Summer 2015 Power 50: Great Eats
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There is something to be said for food's ability to bring people together. Whether foes, friends or strangers, the act of breaking bread – sharing food and experiences with one another – lends itself to conviviality and good-fellowship. It should come as no surprise that Canada, given its size and diversity of people and cultures, should have a thriving culinary scene that holds its own against the best.
Schwartz’s Deli (Montreal)
If you’ve been in business for over 80 years, chances are you’re doing something right. Purveyors of perhaps the best smoked meat sandwiches in Canada, Schwartz’s Deli is a Montreal institution. Their brisket is smoked and prepared using a secret blend of fine herbs and spices that have made many a loyal devotee of this fine establishment.
Nothing goes better with a meal than an interesting story. In the case of L’Abattoir, guests have the opportunity to learn a great deal while they eat. Located in Vancouver's historic Gastown, the property began its life as the city's first prison. Today, it serves as a charming locale for French-inspired dishes and an impressive drinks menu that will leave you well hydrated.
Model Milk (Calgary)
In the heart of Calgary’s thriving restaurant row, you’ll find Model Milk, set inside a historic dairy building. Chef Justin Leboe and his team service a menu inspired by one simple concept: locally-sourced, damn good fare. They offer their own unique takes on traditional comfort food that keep people coming back for more.
Bar Isabel (Toronto)
Toronto’s food scene has gone through a bit of a renaissance lately, and much of it is due to places like Bar Isabel. An unassuming locale, the establishment is humble in appearance and lets its food speak for itself. The Spanish-inspired menu, filled with everything from fried rabbit to halibut ceviche, will leave you delighted.
Raymonds (St. John’s)
When you think of the East Coast, one thing inevitably comes to mind: incredible seafood. Fortunately for the folks over at Raymonds, Newfoundland is the only province that allows the sale of genuine wild game. That means that patrons can enjoy everything from succulent oysters to halibut to savoury caribou, all under one roof, all locally-sourced.