Toronto's Thriving Eateries

Innovative and classic cuisines meet in Canada's largest city

Toronto's food scene has blossomed in the past few years, making the city all the more compelling as a quick weekend destination. Below, your edible itinerary:

The Black Hoof Anywhere else, chef Grant Van Gameren's pork-based charcuterie would shine. But here they quickly cede the spotlight to other unlikely meats (pictured) on the plate, such as blueberry-cured bison, duck prosciutto and horse salami. Try the thinly sliced beef tongue–piled on house-made brioche with tarragon mayo–with one of Jen Agg's classically inspired cocktails. 928 Dundas St. W.; 416-551-8854

Pizzeria Libretto Ensconced on a nightlife-heavy thoroughfare, this bustling, no-reservations pizzeria makes Toronto's only authentic Neapolitan pie. Service and presentation are bare bones, but the ingredients–sourced from Italy and local farms–are impeccable. 221 Ossington Ave.; 416-532-8000 or

Culinarium Journey to Midtown for edible souvenirs from this charming shop that stocks goods exclusively from within the province of Ontario. Come away from a visit with Thunder Bay birch syrup, cold-pressed oils and Niagara fruit vinegars. 705 Mount Pleasant Rd.; 647-430-7004 or

Barchef Set aside several hours to explore the 30 cocktails at the city's most imaginative drinks spot. The Martini Three Ways–served straight up, encapsulated and foamed–is an inventive introduction to modern cocktailing. Even so-called classics are spiked with playful details like coconut bitters, cinnamon syrup and ground star anise. Bar Chef, 472 Queen St. W.; 416-868-4800 or