Here's where you can get CNE-like eats across Toronto

May 25 2020, 11:30 am

The CNE might be cancelled this summer, but that doesn’t mean that over-the-top eats have to just evaporate from your life.

This is Toronto, dangit! And there are plenty of joints slingin’ crave-worthy, Insta-ready eats all year long. We’ve rounded up our picks for where to fill up on freaky foods that will fill the Ex-shaped hole in your heart.

No, not that ex.

Anyway!

Have at it below, and get your goods to go:

Eva’s Original Chimneys

 

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Eva’s! She’s always got sweet goods that are a little out-there. Soft, pillowy chimney cones topped with outrageous sweets and filled with ice cream make for an easy, enjoyable hand-held that’s as pleasing to the palate as it is to the Instagram feed.

Address: 454 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416-697-8884

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Without Da Beef

 

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Excuse us… did you know about this wicked vegan joint hiding inside Eva’s Original Chimney’s Bloor West location? If you stop in there for a big ol’ cone, top off your trip with a mac and cheeze burger made with a total of zero animal products. Boom!

Address: 454 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416-697-8884

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Beaver Tails

 

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A Canadian classic. But also, so cool? This flattened-out sweet treat comes loaded with your choice of flavourful toppings and is packaged in a quintessential paper covering, making it ultra portable and, again, a great option if you want a pic to live on the feed.

Address: 145 Queens Quay West
Phone: 416-360-8245

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Get Your Own Taters

 

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Who needs fries when you can have taters? Crispy, bite-sized, and riddled with memories of childhood, these snacks are the ultimate version of a potato, and this spot does them right. Get them fully-loaded, topped with cheese and guacamole and veggies and bacon, just like you would if you were at the CNE.

Address: 255 Bremner Boulevard

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Sweet Jesus

 

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Sweet Jesus always draws a lineup, and for good reason. Cold sweet treats tower high atop their cones (or cups) and come loaded with sprinkles, cake crumbs, candy floss and sprinkles. If there’s ever been a dessert that looks like it belongs at a festive fair, this is it.

Address: 780 Queen Street East (John Street currently closed)
Phone: 647-334-0780

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PG Clucks

 

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This College Street spot is home to some of the sexiest fried chicken sammies in all the land. Options include a junior, a honey jalapeno, or a sandwich with honey crueller halves serving as the bread. If you ask us, the latter is the way to seriously level this order up. Unassuming to the eye from the outside, this is one of those places that fits the phrase “if you know, you know.”

Address: 610 College Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-925-2226

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Pancho’s Bakery

 

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Sure, there are churros. And those are great. But have you heard of churro cheesecake?! Welcome to the jungle, people. This sweet spot is serving in both Kensington Market and at Bloor and Dufferin, and they’ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Address: 214 Augusta Avenue
Address: 1017 Dufferin Street

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El Mercado

 

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Two words: pickle ice cream. Oh wait, that’s three words. Anyway! A treat (?) that you probably only imagine you’d find on the CNE grounds has made its way to the streets of Toronto. Now available at El Mercado, popped up on the Barrio patio, this is just one of the freaky eats on offer at this new market.

Address: El Mercado at Barrio — 884 Queen Street East

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Bang Bang

 

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Bang Bang has some unreal flavours — ranging from Soybean Walnut to Avocado, plus everything in between. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention that you must pair your sweet treat with one of the spot’s egg waffle cones, cinnamon buns, or giant, gooey cookies, in order to get the most out of the experience. They’re open for takeout, but keep your distance from other people, people.

Address: 93 Ossington Avenue
Phone: 647-348-1900

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Mama Loves You

 

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You are looking at a hot dog topped with brie cheese and French jam. Yes indeed. Mama Loves You is the place to go for over-the-top, ridiculous wieners, made to satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings alike. If it seems wrong but also, somehow, so right, this spot’s doing it up.

Address: 1084 Yonge Street

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