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Top Taste Tests 2013

Over the past year we’ve fed our resident chef, Grant van Gameren, everything from jerk chicken to coconut cream pie. Here, a roundup of the best our city has to offer.
December 31, 2013

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best latkes

Whether you call it a hash brown, a boxty or a rösti, many cultures have their own version of a potato pancake. This month, we celebrate the ubiquitous staple as chef Grant van Gameren samples the city’s best latke for Chanukah.
November 28, 2013

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best butter tarts

This month we put the ultimate Canuck dessert to the test, as chef Grant van Gameren samples a roster of T.O.’s top butter tarts. He tells us which pastry gives him a sugar high.
November 13, 2013

Taste Test: Toronto’s best hot turkey sandwiches

There is no better way to get yourself revved up for Thanksgiving than with an old-fashioned hot turkey sandwich. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us which Toronto throwback diner is on the gravy train.
October 11, 2013

Taste Test: Toronto’s best delivery pizza

Everyone loves to talk artisanal pizza, but sometimes, a night in with some delivery ’za is where it’s at. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us which delivery goods check all his boxes.
September 12, 2013

T.O.’s best jerk chicken

Toronto’s climate may not compare to the Caribbean, but we sure have our fair share of joints dishing out Jamaican heat. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us who knows their jerk chicken — and who doesn’t.
August 01, 2013

T.O.’s best ribs

The city is awash in new southern barbecue spots — from Barque to Stack and back again. Whose Hogtown smokehouse is putting out the tastiest ribs? Chef Grant van Gameren gives us the Texas lowdown.
June 27, 2013

T.O.’s best ice cream sandwiches

From toasted marshmallow ice cream to bacon butterscotch cookies, Toronto’s gourmet ice cream sandwiches aren’t your typical cookies and cream. Here, chef Grant van Gameren tells us which cool concoction is tops.
June 20, 2013

T.O.’s best butcher shop sausages

Grant van Gameren — chef-owner of the buzzy new Bar Isabel — tastes the offerings from the city’s top butcher shops and artisanal meat purveyors.
May 28, 2013

T.O.’s best Caesar salad

With the Ides of March upon us, chef Grant van Gameren stepped away from preparing for his hotly anticipated restaurant opening long enough to sample our area’s best Caesar salads.
March 15, 2013

T.O.’s best spaghetti and meatballs

Top Toronto chef Grant van Gameren tucks into the GTA’s best spaghetti and meatballs, the classic old-school Italian comfort food.
February 25, 2013

T.O.’s best Peking duck

We rounded up the GTA’s options for a Peking duck feast and asked Bar Isabel chef, Grant van Gameren to tell us which duck is most delicious
January 23, 2013

T.O.’s best poutine

T.O. has gone gaga for poutine as restaurants add their own creative touches to construct the ultimate Canadian comfort food. We enlist T.O. chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe of Keriwa Cafe to separate the novelty acts from the dynamite dishes.
October 26, 2012