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Taste Test: Top turkey meals for Thanksgiving

In the hope that this year might be a vacation for all, we got chef Grant van Gameren to help us pick the best option for a prepared Thanksgiving meal. All prices listed are per person and include sides.
October 08, 2015

Taste Test: Midtown offers some of the city’s top flapjacks

You don’t have to trek all the way downtown for the perfect pancake, Midtown offers some of the city’s top stacks.
September 16, 2015

Taste Test: Grant van Gameren picks Toronto’s top hot dog

In a city that loves a classic hot dog, it’s easy to forget the gourmet goodies that are popping up across Toronto. So we invited our resident chef, Grant van Gameren, to taste T.O.’s finest franks. Which wiener wins the race? Find out here.
August 06, 2015

Taste Test: Our expert panel picks the best ice cream from all the wild flavours in Toronto

The city’s ice cream artisans are creating wild flavours far from vanilla. Our resident chef Grant van Gameren enlists chefs Brad Moore and Ian Kapitan of hot new eatery Old School to taste T.O.’s wackiest flavours.
June 29, 2015

Taste Test: Grant van Gameren tastes Toronto’s top bar snacks

Chef Grant van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval helps us pick Toronto's best bar snacks. Contenders include Bar Fancy, Citizen, Carbon Bar, Bellwoods Brewery, LIttle Sister, Miller Tavern, the Drake One Fifty, Hawker Bar, Small Town Food Co. and the Tickled Toad Pub & Grill.
June 02, 2015

Taste Test: Elia Herrera of Los Colibris picks T.O.’s best torta

In honour of Cinco de Mayo, we invited one of the city’s most exciting young Mexican chefs, Elia Herrera of Los Colibris, to taste T.O.’s top tortas. Who nailed it with this traditional Mexican sandwich? Find out here.
May 04, 2015

Taste Test: Vikram Vij helps us pick Toronto’s best north Indian food

Vancouver’s celebrity chef and TV star Vikram Vij joins us in tasting Toronto’s top north Indian dishes. Straying away from favourites like butter chicken and samosas, he gives us the inside scoop on the city’s most traditional Indian cuisine.
April 06, 2015

Taste Test: Susur Lee helps us pick Toronto’s top ramen

Toronto is a veritable mecca of Japanese cuisine and over the years the number of ramen shops has rapidly grown. With ramen comes ramen aficionados, so we invited star chef Susur Lee to taste T.O.’s top bowls.
March 05, 2015

Taste Test: We pick the city’s most delicious dumplings for Lunar New Year

To celebrate Chinese New Year, our resident chef, Grant van Gameren, is joined by Nota Bene’s David Lee in search of the city’s most delicious dumplings.
February 17, 2015

Taste Test: Toronto’s best meatball sandwiches

To close out our trio of taste tests for the Eatalian Toronto issue we had Mama Rosa and Grant van Gameren eat their way through ten meatball sandwiches to find Toronto's best.
January 08, 2015

Taste Test: Toronto's top Italian eggplant sandwich

For our Eatalian issue, Grant van Gameren is joined by Mama Rosa of Seven Numbers restaurant to put the city’s top meatball, eggplant and veal sandwiches to the test.
January 07, 2015

Taste Test: Toronto's best veal sandwich

For our Eatalian issue, Grant van Gameren is joined by Mama Rosa of Seven Numbers restaurant to put the city’s top meatball, eggplant and veal sandwiches to the test.
January 06, 2015

Taste Test: Who has the best gingerbread cookie in Toronto?

Chefs Grant van Gameren and Devin Connell of Delica Kitchen are on a holiday hunt for T.O.’s tastiest gourmet gingerbread cookies. Choices include Le Dolci, Baked with Joy, Madeleines, Bobbette & Belle, and more.
December 08, 2014

Taste Test: Plenty of Fish ’n’ Chips in the City

Bar Isabel's Grant van Gameren and Joso's Leo Spralja dive in deep to find Toronto's best fish 'n' chips.
November 19, 2014

Toronto’s Best Southern BBQ Briskets

We rounded up the city’s top southern BBQ briskets and sat Grant van Gameren down with meat maestro Zane Caplansky to suss out who knows their beef. Who has truly mastered the BBQ pit? Find out here.
July 10, 2014

Toronto’s Best Paninis

Grant van Gameren is joined by celeb chef Massimo Capra in sampling the city’s top Italian-style sandwiches. Which ’wich reps the Tricolore? Our chefs pick the city’s most authentic panini.
June 16, 2014

Taste Test: Toronto’s best lobster rolls

Grant van Gameren is joined by Geoff Hopgood, of the Maritime-inspired Hopgood’s Foodliner, in sampling Toronto’s best lobster rolls. Which one claws its way to the top?
May 26, 2014

Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

This month Grant van Gameren samples eight of uptown’s top spring salads — from classic Italian to an Asian chicken slaw. Find out which greens have enough crunch and creativity to keep him coming back for more.
April 14, 2014

Taste Test: Sticky Toffee Toronto

The sweetest way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day is to indulge in this traditional pub dessert. Top pastry chef Sophie Han from Bero joins chef Grant van Gameren to determine the city’s best sticky toffee pudding.
March 17, 2014

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best crème brûlée

This month, Bar Isabel’s master chef is joined by fiancée and fellow chef, Sunny Stone, in sampling the city’s top crème brûlées — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Which classic French desserts stole the hearts of our duo?
February 11, 2014