With another dark, wind-chilled winter blowing through the city, come those cozy comfort food cravings that are hard to ignore. One of those quintessential warm ups is pub food, and not all pub food is created equal. Below are some of your best bets for traditional pub grub in this fine city.
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This Cabbagetown pub serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch and their menu features delectable wild game options like boar and pheasant. Settle into one of their cozy booths for brunch and enjoy a delicious cognac scotch egg with hollandaise.
This traditional English Pub on Queen West is a sports friendly neighbourhood restaurant with 20 beers on tap. The menu features English favourites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash as well as gut-busters like the fried chicken club.
This Irish pub in Leslieville serves up a mean burger, but we suggest you go all-in for the prime rib dinner on Sunday evenings. Locals who know best populate the pub’s cozy atmosphere.
Located in the heart of Leslieville, the cottage has a wide range of Irish and Canadian premium craft beers, whiskies and spirits, as well as fresh oysters and classic homemade pub food. Though it was opened in 2009, one part of the restored structure dates back to the 1880s.
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This British pub is a step up from the city’s many chain pubs. Savour Barbary duck with garden peas and lettuce or go for a pub favourite like fish and chips or lamb curry.
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Pubs may typically be associated with British culture but this one calls itself a true Canadian pub. That doesn’t mean that all they serve is poutine. Their high-end menu features a delicious mac’n’cheese or class it up and order the old country chicken liver pate.
One of the newer pubs in Toronto, the Oxley Public House serves classic British fare in a breathtakingly beautiful space. Their menu is peppered with traditional dishes made from scratch like venison and mushroom cobbler or slow roast lamb with root vegetables.
This authentic Irish pub is located at Broadview and the Danforth and features a massive wood- burning fireplace. Their dishes are made with local ingredients like the roast leg of Ontario lamb with rosemary and garlic. Order off the menu or get a group together and book a family-style dinner in ‘yer mom’s kitchen.