Yum, Yum: Market 707

Nestled beside the ever-popular pool-hopping destination,
Scadding Court, lies Market 707. Just east of Bathurst, at 707 Dundas Avenue, 15 small businesses operate out of modified shipping containers and form the market.  Services range from a bicycle repair shop to dim sum to camel burgers. Here’s a selection of our fave food offerings from 707:

 
These traditional Salvadorian corn pancakes are made right
before your eyes by owner Terri and are served with curtido, a cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar, and tomato salsa. If you’ve never had a pupusa, you’re sorely missing out on a delicious part of Toronto’s multicultural cuisine.

The Original One


Good dim sum can be hard to find outside of Chinatown and
Markham, but The Original One has got it covered. Their barbequed pork
buns are light and fluffy, and the bbq pork is perfectly seasoned. Besides the
fact that they’re $3, they’re steamed and ready to be devoured in four minutes
– the perfect amount of time to peruse the other vendors or try their bubble
tea.





Street food is a hot trend in Toronto right now and Gushi is on the bandwagon, serving up Japanese-style street food. Now if you want skewers done right, you should probably go to the restaurant named after them. Gushi is Japanese for skewers, including the $1.75 tasty shrimp skewer we sampled above. Lightly battered in Panko and topped with homemade teriyaki sauce, Gushi certainly lives up to its name.


Owner Dali Chehimi with the camel slider he prepared for us

Mmm, camel.

Ever had a camel burger? Didn’t think so. We have though, and can we just say that after you get over the whole omg-I-just-ate-a-camel thing, they’re mighty tasty. Owner Dali Chehimi is more than happy to let you sample the toppings and tell you where he gets the buns and the meat from (here and here, by the way). We weren’t sure if we could stomach an entire burger, so we opted for the $3.50 slider version topped with homemade harissa and caramelized onions. If you’re not up for the camel, Chehimi offers lamb burgers, merguez sausages, and other Tunisian and North African fare.

For a full list of vendors located at Market 707 visit http://www.scaddingcourt.org/market_707/
or follow the Market at @market707. Vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., but time varies depending on the vendor.

Yum, yum: National Hot Dog Month

After the National Post declared
hot dogs the victor
in the nutritional barbecue battle against the hamburger (at least, strictly in terms of calories), we
got thinking about our deeply rooted childhood love for hot dogs: from campfire-roasted spidey dogs to street meat to ballpark classics. With July being National Hot Dog
Month
(yep, it’s worth all 31 days of this month), we round up the best diggity-dogs in the city.


Sometimes,
you just don’t mess with a classic. 
The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Ave. W.) dog is all-beef with the traditional fixin’s:
mustard, ketchup and red onion. For another $1.50, you can hit it out of the (ball) park
with bacon and cracklings. Pork on pork on pork, yum…

Who doesn’t? 
(A rhetorical question, we know there are those that don’t indulge in the other white meat).
Image source.

For more in the pork bonanza, try a foot-long from Burkie’s
Dog House found in the ACC and at Real
Sports Bar
. Get ‘em covered in bacon, pulled pork, chili or mac and cheese
in one of their many heart-stopping varieties. For some true patriot love, dig into
the Poutine Dog made with hickory sticks – très bon, n’est-ce pas?

We swear, hickory sticks on a poutine-covered footlong is amazing.
Image source.

After savouring one of Quebec’s most beloved dishes, check
out The Little Dog (566 College St.) for another Montreal classic: steamies. Now, these are no
icky New York “waterdogs.” At Little Dog, they claim steaming is the only way
to go, locking in the flavour and juiciness whereas grilling causes the casing to split. True to their name, these
babies are the two-bite brownie of the hot dog world, ringing in at under $2. Bonus? It shares space with The Big Chill, so snack on some ice cream afterward.

Simple menu, outstanding flavour.

If it’s toppings (of the non-pork variety) you want, check
out The
Hot ‘n Dog
 (216 Close Ave.) With more than 120 condiments, you can load up your hot
dog – either a beef-pork blend or veggie – with everything from asparagus to
maple syrup to crumbled blue cheese. “Less is more” is definitely not the motto
of this Parkdale establishment.


When all else fails, hit up one of our city’s oldest and
most omnipresent “street food” hubs: the hot dog cart. The
cart at St. George and Beverly is the stuff hungover undergrad dreams are made
of. Plus, the same guy (we think) has been serving up U of T students for 20 years – hot
diggity!


Joining the hot dog scene, Fancy Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs is set to open at 326 College
St. No word yet when we’ll be able to dig into their dogs, but you know we’ll be first in line. 

If you’re celebrating a month of hot dogs at home, get
creative with the condiments and nix the sodium-packed ketchup. Chatelaine
has fun alternative toppings for your cookout, including the “Mediterranean quartet”, “Enticing
Indian” and “Southern corn relish”. 

Dig in and enjoy.