1 Burdock and Co. 2702 Main St., burdockandco.com 2 Belgard Kitchen 55 Dunlevy Ave., belgardkitchen.com 3 Merchant’s Workshop 1590 Commercial Dr., merchantsworkshop.ca honourable mentions j Café Medina, Au Comptoir We’re willing to stand in the rain for it, so of course it deserves its own category. Burdock and Co. leads the fray thanks to its small but eclectic group of dishes. Crispy fried chicken with dill pickle mayo and a poached egg is something our judges swooned over. Yes, there’s avocado toast at Silver surprise Belgard
Kitchen, but there’s also the infamous Belgard bacon, a skillet sizzler of maple-bourbon pork belly with maple caramel. We dare you not to drool. And Merchant’s Workshop more than earned its Bronze for chef/owner Doug Stephen’s clean yet comforting fare (hot chicken FTW).
We change the name of this category every year— it’s been Bakery, it’s been Last Course—but Thomas Haas just keeps winning it.