Eating and drinking

To get the best from Toronto's kitchens, head for any one of the city's ethnic neighbourhoods, where there's an abundance of good restaurants , or go to one of the many downtown cafAŠs, cafAŠ-bars or restaurants that have carefully nurtured a good reputation. Some of the best of the city's restaurants emphasize their use of Canadian ingredients - fish and wild-animal meat especially - but there's no real distinctive local cuisine: if there is a Toronto dish, it's hamburger, fries and salad. Prices range from the deluxe, where a meal will set you back upwards of $60, to the cheap fast-food chains, where a decent-sized snack or sandwich works out at about $9. The majority of Toronto's restaurants fall somewhere in between - a $25 bill per person for a two-course meal, excluding drinks, is a reasonable average. Most of the city's popular restaurants feature bargain daily specials from about $8 upwards and serve food till about 10pm, drinks till 1am.

For drinking , many of Toronto's neighbourhood bars are rough-and-ready places that look and feel like beer halls. Until fairly recently, it was common for them to have one entrance for men accompanied by women, the other for men only, but although these traditional bars remain popular with many of the city's blue-collar workers, they have largely been supplanted by the cafAŠ-bar. The development of the latter has made the traditional distinction between eating and drinking places obsolete.

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