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The Best Jamaican Patties in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 21, 2011

Jamaican Patties TorontoThe best Jamaican patties in Toronto must have all the right elements. The pastry shell must be light and flaky, but with enough substance to keep it all inside. The filling should be tender and moist; well-seasoned but not obtrusively so. And the flavour (though it goes without saying) should be top-notch. Whether inhaled on its own or sandwiched between some fresh, sweet coco bread, really good patties satiate your cravings for pastry and meat (or veggies) all in one. Enough so to go after the forlorn flakes when you're done.

Not on the list below but worth mentioning is Taste of Life. It's the one purveyor that doesn't offer a meat patty. Instead, its patties are wholly vegan and available in varieties such as Lentil, Miso-Tempeh, and Soya Protein. You can find these patties at Whole Foods, The Big Carrot, and other places around Toronto, packaged in biodegradable film and housed in boxes made of recycled materials.

Vegan offerings aside, here is the list of the best Jamaican patties in Toronto.

See also:

The best jerk chicken in Toronto
The best roti in Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns

Randy's

Randy's

Randy's has been delivering Patties for the People since 1979, and it seems said people still can't get enough. The take-out shop at Eglinton and Oakwood offers four types of patties--Chicken, Veggie, Ackee & Codfish, and Beef--the latter for which I can certainly attest. Crispy, flaky pastry, juicy seasoned beef, and lots of flavour, all for $1.40 (or $2.50 for Ackee & Cod). More »

Tastee

Tastee

These patties require a stop in Markham - you'll know you've arrived when you see the murals of cartoon kids eating the flaky snack. Tastee makes its patties hot and fresh, to be enjoyed on the spot or bought frozen and taken home. Tastee's Chicken, Beef, and Veggie patties are all wallet-friendly at $1.10 each. More »

Allan's Pastry Shop

Allan's Pastry Shop

From Markham to Scarborough, Allan's Pastry Shop adds a new variety to the roster (well, this list's roster, anyhow) with its Curry Goat patty. The coco bread sandwich is a favourite here, equally applied to its Veggie, Chicken, Goat, or Beef (spicy or mild) patties. Allan's patties are $1.09 each. More »

Caribbean Queen of Patties

Caribbean Queen of Patties

The Queen here goes by the name Georgina and she can be found most days preparing up a fresh batch. The patties at Caribbean Queen are the grab-and-go choice for many commuting via Lansdowne Station, in no small part to their moist, perfectly seasoned fillings. Beef, Chicken, and Veggie patties are $1.50 each. More »

Patty King

Patty King

While the Queen, as just mentioned, can be found further west, the King reigns here in Kensington market (and at its Scarborough location on Progress Avenue). My favourite is the Spicy Beef, with its great savoury filling and perfectly crisp and tender pastry. Patty King also offers Chicken, Goat, and other varieties, and its sweet coco bread is said to make for a delicious patty sandwich. More »

Tinnel's

Tinnel's

Tinnel's has grown from one location to four, offering its signature Jamaican patties at each of its locations throughout the GTA. Tinnel's does Chicken, Veggie, Mild Beef, and Spicy Beef made with Scotch Bonnet peppers, each patty sold for just a dollar and a quarter. More »

Fahmee Bakery

Fahmee Bakery

Fahmee Bakery in Scarborough doesn't have much room for loitering, but most customers just want to take their patties (fresh or frozen) home to eat anyway. Fahmee's patties come in Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Chicken, and Veggie, often served sandwiched between some of their signature coco bread. Patties at Fahmee are $1.42 each. More »

Michidean Limited

Michidean Limited

Michidean Limited in Markham does mostly wholesale, which means if you're in the mood for a patty, you'll likely end up with 12. Of course, that's not really a bad thing. Michidean's Veggie, Beef, and Chicken patties can be purchased for $9/doz from their store at Birchmount and 14th, or found sold at various places throughout the GTA. More »

