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Snack Bars in Toronto Offer Tasty Little Morsels

416 Snack Bar's lasanga toast (photo: 416 Snack Bar)

416 Snack Bar’s lasanga toast (photo: 416 Snack Bar)

You don’t always need a three-course meal to enjoy the experience of eating out. Fortunately Toronto—and the Queen West neighbourhood in particular—has lately seen an explosion of quirky little spots that specialize in serving novel snacks and gourmet fast-casual fare. 416 Snack Bar was one of the trend’s earliest adopters, and continues to court late-night nibblers with no-cutlery-required items like steamed pork buns, oysters and Korean-style fried chicken. Asian flavours also reign at A-OK Foods, which is popular for its bowls of house-made noodles plus such small bites as tostadas and soft-shell crab rolls. Vietnamese- and Iraqi-style breakfast sandwiches intrigue at White Squirrel Snack Shop, while other offerings are available in full or snack-size portions.   —Craig Moy

• 416 Snack Bar, 181 Bathurst St., 416-364-9320; 416snackbar.com
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• A-OK Foods, 930 Queen St. W., 647-352-2243; aokfoods.ca
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• White Squirrel Snack Shop, 507 Queen St. W., 647-609-4478; whitesquirrelcoffee.com
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