The Food­tinerary

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GOOD MORN­ING CANNOLI Forno Cul­tura 609 King St. W Walk­ing down the stairs into this Ital­ian bak­ery, youll find chefs busily mak­ing bread, im­ported olive oils on the shelves, high-top seat­ing and front-of-house cases packed with fresh au­then­tic treats. Brave the queue for Forno’s sugar-dusted goat milk ri­cotta cannoli (our vote for best in the city). fornocul­tura.com DUCK FAT FRIES ARE THE WVRST WVRST 609 King St. W This bold red Ger­man-style beer hall is aptly named a “hall of sausage and other won­ders.” Great sausage, yes, but the duck fat fries are the stu‰ of leg­end. A side of these lo­cally fa­mous frites (with 10-plus home­made dips, like maple rose­mary or but­ter­milk ranch) pairs per­fectly with your Tam­worth her­itage pork sausage on a but­tery white roll—top the lat­ter with sweet pep­pers and sautéed onions. wvrst.com OG CHICKEN AND WAFFLES The Dirty Bird 79 Kens­ing­ton Ave. This Brook­lyn-chic chicken and wa‰les joint in the heart of hip­pie Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket serves up stel­lar food for a de­cent price. Get the clas­sic ODB ($15)—the chicken is hand­breaded and cleanly crunchy, and the wa‰les are light and flu‰y—and make sure you dou­ble dip in both the syrup and spicy “dirty sauce” for the per­fect zippy bite. thedirty­bird.ca SWEET SNACK­ING Cos­mic Treats 207 Au­gusta Ave. This ve­gan restau­rant and dessert bar makes killer, deca­dent cashew-based ve­gan ice cream (think choco­late fudge, berry cheese­cake) in a retro or­ange diner-style room with geek-chic cos­mic art. cos­mic­treats.ca LUXE DIN­NER SPOT La Banane 227 Oss­ing­ton Ave. In a cheeky room kit­ted out with War­ho­lesque ba­nana prints and rich emer­ald walls, chef Bran­don Olsen (of Bar Is­abel, the Black Hoof) serves up con­tem­po­rary French, like but­tery, melt-in-your-mouth Euro­pean bass

en croûte ($34) and a mas­sive, per­fectly cooked skil­let of rib-eye steak with sauce bor­de­laise ($80). The gi­ant gra‰iti-dec­o­rated choco­late egg is the In­sta­gram dar­ling; have those phones ready. la­banane.ca AF­TER DIN­NER COCK­TAILS AND BITES The Drake Ho­tel 1150 Queen St. W Even West Coast­ers will fall for the sushi: or­der the mas­ter­fully sauced co­conut panko shrimp maki with dy­na­mite sauce ($15) or the rich mar­i­nated but­ter­fish ($14) to go with what­ever care­fully crafted tip­ple the bar­tender rec­om­mends. Si­dle up to the bar if you’re solo or head up to the bumpin’ rooftop pa­tio (Van­cou­ver needs more of these) with friends. the­drake­ho­tel.ca WHERE WE WANT TO GO NEXT Grey Gar­dens 199 Au­gusta Ave. On the sur­face, it’s the kind of aus­tere wine bar where a mod­ern-day Marie An­toinette would get her happy hour on, but it’s also the new buz­zwor­thy spot from Jen Agg (the Black Hoof), who, to let you in on a lit­tle T.O. gos­sip, can be a di­vi­sive restau­ra­teur. (Her lat­est book is I Hear She’s a Real Bitch, and she’s been known to call cus­tomers douches on Twit­ter—power to her.) Go for the drama! The in­trigue! But also the beauty, the ro­bust wine list, cider list and semi-se­cret sake list. grey­gar­dens.ca

Grey Gar­dens Cannoli at Forno Cul­tura

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