Best Restaurants for Fun Midway-Style Fare in Toronto

The CNE opens this Friday, so to get you in the mood for the festivities, I’ve gathered five enticing items that are as fun to eat as they are delicious. Just remember - you’re going to need a lot of napkins.

Stelvio Restaurant

1
354 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A2

Food on a stick is a must for walking through the exhibition and midway. Sure, there are popsicles and deep fried pickles on a stick, but it doesn’t get any better – or bigger – than Stelvio’s Zigeuner ($23.95). To describe it as a shawarma or shish kabob belittles it. Yes, it is meat on a stick, but it is so much more. Grilled beef is rolled around a Valtellina big wooden skewer, the length of your arm, complete with wooden drip tray below.

Stack Restaurant

2
3265 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2L5

Stack’s BBQ is phenomenal, so it’s hard not to fill up on their Smoked Baby Back Ribs ($20/Stack Size $30), Texas Brisket ($12) and BBQ Pulled Pork ($12). But you’ve gotta save room for their epic dessert. Stack Donuts ($8) are mini doughnuts just like at The Ex, stacked in a tower, and then covered in your choice of toppings.

Wenona Lodge

3
1069 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M5

Octo corn dogs ($7 for two) are the cutest hot dogs you ever did see. Cut halfway before being cooked, the slits of the organic dogs curl up, transforming them into octopuses right before your very eyes. Ever so lightly battered with corn, you taste the meat as much as the coating. Grainy mustard is perfect for dipping, but don’t be surprised if you don’t find you need it – they are mighty perfect on their own.

Hawker Bar

4
164 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7

Chef Alec Martin completely revamps boring ol’ bland tofu with his Chili Salt Tofu ($7.50) dish. Crispy, salty and spicy, it’s revolutionary - he’s made tofu into addictive snack that deeply satisfies. Crazy, but it’s true.

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