DUCK CONFIT POUTINE Toronto’s heritage Gladstone Hotel continues its gentrification-sensitive renovations with recent upgrades to its no-holds bar, uncovering the terrazzo floor and renewing the seating. Melody Bar retains an aura of saloon, a throwback to the 1880s, when it served a nearby train station. On karaoke nights, old-timers and new wavers vie to cover “Bette Davis Eyes,” separated by only the thinnest veil of irony.
Sip Manhattan Veracruzano: Wiser’s Small Batch whisky, sweet vermouth, Kahlúa and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters.
Snack Chef Marc Breton’s poutine, made with Monforte cheese curds – the duck-confit or the veggie version.In the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto, gladstonehotel.com