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Toronto's Best Finger Foods

Finger Foodie Oct 7, 2010 03:06 PM

Hi All,

Hopefully this has not been done before. I am hosting a Halloween Party and will need to have some food on hand for the guests.

I really want to avoid chips, those frozen shrimp rings, grocery store h'orderves, and such.

Instead, I am looking for help with the best finger foods this city has to offer.

The guests are an eclectic bunch, so I'm think samosas, patties, spring rolls, etc.

Which finger foods would you offer, and from which purveyors?


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  1. JamieK Oct 7, 2010 03:25 PM

    It might be helpful to say what part of town you're in. For instance, I really like the samosas from Sultan of Samosas but if you're based in Etobicoke or even downtown, I wouldn't suggest you come all the way to almost-Scarborough for them.

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    1. re: JamieK
      Finger Foodie Oct 7, 2010 05:25 PM

      Good point. Thanks for raising it. I'm more concerned with quality over the convenience of proximity. For instance, I drive past Sultan of Samosas on my way to the further flung Surati Sweet Mart. : )

      1. re: Finger Foodie
        JamieK Oct 11, 2010 02:43 PM

        okay great, you've got your samosas and Indian treats already taken care of. Hopefully someone else will chime in with recos for things like patties and spring rolls.

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      breezey Oct 8, 2010 01:00 PM

      Had some great luck with finger foods in the north building of St Lawrence Market on a Saturday.
      Got varied baked and fried samosas (meat and vegetarian) as well as some yummy mexican appetizers. Dont know names of the owners but the building is small enough to wander and find what you need

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        ms. cornbread Oct 11, 2010 02:51 PM

        I can't think of their name in Portuguese, but what about those shrimp and cod croquettes? Those are some of my favourite finger foods...probably ever. I like the ones from Venezia bakery. You could also pick up some portuguese tarts while you are there.

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        1. re: ms. cornbread
          TorontoJo Oct 11, 2010 04:51 PM

          Yes! Pasteis de camarao (shrimp turnovers), pasteis de bacalhau (cod croquettes) and pasteis de nata (custard tarts). Any Portuguese bakery will have them. I'm partial the pasteis de bacalhau from Doce Minho.

          Doce Minho
          2189 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E, CA

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          Finger Foodie Oct 13, 2010 06:24 PM

          Thanks! I've not tried Portuguese snacks before and will check these out.

          So far I have:

          Samosas - Surati
          Empanadas - Jumbo
          Patties - Randy's
          Pasteis de Camarao - Doce Minho

          Doce Minho
          2189 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E, CA

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          1. re: Finger Foodie
            tampopo Oct 13, 2010 07:12 PM

            You might want to try the Korean pancake medallions sold at PAT Supermarket at Bloor and Manning. Don't know what they're called, but they're freshly made firm little 2 inch pancakes with chopped seafood, veggies, and a bit of chilli....perfect finger food. They're sold 8 per pack for about $4.

            1. re: Finger Foodie
              TorontoJo Oct 14, 2010 03:35 AM

              Just a personal opinion, but the pasteis de bacalhau are way tastier than the camarao. You should taste each and decide for yourself, of course. Most of the Portuguese bakeries anywhere in the city will have both.

              1. re: TorontoJo
                mercurkg Oct 14, 2010 05:43 PM

                Yes, try them both! I keep changing my mind on which one I like better. I really enjoy the shrimp, which are a bit sweeter. I tend to think they are my favourite...until I try the cod.

                I also really enjoy the savoury pastries with cheese and spinach (and other fillings) sold at Malta Bakery in the Junction. I believe they are called pastizzi. They are phenomenal. I prefer them over spanakopita and other comparable savoury flaky pastries.

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