The top 75 restaurants in Toronto by TTC subway station
The top 75 restaurants in Toronto by TTC subway station
Never go hungry when you ride the rocket.
Restaurants in Toronto near each TTC subway stop let you grab your PRESTO card and explore with 75 stations on the system, Riding The Rocket has its benefits (culinary speaking, specifically.) Each line has plenty of restaurants worth exploring — even the most underused stops on the TTC.
Here are my picks for the top restaurants in Toronto by TTC subway stop.
Yonge University Line
Chicken In the Kitchen is the place to feast on epic platters of cheesy fried chicken in the heart of Koreatown North.
North York Centre
It’s safe to say the area around this station is bursting with new restaurants, but a trip to the Bib Gourmand-winning Konjiki for ramen is a worthwhile stop.
With a simple but stylish patio and great oyster deals, Nome reigns as one of the best places to visit when around the Sheppard-Yonge area.
This area is big and not that great to walk around: the only destination here is the famed Auberge du Pommier, known to serve some of the finest French food in the city.
One of the most lauded omakase experiences in the city, Shoushin delivers on fresh, traditional sushi served in this sleek, intimate space.
The second outpost of Bar Buca is a welcome arrival to the ever-hectic intersection of Yonge and Eg. Brave the nearby LRT construction for decadent Italian, coffee, and cocktails.
Flaming Stove is a cheap eats gem in the Davisville area for quick lunchtime specials. After years their chicken shawarma is still a local fave.
Holy Chuck burgers are pretty legendary, plus it’s just a few seconds from the station, which might actually be a bad thing since you’ll definitely want to walk this one off.
Just steps from the subway and the historic LCBO, Yeah Yeahs jazzes up the area with killer slices of pizza using 24-hour fermented dough.
Black Camel's renowned sandwiches stuffed with slow-cooked beef brisket and other tender meats can be found across the street from Rosedale station.
Head upstairs to the condo complex above the subway station and you’ll basically find yourself in Salus Fresh Foods, a spot for boxes of salads to-go.
New York’s legendary food truck turned enterprise Halal Guys has a sizeable business on this bustling corner of the city. Don’t forget to ask for extra white sauce.
It’s been a big upgrade since the Eaton Centre renovated its food court situation. The Urban Eatery houses a number of good chains and is just one escalator away from Dundas station.
The busy intersection right outside this station has a surprisingly spacious reprieve in the form of Beerbistro, an upscale bar with a killer beer selection and decked out poutine.
You don’t even have to leave the station to reach Amano, where you’ll be served delicious portions of pasta while more is being handmade in front of you.
Shakshukas and Belgian waffles are all on the menu at Cafe Landwer. This stylish restaurant usually stays packed for weekend brunch.
Assembly Chef’s Hall is home to a variety of delicious stalls that range from tacos to pizza. There’s even a stand-up omakase here. Just walk down to Richmond for about eight minutes to access all the options.
Sansotei Ramen is a Japanese soup noodle favourite. Get to this traditional restaurant for those quintessential welcome cries and delicious bowls of tonkotsu.
For standard Italian fare like pappardelle and cheese boards, head to Mercatto, located at the northeast corner of the MaRS building.
If you’re just visiting the station, it’s likely you’re here to see none other than our beloved museum. An apt visit would be to Museum Tavern, an old-school New York-style bar directly facing the ROM.
The Dupont Don, Anthony Rose, continues his slow takeover of the street with Fet Zun, a lively spot for delicious Middle Eastern mezzes and housemade pitas.
St. Clair West
Lasa by Lamesa has long been a pitstop for anyone looking for more contemporary twists on Filipino classics. It’s an easy ride from the station if you jump on the 512, otherwise just walk 10 minutes.
It’s all kosher at Aish Tanoor, the Israeli-Middle Eastern spot. The Eglinton LRT construction makes this walk about 15-minutes (unless you jaywalk, not recommended) but their shawarmas are worth it.
