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Hot Dining: Historic Blake House

Travel along Jarvis Street, between Carlton and Gloucester streets in particular, and you’ll be transported to a bygone era where stately heritage mansions still stand on both sides of the road. The Blake House is one such building. Originally home to Edward Blake, Ontario’s second premier, the 1891 structure became a local watering hole in the 1960s; this year it underwent extensive renovations, reopening as a classy, eponymous restaurant and pub. The space highlights history with photographs of old Toronto and its unique mix of Victorian and Second Empire architecture, while Canadian pub-style favourites including bison sliders ($11) and maple-glazed salmon ($18) comprise the fresh and modern menu.

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