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Seven Lives / Mexican

69 Kensington Avenue Website
Seven Lives

Seven Lives is synonymous with Baja-style tacos, for good reason. The tiny Kensington Market spot often has a lineup snaking out the door as hordes of hungry taco seekers wait...

Sweet Jesus (Queen East) / Ice Cream

780 Queen St. E 647.334.0780 Website
Sweet Jesus (Queen East)

Sweet Jesus is spreading its gospel across Toronto. The epic ice cream purveyor opened its second location. And for those east of the DVP, your soft-serve prayers have been answered...

The End / Pub Food

1661 Bloor St. West 647.748.4363 Website
The End

The End is a funky little bar found on a dense strip of drinking holes along a small stretch of Bloor West just east of High Park. Previously Little Buddha...

Gourmet Malaysia / Chinese

4466 Sheppard Ave East 647.764.1188 Website
Gourmet Malaysia

Gourmet Malaysia is the place considered by many purists, including yours truly, to be THE epicentre of Malaysian food in the GTA. Run by a lovely Malaysian and Indonesian couple,...

Caplansky's (Yorkville) / Deli

156 Cumberland Ave 416.967.7676 Website
Caplansky's (Yorkville)

Caplansky's in Yorkville features menu favourites from its food truck and original delicatessen on College Street. This eatery gets busy at lunchtime and makes it easy to take meaty sandwiches...

Ardo / Italian

243 King Street East 647.347.8930 Website

Ardo is an Italian restaurant from chef and owner Roberto Marotta (formerly at Nodo). He hails from Milazzo, a port town on the northeast coast of Sicily. He draws inspiration...

El Rey Mezcal Bar / Mexican

2A Kensington Market Website
El Rey Mezcal Bar

El Rey is a mezcal bar in Kensington Market. It's the latest venture from Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel and Bar Raval) and team; Julio Guajardo and Kate Chomyshyn run...

Seven Lives Paleteria / Ice Cream

72 Kensington Ave. Website
Seven Lives Paleteria

Seven Lives Paleteria brings tropical treats to Kensington Market with mounds of vegan soft serve and whimsical paletas. This candy-coloured shop from Sean Reihl embodies summertime with bright turquoise walls...

Pinkerton's Snack Bar / Eclectic

1026 Gerrard St. E 416.855.1460 Website
Pinkerton's Snack Bar

Pinkerton's is bustling when I pop in on a recent Friday night. The music, a soundtrack of alt-rock (including the odd Weezer track, obviously) is loud, atypical for this stretch...

Street Shak / Caribbean

646 Queen St. West 647.351.7425 Website
Street Shak

Street Shak is a Caribbean eatery dishing out a taste of Barbados on Queen West. Owner Tony Bradshaw has spent over two decades as a GM in the restaurant business....

The Peasant Table / Brunch

786 Queen St. East 647.343.7022 Website
The Peasant Table

The Peasant Table offers updated, modernized versions of hearty, homestyle Italian fare with German and Eastern European influences. Formerly Table 17, the Riverside restaurant consists of a rustic-chic bar area,...

Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant / Vegetarian

8425 Woodbine Ave. 905.305.1338
Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant

Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant is where to go for Chinese vegetarian food. Also known as Buddhist cuisine, the dishes served up may not come with any meat but certainly aren't lacking...

Macho Radio Bar / Mexican

92 Fort York Blvd. 416.623.2323 Website
Macho Radio Bar

Macho Radio Bar is a casual Tex-Mex joint that occupies the space formerly home to Citta in CityPlace. Owners Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth (the duo behind Patria, Weslodge, Figo...

Bombay Street Food / Indian

828 Bay St. 416.821.7862 Website
Bombay Street Food

Bombay Street Food Co. is the first bricks and mortar restaurant from sisters-in-law Amreen and Seema Omar, a duo that's been making the rounds at farmers' markets, pop-up dinners, and...

Rodney's Oyster House / Oysters

469 King Street West 416.363.8105 Website
Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House has been a Toronto institution since 1987 and is one of the most popular oyster spots in the city. Not only has the restaurant established itself as...

Flaming Bull / Chinese

378 Bloor St. W. 647.351.3288 Website
Flaming Bull

Flaming Bull is the first North American outpost for the Taiwanese restaurant chain originating in Taichung City. The restaurant claims it's most popular for its beef noodle soup, but perhaps...

The Wicket / Pub Food

1671 Bloor St. W. 647.349.6025 Website
The Wicket

The Wicket can be found amongst a small strip of bars on Bloor between Dundas West and Keele just east of High Park. Previously a Latin American tapas restaurant called...

Maple Leaf Tavern / Pub Food

955 Gerrard St. East 416.465.0955 Website
Maple Leaf Tavern

Maple Leaf Tavern is an old bar with a contemporary finish. The formerly dilapidated east side institution is an approachable (albeit pricey) 130 seat North American tavern with a wood...

Death in Venice Gelato / Gelato

536 Queen St. West 416.301.2859 Website
Death in Venice Gelato

Death in Venice Gelato might occupy only a small display case inside Constantinople Bakery, but co-owner Kaya Ogruce packs some serious flavour into his unique brand of Italian-style ice cream. Ogruce...

iQ Food Co. (First Canadian Place) / Sandwiches

100 King St. West Website
iQ Food Co. (First Canadian Place)

iQ Food Co. + Greenhouse Juice Co. have teamed up to offer the Financial District healthy options for eats at the Food Terrace on the mezzanine level of First Canadian...

