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The top 10 restaurants in Toronto to eat at when you're drunk

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 23, 2014

drunk torontoYou're drunk in Toronto and you need food. Where to go? While the bars, pubs and late night eats app will help, I've rounded-up ten of my favourite places when nothing but a cheap, alcohol busting late night meal will do. Will you even remember eating there? Doesn't matter. By the next morning, with last night's greasy snack creating a little buffer from the crazy hangover you're about to get, you'll be thankful for the extended hours and sustenance at these joints.

Here's my list of the top restaurants in Toronto to eat at when you're drunk

There are plenty of places to grab poutine these days but this popular spot near Queen and Dovercourt is arguably the best. The classic fries with cheese curds and gravy is available here but this joint also has tons of other toppings too to take it to the next level and they're also open until 3am. Poutini's is a play on Houdini's, because this stuff is magic for a hangover.

The Lakeview
I have one word for you- 24-hour diner. You say that's three words? Well, you might have had a little less to drink than me. After the show, it's the after party and after the party, it's the hotel lobby and round about four you got to the Lakeview, and eat eggs or a grilled cheese or something weird like chili in a bread bowl, and there's your night.

Dairy Freeze
Why you'd be at St. Clair and Caledonia, who knows, but then you often end up in unlikely places when you've imbibed too much. But when that golden Dairy Freeze sign crosses your hazy view, and you tilt your head to read "Beef Burgers" and "We Only Serve the Best. Try Our Steak on A Bun. Homemade Fish & Chips. Souvlaki" you'll be so psyched, shouting OMG and running like a manic through the parking lot like it's the second coming.

Hong Shing
Greasy Chinese is my go-to hangover food, and it's seems I'm not alone. Whenever I show up at Hong Shing I'm like, "What are you guys doing here?" No worries though, as there is plenty of General Tao and snow peas to go around, as food is fast, plentiful and cheap, and it's open late.

El Furniture Warehouse
It hasn't been opened long in Toronto, taking over from the Pump, though as a hangover restaurant it might have impressed itself in the minds of the college kids on their snowboard vacays in Whistler (that's where the chain started). Dive bar aesthetic helps transition from party to post party eats, and with everything at $4.95 on the menu, you won't walk up and wonder where those last two twenties went.

Rol San
Dim Sum in the middle of the night is a revelation. Small, fried things with dipping sauce? Yes please. Head to the very back room of Rol San and grab a table and order item after item until you are stuffed. There are no windows so you have no idea how late (or early) it is getting so you just finally emerge, slightly less drunk and ready to greet the day (or your bed).

Kabul Express
Downtowners and Ryerson students know where to go to quell the booze blues - it's Kabul Express. The bright lights and cafeteria trays do nothing to deter the throngs of drunkards from getting their kabob on. Staff is friendly and prices are cheap, which makes the whole experience that much more palatable, and the rice sides provide a good base for soaking up all that alcohol.

Big Slice on Yonge
The grease wheel is a time honoured dish for salty dogs, and where else would you get it but the Big Slice? Their pizza is thin and cheesy and the slices extra 'monster' big, plus they have Italian sandwiches and lasagna. They are also open between 9 am and 5 am seven days a week, which by my calculations means there is only a total of 28 hours you cannot get your 'za fix.

Lou Dawg's
Sometimes it's best if the food you are about to eat is as sauced and sloppy as you are. That's why Lou Dawg's is such a winner - with menu items like BBQ chicken wings and pulled pork and brisket and the Mighty Loutine - a twist on poutine topped with pulled pork- that if it gets all over your face you can just wake up the next day, lick your lips and find yourself enjoying a second helping.

Pho Pasteur
Many places in Chinatown keep late hours but few can claim to be open 24 hours like Pho Pasteur can. You don't come for the decor or the service, you come because you've had a few too many and need a liquid elixir of a different sort to get yourself righted and on your way. If you can't remember anything else, remember this - Pho Pasteur is your answer.

What did I miss? Add your picks to the comments.



CJ6 / August 23, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Canton chili!
Julian / August 23, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Thompson Diner and 7 West really should be on here
J / August 23, 2014 at 03:04 pm
YOLO posts = you obviously lack originality!!
Problem is that it's not one off anymore.
Chris / August 23, 2014 at 03:33 pm

Markham Station


-- These seem to be the classics. I know they're not amazing, but these used to be my spots after a night of drinking.
Bob / August 23, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Poutini's has the worst poutine I have ever tasted.
Its over priced and not very good. They have the luck
to be located on a strip where a bunch of suburban kids
go out, get s#it faced and then go eat there because they think its cool.
Donny / August 23, 2014 at 05:10 pm
Are you kidding me that New Ho King is not on this list?!
awful replying to a comment from Bob / August 23, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Agreed, their poutine is actually worse than the very mediocre Smokes.
Riverdalien / August 23, 2014 at 07:17 pm
Messinis is a pretty big oversite.
Elle / August 23, 2014 at 07:25 pm
I moved from Ottawa and checked out Poutini's... super disappointed. Smoke's isn't great, either. I'm still on the quest for best poutine in Toronto.
Lau / August 23, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Venezuelan Arepas from El Arepazo in Kensington Market are a Must for drunken nights!!
tess / August 23, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Poutini's is among the most overhyped shit in this in this city. Anthony bourdain lost all cred endorsing it. Blogto loses no cred of course because it has none to begin with.
Kat / August 23, 2014 at 08:36 pm
@Elle: when I moved from Ottawa, the only poutine that was even kind of the same as the Bank St trucks was the one from the blue truck on St. George, north of College. Still haven't found anything like ESD though.
Adam / August 23, 2014 at 09:01 pm
Are you kidding me that 7-11 isn't on this list?

