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The top 10 new late night eats in Toronto for 2014

Late night eats in Toronto used to be the domain of diners, pizza slice counters, and shawarma shops - and while those trusty staples are still going strong (and multiplying), there's recently been an influx of new options.

Snack bars, poutineries and sandwich shops have proliferated this year, and it's good news for those looking to dine on something great in the wee hours.

Here are my picks for the top late night eats destinations that opened in Toronto this year.

Bar Buca
Open until 2am, seven days a week, Bar Buca serves up some pretty elevated fare as far as late-night snacking standards go. Try skewered polipo with sopressata from the list of spiedini, or nosh on garlic knots from the cicchetti menu right up until last call.

The Quebec-based chain of poutineries opened a Toronto outpost in The Annex this year adding a new source for fries, curds and gravy (not to mention, all sorts of specialty toppings) until 4am on weekends.

The Ossington Stop
You'll find this kitchen operating in full force until 4am on weekends, and the rest of the week it closes no earlier than midnight (off on Mondays). The menu is tailored perfectly for light-night eating, featuring options like tacos, sausage pies, mac 'n cheese and assorted sandwiches.

People's Eatery
The new addition to Chinatown serves up an ever evolving menu featuring snack foods like mini fried tongue sandwiches on pretzel buns, and platters featuring Peking duck three ways. The eatery is open until 2am every day of the week.

Night owls in Pape Village gained a new ally this year with this Greek diner that keeps the grill hot until at least 2am week round. Late night gyros and souvlaki are the big draws, and while this isn't unusual in this part of town, being able to find on in the wee hours on a Monday, happens to be unique.

Lo Pan
Upstairs from Dailo, this cocktail bar offer a late night yumcha menu until 2am where the snacky options include Big Mac bao, pastrami spring rolls and Asian confit duck wings to go along with cocktails like the lemongrass gimlet.

Mr Flamingo
After dinner hour ends, the menu at this cocktail bar transitions to a late night format inspired by a different theme each month. Served until 2am, the debut menu is inspired by the canned seafood of the Iberian Peninsula. Next month expect an Asian night market inspired nibbles.

Korean Cowboy
This Korean anju bar at Yonge and Eg keeps the kitchen open from lunch until late night offering a menu of small plates including fried spaghetti, steamed bun burgers and kimchi fries, plus sharing platters featuring tacos, ssam, and Korean fried chicken wings.

This new multi-level establishment in the Entertainment District keeps the kitchen open until last call serving selections from the bar menu that includes haute dawgs with Burgundy truffles, duck confit nachos and buttermilk fried sweetbreads.

Luther's Chicken
Taking over the kitchen at The Churchill, this month's-old fried chicken outfit has introduced a menu featuring southern staples like chicken, biscuits, and sides like collard greens, macaroni salad and buttered corn. Best of all, the kitchen keeps cooking 'til 1am.

What did I miss? Add your favourite new late night eats to the comments.

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