Toronto restaurants elevate junk food faves

It used to be that if you felt like a Big Mac or a bag of Skittles, you had to head to McDonald’s or a convenience store.

Now you can get it all while you’re out for dinner.

Lately, Toronto restaurants have been incorporating their interpretations and creations of junk food items into their regular menus.

Craving a Big Mac? Head to DaiLo for their Big Mac Bao, or Drake One Fifty’s new Big Mac Tartare with hand-chopped Cumbrae’s sirloin, pickled green tomatoes, shallots, gem lettuce, egg yolk sauce with sesame flatbread. Big House Pizza does their version with the Sir John A. McDonald pie featuring ground all-beef patties, cheddar cheese, pickles and onions, on a season seem crust, topped with lettuce and special sauce. And if you want a Big Mac burger without actually going to the golden arches, you can get it all in Holy Chuck Burgers' The Big Chuck, described on the menu as "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce and cheese between a toasted bun ‘wink’ ‘wink’."

If you’re can’t stop thinking about a KFC sandwich, but can’t bring yourself to actually get one, do yourself one better and head to Home of the Brave. Their Kentucky Fried Handshake Sandwich (Fried Chicken, mayo, iceberg lettuce, buffalo hot sauce) is better than the real thing.

Bar Fancy takes fast food items that you love and transforms them. Known for their fried chicken served with white bread and pickles, try the Chicken Wing Gyoza, stuffed with pork and shiitake mushroom, when it’s on the menu. 

Feeling like tater tots? New Junked Food Co. takes ‘em up a notch with their Tater Tots Poutine.

To quench your thirst, Real Sports Bar & Grill has two drinks to satisfy your candy craving – one drop shot tastes just like a red Skittle and another one was designed to duplicate a Sour Patch Kid. Both are bang on.

You can truly be a kid again, thanks to these new spins on old favourites.