Toronto’s Best Comfort Food

It’s January. It’s cold. You’ve resolved to “eat better” but let’s be honest: You won’t stay warm with salad. Here, five of the city’s best soul-warming comfort foods.

The Rebel House’s Poutine
They call it a snack, but this heaping portion of fries, fresh cheddar curds, smoked mozzarella and homemade gravy is heartier than most meals. Pair it with one of Rebel House’s many Ontario microbrews for ultimate Canadian comfort. $6.75. The Rebel House, 1068 Yonge St., 416-927-0704.

Lucien’s French Onion Soup
At the critically acclaimed downtown destination Lucien, chef Scott Woods elevates this comfort classic by including duck confit, aged gouda and slow-roasted onions in the bowl. Who said haute cuisine is cold? $11. Lucien, 36 Wellington St. E., 416-504-9990.

The Longest Yard’s Chili
Surely, no comfort food is more classic than chili. And remember: we’re months away from cottage season, so do it up right and top it with a mound of grated cheese. $9.25. The Longest Yard, 535 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-480-9273.

Harlem’s Fried Chicken with Mac n’ Cheese
Ah, Harlem: Where it’s not merely acceptable, but in fact encouraged, to eat fried chicken AND mac ’n’ cheese. One bite of this Southern classic and you’ll gain newfound sympathy for America’s obesity epidemic. $16.95. Harlem, 67 Richmond St. E., 416-368-1920.

Shanghai Cowgirl’s Grilled Cheese and Bacon
If there’s a common denominator to comfort food, it’s cheese. Or, perhaps, bacon. Combine both in a triple-decker, and consume it with a Bloody Caesar to brighten the dimmest hangover days. $8.95. Shanghai Cowgirl, 538 Queen St. W., 416-203-6623.

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  1. Winter Comfort Foods for me include: Kenzo (a bowl of ramen), Mother Dumplings (a bowl of wonton soup), Ravis Soups (a bowl of any of his famous soups).

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