Toronto's top spots for charcuterie

Forget those grocery store cold cuts; Toronto’s meat eaters are much more sophisticated when it comes to their carnivorous delights. From house-cured cuts and terrines to pâtés and confits, here are some standout charcuterie boards that put the “hog” in Hogtown.

Richmond Station

1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4

This downtown dining destination attracts the suit-and-tie crowd with its upscale yet casual atmosphere and seasonally inspired menu prepared by chef Carl Heinrich, winner of Top Chef Canada season two. The artfully arranged charcuterie board is always in flux and features an impressive selection of house-cured meats and preserves from the pantry.

Bar Isabel

797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Mix and match your choice of à la carte cured meats at this renowned tapas bar on College Street West. Chef Grant van Gameren, who started out his career at the aforementioned Black Hoof, serves up an adventurous selection of Spanish meats including jamón Serrano, chorizo ibérico, horse bresaol, larzo, cured pork and beef Carpaccio.

Pizzeria Libretto

221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8

This notable Toronto pizzeria — with locations on the Danforth and Ossington — might be famous for its authentic Neapolitan-style pies, but the antipasto platter is not to be missed. The Piatto Grande is an ideal starter course to share among friends. Nibble on a sampling of cured meats, cheeses and seasonally inspired accompaniments served atop of rustic wooden slab.

Nuit Social

1168 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J5

Creativity is encouraged at this intimate Queen West tapas bar where patrons are invited to build their own social boards from an international selection of cured meats, artisanal cheeses and fresh olives. Nibble on Italian prosciutto and Spanish chorizo with five-year Dutch Gouda, Bleu d’Auvergne and smooth kalamata olives from Greece. Menu items are available one, three or five at a time so you can sample as much, or as little, as you like.

Karelia Kitchen

1194 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N2

You’ll find traditional charcuterie platters with a Scandinavian twist at this Nordic Smokehouse. The Bloordale restaurant offers a veritable smorgasbord of sharing platters that feature Atlantic salmon, wine marinated herring, and pork belly and rillettes. Meats are served with an assortment of house pickles and unique preserves such as mandarin orange marmalade or crunchy plum mustard.

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