It's all good.
Mr. Potatohead / August 23, 2014 at 09:17 pm
Yeah, I agree with Julian that Seven West is a great place to end an evening and one of the only places open 24-7-365. They have casual comfort food and a nice vibe.

I also recommend Not Just Noodles if you're near Yonge and Wellesley and you need a late night grease fix.

I was just thinking about The Big Slice when I walked by yesterday and how the only time I would ever eat their pizza is under the influence. I guess that's their niche.

One other option is the line of greasy spoon trucks at City Hall. A mountain of fries helps ease what ails you.

djosh / August 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Goldstone is the best for waking up still drunk. And Lahore tikka house is the best late night/pre breakfast Indian eats you will ever find!!
Kate / August 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm
I'll add a few more: Jumbo Burger and Vesta Lunch.
Justin / August 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm
I rather eat a nice pile of hot sh*t then Poutini's or any poutine for that matter.
moi / August 24, 2014 at 07:00 am
My biggest beef about Poutini's is the amount of trash left behind on the street courtesy of their patrons. Dammit, enjoy your over-priced greasy fix but for the love of everything cute and furry, PLEASE put your trash in a bin! There's lots of them now, the city has finally realized that trash cans are a good idea and has installed quite a few of them in that area.
salad days / August 24, 2014 at 08:03 am
The food at 3
El Furniture is disgusting. Not even worth the $5.
JC / August 24, 2014 at 08:23 am
Err, the drunk angle... I get the open late thing, but to qualify... Is it about how creative your technicolour yawns get?
hair salon toronto / August 24, 2014 at 09:46 am
Yes definitely Kabul Express it is a few steps from us in downtown Toronto but I actually saw people eating there also when they were not drunk, lol
Katit / August 24, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Uhhhhh.... Burrito Boyz?
alanna l / August 24, 2014 at 02:57 pm
I would agree with others here that Smokes makes terrible, all kinds of wrong, poutine. It looks like Poutinis doesn't do much better.
What's up with having two poutine only shops that have no idea what they're doing?! It's the simplest of dishes!
Sick of poutinepoutinepoutine / August 25, 2014 at 09:58 am
Yes, let's all behave like a herd of sheep and start the ubiquitous bitching about poutine in Toronto. Because we all know that poutine in Montreal is so much better, right? It's so much more European tasting.
Excuse me, I just threw up a little in my mouth.
G / August 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm
How is King Palace not on this list?!
Ham and Cheese on Rye / August 26, 2014 at 12:40 am
How am I drunk right now and not at one of these places?? Ohh well guess I'll have to make another Ham sandwich.
L / August 26, 2014 at 12:58 am
I really miss Massimo's
M / August 27, 2014 at 01:14 am
Did Massimo's finally bite the dust? I thought I saw it open not long ago?
Caroline / September 25, 2014 at 04:08 pm
FYI for the person who complained about Torontonians behaving like a herd of sheep when it comes to criticizing our Poutine restaurants, Montreal does make the best poutine.....because it was created in Quebec. Not Europe, as you mentioned!!!
Moi / September 27, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Big Fat Burrito
Lakeview Lunch
Sal / September 28, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Summer RUSH concerts followed by a stop at the Dairy Freeze. Best burgers and unlimited toppings followed by greasy fries and a shake.
M replying to a comment from Julian / October 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Thompson Diner should DEFINITELY be on this, dem rich kids on King don't go anywhere else
R / October 25, 2014 at 12:07 am
Burger Shack is a must for this list.
rolfe / October 25, 2014 at 12:56 am
This list is immediately disqualified for not including sneaky dee's.
l / October 25, 2014 at 07:33 am
no Melt grilled cheese open till 5:am
rolandonaldoson / October 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
The new Dennys should be on here, what a blessing the city's been given. Frans is good too, but I feel Dennys has a better menu. The diner beside hoxton is good, but way overpriced.
Nikhil / October 26, 2014 at 05:18 pm
7 West is the absolute best drunken sit down restaurant in the city. You mush have the grilled cheese or the macaroni.
mcfleez4sheez / October 28, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Gangster burger
Frances replying to a comment from tess / November 11, 2014 at 06:33 am
If you cannot say something nice then stay home and crochet.
Home homie / March 17, 2015 at 08:26 pm
+1 to the Thompson diner.
angela replying to a comment from Julian / March 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm
7 west
Myra / March 18, 2015 at 01:14 am
Commisso bakeries.

Open 24/7/365

Cash only though.
Cat / March 18, 2015 at 09:30 am
Doesn't anyone go to Sneaky Dees anymore? One word. Nachos.
Jason Marcel (@moviejay) / March 18, 2015 at 01:23 pm
I find poutine to be overrated.

Any list that doesn't have Fran's on it is an incomplete list.
Josh / March 18, 2015 at 05:07 pm
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