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The Best 24 Hour Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 14, 2013

24 hour restaurants torontoThe best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto are prime destinations to end a perfect night out. Whether in Scarborough, North York, or downtown Toronto, these spots welcome us (stumbling) in with open menus and smiles, ready to mask the evening's sins with stacks of pancakes and buttermilk fried chicken. Most of these never-close places in Toronto wouldn't exactly fit in the realm of upscale, but they satisfy all the same with all-day breakfasts and a consistent weekend crowd of characters. Just try to blend in.

Here is the list of the best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto.

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Lakeview Restaurant

Lakeview Restaurant

The Lakeview at Dundas and Ossington is one of those remarkable spots that manages to be equally appealing both after last call and in the light of day. Great service is usually just the beginning, later fortified by solid milkshakes, tuna melts, and cheap, cheap drinks. This is the type of place you can go for pulled pork poutine as a snack after the bar, and show up again for an omelette and $3 mimosa the next morning. More »

The Thompson Diner

The Thompson Diner

Perhaps one of the priciest options on this all-night list, Thompson Diner inside the Thompson Hotel on lower Bathurst tries to tote that “diner” vibe in a way that doesn’t completely fill you with regret. That’s especially impressive considering one of their most revered dishes is buttermilk fried chicken. In the wee hours, you’ll find Thompson Diner playing host to late night partiers from the nearby Hoxton, as well as lounge-hoppers who have sauntered south from King West. More »

7 West

7 West

7 West near Yonge and Bloor wins for ambiance, intimacy, and delicious pita pizzas (marks deducted for staircases, however, which are the persistent foe of late-night diners). 7 West has a cozy vibe that seems evermore appealing as the hours of the day dwindle, especially in the summertime when the third-floor patio is really best experienced. Banana chocolate cake is an easy call for a midnight treat, though 7 West’s breakfast tends to appear on tables on the earliest hours of the a.m. More »

Owl of Minerva

Owl of Minerva

For when those pork bone soup cravings just won’t subside. With a few nicely spaced locations around Toronto to properly blanket the city, Owl of Minerva is one of those places that really comes alive in the wee hours. Though you might catch a few tables of bibimbap or bulgogi, pork bone soup usually dominates, and certainly for a good reason. More »

Frans Restaurant

Frans Restaurant

Ah, Fran’s. Like a best friend but better, because this one always has pancakes on hand. The epitome of “diner,” Fran’s has options for every time of day, though the consistent favourite is, of course, its all-day breakfast. Just don’t mind the occasionally sticky menu. For steak and eggs, retro booths, and constant CP24 streaming, few do it better. Now with three locations in Toronto including this one at Yonge and College. More »

Khorak Supermarket

Khorak Supermarket

Yes, it’s a grocery store. But this is one where you can feast on Atlantic salmon, barbecue kebabs, and Persian cream puffs while you shop for ingredients for tomorrow’s dinner. This 24-hour spot near Yonge and Steeles doesn’t exactly catch the same midnight crowds as you’ll find downtown, but cheap kebab plates and a few tables for seating means that Khorak, too, sees steady streams of Friday night crowds. More »

Zet's Restaurant

Zet's Restaurant

Perfect for a snack just before catching the red-eye. Or after. Or just if you’re in the mood for some pretty tasty souvlaki. Right by the airport, Zet’s keeps its grills running all day and night, serving up huge portions of classic Greek plates, as well as homestyle burgers, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast. Cash only (Canadian currency, that is). More »

Vesta Lunch

Vesta Lunch

This spot at Dupont and Bathurst has been reputable for decades and is still slinging the same fried foods that earned it that accolade so many years ago. If you’re lucky you’ll get your eggs prepared by owner George Golias himself, who can churn out a series of scrambled and hash, all while recounting the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Call it a meal and entertainment. More »

Pho Pasteur

Pho Pasteur

Chinatown certainly has its share of late night eat options, but Pho Pasteur takes the cake for never closing its doors. And maybe a few points for its pho, too. While not the cheapest bowl in the area, Pho Pasteur’s is certainly reputed as some of the most satisfying, served in three different (all massive) sizes. Vietnamese coffee here is also superb. More »

Commisso Bros.

