I'm visiting Toronto for the first time in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it will be a short visit, with a lot of work, so I won't be able to sample as much of your city's cuisine as I'd like. I've been reading this board for a while and found lots of great ideas for wonderful food. I have reservations for The Feasting Room during pig week. I have a Google map with options for restaurants in whatever part of the city I find myself. I think I have my bases covered as far as not going hungry and finding awesome places to eat. But what I don't have a sense of is "What food is Toronto known for?"
You have an amazingly diverse city and I love that you have entire threads devoted to specific international styles. "Best Caribbean" "Best Ethiopian" "Best Peruvian". What's the best Torontonian? Looking into other sources for "cuisine of Toronto", I find similar results. Praise for the incredible variety and authentic food in the different ethnic neighborhoods, but no specific food that is done best in Toronto.
I was looking forward to trying poutine for the first time, but the poutine threads all say that it is better in Montreal. I'm still planning to try it, of course (I have dozens of locations on my map, including many food truck options). What else? Butter tart? Chinese Pie? The peameal bacon sandwich is described in Wikipedia as "[p]erhaps one of the most iconic and distinct Toronto offerings."
So, without going into the rich variety of international options (which is definitely an amazing thing for denizens of your city), what is done better there than anywhere else in the world? Or, if not better, at least symbolically represents Toronto.
What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?
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