KENS­ING­TON BAR­GAINS

North Toronto Post - - Food -

#32 Ozzy’s Burg­ers Toronto used to have ter­ri­ble burg­ers: over­cooked hockey pucks on too-big, too-tough buns. But over the last decade, thanks to a re­nais­sance led by the Burger’s Priest, you can now get good burg­ers all over town. Even in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket there are two more burger shops (the Burg­er­na­tor, Top Gun Steak & Burger) within a block. But only at Ozzy’s can you get a burger of fresh ground beef smash-grid­dled to a crisp and placed on a squishy bun for $5. In a city where this com­mod­ity typ­i­cally runs $8 to $10, I feel like I’m steal­ing from Ozzy. 66½ Nas­sau St. #31 Em­po­rium Latino In Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket, tourists line up for glitzy, In­sta­grammable food shops while the jewel of the neigh­bour­hood re­mains hid­den by the fa­cade of a Latin Amer­i­can gro­cery store. But, past racks of corn chips and masa, be­yond the fridge filled with queso fresco and chorizo and the freezer hid­ing aji Amar­illo and aji ro­coto, is a lit­tle kitchen pump­ing out the best brunch in Kens­ing­ton. En­joy pu­pusas, tamales, fried plan­tains with crema, chiles rel­lenos (roasted poblano pep­pers stuffed with cheese, bat­tered and fried). This is not fast food. They will take 10 or 15 min­utes to pre­pare your meal. So or­der at the cashier, hand your ticket to the kitchen and go grab a cof­fee nearby while you smugly out­wit the tourists. 243 Augusta Ave.

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