Commisso Bros.

For a pack of gum, or freshly piped cannoli, or veal sandwich at any time of day, Commisso Bros. in the Castlefield Design District offers its grocery, hot table, and bakery offerings at all hours, satisfying all cravings except any you might have for a seat. So just as long as you can juggle your lasagna and slice of cheesecake as you make your way out the door, you’ll be full and happy. More »

Kayagum

Kayagum

Not just revered for always being open (but that too), Kayagum does actually serve pretty delicious Korean food. Up in North York just south of Finch Station, Kayagum does a great bibimbap and bulgogi, with bottles of Ginggrae to wash it all down. Two can eat here for under $20, just don’t mind the curious faux spaceship stuck in the ceiling. The food is out of this world, maybe? More »

T Bones

T Bones

Have you ever heard a better phrase than “24-hour steak?” Now, we’re not talking diner-style steak and eggs or takeout steak burritos, but real, juicy, 16 oz New York steaks, served with mashed potatoes and a side salad. For a bargain price, no less. While T-Bones in Scarborough does struggle a bit in the aesthetics department, an anytime steak dinner for the price of an overdressed personal pizza is surely worth the lack of modern design elements. More »

Mars Diner/Uptown

Mars Diner/Uptown

Open 24 hours on the weekends, Mars Diner on College St. is unapologetically stuck in some decade long gone and beloved because of it. Rumour has it that its menu does have something other than waffles, pancakes, and eggs Benedict in various forms, though most who stumble in after the bar seem to neglect any non-breakfast option on the menu. Greasy, cheap, filling, and adored. Midtowners can visit also visit their Yonge and Eglinton location. More »

Markham Station

Markham Station

A Scarborough gathering spot for those with an affinity for 4am banquet burgers. Markham Station does an impossibly awesome early bird breakfast special for just $4.99, but it keeps the grill going throughout the day for souvlaki dinners, steak and shrimp plates, t-bone platters and, of course, the rest of the breakfast menu. This is greasy food at its finest, and arguably, its cheapest. More »

Golden Griddle

Golden Griddle

Fulfilling student gastronomic dreams via omelette special Mondays and all-you-can-eat pancake Tuesdays, plus free WiFi. Perfect for an impoverished late night study session or a cheap way to soak up the beer after the bar, Golden Griddle binges may not represent your proudest dining moments, but there must be a reason why we all keep coming back for more. Oh yeah. Free WiFi and all-you-can-eat pancakes. With two TTC accessible locations near Yonge and Carlton and another near Yonge and Eglinton. More »

The Grille

The Grille

The Grille on The Queensway does diner-style eats at all hours for the west end. Like many of the other spots on this list, the mantra at The Grille is cheap, big, and all-day breakfast. Arrive early and you can snag a breakfast plate for just $4.79, though many options, such as The Grille’s full rack of baby back ribs for $17.99, are available at all hours. Sounds like a pretty indulgent 7am choice to me. More »

Perfect Restaurant

Perfect Restaurant

At Sheppard and Brimley Road, Perfect Restaurant does Chinese dine-in and take-out 24 hours a day. While “perfect,” to some, might be a bit of an overstatement, the restaurant does satisfy for those looking for cheap dim sum or chicken wings at any time of night. The service can be a bit hit or miss, but anytime dim sum is pretty hard to argue against. More »

Hero Certified Burgers

Hero Certified Burgers

Is it the burgers? Or just the fact that this location at Queen and Spadina is open 24 hours? Hero Certified Burgers isn't really Toronto's favourite burger joint, but the combination of location, topping options, drink options, and a pretty consistent patty renders this spot a faithful go-to for late night eats. I just wonder who, exactly, is stopping in for a burger at eight in the morning. More »

Discussion

60 Comments

POPOPOPO / February 14, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Anyone remember Mel's. Smoked-meat benny - the best.
jon / February 14, 2013 at 10:54 am
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I want to like the Lakeview. I know it's always busy and people seem to have good things to say about it. However, I've never had a good meal there. This isn't an isolated "i went once and won't go back kind of thing". In fact, I keep going back because I like the place. The food just sucks. Or at least it has for me.
Miss Kriss replying to a comment from jon / February 14, 2013 at 11:00 am
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I COMPLETELY agree. Their food is horrendous. The last straw was getting food poisoning from their fish and chips. Never again. Cannot believe it beat out the Thompson.
dnr / February 14, 2013 at 11:06 am
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The Lakeview is the worst. There has been a cockroach problem there for years.
Rob / February 14, 2013 at 11:13 am
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Mars is terrible. They nickle and dime you and can't even cook things properly.

