Yum, Yum: Winter Comfort Food

Brrr! So, it looks like winter actually made it this year. Weather like this makes us want to snuggle in our adult onesies and eat nothing but our favourite comfort food. Each of these categories could have a post of its own (which may come later), but for now it’s all about keeping (your belly) warm. Here’s our round-up of Toronto’s best places
to indulge your comfort food craving.



Mac and Cheese 
We’re not going to lie, President’s Choice
White Mac and Cheese was a university staple and often creeps back into our
roster of I’m-hungry-now-but-too-lazy-to-cook foods. We‘ve broached the best mac and cheese subject before, and still can’t get enough of it.



For the lobstah lovahs: Rock Lobster Co.

Mac and cheese for one? Yes, please. 
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For the traditionalists: Czehoski.

No sharing. 
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Fried Chicken 

We’re lucky Toronto has so many places
where we can get our fried chicken fix, especially since most of them seem to
be in the general vicinity of our office. Pairs well with the aforementioned mac and cheese (see, we’re planning your whole meal for you!).



For straight up fried chicken: Harlem Underground.

No utensils needed. 



For chicken and waffles: The Drake Hotel.

#SorryNotSorry. 



For a fried chicken sandwich: The County General.


Because everything tastes better between two slices of bread. 

Meatballs

What’s not to love about a bite-size ball
of delicious meat and sauce? Nothing, unless you don’t eat meat, and well,
we’re sorry about that. There are more places than you would think serving meatballs here in Hogtown – there’s even a restaurant dedicated to them – but here are the balls that we find are our top choices.



For meatballs like nonna’s: 7 Numbers


If Rosa was our nonna we’d eat these suckers every day. 


For another white meat version: Little Anthony’s.

Three little turkey meatballs, all in a row.

For balls with a twist: Banh Mi Boys.


Like we said, add bread and you’re good to go. 



Soup

Whether it’s split-pea, chicken noodle or French onion, soup warms the hearts of even the coldest icicles. Out of the hundreds
of restos in Toronto that offer delicious options, here’s where we usually
frequent.



Something for everyone: Soup Nutsy.

Hint: the Metro Hall location is a great spot for lunch during World MasterCard Fashion Week
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For a taste of South Asia: Ravi Soups.

 We’re hungry already. 
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For the Francophile: Le Sélect/La Société/Le Papillon.
 

Might have just drooled….look at that cheese! 
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The places that have it all 
Can’t decide between your go-to comfort foods? Have no fear; these next places have all your favourites under one roof. 


Top purveyor of all things comforting: The Rebel House


Our choice for the city’s best gastropub, take your pick of meatloaf, baked beans or schnitzel. 



For 24 hour comfort: Fran’s/The Lakeview


A Toronto comfort food staple. 



Post-bar comfort. 



For new comfort: Rose and Sons.


Schmaltz, schmaltz, and more schmaltz. 

Fave Five: Best Eggs Benny

A good eggs Benedict can be hit or miss. Luckily, we consider ourselves brunch connoisseurs, and have done tons of research into what’s tops in Toronto. We’ll trek all over the city for a well-executed Benny. Here, we serve up some of our favourites:

A weekend staple for many of us, the Drake’s Eggs Benedict ($13) offers the classic favourite with eggs over smoked pork loin with a generous dollop of Hollandaise. There is also a delicious Eggs Caleb with smoked salmon. Enjoy it with a DIY Caesar you can share with your friends. 


While not a traditional Benny, the vegetarian Eggs Milestone ($9.99), a delicious combination of goat cheese, sliced Roma tomatoes and avocado salsa topped with hollandaise, makes it an easy brunch decision. Top it off with a Sunshine Mimosa and your weekend’s off to a great start. 


If you’re in the Leslieville area, Lady Marmalade has a great selection and offers a more decadent version with brie, avocado and bacon ($13.50). Enjoy it with your cup of joe and be sure to bring some bills – the restaurant only accepts cash. 


A Rosedale option is The Rebel House’s Rebellion Eggs ($10.75). Your choice of peameal bacon or smoked Atlantic salmon with a tangy fresh H-sauce. They offer a little Bailey’s in your morning coffee, a great addition to any breakfast choice. 


Out at Bloor and Landsdowne, The Bloordale Pantry has a great diner vibe and a Benny menu titled “Hello my name is Benny.” To set them apart, their eggs sit atop a house-made griddle scone and their Classic Benny with peameal bacon ($11.99) is an easy choice when we’re in the area. A glass of freshly squeezed juice tops off a well-rounded brunch. 

Where’s your favourite spot to enjoy a Benny? Let us know @rockitpromo.