Here are some of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite Toronto restaurants.
Travel the world: an irreverent guide, by the world traveler and the late chef Anthony Bourdain, was published last April. In it, Bourdain has provided the ultimate guide for anyone looking for adventure and great food.
In his book, Bourdain’s time in Toronto is shared, and although he explored the city and all it had to offer. And of course he was brutally honest.
The concrete jungle full of condos and endless architecture didn’t seem to impress Bourdain, but that wasn’t what he was there for. It was all about the food.
Although the book was co-authored by his longtime assistant Laurie Woolever, no one better than his “lieutenant” to continue to share his legacy.
Here are some restaurants and bars that the beloved chef, author and frequent traveler has visited in Toronto:
“Cocktail bar in Little Italy [is] a perfect place for a Negroni aperitif, ”said Bourdain.
Famous restaurateur Jen Agg owns a cocktail bar and is also the name behind Gray Gardens, Rum Corner, Le Swan French Diner, Bar Vendetta and the Black Hoof with shutters.
Bourdain gave a little nod to what he called “thoughtful drinks designed and executed” like Whiskey Business and Absinthe Whip.
Address: 923 Dundas Street West
Hours: Every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Although no longer standing, Cold Tea was a local bar tucked away in Kensington Market at 60 Kensington Avenue. Bourdain described the place as “a prime example of a fine and wonderful bar”, one of which was discreet and hidden from the naked eye.
Bourdain also informs his readers about a fun little fact. Cold Tea got its name from a practice of serving beer in a teapot to late-night guests after the last call.
Cold Tea stands proudly at its location at 1186 Queen Street West.
Address: 1186 Queen Street West
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Bourdain checked out Carousel Bakery at St Lawrence Market and had one thing in mind: “the old-fashioned old-school Toronto sandwich – the classic peameal bacon sandwich.”
It was toasted and served on a kaiser bun, accompanied by horseradish and maple mustard.
He also made sure to try the classic Canadian treat – butter pie.
Address: 93 Front Street East
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Porchetta & Co.
At Porchetta & Co., Bourdain described his signature sandwich as “juicy and delicious”.
To help give a visualization, restaurant owner Nick Auf Der Mauer said it’s made with obligatory pork shoulder butt wrapped in prosciutto, something Bourdain called “a bit of genius. “.
Address: 545 King Street West
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 12 noon to 9 p.m.