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The Best Snack Bars in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 7, 2014

snack bars torontoThe best snack bars in Toronto are places where an assemblage of finger foods can sub in for a meal, and where menus don't list entrees but rather an assortment of nibbles that satiate and accelerate drinking. Generally these are places that cater to odd hours: that peckish period between lunch and dinner, post-work aperitivo time, and after-hours eating.

Here are the best snack bars in Toronto.

See also: The best wine bars in Toronto

416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar

One of the first in Toronto to devote a menu to utensil-free fare, this Queen and Bathurst spot is popular for always keeping the menu fresh, diverse and priced especially cheap ($5ish) for each a la carte nibble. The selection is constantly in flux but things like mini macs, trini doubles and banh mi have been known to make appearances. More »

Bellwoods Brewery

Bellwoods Brewery

This microbrewery on Ossington offers a killer summer patio and endless supply house brew. The menu majors in beer-friendly accompaniments like salty smoked almonds ($4), olives ($4), salumi plates, and cheese boards ($9-25). More »

Oddseoul

Oddseoul

Also on Ossington, this Korean American mash-up does solo-sized options like steamed buns ($5) and bulgogi cheesesteaks ($5). To share there are choices of communal cocktails to pair with Ssam spreads ($25) or tempura chicken with devilled egg platters ($14). More »

Bar Buca

Bar Buca

The newly opened Buca spinoff offers an array of rustic Italian goodies that span from morning espresso accompaniments to bite-sized bar snacks. Expect to find toothpick-skewered and finger friendly foods like fritto misto (fried stuff), frico (fried cheese), and tramezzini (crustless sandwiches). More »

The Comrade

The Comrade

Situated in Riverside, this laidback cocktail lounge is well loved by locals for offering a fun selection of munchies like KFC banh mi ($7), tacos ($8), and kimchi rice bowls ($5). More »

Northwood

Northwood

A cafe by day, a cocktail bar by night, the menu at this all purpose Christie Pits spot offers a varied selection of bits and bobs to go with coffee or something stronger. Here, doughnuts with coffee pudding ($6) are billed alongside pork rinds ($4), cretons ($6-7), and chicken wings ($10). More »

Food & Liquor

Food & Liquor

A cash-only spot in Parkdale that majors in snacks like radishes with goat butter ($4) and peas in a pod ($3) that are simple, affordable, and excellently pair with beer. Rare and interesting selections of finger foods include chicken heart skewers ($5) with gremolata or sweet and spicy duck tongues ($7). More »

Small Town Food Co.

Small Town Food Co.

This cozy Parkdale bar offers a civilized array of snacks like crispy cauliflower with truffle aioli ($7), scotch eggs ($7) featuring a soft egg wrapped in pork rillettes, and Oysters Rockefeller ($12) loaded with cheddar and spinach. More »

The Yukon

The Yukon

Nibble on bacon-wrapped apricots ($6), baked oysters ($3.50) and truffled popcorn ($2) late into the night at this low-key neighbourhood bar in Parkdale. Look out for buck-a-shuck oyster specials too. More »

Discussion

10 Comments

G / March 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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How is Fonda Lola not on this list? Three words - jalepeno candied bacon!
4ChanApologist / March 7, 2014 at 01:09 pm
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For anyone else interested, the title image is of the Porchetta Schiacciata ($11) from Bar Buca. Described in the review as "moist [porchetta] rests between a delicious housemade foccaccia and is finished (not buried) with mascarpone, apple mostarda and agliata".

THERE, BLOGTO, WAS THAT SO DIFFICULT?
Don / March 7, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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What about the TwoBite Saloon in my hood???

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/two-bite-saloon-toronto
Jeremy replying to a comment from G / March 8, 2014 at 09:55 am
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Holy crap, there's a place in Toronto that serves bacon!?
cathie / March 8, 2014 at 10:17 am
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so many posts from yesterday were deleted?

So, I'll try again. what about Gale's?

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/galessnackbar
Fanny / March 8, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Barton Snacks Blood St and Queen St!!!
cosmosuave / March 9, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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No Gale's...
Roxanne replying to a comment from 4ChanApologist / March 10, 2014 at 10:03 am
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Thanks 4ChanApologist!
Niveen / March 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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Why is Northwood on there and apparently it serves no food?? is this best bars? or best snack bars? odd.
Anna / March 11, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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Happy Child is closed :(

They didnt pay rent for a few months or so their sign says outside :(

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