Half these places are dingy dirt traps that knowingly serve shit food to drunks and the remainder are for the film festival and King Street bottle service crowds.
Wv / February 14, 2013 at 11:17 am
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Zet's is #1 for me.. For a few reasons.. It is 5 minutes from where I live in the west-end.. Their pork soulvaki is what I usually go for. It is HUGE! A take home meal for sure. also be sure to try their pulled pork on a bun... I am going to try a few on this list, and check back :)
Brent / February 14, 2013 at 11:18 am
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Should be called "The Only 24-Hour Restaurants in Toronto." Boring city.
Sarah / February 14, 2013 at 11:19 am
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Surely, you could have found something better than Golden Griddle to put on that list. The location you listed is the most disgusting restaurant I have ever visited. I mean, I'm sure it's great if you don't mind old chewed gum stuck to your menu and cob webs hanging above your head. And that nice musty basement smell surely gets some people in the mood for some soggy eggs and limp bacon..
McRib replying to a comment from POPOPOPO / February 14, 2013 at 11:31 am
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smoked-meat poutine.

Mel's is greatly missed!
Rob replying to a comment from Brent / February 14, 2013 at 11:33 am
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For real.
Slick Rick replying to a comment from Miss Kriss / February 14, 2013 at 11:55 am
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believe it missy...although i tend to the lakeview staples most the time, its nice to know how vast their menu is in case i have a change of heart...something which cant be said about the thompsons. oh, and quality wise, its still better imo.
Todd Toronto replying to a comment from Brent / February 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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Seriously. I spent a lot of time in New York (I know, I know, apples and oranges), but there are 24-hour diners with huge menus and decent food from Manhattan to the fringe exburbs hours away from downtown. Why it's easier to find a place to eat at 3am in Poughkeepsie than Yonge-Eglinton is beyond me.
Iain replying to a comment from Brent / February 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Exactly. Toronto needs WAY more 24hr options...the fact that Golden Griddle is included in this list just exposes how weak our 24hr scene really is.
no thanks / February 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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Comisso Bros. is not a great spot at all. Sure, If I'm nearby I'll stop to grab a bottle of water or a pack of gum if I need something, but I'd never eat the prepared food there. First, I wouldn't call it a "clean" place. Second, the food sits for a long time. Third, it is all very mediocre.
Mckegs replying to a comment from jon / February 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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I completely agree. I love the atmosphere and the service is great. I got food poisoning from the smoked meat sandwich there and the last time we went there was a rotten strawberry in my boyfriend's salad. Huge disappointment. If they decide to step it up in the kitchen then I would return as a regular.
Scott / February 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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I can't believe T-Bones is still open after all of these years...
Roach replying to a comment from dnr / February 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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What constitutes a "problem"? Could you please show where this "information" came from?

I love how people come on here and write something accusatory with no proof. I dare you to find an establishment like this that DOES NOT have cockroaches in some form or another. The presence of roaches does not make it "a problem". You never see people say "I saw a fly at (insert restaurant) I am never going back!". I have never seen a cockroach on top of a pile of crap.

