The Best and Most Unusual Food in Toronto: The Black Hoof
The Black Hoof gets a lot of press and for good reason. Their food and concept is different and simply one of the best. From the tongue on brioche, the bone marrow with chimichurri and foie gras with nutella on banana bread (yup...you heard that right! ), you'll be fuller faster than you can say "carnivore." Not as adventurous of an eater? They're known for their charcuterie and cheese boards. For the size, they're quite filling. Get here early. It gets packed fast. No reservations. Cash and debit only.
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Nose to Tail in Toronto
In the most unassuming location with an awning that simply states "Charcuterie" and no sign of their name emblazoned proudly, The Black Hoof is modest. The menu is upon the blackboard as you enter and the chefs cook with a four burner oven that I have seen in my childhood or at least my first apartment rental.
You would hardly even think that this narrow restaurant is one of the best meals in Toronto. It can also be the most controversial with horse carpaccio on the menu and bone marrow with the optional shot of paired alcohol to be poured down the hollowed out bones and into your watering mouth. This is no place to take grandma unless she loves a good time and isn't afraid of an oxtail here and a bit of foie on waffles there.
A great spot to take a date or to see the look on your sisters' face as you devour a salumi of my little pony and an awesome terrine of beef's heart. Maybe wait to tell her afterwards...
The best meal of my weekend in Toronto was at The Black Hoof. We started off with deliciously unique libations across the street from the restaurant at The Black Hoof's cocktail bar, and then shared quite a few of the tapas-style dishes. They were all excellent, from the house-cured prosciutto to the smoked sweetbreads to the absolutely addictive pork carnitas tacos. The Black Hoof is definitely a must when visiting Toronto!