There seems to be a backlog of places I have been to. So here they all are:
The pizza was delicious. We happened to go there during Summerlicious so we split a prix fixe dinner. For $25 we got an appetizer, a salad (which I did not care for, it was gross), a pizza and dessert! The pizza we ordered had hot peppers on it, which I was wary of eating given I only recently came around on eating spicy food. But it was not an overkill. There were only a few and it was delicious and just the right amount of spicy. The appetizer, we had no idea what it was and the name did not indicate anything as to what it consisted of. Dessert was a delicious tiramisiu presented moreso as a parfait, which left us scraping every last bit from the bottom of the glass. My favourite part has got to be the fact that with the bill came a postcard featuring a European street. It was so cute and it made me smile.
NOTE: They are so popular they are opening a second location on the Danforth.
And if the tiramisiu was not enough, we still went to the Best Portugeuse Custard Tarts on the way home:
Nova Era Bakery:
It was the perfect finish to a nice day of fooding. The tarts were reasonably priced, so much so that it was my treat! I had a strawberry tart and Brent had the custard tart. They were both delicious and it was nice that they were small. Alas, mine proved much harder to eat given it had two giants strawberries in it. The custard tart did lend itself to easier eating, a definite plus. The tart itself does not look too appetizing, it looks like the baker got lazy or ran out of ideas and decided to just make a plain tart, but when you bite into it, mmm… custard. The other good point is that they are not overly sweet like other tarts (butter, chocolate etc…).
A small dessert shop located on College in the heart of Little Italy with great service. And even better gelato!! It was creamy and very flavourful and did not give me a stomachache from being too sweet or heavy. It did melt a little faster than regular ice cream. I went back again to their second location on the Danforth and tried the lemon one this time. It was perfect, not too sour but not loaded with sugar, like lemonade… but with a spoon.
This quaint bar on the Danforth was voted best wings in the city, so on our way to Taste of the Danforth (we were early, setup was still happening) we stopped in for a bite and a pint. The wings were the best I have had thus far, except for the originals in Buffalo. They were really saucy and just the right amount of spicy. But I cannot say that I care for the blue cheese sauce. I have tried it multiple times and I still do not like it. It makes the wings taste funny.
Now that I am caught up, here are a few more. These were all covered yesterday in a 4hour walk there and back. My legs hurt today. A lot.
Dark Horse Espresso:
Voted best coffee in the city/best coffee house (due to the great wireless). While we did not actually test out the wireless, the cafe itself had an OK atmosphere, a few too many hipsters though. But they had chairs outside, which if we were not on our way to a much-anticipated lunch, I would’ve gladly partaken in some sitting and people watching. The iced latte was made with really high-quality espresso. I say so because it needed very little sugar. Some coffees are not good unless you add a lot of sugar, other espressos taste burnt (I am not going to name names, Second Cup). This espresso had a strong flavour with just the slighest undercurrent of nuttiness. OK, no more coffee snobbery from me. It was yummy.
Leslieville Cheese Market:
After 2 hours of walking, including walking past their second location (we were not hungry enough and I had my coffee keeping me occupied) we got there. After two mild heart breaks (they were out of cheddar |& bacon sandwiches and also gruyere & ham) I finally decided on provolone & summer beef sausage, while Brent had the white mozzarella with mustard and something else, I forget. His was better. No wonder it was called The Classic. Can’t win them all. Overall, still a very good grilled cheese and they got bonus points for making their own (also delicious) bread. At first I was worried I might get served Dempster’s square bread. It does not make for good grilled cheese, at all.
Bobbette & Belle:
They came in 7th in the best cupcake category. Now I have eaten a lot of cupcakes in the city and quite frankly, there are a few other bakeries that should be higher than this one on the list. Dessert Lady (which, unjustly, is not even on the list) should be above it, as should Swirls and Prairie Girl. Regardless, pros: the cupcake itself was made with real vanilla as opposed to artificial flavouring, the service was good, the bakery itself is a nice place to sit down and cons: the buttercream icing was too much. Too heavy and not enough caramel flavour. I had wanted the lemon cupcake with lemon icing but they were sold out 😦
Ed’s Real Scoop:
Voted best ice cream in the city (recently in Toronto Life, and in previous years in various publications) and best milkshake! Two in one! How could we resist?! Brent opted for the milkshake, going with the burnt marshmallow flavour (recommended as best ice cream) and it was pretty good, it was thick and tasty. But it was small sized and kind of expensive. I went with the mercury espresso ice cream after reading on their website that they buy espresso from Mercury Espresso Bar just down the street and use it to make the ice cream. You can taste the difference when it is made with real and very good coffee. Even Brent pointed out that he liked it more than he would’ve expected to (not being a coffee fan, he made a face when he sipped my iced latte from Dark Horse).
Brick Street Bakery:
Best bread in Toronto, we went with the recommendation: sun dried tomato bread. It was a good choice. I was eating it on it’s own with nothing on it. Save for spitting out large tomato bits, they could’ve been a bit smaller so I would not have to taste them. But that’s just my dislike of tomatos.
UP NEXT: yet another attempt at Zoot’s (one of best cafes), backup would be the newly voted best pizza slice (no longer Bitondo’s, now it’s King Pizza on Bloor near Dufferin).