The Best Greasy Spoons in Toronto
The best greasy spoons in Toronto are fluent in both the flattop and the charcoal grill, specializing in all-day breakfasts and burgers, as well as humble comfort foods like tuna salad sandwiches and homestyle dinners.
Boasting a run-down kind of charm, these are bastions of affordable and familiar fare, and while finer establishments might cycle through new menus faster than you can form a favourite, these institutions are beloved for their dependability, great value and satisfying portions.
Here are the best greasy spoons in Toronto.
Situated in the Garment District, this reputable luncheonette is a haven for those that don't feel the need to eat fancy. During the day, the diner does brisk business serving up short-order standards like chicken salad sandwiches ($4.75), julienne salads ($9) and rotating blue plate specials. More »
This unassuming restaurant at Yonge and Wellesley is home to reliable diner staples. Order fresh-squeezed OJ alongside your all day breakfast or choose from an assortment of hot sandwiches ($8), the banquet burger ($5.50), and fish 'n chip dinners ($9). More »
At Bathurst and Dupont, this old girl has built its reputation on all-day breakfasts ($6.75) and late night souvlaki sandwiches ($7). Open since 1955, the narrow lunch counter operates around the clock making it a prime spot at odd hours. More »
This well-established diner has been serving Yonge and Eg since the '70s. Hallmarks on the retro menu include no-nonsense breakfasts ($8), chopped salads ($10), grilled cheese sandwiches ($4.25) and Hungryman-sized pork chop dinners ($11). More »
Part short order kitchen and part shrine to the Toronto Maple Leafs, this Bloor West Village greasy spoon has been serving up generous breakfasts and lunches since the '50s. Along with hot plate dinners and burgers, the menu devotes a section to triple-decker sandwiches ($10.50) served with fries, slaw and a pickle. More »
Home to ultra-cheap eats on Eastern Avenue, this divey diner is a mainstay for old-school favourites at retro prices. A cheeseburger slapped with Kraft singles will set you back only $1.50, while a hot turkey sandwich only costs $3. For dessert, try a float for $1.25, or a slice of pie for only 80 cents. More »
Slide into a red vinyl booth at this well-preserved Parkdale kitchen where the coffee is bottomless and three-egg breakfasts are available all day. A refuge from pricey over-hyped brunch options nearby, this kitchen sticks to classics like hot open-faced beef sandwiches ($11.25) drenched with gravy. More »
On Queen East, this no frills diner slings charbroiled specialties like Greek dinners and flame-kissed burgers. Best bets are the breakfast sandwiches like the namesake Western Deluxe ($8.50) and the thick-cut peameal on a kaiser ($6). More »