greasily delicious CNE food. But you don’t have to wait until Aug. 16 to (over-) indulge. These Toronto restaurants are serving up fair-inspired food just because they can.">

Fair weather friends: four CNE-worthy treats available right now


Published:

The arrival of CNE means rides and lots of overindulgent food (Image: basic_sounds/Flickr)

 

August is a glorious month of warm weather, fresh air and, let’s not forget, greasily delicious CNE food. But you don’t have to wait until Aug. 16 to (over-) indulge. These Toronto restaurants are serving up fair-inspired food just because they can.

 

Funnel vision

Yonge and St. Clair burger joint Holy Chuck serves some of the most over-the-top food in uptown Toronto (case in point, the Sixxy Cow, which features six patties, six slices of cheese and three slices of bacon). So it’s no surprise that it also serves up some classic midway fare. Holy Chuck’s funnel cake starts with batter — made from baking powder, baking soda, flour and sugar — that’s put into a squeeze bottle. It’s then shot out into the deep fryer and cooked until golden brown. It comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a house-made pineapple-caramel sauce.
Holy Chuck, 1450 Yonge St., 416-962-4825. $7

 

 

 

Eye candy

You’ll have to go a bit upmarket to taste Marben’s carnival-inspired cotton candy because it’s part of the tasting menu. Chef Rob Bragagnolo uses an industrial cotton candy machine — much like what you’d find at the CNE — to spin out seasonal takes on the stuff. For summer, he’s infusing sugar with a bit of apple juice and watermelon, which gives the cotton candy a slightly pink hue. While making the candy, he adds fresh basil to the mix so that the leaves get embedded inside. Why cotton candy? “People like being little kids again, ” Bragagnolo says.
Marben, 488 Wellington St. W., 416-979-1990. Tasting menu item

 

 

Pogo à gogo

Chef Dan Sanders’ interpretation of a corn dog was initially a Summerlicious-only item, but it was a popular choice, and Earth Rosedale is keeping it on the menu for a bit longer. Paprika-inflected chorizo is rolled in a cornmeal batter and then deep-fried, making it a gluten-free (and gluttonous) choice. It comes with an orange-and-fennel salad and a smear of extra-crunchy house mustard. And yes, it’s served on a stick.
Earth Rosedale, 1055 Yonge St., 416-551-9890. $9

 

 

Fried and true

One certainty with carnival food is that, if it can be deep-fried, it will be deep-fried. Previous items to hit the deep fryer at the CNE include butter, Mars bars and even cola. At Murray’s Sandwich Emporium on Queen West, the deep-fried Nutella sandwich is right in tune with that sentiment. Owner/sandwich expert Anthony Tsavdaris puts Nutella (or jam) on Ace Bakery bread and covers it in beer batter. He then deep-fries it, sprinkles it with some icing sugar and serves it with a side of whipped peanut butter. And how did Tsavdaris come up with the creation? “It was like one of those late-night, kind of stoned, what-can-I-do-with-a-sandwich kind of deals.”
Murray’s Sandwich Emporium, 671 Queen St. W., 647-345-7644. $9

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

For the owners of Quince, Little Sister and Bar Batavia it's a labour of love

For the owners of Quince, Little Sister and Bar Batavia it's a labour of love

Michael van den Winkel and Jennifer Gittens on their growing family of places to nosh in North Toronto
Posted 18 hours ago
Grant van Gameren is opening a new spot in Parkdale

Grant van Gameren is opening a new spot in Parkdale

According to city records, chef Grant van Gameren is opening a new eating establishment in Parkdale, in the space formerly occupied by Salvador Darling at 1237 Queen St. W.
Posted 3 days ago
A five-year reunion with Elle Cuisine

A five-year reunion with Elle Cuisine

Way back in 2011 we fell hard for Elle Cuisine at the Toronto Underground Market (R.I.P), then really hard after chef Lauren Mozer catered an intimate dinner for us. Back then she took us through a decadent seven-course tasting menu, wowing us with her French-influenced dishes. So when the opportunity arose to have her cater another dinner for us five years later, we couldn’t say no.
Posted 3 days ago
First Look: Imanishi Japanese Kitchen, a new Dundas West restaurant from a pair of izakaya veterans

First Look: Imanishi Japanese Kitchen, a new Dundas West restaurant from a pair of izakaya veterans

Opened in December on Dundas West, Imanishi is a new Japanese kitchen offering izakaya-style appetizers and teishoku, a traditional style of pre-set meal consisting of meat, rice, salad and soup.
Posted 4 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleEdit Module