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Hot Dining: Meaty Midday

Hoof Café (photo by Paul Kittmer)

Torontonians have been in the throws of a serious sausage-and-salami swoon ever since meat master Grant van Gameren set down his Black Hoof late in 2008. The eatery’s nose-to-tail charcuterie is so sought-after that van Gameren and business partner Jen Agg have opened a second site to handle the carnivorous overflow. Brighter than its predecessor, with modern country–style decor, a polished wood bar and tin ceiling, Hoof Café offers bar snacks and artisan cocktails while you wait for an evening table at its sister space across the street. Better yet, make the café a destination for weekend grazing—its charcuterie-centric brunch spread is the talk of the town, with offerings like cherry jam- and bone marrow-stuffed beignets ($6), pigtails with grits ($13) and foie gras-topped French toast ($23).

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