Pulling an all-nighter requires more than a 7-Eleven taquito or a day-old salad from Metro. Here are five places—conveniently located near Nuit Blanche installations!—that’ll take you into the wee hours of the morning.
Clockwise from top left, ending in the centre:
Donair dog and tater tots
This Queen West late-night snack shop doubles up on the drunk-food favourites with their donair dog. A giant bun hugs an all-beef wiener that’s slathered in sweet, garlicky donair sauce, diced onions, and juicy chopped tomatoes. Order a side of crispy, back-to-basics tater tots with a spicy chipotle-mayo dipping sauce, and they’ll toss everything in a box for take-out snacking. But maybe find yourself a park bench: This dog requires two hands.
$5 (dog), $4 (tots). 1120 Queen St. W., 647-351-5444. Open until 4 a.m.
I Went to Philly
Find a tasty iteration of the City of Brotherly Love’s iconic sandwich just a stone’s throw from College Station. A serious helping of AA rib eye comes stacked on a soft Italian bun, topped with fried onions, and smothered with salty Cheez Whiz. This mammoth meat-wich might make you sleepy, so share it with a buddy and then down a drinking box of sugary, sorta-chocolatey Yoo-hoo, and you’ll be good to go.
$7.40 (cheesesteak), $2.10 (Yoo-hoo). 462 Yonge St., 416-927-9090. Open until 4 a.m.
Spinach and cheese manakeesh
Paramount Fine Foods
Late nights usually call for pizza, but try this Arabic alternative. There are 23 different kinds of manakeesh, a fluffy flatbread, but we’re partial to this one with spinach, onions, sumac, and mildly salty akkawi, a smooth, Middle Eastern cow’s-milk cheese. The pies are made to order in a wood-burning oven, take mere minutes to cook, and, better still, cost less than seven bucks—so grab some baklava on your way out.
$3.49 (manakeesh), $1.95 (baklava). 253 Yonge St., 416-366-3600. Open until 2 a.m.
The menu here draws from a lot of things Toronto does well, including Trinidadian doubles, or curried chickpeas sandwiched between pieces of fried flatbread. This two-bite version (they’re big bites) starts with golden-hued, pungent, cumin-and-tumeric-infused dough. It’s then deep-fried to pillowy perfection, given a good ladle of spiced chickpea curry, and finished with plenty of house-made tamarind hot sauce. Get it with a beer. Or a pork bun.
$3, 181 Bathurst St., 416-364-9320. Open until 2 a.m.
Pad thai mac and cheese
If you want to see the sunrise, you’ll need protein. Happily, Aaron Turner’s All Thai’ed Up macaroni-and-cheese bowl combines skillet-fried chunks of chicken with elbow noodles, three cheeses, and a scratch-made sauce, which is then topped with crunchy bean sprouts, green onions, and peanuts. Chilly on your art crawl? Make that mac a combo with some of the chef’s belly-warming soup.
$5.50/$7.50 (sm/lrg). 707 Dundas St. W., 416-219-9762. Open until 7 a.m.