After an evening out, you can always find a place to carb up with filler food. But if you’re on Jasper Avenue, you should go to Bar Bricco instead, for non-fluorescent lighting and food that’s not just filling, but varied and downright delectable. With cured beef, sheep and pork, cheeses you may have never heard of, olives, eggs (you’ll want two orders of the soft scrambled eggs, Cacio e Pepe), and healthy drizzles of butter and olive oil, Bar Bricco’s menu has some combination of finger food to satisfy any late-night craving, including homemade focaccia to soak up the suds. You’ll feel so good after, you’ll want to cap the night off with a selection from the extensive wine and cocktail menu. – C.S.
If your idea of Japan is Hello Kitty, Godzilla and Studio Ghibli, Dorinku has to be your eatery of choice. The snacks and meals are playful. Take the Shaka Shaka fries — a small container of Dorinku’s special seasonings tossed in a bag filled with fries. Shake, and, voila, a great late-night snack. The ramen broth is rich and flavourful, while there are plenty of sushi and sashimi options for snack trays. If you want to keep the party going, Dorinku has an extensive sake menu. Thanks to the Japanese arcade games and the pop-culture references throughout, at Dorinku, we can all unleash our inner Akira. – S.S.
While Pip does brunch beautifully, you’re missing out if you haven’t stopped by to try its evening menu. A cozy wine bar was a much-needed addition to Whyte Avenue, and the fare is ideal for a late-night bite.
The wine selection is small but carefully curated, and the bites for sharing pair well with a glass (or two). From the seared manchego cheese with fig jam to the simple house-made potato chips with artichoke aiolo, all the small plates hit a ton of flavour notes and will leave your taste buds singing. – A.M.