An Insider's Guide to Toronto
Montreal has been Canada’s most acclaimed food city for years, but now, Toronto is having its turn. Celebrity chefs Dave Chang and Daniel Boulud, who recently opened up new spots there, take F&W’s Kate Krader on a tour, with stops for squid tostadas and double-smoked kielbasa.
Summer lovin’—art and food festival in Toronto’s trendiest neighborhood
Visiting Toronto's coolest neighborhood: West Queen West. The area is home to Toronto's many art galleries, cafes, restaurants & the annual Queen West Art Crawl
Lavish ingredients elevate Canoe’s otherwise faithful salad: baby romaine, buttery brioche croutons, a light garlic emulsion and luscious hunks of maple-chili-marinated grilled eel in lieu of anchovies. $18. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-364-0054.
Breakfast at Marben brings a grilled sandwich made with Spanish flatbread, lemon-parmesan cream, wild boar pancetta and compressed romaine alongside a duck eggshell filled with whipped yolk for dipping. (The pine fronds and wood chips are strictly decorative.) $11. 488 Wellington St. W., 416-979-1990.
Don Don Izakaya’s iteration tops a lemony romaine base with flower petals and delicate wisps of parmesan. A hoop of puff pastry stands in for croutons and a poached duck egg releases a flood of yolky richness. $7.50. 130 Dundas St. W., 416-492-5292.
Farmhouse Tavern turns the salad into a soup with parmesan rind–infused broth, smoked trout, garlic croutons and crispy fried pigs’ ears. It’s garnished with two dressing-tipped romaine leaves for a hit of freshness. $10. 1627 Dupont St., 416-561-9114.
The Gabardine serves romaine hearts with rosemary-flecked croutons and brittle strips of double-smoked bacon. The runny yolk of a soft-boiled egg adds extra heft to the light garlic dressing. $12. 372 Bay St., 647-352-3211.