The best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto can satisfy cravings for pancakes and eggs, bulgogi and bibimbap. These never-close places aren't exactly upscale, but they'll welcome you in, even stumbling, at any time of day.
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The Lakeview on Dundas West is the place to go after the bar for standard breakfasts, tuna cheese melts, club sandwiches, and poutine piled with pulled pork. Show up again in the a.m. to refuel with eggs benny and cheap Caesars and mimosas.
This upmarket diner is equally appealing both after last call and in the light of day. In the wee hours, you’ll find the Thompson Diner playing host to late night revellers staving off hangovers with burgers and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles.
The main draw at this round the clock cafe near Yonge and Bloor is its cozy atmosphere. The vibe is even more appealing as the hours of the day dwindle. Approaching midnight you’ll find lively tables populated with pita pizzas and beer, while after last call crowds just eat up the all day breakfasts and sandwiches.
Owl of Minerva (Yonge St.)
Owl of Minerva comes alive late at night, satisfying cravings for hangover-killing food at 24-hour locations that blanket the city. The menu bills Korean comfort foods like bibimbap and bulgogi, and of course the consistent favourites like pork bone soup.
As you might guess from the name, this modern diner on Dundas West burns a candle for nostalgic diner-style dishes and wholesome homestyle fare. The menu offers flapjacks, burgers, and pull pork sandwiches around the clock, while a dinner menu served afternoons and evenings features smoked chicken dinners and slow smoked ribs.
Fran’s is the place to go when craving the familiar at 4am - just climb into a retro booth and don’t mind the occasionally sticky menus. The epitome of “diner,” Fran’s has options for every time of day - though it’s the extensive list of all-day breakfast options that dominate.
Fuel up before (or after) catching the red-eye at this old school diner near Pearson or make it a destination when a craving for souvlaki strikes. Zet’s keeps its grill hot all day and night, slinging classic Greek plates, homestyle burgers, and all-day breakfasts.
That’s “Super Khorak” for those in the know, because this 24-hour Persian grocery store at Yonge and Steeles has got it all. The hot counter here is well worthwhile, stocked with selections of stewed meats, jeweled rice dishes, and sizzling kebabs from the grill, but be sure not to miss out on the pastry cases stocked with baklava.
Chinatown certainly has its share of late night eat options, but this Vietnamese soup shop has them all beat, considering it never closes its doors. The pho isn’t the cheapest bowl in the area, but it comes in three different (all massive) sizes and is highly satisfying at all hours.
The Italian grocer in the Castlefield Design District is an any-time-of-day destination for solid veal sandwiches, a slab of lasagna, or freshly piped cannoli. Seating is nil but the hot table and bakery offerings more than make up for it.
The appeal of this old school diner has a lot to do with how it lights up at night like a beacon for the hungry on the corner of Dupont and Bathurst. Souvlaki and all-day breakfasts are house specialties, and while the food is hardly gourmand, it’s as true as the ‘50s era decor.
Like many of the other spots on this list, the mantra at this Etobicoke restaurant is big, all-day breakfasts and hearty diner-style grub. Early birds can take advantage of cheap breakfast specials, but signature dishes such as the full rack of baby back ribs are available at all hours.
This all hours joint in North York dishes out an eclectic line-up of Japanese and Korean dishes. Kayagum has you covered, no matter if you’re craving some late night bimbap and bulgogi or sushi and chicken katsu.
Perfect Chinese Restaurant
”Perfect” might be an overstatement when describing this Chinese restaurant at Sheppard and Brimley Road, but dine-in and take-out service 24-hours-a-day is indeed satisfying, and really, where else will you find dim sum on the menu at 4am?
Table-cooked Korean BBQ is a 24-hour thing at this restaurant near Yonge and Finch. Aside from sirloin beef and thinly sliced pork belly, find a la carte options on the menu including kimchi fried rice, spicy rice cakes, and pork bone soup.
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