The list (crafted by chefs, restauranteurs, foodies and food writers) is a “measure of quality, coast-to-coast, over a year in dining time,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jacob Richler.
When it comes to which Canadian city is home to the greatest number of “best” restaurants, Toronto once again leads the pack with 32 eateries on the list — four more than last year. It also dominates the top 10 list, with six spots: Buca, Dandylion, Alo, Edulis, Bar Raval and Bar Isabel.
Vancouver lands 16 on the list. Hawksworth Restaurant was its only offering to place in the top five.
Calgary wins the Battle of Alberta again when it comes to food: eight of its restaurants made the cut including Pigeonhole, Model Milk and Charbar. It’s three fewer than last year but still five more than Edmonton’s three (Bar Bricco, Corso 32 and Rostizado).
Saskatoon’s Ayden is Saskatchewan’s sole representative on the list, as is Winnipeg’s Deer & Almond for Manitoba and Saint John’s Port City Royal for New Brunswick. Halifax earned two dining picks: Edna and Field Guide.
You can see the full list below.
The biggest food trend Richler has noticed for 2016 is the rise of the vegetable.
“Not of preachy, good-for-you vegetarian cuisine – but of imaginative new vegetable cooking from smart chefs who know that vegetables are as well equipped for the spotlight and centre stage as is any piece of meat or fish,” he said.
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“It’s good for the waistline, good for the planet – and most important, it agrees with my palate, too.”
Of course, it will cost you a pretty penny to feast on some of these fares, like pan-friend foi gras for starters followed by duck magret and heart at Toqué! — which describes itself as “a leader in Quebec’s gastronomy.”
But with such a smorgasbord of selection on the list, there’s bound to be something with a palatable price-point for whatever your budget.
Frugal foodies also have the opportunity to create some of the restaurants’ signature dishes themselves.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published March 10, 2015 but was updated in March 2016 with the latest rankings.