A movement is afoot in Toronto: a modern guild of craftspeople has emerged, and they’re so devoted to the quality, aesthetic perfection and utmost delectability of food that they make it by hand. In microscopic batches. From single-origin, organic, ethically grown ingredients. With custom-built equipment designed to precise pre-industrial specifications—hand cranks, wood-burning ovens and reclaimed barrels. There are so many of these artisans now, from Etobicoke to Leslieville to Richmond Hill, that the whole city seems caught in a game of culinary one-upmanship. The IPAs are getting hoppier, the doughnuts weirder and the cheeses funkier. And so, at this, the zenith of the city’s artisanal boom, Toronto Life dispatched its experts on a GTA-wide adventure to find the most outrageous, painstakingly made, drop-dead delicious things you have to try right now. Here, our top 50.
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