Toronto
The Best Hot Chocolate in Toronto
The Best Florists in Toronto
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The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 6, 2014

best portuguese restaurants torontoThe best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto mine the unique flavour territory of Iberian cuisine - touchstones that include their rich history of sea exploration in grilled fish and seafood, small tapas plates of pork and charcuterie, and the fiery piri piri sauce, which takes its blend of spices from the Portuguese connection to North Africa and the Mediterranean. While each restaurant offers its own particular take on the delightful Portuguese cuisine, they all in some way celebrate the culinary history of one of Toronto's landmark cultures.

Here are the best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best BBQ Chicken (Churrasqueiras) in Toronto
The Best Portuguese Bakeries in Toronto
The best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto

Photo via Churrasqueira Martins.
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The Best Mussels in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 3, 2014

Mussels TorontoThe best mussels in Toronto entice diners to dive right in. Gently coaxed into opening up by booze-spiked broths, these plump shellfish will arrive at your table in deep steaming bowls that seduce your senses of sight and smell - before you even have the chance to pluck the first morsel from its shell. When it comes to mussels, Toronto bistros, beer halls and oyster houses happily adhere to tradition, supplying frites and/or fresh bread to sop up the broth - and all its decadent flavours.

Here are the best mussels in Toronto.

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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Oysters in Toronto
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The Best Perogies in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 1, 2014

perogies torontoThe best perogies in Toronto are far superior to the mass-produced versions found in your local freezer aisle. Made from scratch, the Polish/Ukrainian staple is best had when fresh, filled with love, and pinched by hand.

At Toronto restaurants and deli counters, you'll find classic versions (potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushrooms, or minced meat) in abundance, as well as some gourmet approaches that upgrade the humble comfort food with addition of truffles, smoked cheeses or pork belly.

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