Canada may be known for its ketchup chips and poutine, but there is much more to Toronto as being the world’s melting pot of ethnicities. Toronto is a man’s city with soaring skyscrapers, a booming financial district, more sports teams than anyone can follow (such as The Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, The Raptors,) and of course its iconic landmark, the CN tower. With this array of fun activities, comes a supreme variety of scrumptious food. With so many options available at every step, this foodie guide will narrow down the best places to eat in Toronto. So grab your fork and let’s hit up The Six!
Fast and Easy
Let’s start with Canada’s specialty. The poutine. One of the most common places to acquire this delicious masterpiece is New York Fries, for a quick and easy classic poutine. These are not anything special, more of a quick and dirty hangover cure. Want to get a bit fancier with your fries? Head on over to Smokes Poutinerie. With their “Global Domination of Poutine” they offer a unique take with more toppings than just Quebec cheese curds. I bet you cannot finish the triple pork in one sitting!
Where’s the Beef?
Meet lovers, Toronto loves you. Let me start with the Brazilian restaurant Copacabana. This place is an all you can meat lovers delight where they shave the meat off of giant skewers with swords. You will have the glory of having meat sweats for days. They even provide entertainment while you are ripping into those carcases with female belly dancing. Most of you have already dined at The Keg for those great steaks and twice baked potatoes. Shhh, here’s a secret for the real meatatarians – the ultimate carnivores – there is a hidden steak called The Keg Omega. A prime rib cut that is so big it’s not even offered on the menu! At a whopping 680 grams, it is sure to satisfy any hungry hungry hippo.
We would not be listing the best places to eat in Toronto if we didn’t mention where to get your wings! One of the best spots for wings in TDot is the Crown and Dragon by the old Masonic Temple. They offer ½ price wings on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and all day Sunday! Their website claims they are voted as the best wings in Toronto FYI. If you live in Little Italy be sure to check out the coolest bar Nightowl. There you can order a beverage and chow down on AYCE wings for only $14.99 during the summer! They also have a super cool ambience with great music and arcade games.
Toronto is not just the Big Smoke. Vegetarians, you are not forgotten, I’m with you. Toronto is a haven for the non-meat eaters. My ultimate favourite meatless restaurant is Live. They are fresh, unique and filling. They serve up cool meat like dishes such as the pulled burdock burrito and a mushroom melt burger. If you want something more comforting and deep fried check out Disgraceland. I warn you, this place is not upscale. It is a hole in the wall that also offers games, and serves veggie delights like deep fried mushrooms, vegan ribs, and nachos. They are 100% plant based in D-Land, and offer 14 taps of beer!
Wine and Dine
Want to wine and dine your significant other up in Hollywood North? You cannot go wrong with La Vecchia. Located in uptown Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton you will feel like you are eating in Rome. They also offer private rooms downstairs in a cave or cellar like feel. They have authentic décor with stone walls and visually appealing art, enough to make your date swoon. Sip Wine Bar is just around the corner if you want to start there for drinks as they have an impressive wine selection, or to continue the conversation after dessert.
If you are going out for a night at the ballet, you will want to eat in Style. Nota Bene is a stone throw away from the theatre and offers a special before the show menu, to ensure you arrive on time. If you are craving good food and a view, make reservations at Toula Restaurant and Bar. They are located on the 38th floor of The Westin Harbour Castle and have a 360 degree view of the cityscape, perfect at sunset! Making Toula Restaurant not just one of the best places to eat in Toronto, but the best view!
I do love my tacos. And if you go to La Carnita, so will you. They offer a great selection (and have GF and veg options) in a super hip environment. If you go to the Yonge and Eglinton location you can also check out Good Fortune Bar downstairs for … Burgers! Continue the fiesta at El Rinconcito Mexicano for some more Mexican food. It’s your Bday? Be prepared to wear a sombrero!
We haven’t even scratched the surface for Toronto eateries. Toronto has a copious amount of restaurant selections; it is simply not possible to eat everywhere. Before you leave, be sure to make a stop at St Lawrence Market. It is not just a place to grab local produce and meats; it’s also a great spot for lunch if you want some fish and chips. Lastly if you are in Toronto during baseball season, no ball game is complete without an authentic street meat hot dog, which can be purchased on almost every corner downtown. Bon Appetit!