Discussion

49 Comments

akswun / September 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
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haven't tried Randy's and I'll have to make a trip there. But Allans is the best... for me that is. Soft, flakey, and moist! all in a coco bread. I'm hungry!
Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
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I don't know the name of the place but, place that sells them in Bathurst Station is really good.
Mark / September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am
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w00t, FAHMEE! I was convinced this place wouldn't be on the list because of the location and how small it is. That place isn't much to look at, but they have some of the best food and they're friendly!
matt / September 21, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Anyone know if any of the above "veggie" patties -outside of the Taste of Life vegan ones - are actually vegetarian? (most patties have beef suet in the pasty dough)
Howie / September 21, 2011 at 11:38 am
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Tastee and patty king made the top 10? Maybe blog to should reconsider who decides these kinda things

As far as I'm concerned Michideans should rank top 3
mike in parkdale / September 21, 2011 at 11:40 am
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anyone know where the ones sold at Island Foods are made? Those are some great patties.
Daniel / September 21, 2011 at 11:45 am
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What about the jerk spot? outstanding pattyhttp://www.d1sh.com/dishes/jamaican-beef-patty-extra-spicy/
Alice / September 21, 2011 at 11:47 am
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Jerk King at 1104 Bloor West gets my vote. The pastry and spice are perfect.
Dwayne / September 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
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There will always be a debate. For years my family has enjoyed Randy patty. I think an honourable mention should go to Pattie World on Guided Ct, in Etobicoke. The question thats missing from the post is "how many times have you burnt your tongue because you couldn't wait for you pattie to cool down"
andy / September 21, 2011 at 11:55 am
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How is Alberts Real Jamaican Foods at St. Clair and Vaughn Road NOT on this list?
AK / September 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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This comment will get a lot of hate, but the patties sold at that Union Station convenience store are pretty legit
Michelle replying to a comment from andy / September 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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I don't think Albert's makes their own patty. I'm pretty sure they are brought in from Randy's. Randy's is my fave. Family loves Michidean's, and hubby loves Allan's.
Michelle replying to a comment from AK / September 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm
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Totally. I think they are from Patty King.
Justin replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 01:06 pm
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Seconded.
LJ replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 21, 2011 at 01:39 pm
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thirded
RGB / September 21, 2011 at 01:51 pm
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I know it was under renovation for awhile, but how is that take out spot in Warden station not even ranked?
Patty / September 21, 2011 at 02:25 pm
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@Alice I totally agree with you! I've tried all of the above places and Jerk King does have the best ones!Pastry is flaky but not dry, and it isn't stingy on the meat or seasoning. i find their curries are actually best too. homemade scotch bonnet hot sauce is delice!
Adam / September 21, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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If you haven't tried no. 4 (Caribbean Queen of Patties at Bloor and Lansdowne), you really must. Go for the patties, stay for the oxtail dinner.
SB / September 21, 2011 at 03:17 pm
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Allan's are the best followed closely by Michidean, then Tinnels's and Randy's. The worst patties are the ones sold at Bathurst Subway Stn. Heavy pastry and pasty mucky tasteless filling.
KLM / September 21, 2011 at 04:52 pm
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Tastee, really? Michidean and Tinnels definitely need to be in the top 5. Never tried #4 but if it wasn't such a trek, I would be open to having a bite.

If you think Allan's @ Peanut Plaza is good, you should try the ones from the head office on Kennedy.
patty mon / September 21, 2011 at 09:21 pm
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bathurst station not on the list?
yall bullsh!tting
Rita replying to a comment from Tuffy / September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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Fourthed!?

Honestly, I stop by Bathurst Station if I'm on the Bloor-Danforth line, just go pick up their patties. I've tried both spicy beef and vegetarian patties and they're SO GOOD.
the lemur replying to a comment from Rita / September 22, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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People try to get into the station without paying a fare just to be able to buy those patties.
heavy d / September 22, 2011 at 06:32 pm
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who's on for a patty crawl? Niagara has wine tours. Tdot should have patty tours!

God bless Tdot and all it's diversity. we are truly blessed to enjoy such good food from all corners of the globe. Having lived outside of the Tdot, I know how horrible it can be to get 1yr old frozen patties that have been sitting on the shelf in some local store or have a zero patty supply.

