Tourtiere Toronto

The top 5 tourtiere in Toronto

Tourtiere is an iconic Canadian food originating in Quebec and traditionally consumed around the winter holidays. In Toronto you'll find these savoury meat pies available all year round at a collection of restaurants, bakeries and butchers.

Here are my picks for the top tourtiere in Toronto.

Cliffside Hearth Bread Company
The French Canadian owner at this Scarborough bakeshop initially only offered tourtiere at Christmas time - but the savoury pies proved so popular that they've become a staple year round. The crust incorporates a combination of butter and lard, while the filling is a well seasoned minced pork bursting with flavours of summer savoury, nutmeg, thyme, cloves, celery seed, garlic and onions. Whole pies cost $23.

Sanagan's Meat Locker
This butcher in Kensington Market makes its tourtiere from scratch starting with a butter and lard crust that's then filled with ground pork and a blend of warm spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Take home a whole pie for $25.

Le Papillon on the Park
Find a classic tourtiere on the brunch menu at this French restaurant in Leslieville. The personal-sized meat pies here are made with a medley of seasoned pork, veal and beef, and come served with a tangy tomato apple relish and green salad for $20. For an innovative take try the poutine tourtine ($14) featuring spicy tourtière over a mass of fresh cut frites, cheese curds, and gravy.

House on Parliament
Enjoy a personal sized savoury pork pie ($16) with a pint at this public house in Cabbagetown. Tomato jalapeno chutney is supplied as a condiment while the hearty entree includes sides of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

For a nouvelle interpretation on this Quebecois treasure, try the folded pork tourtière pizza ($18) at this O&B restaurant. The classic flavours are all there, paired with gouda, arugula, Branston pickles and sage.

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