Hakata Ramen / Japanese

5321 Yonge Street 416.733.3725 Website
Hakata Ramen

Hakata Shoryuken Ramen is not a Street Fighter special move, but rather a restaurant that serves up Hakata-style ramen In North York. Found a few blocks north of the North York...

Doomie's / Vegetarian

1263 Queen Street West Website

Doomie's is a vegan restaurant in Parkdale that originated in Los Angeles. It takes a brash, unapologetic stance on veganism. The ideology, exemplified by a comfort food-filled menu, is all...

Adamson Barbecue / Barbecue

176 Wicksteed Avenue 416.316.5216 Website
Adamson Barbecue

Adamson Barbecue encapsulates every romanticized expectation I have of Texas barbecue joint. That's probably because Adam Skelly modeled his lunch-only spot - located inside a Leaside-area warehouse - after the...

Yummy Cone / Pizza

7191 Yonge St. Thornhill 647.778.1111 Website
Yummy Cone

Yummy Cone is a small restaurant that serves up an interesting take on pizza - it's stuffed inside a cone. Capitalizing on a new food trend that's apparently gaining steam...

Han Shi Fang / Chinese

3250 Midland Ave. 647.350.5599 Website
Han Shi Fang

Han Shi Fang is proof that you can indeed have it all. This Scarborough restaurant is the first Toronto location of a large Chinese chain headquartered in Beijing - they...

Nanashake / Ice Cream

4750 Yonge St. 416.226.6262 Website

Nanashake may sound like a new dance move, but it's actually a little joint serving up delicious vegan soft serve desserts in North York. Located right by Sheppard subway station...

ChongQing Liuyishou Hot Pot / Chinese

650 Highway 7 East 905.762.9978
ChongQing Liuyishou Hot Pot

ChongQing Liuyishou Hot Pot is more than a long and difficult to pronounce name; it's also one of the most popular hot pot chain restaurants from China. This location is...

Royal Meats BBQ (CityPlace) / Burgers

88 Fort York Blvd 416.251.1144 Website
Royal Meats BBQ (CityPlace)

Royal Meats is an Eastern European grill in the heart of CityPlace. The restaurant is the not the first of its kind; there's an almost identical outlet near the IKEA...

Grk Ygrt / Frozen Yogurt

291 Augusta Avenue
Grk Ygrt

Grk Ygrt is where to head to in Kensington Market if you're looking for fresh and frozen yogurt. Boasting all natural, all homemade and all healthy recipes, you can choose...

Refuel Juicery / Juice Bar

2354 Yonge St. 416.486.3000 Website
Refuel Juicery

Refuel Juicery is where you'd go to fill yourself up with cold-pressed juice, smoothies and light, vegan meals. The compact take out spot on Yonge, just north of Eglinton, has...

Almighty Bao / Chinese

1212 Dundas Street West Website
Almighty Bao

Almighty Bao, like its predecessor Luther's Chicken, occupies the kitchen inside Churchill Bar. From the outside, it's no more than a menu, a banner, and a small service window. Owner Taylor...

Pho King Fabulous / Vietnamese

2411 Yonge Street 647.352.5288 Website
Pho King Fabulous

Pho King Fabulous better live up to its name, I think as I walk through the door of the Yonge and Eglinton-area Vietnamese restaurant. First-time restauranteur Kevin Hoang, who's originally from...

Cardinal Rule / Brunch

5 Roncesvalles Avenue 647.352.0202 Website
Cardinal Rule

Cardinal Rule is all about the retro diner vibe. The all-day Roncesvalles restaurant dishes out veggie, vegan, gluten free and meaty options on all three of their menus - breakfast,...

Beiruti Grand Cafe / Middle Eastern

155 Consumers Road 416.491.2227 Website
Beiruti Grand Cafe

Beiruti Grand Cafe inhabits a massive 13,000 square-foot space in a business park near Sheppard and Victoria Park. Jack Boyadjian and his family are behind the venture; They were previously...

Hakka Wow / Chinese

1433 Gerrard St. East 416.855.7331 Website
Hakka Wow

Hakka Wow is where to go in Little India for a taste of authentic Indian-Chinese (Hakka) food. From chili chickens to pakoras, there's a little bit of everything at this...

Artisan Noodle / Chinese

5421 Yonge St. 647.345.1155 Website
Artisan Noodle

Artisan Noodle is where those in the know go for Shaanxi-style (Northwestern) Chinese cuisine in North York including authentic versions of the noodles and buns the cuisine is well-known for. Owner...

Cosmic Treats / Vegetarian

207 Augusta Avenue 647.352.2207 Website
Cosmic Treats

Cosmic Treats isn't just another vegan spot in Kensington Market, this all-vegan restaurant dishes out an array of vegan comfort food. From pub-style dishes to a full ice-cream bar, Cosmic...

Rasta Pasta / Caribbean

61 Kensington Avenue 647.501.4505 Website
Rasta Pasta

Rasta Pasta derived its name from fusing traditional Italian and Caribbean dishes but it's the Jamaican side of the restaurant that has taken off as Kensington Market locals know to...

El Arepazo / Latin American

181 Augusta Ave. 647.472.1011 Website
El Arepazo

El Arepazo is where to go for a taste of traditional Venezuelan food in Kensington Market. What started as a pop-up food stand at 214 Augusta graduated into a standalone...

It's a Bao Time / Chinese

230 Commerce Valley Dr. East 905.771.8866 Website
It's a Bao Time

It's a Bao Time is more than a clever pun, it's also where locals in York Region go for handmade bao, bahn mi, and other Asian-inspired bite-sized goodness. Occupying part...

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