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Stay Cozy: Toronto Restaurant Edition

Dear universe: I have got it in my mind that I would reallyx3 like to receive a Seafood Platter. It's so opulent.  I'm gonna forget about it so it comes true. TRUST.

Dear universe: I have got it in my mind that I would reallyx3 like to receive a Seafood Platter. It’s so opulent. I’m gonna forget about it so it comes true. TRUST.

Toronto temperatures are dipping to that Montreal sub-zero, nasty frost-bite uncomfortable.  It’s when leggings aren’t enough if they aren’t fleece lined or you forego looks and acquiesce to looking puffy (multiple thermals layered beneath chunky wool sweaters).  “Ok fine! You win Winter!” Ugh, I have the worst static-y hair when I remove my trapper hat.  When they issue an extreme cold-weather warning, you best listen.  And if you haven’t declined all socials in exchange for the warmth of that duvet taco as my friend P calls it, you better have a damn good reason for stepping outdoors. Buuuuut delicious food is always a good reason, non?  We’re reallyx3 lucky in Toronto to have a plethora of dining options to keep our tastebuds sated.  Even if I’m frrreeeezing, at least my tummy is full of warm food. Here are a few of my fave Toronto cozy spots that you can bundle up for:

The Federal: These sandwiches are better in real life. Like worth eating bread. TRUST.

The Federal: These sandwiches are better in real life. Like worth eating bread. TRUST.

The Federal (1438 Dundas West) – There is a hotbed of dining options on the Dundas West strip.  This charming restaurant serves up brunch, sandwiches and late-night noshes and cocktails.  Recently, popped in for brunch with my friend A and we almost licked our plates… that good!  They were sold out of Belgian waffles but there were so many delightful options that we needed a few extra minutes to edit our selections.

This End Up: The secret is out! Make Resos to avoid disappointment. I love to sit by the bar. TRUST.

The secret is out! Make Resos to avoid disappointment. I love to sit by the bar. TRUST.

This End Up (1454 Dundas West) – Very close to the first option, this sandwich and cocktail joint is a hidden gem. I reallyx3 shouldn’t be telling you about it.  You can have the most delectable dinner without breaking the bank.  This diner offers a 50/50 variety of vegetarian and carnivore lovers options but everything on the menu is beyond expectation like Kimchi chili fries, Daal Frites, Tofu Tacos or my perennial favourites the Baja Fish. I am always surprised with the bill because it’s never over $50, everrr!

My favourites things are Libraries and Walk-in Closets. This reminds me of the latter. TRUST.

The Good Son: My favourite things are Libraries and Walk-in Closets. This reminds me of the former. TRUST.

The Good Son (1096 Queen St. West) – This eclectic English library-meets den from Top Chef Canada finalist Vittorio Colacitti brings a mix of rustic Italian favourites and fusion cuisine.  This is an open space (occupying the former Nyood), with an inviting old-fashioned cocktail bar, leather banquettes and high tables; diners can watch all the action through the open kitchen.

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