I'm shocked that Michidean ranked so low. you forgot Non-Nisa in markham too (or are they still there?)


heavy d / September 22, 2011 at 06:39 pm
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a couple of patties and a bottle of Ting. I hope heaven has those things.
mitard replying to a comment from heavy d / September 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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Stop saying "Tdot".
Princesse / September 24, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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I used to buy yummy beef patties from a convenience store near Bloor & Christie, I think they were from Patty King, too. (Paper bags with green ink with their logo?)

I'm not crazy about Randy's (too much crust) and I never go to Bathurst Station (filling is too runny.)
Sean / September 24, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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Your map is missing the Patty King location in Scarborough on Progress. Seems only fitting as this is where the company is based.
Dillon / September 24, 2011 at 08:47 pm
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Patty King!..... really PATTY eFFin KING!!! Patty king is sooo ass, hands down the worst patty ever! The filling taste so bad, I convinced its not really meat. The only ones I know are Randy's(for sure the best) Tastee's, Allens, and Tinnel's. The rest never herd of but wouldn't mind trying.
Nick / September 25, 2011 at 09:17 am
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I need help with this one guys, but there's a patty shop in Rexdale that definitely challenges Randy's for the number one spot. I just can't remember the name. They do both an ackee and callaloo patty that are killer.
urafool replying to a comment from mitard / September 25, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Lol ever heard of free speech, kid?
He can say whatever the heck he wants whether you like it or not!
Graham / September 26, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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I used to work right by Ja Patty and agree they were my favorites. Lot's of Jamaican places carry their patties. The veggie ones are like butter and so cheap too!
Pilar / September 28, 2011 at 09:15 pm
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Yay for Randy's!!! Does anyone know where you can get cheese patties? Thanks!
Cameron replying to a comment from mitard / September 29, 2011 at 03:23 pm
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Mitard, Tdot is another way of saying "Toronto". Utard.
Andrea / October 8, 2011 at 12:23 am
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Randy's tops my list too! My sis and I even did a vid about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28gAHTHQUSw
no credit check personal loans online / November 11, 2011 at 03:56 am
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I can not figure out how do I subscribe to your blog?
Cathryn / February 23, 2012 at 06:59 pm
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I think there should be another one dedicated just to the patties sold at subway stations. Islington station has amazing patties with coco buns, Bathurst station always smells amazing and I've heard good things about Warden station patties too.
Pattytodiwhurl / February 23, 2012 at 07:17 pm
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I have a sensitive stomach and found out that patties I've been eating have been causing an allergic reaction due to its MSG. Are the any that don't contain MSG? :(
Paul / February 23, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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416SnackBar has an amazing beef patty. Not always but often.
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Shiro replying to a comment from Howie / May 10, 2012 at 10:14 am
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You're right.
I was thinking the same thing.
NetD / August 18, 2012 at 12:14 am
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'Non Nisa' patties used to be great. Not sure if they're still around though.
Gabe / August 18, 2012 at 02:12 am
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I'd do the Tdot Tour.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm
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Yay for Randy's!!! Does anyone know where you can get cheese patties? Thanks!
Julien replying to a comment from patty mon / October 22, 2012 at 02:55 pm
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I am so surprised that the Patty shops on the subway lines(Bathurst & Warden) didn't make the list. Most of the patties in the above list are basiclly the same in my opinion. For example Patty king and Mr.Tastee.


Julien

billyian replying to a comment from AK / December 12, 2012 at 01:16 pm
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The patties at Union station are from Tastee
Sandy replying to a comment from NetD / December 20, 2012 at 09:51 am
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I used to go to the NonNisa bakery but I think they have closed down because everytime I've been by recently the door is locked, but the signage is still up.
Sabrina / September 18, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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the beef patties @ Pattie World - 86 Guided Court (Martin Grove and Steeles area)....B E S T I've ever had...I've introduced several others to this place and they've all agreed its the best they've ever had too :)
craven / March 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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PATTY TIME in Scarborough. Trust.
brad replying to a comment from Pattytodiwhurl / March 23, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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Your comment is invalid. MSG is not an allergen therefore you can not be allergic to it.

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