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The Best Late Night Cafes in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 26, 2014

late night cafes torontoThe best late night cafes in Toronto are a haven for freelancers and social types who prefer their evening libations to be of the caffeinated, but perhaps non-alcoholic, variety. Board game cafés (Snakes and Lattes and For The Win are some examples - more here) are great places for nighttime coffee drinking, but the spiritedness of the gaming precludes café culture of the more erudite or casually social sort. Instead, this is a list of cafes with extended hours so you can keep working, reading and talking with a cup of joe.

Sometimes cocktails and other alcoholic drinks get added to the menu as night falls, while other locations stay true to their coffee shop roots and just keep pumping that caffeine until they close. And if those late coffees keep you up all night, I take no responsibility.

Here are the best late night cafes in Toronto.

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The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 24, 2014

italian bakeries torontoThe best Italian bakeries in Toronto call on one of the world's most cherished culinary histories for recipes and inspiration. Italy's many varieties of bread and baked goods each reflect a different regional experience. Take, for example, the cassata, a Sicilian cake that features Middle Eastern flavours held over from a period of Arab dominance in the region. Tuscan bread tends to be plain, as it's used to dip into the rich stews typical of local cuisine, while Milan was the birthplace of panettone, the domed egg bread that's a favourite Christmas treat.

Now the bakeries of Toronto, each in the own way, and usually with their heart linked back to one region of Italy (North, South, Sicilian, etc.), provide examples of the rich baking traditions of the mother country. They're serving the strong Italian communities of Toronto, bringing them back with a slice from home, while spreading the good taste to everyone.

Here are the best Italian bakeries in Toronto.

See also:

The best Italian restaurants in Toronto
The best Cannoli in Toronto
The best Portuguese bakeries in Toronto


Photo of Lamanna's by Libby Roach.
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The Best Falafel in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 21, 2014

best falafel torontoThe best falafel in Toronto is more than the sum of its parts, though each of those parts had better be on point. From crispy fried-to order chickpea balls with steaming centres, to freshly-baked pita or laffa, and condiments like silky hummus, pickles (turnips are a must!) and fiery hot sauce - this list of falafel shops will satisfy all the essentials.

Here is the best falafel in Toronto.

See also:

The top 25 falafel in Toronto by neighbourhood
The Best Late Night Falafel and Shawarma in Toronto
The Best Shawarma in Toronto
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The Best Lasagna in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 19, 2014

best lasagna torontoThe best lasagna in Toronto makes newly delicious what is possibly one of the oldest types of pasta in history. The name of the pasta is synonymous with the traditional Italian dish, alternating the sheets of pasta with tomato sauce, ground meat (or a ragu), béchamel sauce and Parmesan. Modern twists include ricotta or cottage cheese, spinach or other vegetables.

If you don't have the option of going out to sample all of these restaurant lasagnas, you could take home lasagna from Bologno Pastificio, Queen's Pasta and Pastissima to cook yourself. They all have great take-home lasagna sure to impress the family or dinner guests.

Here is the best lasagna in Toronto.

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The Best Poutine in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 17, 2014

best poutine torontoThe best poutine in Toronto has elevated the common Canadian dish from its early casse-croûtes origins in Quebec, adding all manner of combinations and far-out toppings. But, a truly fine poutine still begins with three simple ingredients. There's fresh cut fries using a (usually local) potato variety, homemade gravy (beef, chicken, gluten-free, vegan - it's debatable) and those toothsome squeaky cheese curds - sometimes straight from Quebec, sometimes closer to home.

Once a restaurant has these mastered they can go hog-wild on the upgrades (foie gras and truffles, anyone?) but nothing beats that diner classic.

Here is the best poutine in Toronto.

See also: The Best Fries in Toronto
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The Best Cannoli in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 14, 2014

best cannoli torontoThe best cannoli in Toronto are the domain of old-school bakeries and a few new, but always-reverential Italian chefs. Whether you like ricotta or custard, the GTA's best examples have one thing in common: The bakers pipe the filling into the sugar-dusted shell fresh for that perfect contrast of creaminess and crispness.

Here are the best cannoli in Toronto.

See also: The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto
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