Five Toronto Restaurants to Heat You Up in the Cold, Part Deux
Of course, there are more than five sublime restos to keep you warm in the cold – read this post to get a backing on these here words – so we’re bringing you another five beautiful ditties to shelter you from the impending froid…
Babaluu is a happenin’ Latin supper club (why does this city have so few of these?) in Yorkville that runs the gamut from food box to salsa soiree. Go for the dishes that take inspiration from South American countries – like the octopus ceviche or the tequila shrimp – and then belly on up to the dance floor for late night quickfire salsa lessons and hours of sexy swayin’. Check out the vibe at Babaluu.
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One rule to live by is the Cardinal Rule. It is, of course, “a fundamental rule, upon which other matters hinge.” But it’s also a happening spot on Roncesvalles that serves up interesting takes on comfort classics – the maki n’ cheese or the phish and chips – and has a howling great vibe to chill in. Katie, Chef Marta, and the whole team will have you feeling at home amidst their menu of gluten-free and vegan options, great cocktails (many of which can be had in mini pitchers), and kitsch decor. Take a peek at our favourite Cardinal Rule.
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Ooey. Gooey. Stringy. Artisan? Cheesewerks is summed up in these four words. One of the gems of the Toronto scene, Cheesewerks has perfected the grilled cheese and taken it to heights Kraft never saw comin’. Think a cheesy sammie inspired by New York with some Swiss, spiced pastrami, and pickled red cabbage. And that’s only one city that gets transformed in bread and butter glory. They’ve also got fondue, wine, beer, and Kitchen Sink Sundays. (You’ll have to head there to find out what’s in store.) Watch Cheesewerks deliciousness and then head on over…
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Brit punk chic meets beer geek at Firkin on Yonge, a member of the chain that stands out ahead of its brothers thanks to a modern take on a classic pub. Good grub, boss beers, cool cocktails. What more could want for your shelter from the storm? Sports lovers will hop a spot up near the bar with the projection screen, or cozy on up in the mezzanine level surrounded by good ol’ Union Jack. See what you’re missing at Firkin on Yonge here.
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How many steps does it take to get out of the cold and into the warmth of a Mediterranean Bloor West favourite? Only 17. (If you can’t make that li’l trek you need serious personal training.) 17 Steps is a hidden gem to be sure, but serves up some fantastic Greek grub like no one’s business. Spanikopita? Check. Dolmades? Check. Lamb? Lots. Cozy on up and escape the chill of fall’s frigid breath on your neck. Take a peek at 17 Steps here.