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Tori's Bakeshop is the labor of love of Tori Vaccher. Located in The Beaches, this vegan, organic and gluten-free bakery and cafe is a hit among the non-vegan crowd as well. It is also the first of its kind in the city. Opened in 2012, this dainty eat-in with its cute light fixtures is a great place to dig into baked goodies without any sort of guilt trip. Relish their Vanilla Donut, Cinnamon Bun, Lemon Cupcake, Oatmeal Cookie, Chai-Spiced Pear Muffin, Blueberry Lemon Scone, Butter Tart, Chocolate Croissant and Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. Enjoy your treats with lattes and Americanos with coconut, soy or almond milk.
Bakerbots Baking opened in 2011 and is the brainchild of artist and baker, Rosanne Pezzelli. It is considered to be the best place in town for ice cream sandwiches. This tiny shop also has yummy cookies, macarons, cupcakes and cakes in their menu. You can choose your cookie and ice cream for your sandwiches that includes flavors like Ginger Molasses, Oatmeal and The Everything in cookies and French Mint, Maple Bacon and Guinness Stout in their rotating ice cream selection. The best option would be to check out their blackboard for combinations. It is indeed a nice stopover for sweet indulgences.
Bunner’s Bake Shop is the brainchild of Ashley Wittig and Kevin MacAllister and opened in 2009. This organic, gluten free, vegan bakery offers delicious sweet pastries and savories, defying traditional baking methods. Their products are low on glycemic index and are suitable for everyone. These include yummy cupcakes such as Red Velvet, Carrot and French Toast, Cinnamon Buns, Creamies, Cookies, Muffins, Date Square, Pies, Butter Tarts and Savoury Pockets. Treat yourself without any guilt trip.
The Gabardine is bring back the 1940s vibe. The decor here is a bit campy, elegant and furnished with booth seating, comfortable to accommodate larger groups. The service is friendly and being attentive comes to them naturally. The Gabardine's burger is one Toronto's most popular burgers because of its mighty-sized patty which is made from the most tender meat, infused with bacon, cheese and aioli and accompanied with fries which are seasoned in rosemary for an unique flavor. Along with gourmet burgers, the place serves heavenly a heavenly mac 'n cheese rendition, sandwiches with interesting fillings, pork and poultry specials, tacos, etc. For desserts try one of their pies with ice-cream or whipped cream. In a true sense, The Gabardine has mastered the art of cooking and serving comfort food.
Occupying a small, intimate space on Queen Street West, Poutini's House of Poutine offers delicious renditions of Canada's favorite snack. In a white cup that is designed for the on-the-go-goodness, Poutini's fills it up with hand-cut fries, locally sourced fresh cheese curds, and tops it off with incredible homemade gravy. Choose from a list of creamy poutine varieties, ranging from Traditional Poutine and Layered Poutine, to meaty options like Smoked Meat Poutine and BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine
If you are craving delicious breakfast and brunch, then School is the place for you. The trendy, urban restaurant serves creative food options. Their menu features innovative versions of crepes, crunchy toasts, pancakes, souffle, salads, burgers and more. Try dishes like Caramelized Banana-Nutella Crepe, Cheese Omelette Souffle, Double Smoked Bacon. Their Cheddar Chive Biscuits are are a huge hit among their regular patrons, so don't forget to munch on those. The restaurant also has a full bar, so the venue is perfect even if you want to have a couple of drinks with friends. The School also has various offers and regular specials, and if you're lucky you might just get a free treat!