Let the troll responses begin.
LJ / February 14, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Im shocked that people miss Mel's Montreal Deli
hoppoh replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / February 14, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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Probably because we have a lot of Tim Hortons locations that are open 24/7 and average Canadian folk are very loyal to their Timmies, ie. going there every Saturday for breakfast with the family.
yes! / February 14, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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so very happy that the grille got recognized. been going there for years. they've renovated and definitely is a gem in the west end. upgraded from borderline truck stop to bonafide family eatery.

i've been hearing a lot of complaints about markham station, and i once got indigestion from vesta lunch.

i think by sheer necessity thi is just a list of 24 hour restos in the city.
jeff replying to a comment from jon / February 14, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Honestly, I completely agree. Exact same opinion. I keep giving it chances and, while I'll stop short of saying it sucks, I've never been impressed. I've given about half the menu a chance and can find a better substitute anywhere.
vandelay replying to a comment from jon / February 14, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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HERO Burger? Golden Griddle? This truly is a list of "Toronto's Only 24-Hour Restaurants." Both of those places, Golden Griddle especially, should be banned from serving food.
Keith / February 14, 2013 at 04:52 pm
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There must be 18 24-hour restaurants in total, otherwise I don't understand how Golden Griddle and mediocre food from Super Khorak (not even a restaurant!) would make a Top list.
BillyO / February 14, 2013 at 09:00 pm
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The only of these restos downtown worth eating at is the Thompson. Otherwise just grab street meat than bother with BS like Lakeview. Some solid open until 3-4 am places like Shanghai Cowgirl or Utopia are solid too, but don't make at 24hr list obviously
Jmons / February 14, 2013 at 09:07 pm
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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives decided to shoot a segment at Lakeview Diner. I'm assuming Lakeview's the dive? Sub-par food, but great deals on craft pints.
fatboy / February 14, 2013 at 09:16 pm
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its a toss between thompson chicken fingers and lake view twin turbo (with deep fried macaroni balls)

All in all, Toronto needs more late night eats!
Mikey replying to a comment from POPOPOPO / February 14, 2013 at 09:50 pm
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Mel's hardly resembled food.
ROB / February 15, 2013 at 12:04 am
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Try Golden Stone Noodle On spadina near dundas. It's not quite 24 hours but it has good afterhours options,decent portions, and it's cheap.
Alex / February 15, 2013 at 12:49 am
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Hero Burger? Pathetic and bland.
v79 / February 15, 2013 at 02:52 am
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Add me to the "I don't get the love for the Lakeview" crowd. At best it's extremely average. Personally, I find the atmosphere depressing. Comisso Bros. is good for select items (panzerotti, rice balls, pastries), but others sit cold all day and miss the mark. I see the anti-corporate crowd is out in full force knocking Golden Griddle, but I've never had a bad meal there, be it 3am or brunch. Perhaps some locations are better than others. Over-all though, I guess Fran's is the safest bet on the list.
dnr replying to a comment from Roach / February 15, 2013 at 09:30 am
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Thanks ROACH!!
Michaelg replying to a comment from jon / February 15, 2013 at 09:48 am
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The Lakeview - as others have observed - should be wonderful. The setting is classic and on entering the anticipation is high. In addition, cooking diner food is not difficult. While not always healthy, is is almost always delicious. The Lakeview somehow manages to mess up this simple formula. Brown soggy fries, eggs that are overcooked - sometimes to the point that they turn grey - sausages deep fried until they turn to powder are only a few of the disasters. I once was approached by a kitchen person (certainly not a chef) who asked me hoe the food was tonight. I replied that it was better than last time. I was able to eat almost three quarters compared to less than half the time before. That was not because I was not hungry. I think the "top diner" believers have been well refreshed prior to arrival
mick replying to a comment from v79 / February 15, 2013 at 06:03 pm
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I think what the Lakeview has going for it is that it's extremely quaint and comfortable and close to many of the things we like. However, like the Leafs, it's all promise and no payoff. They know we'll come regardless of what they serve, so there's no need for them to up their game. And their food really is vile sometimes. Went their for dessert once and it was AWFUL. Depressing because they could be a true classic if only they realized their own potential.

Also, I've never seen a cockroach, but I'm sure they have them like every other restaurant in the city.

Finally...you hafta know dozens of bar/restaurant owners in the area are reading this post and are also scratching their heads/wondering the same thing. And as so many of them go on to open additional places in the neighbourhood, maybe they're also thinking of opening the next great 24hr shack.

