|The Roaming Dragon... roaming.|
|The token hot dog stand. |
That said, I love me a token hotdog. Toronto is covered with hot dog stands. I love these stands so much, especially because they offer really great veggie dogs, and because I met my man-love AT a hotdog stand, and a few days into our courtship we may have eaten double hot dogs for lunch and dinner one day. Classy. They may not be in the same league as Fresh, Local, Wild, but who can say no to street meat? Seriously, when I got back from backpacking around Europe, the one thing I was craving (besides sleep), was inexplicably a veggie dog. For 3.50, you get a pop and a veggie dog, and hopefully a beautiful day to enjoy it on.
There's just something refreshingly unpretentious about street food. You can talk with your mouth full (mouthful?), put as many disgusting toppings on it as you want, and you will probably end up spilling on yourself at some point. While Toronto is predominately hotdogs, I saw a lebanese shawarma cart on University. I hope this is a sign that Toronto's street vendors are about to get as progressive as Vancouver's. While the climate is obviously different in Toronto, the hotdog stands manage to stay abundantly in business all winter long. As Canadians we take advantage of every warm sunshiney day we get... After being stuck working all morning (possibly in a soul-sucking office), why wouldn't you want to eat outside?