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Many Mouths to Feed: Our 2011 Dining Guide

Sam James Coffee Bar

Toronto’s coffee culture may not yet rival that of Vienna or Seattle, but over the past few years we’ve been gearing up to give those café capitals a run for their money. As in most major metropolises, a Starbucks—or Tim Horton’s—is rarely more than a few blocks away, but discriminating latte lovers also have a bevy of superb independent coffeehouses from which to sample. In fact, shops like Dark Horse Espresso Bar and Crema Coffee Co., have had so much success that they’ve become mini chains of their own!

If you prefer a singular café atmosphere, options abound, including Sam James Coffee Bar—whose namesake barista introduced “siphon coffee” to this city—Manic Coffee and Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters, which, as its name suggests, roasts its own beans in-house. Of course, there will be times when a cup of joe and a dollop of camaraderie isn’t quite enough. In such cases, slide into a booth at a casual diner like the Thompson Diner and Fran’s, or the contemporary O&B Canteen, and partake in convivial conversation and comfort food classics.

Bonus: Favourite Brunch Spots
Your weekend will benefit from a leisurely meal at these eateries.

  • Aunties & Uncles
  • Caplansky’s
  • Lady Marmalade
  • Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
  • The Drake Hotel

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