20 culinary aficionados have gathered for Front Street Foods at Adelaide Place (150 York Street) to offer up their most beloved dishes. The tasting market is buzzing with foodies from across the city taking advantage of the open-air dining experience and buzzworthy pop-ups. Open weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm until August 5, 2016, this is one foodie market you’ll want to stay hungry for. [Photo courtesy of Front Street Foods]
Brock is a favourite lunch spot in Bloordale specializing in mouthwatering sandwiches topped with uber-gourmet ingredients like tomatillo, cashew “cheese,” and Portuguese piri piri. Deceivingly casual, the foodies in charge at Brock Sandwich are highly attentive to freshness and detail. Their famous crispy chicken sandwich is bathed in buttermilk overnight! Brock is serving up four different sandwiches at Front City Foods including their one-of-a-kind pulled jack fruit sandwich (a droolworthy option for vegans) in which the tropical fruit cleverly disguises itself as pulled pork.
Bacon Nation Canada prides itself on offering everything topped, wrapped and based in bacon. Proving that the not-so-guilty preference of Torontonians is in fact deep fried meats, Bacon Nation has turned its food truck into a permanent breakfast bar. Not for the faint of heart, they’ll be serving up traditional breakfast plates, poutine and sandwiches like the Pig Mac. Visit the breakfast bar at Front Street Foods for open-face egg bennies or breaky sandwiches.
Tacos 101 is a more recent addition to the Dundas Street East strip. The kitchen’s approach to Mexican at this mostly take-out taqueria is “back to the basics.” Their menu keeps it simple with just a handful of choices. Beer-battered cod and pineapple pork are just two of the taco options (served on soft corn tortillas) made fresh on the daily. Visit their FSF stand and pair your tacos with an authentic Mexican beverage infused with hibiscus flowers or cinnamon.
Fred’s Bread is an artisanal bakery producing quality organic breads with thick crusts and moist centres. It’s not easy to find a bread so good it can be eaten alone, but that’s Fred’s specialty. These loafs have the fresh flavour of their original nuts and toasted grains. Track down the source of that aroma at Front Street Foods and you may be rewarded with a gourmet grilled cheese.
Little Fin is an expert in tasty seafood dishes on the go. The small but beautifully chic bistro currently resides in the Financial District. They’re unique for serving sustainable, wild fish sandwiches and other seafood dishes in fast-food fashion. Crispy haddock and lobster are perfectly balanced with creamy slaw and seaweed salads. Little Fin’s chefs are masters at achieving just the right balance of sweet and salty. A good sample of these dishes will be offered at the market, including soba salad, haddock and fish tacos.
In keeping with the decadent sandwich theme, Holy Chuck has made a name for themselves with their award-winning signature burger. Aged steak patties are ground fresh every hour and hand rolled. Burgers are garnished with aged cheeses and homemade dressings. Holy Chuck has also become famous for their off-the-charts indulgent milkshakes mixing bacon with fudge and Nutella (close your eyes and say that to yourself one more time).
You’ll need something to quench your thirst after all Front Street Foods’ savoury snacks. Station Cold Brew think of themselves as a “coffee company disguised as a beer brand,” offering a fresh and natural alternative to your standard iced coffee. Their ethically sourced Ethiopian and Brazilian beans are roasted locally by Hale. The alternative brewing process means the coffee is steeped in cold water for as long as 18 hours. The result is a clean and energizing brew rich in flavour but still refreshing.