Hope so.
Pilar replying to a comment from Brent / February 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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Why don't you add to the list and start your own 24 hour diner then? Problem solved.
Wiley replying to a comment from dnr / February 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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He has a point.
rakesh / February 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm
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All of them pathetic. Just goes on to show how boring the city really is.Everything closes down early and the nightlife sucks.
Pilar replying to a comment from rakesh / February 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm
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Judging from your comment, you're the one who's boring. Griping about the negative when you really don't haven anything to say. All talk and no action. Get a life.
ashleigh / February 16, 2013 at 04:57 am
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Zet's is satisfying. Not award worthy but the steaks are pretty good, the peameal bacon on a bun is probably the hidden gem on their menu, I confirm the eater above- the souvlaki plates are huge, and your food comes pretty fast. If you order anything from beer to rootbeer ask for a frosty mug - they keep mugs in the deepfreeze but don't tell anyone, you just have to know.

Very late / early AM it can be mildly entertaining as the plethora of airport area strippers come in to feed, pole dancing is aerobic exercise, and a girls' got to eat.
WhiteHotHunkLuv replying to a comment from Pilar / February 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Rakesh and Pilar are out of civilized words and now are TOTALLY gonna go!

(get a room you two!)
Jimmy / February 19, 2013 at 09:44 pm
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Lakeview used to be better. I think it has slipped in the past 4 years due to the increased popularity of the place.
Za-Moon-Da / February 20, 2013 at 06:46 pm
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I want to add my two cents to the whole Lakeview thing and yes, it is crappy. Whenever I'd go to the Garrison, I'd always want a slice of apple pie and the Lakeview is one of the few places in the area that has it at that hour. Each and every single time I've had it, it has not been satisfying. I don't know why I go back to order it but I completely agree with you naysayers.
?? / March 7, 2013 at 04:21 am
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Markham Station??? Omg, one of the worst places to go! The service is horrible and the customers are just as bad. It probably has the record for the most dine-and-dashes in the city. Incredibly ghetto.
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Alex replying to a comment from Pilar / June 23, 2013 at 01:24 am
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I will start opening the best 24/7 restaurant!...oh never-mind...too lazy.
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jonathan b / July 28, 2013 at 05:49 am
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Vesta is around the corner from me. Looked the list over carefully and was hard pressed to justify a drive further downtown. So I had a pea meal on a bun for 6.95 and a coffee. Pea meal was juicy. But prices sure have gone up. How come a young chef can't take an established joint and just continue it all night? Wouldn't take too long for the word to get out.
alina / August 7, 2013 at 05:35 am
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Pho pasteur is not bad at all..their rolls (shrimp rolls and spring rolls) can be compared to standard vietnamese food and the pho is pretty good too. Also you can try the salty shrimp with rice which should be called spicy shrimp with rice. Other than that for an owl like me toronto does not have many options late night.
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Binky / August 13, 2013 at 02:33 am
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mike / September 3, 2013 at 09:06 am
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Fran's should not be on this list, as it is not a restaurant. All of their food is pre-packaged and frozen in a factory, and they just microwave it, in the plastic. yuck! Might as well consider the tv dinner aisle of Metro a "restaurant".
unhappy camper / September 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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Just got food poisoning from lakeview after eating one of the burgers. It was almost immediate discomfort. Felt great before the meal. Then couldnt even have a cig after eating it and had to go home. Woke the next morning to the worst case of food poisoning iv ever expierenced. 4 days of gut wrenching and missed work. So thanks alot you dicks, maybe shutdown for two hours a day and actually clean your fucking kitchen!
Jacob / October 13, 2013 at 05:14 am
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None of these places are particularly hip. Where's a trust funder to go at 5 a.m. when all the other fine dining establishments are closed!?!?
steve / January 6, 2014 at 12:25 am
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Zets is #1 fresh good food remember though its not tge Ruth Chris or Mortons armosphere..it is what it is and very very busy always ..thats says something
rob s / January 14, 2014 at 11:13 am
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T-Bones Sucks big times, never had good food there, master steaks is much much better although its in mississauga
Mike / February 9, 2014 at 01:15 am
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@unhappy camper, it probably wasn't the burger that gave you food poisoning. Especially if you started feeling poorly right after the meal.

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