What the Thirsty Traveler and floor reporter for Iron Chef America would eat on a perfect day.
Espresso and a croissant from Sam James Coffee Bar (pictured above)
“My order is almost always an espresso to stay (don’t waste the cup) and a croissant. The aroma of the espresso is intoxicating. It’s so tasty and simple, you don’t need anything else.”
$2.50 and $2.25. 297 Harbord St., 647-341-2572.
Chicken, roasted pepper, and brie sandwich from Rapido
“They have made-to-order sandwiches on out-of-this-world baguettes and Calabrese bread. There is an unbelievable bite to their bread. The filling is fantastic, but it’s really the bread that steals the spotlight. You know, some people like the Oreo middle, but sometimes it’s all about the cookie.”
$5.95. 1089 Bathurst St., 416-535-3500.
Oysters and steak-frites at La Société
“I’m a traditionalist here, so I get a glass of champers and some oysters to start. The steak is so tender and juicy, and it’s cooked in a delicious herbed butter sauce. The frites with a side of garlic aioli are pretty perfect, too. I always eat at the beautiful pewter bar.”
$19 and $32. 131 Bloor St. W., 416-551-9929.