20 places to eat near Pan Am Games venues in Toronto
Need to grab a bite after catching a game at one of the Pan Am Game venues? There are many restaurants to choose from but not all of them are conveniently located near ones of the sports facilities or stadiums.
Here are my picks for where to eat that's within walking distance of the key Pan Am Games venues in Toronto.
PAN AM PARK
The CIBC Pan Am Park is near the waterfront and encompasses a number of Pan Am venues, including the Exhibition Place grounds.
Loco Burrito (0.6km)
Found inside the Roastery Cafe on Fraser Avenue in Liberty Village, this Mexican joint serves cheap and filling burritos alongside quesadillas and enchiladas.
The Craft Brasserie (0.8km)
This newly opened basement beer hall has the largest selection of draught beers in the city with 120 brews on tap. There are also plenty of TVS to stay tuned to the action but the best part? The kitchen is open until 2 a.m.
Local Public Eatery (0.8km)
Head to East Liberty St. and enjoy a pint and a west coast approach to burgers and tacos. Hang out on the patio or stay glued to one of the 15 television screens inside.
Oats and Ivy (0.8km)
After munching on peanuts and pretzels all day, this takeout spot in Liberty Village provides a refreshing and healthy lunch option. Their lunch bowls can be made to suit any dietary restriction - vegan, gluten-free or paleo.
CENTENNIAL PARK PAN AM BMX CENTRE
This Etobicoke facility will host the BMX cyclist competitions. Unfortunately, the venue isn't surrounded by a bounty of food options. Let's hope some food trucks show up.
Grand Chinese Cuisine (4.2 km)
Found inside the Doubletree Hotel, this local fave is a good option for dim sum or those looking for a sit-down meal.
This tiny take-away counter serves some of the best Southern Carolina and Texas-style barbeque in the area. It's the perfect place to get some pulled pork, spare ribs, or brisket.
Babaz (5.5 km)
On the corner of Dundas and Shaver St. this Middle Eastern restaurant is where to go to get your shawarma fix.
Dundas Street Grille (5.9 km)
Steps away from Kipling subway station is a old school diner that has been around since 1984. They serve the usual diner fare (breakfast and burgers) but it's the atmosphere that has the regulars coming back.
PAN AM ATHLETICS STADIUM
At York University, this venue will be hosting the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as the track and field events.
Bamiyan Kabob (0.9 km)
This local chain is a favourite YorkU student hangout. It's all about the meat here - so arrive hungry and get ready to fill up on the cheap.
Caribbean Heat (1.7 km)
For cheap Caribbean-Chinese fusion meals under $10, head to Caribbean Heat on Finch Ave. My favourite is their roti mixed with sweet and sour pork.
Pho Lien Hung (1.7 km)
This small Vietnamese restaurant near Finch and Keele St. offers good pho at cheap prices.
PAN AM SPORTS CENTRE
This new Scarborough facility created just in time for the Pan Am Games features swimming pools galore, diving tanks, and dry-land drive training facilities.
The Fossil & Haggis Pub (0.2 km)
With pool tables, karaoke, and free wifi, this Scottish-style pub near Morningside Ave. offers cheap food options and a fair number of brews on tap.
Regino's (0.2 km)
Sick of the regular pepporini and cheese pizzas? Head to Reginos near Morninside for some unique pies, including zucchini, corn, and Philly steak.
Caribbean Wave (1 km)
This Scarborough spot is where to go if you're craving Caribbean-style low mein, chow mein, and fried rice.
MARKHAM PAN AM CENTRE
Go see some badminton, table tennis or water polo at this venue on Main Street in Markham.
Congee Wong (0.2 km)
This popular chain is a good bet for Canton-style meals that will fill you up before the next game. Can't find it? Just follow the scent of congee, rice and noodles wafting through First Markham Place.
Wei's Kitchen (0.2 km)
With lunch specials under $6.99, this Chinese restaurant in First Markham Place is the place to go for cheap lunch specials. Try the House Special Duck.
Nak Wong (0.2 km)
This Korean chain does a good dolsot bibimbap and offers plenty of free banchan.
MISSISSAUGA SPORTS CENTRE
This 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena near Eglinton Ave. in Mississauga will be hosting many of the one-on-one sports like judo, karate and powerlifting.
Saravanna Bhavan (2.6 km)
This outpost on Eglinton Ave. offers a variety of southern Indian dishes. The Mini-Tiffin and the lunch special buffet are excellent value meals.
Nirvana (2.8 km)
Near Brittania and Hurontario St., this Indian fave makes a mean butter chicken and a rogan josh that will blow your mind.
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