Mediterranean-style home cooked foods are the specialty at Mika. Tasty soups and couscous are about a 13-minute walk away, or a super quick 5 minute ride on the 14 bus.
In the heart of kosher eats, Dr. Laffa takes the cake as one of the best counters for shawarma and falafel. Hop on the 52 or 59 buses for a quick five-minute trip there.
If you can’t make the trip to Japan to try conveyor belt sushi, Tora is worthwhile substitute with its sushi laneways. This sleek upper-level restaurant transports your orders of aburi sushi sans server.
It may not be remotely related to the famous NYC destination, but Times Square Diner is a classic that’s a destination of its own, especially in an area that’s pretty short of spots worth visiting.
It’s pretty slim pickins around these parts, but if you walk about 10 minutes south to Downsview Merchant’s Market, you’ll find an amazing food court serving up tacos, jerk, empanadas and more on weekends.
Located in a plaza right at the corner of Finch and Keele, Pho Lien Hung stays serving popular portions of affordable Vietnamese and Thai dishes.
Many York U students will swear by Bamiyan Kebab, the large Afghani halal spot located right on campus. This one is definitely more spacious than its other locations across the city.
One of the newer TTC stops, there’s definitely fewer food options here. Luckily Sofra Istanbul saves the day with great pide, about a ten-minute bus ride west away.
Ikea restaurants in the city tend to be pretty reliable: meatballs, quiches and soups make this Ikea in Vaughan pretty much the only place worth visiting around these ends.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
You’ll get the full retro experience at Gordo’s Diner, the ex-Wimpy's location decked out with all the accoutrements of a 50s shake shack. It’s not too far, just an 11-minute walk. Find it next to the Lowe’s.
One of the handful of iconic burgers spots in the city, Apache Burgers remains an Etobicoke classic. If you’re around the station late at night, head toward the neon lights of this restaurant across the way.
Jerk lovers probably recognize the Etobicoke classic Mitzie’s Jerk as a go-to for Caribbean specials. A couple minutes walk east will get you deals like “Mitzie’s Mondays” on ackee and saltfish.
Lovers of fish and chips might be compelled to travel to Royal York for a taste of Kingsway Fish and Chip’s fried fillets and crispy fries.
It’s the Old Mill Toronto Restaurant or nothing. This elegant restaurant located inside the century-old hotel off the Humber River is perfect for a romantic dinner in an historic setting.
You can head to Janchenko Bakery to dine-in or takeout Eastern European eats like latkes, schnitzels and potato salad.
A cafe, design store, and a restaurant all at once, Flame Food + Design is an eccentric spot serving delicious Anatolian eats from an Argentinian grill.
It’s definitely low-key, but Aztec’s Mine is known around High Park for having great authentic Mexican like tacos and enchiladas.
Sitting on the eastern corner of the sprawling High Park, Mugshot Tavern is a cozy spot for beers and brunch: find it right across from the subway station.
The Roncy BBQ joint Uncle Smoke Cookhouse serves up meaty sandwiches just seconds away from the TTC exit.
Sugo has become a favourite for casual Italian. Cross Bloor to grab a seat at the cute red-checkered tables of this popular red sauce restaurant.
Part craft brewery, part live music venue, Burdock has a hearty menu and live music all together and is located just west of the station, across from Bloor Collegiate.
The Vietnamese snack bar Vit Beo is quickly becoming a go-to in the city, so naturally it’s the spot to hit up when around Ossington station.
Head to the yakitori joint Japanhako, seconds away from the station, for skewers of meat grilled on a real yakitori grill.
Just steps from the station, the Annex favourite One Love Vegetarian serves Caribbean-style vegan eats and is best known for their vegan corn soup.
Replacing the 24-hour neighbourhood market Bloor Superfresh, Annex Food Hall brings a number of Toronto heavy hitters like Dal Moro’s, PG Clucks, and El Nahual under one roof.
A coffee house meats Italian restaurant, L’Espresso Bar Mercurio is where U of T students and profs alike can grab some coffee and a quick panini.
Another plant-based spot, Planta has become the hottest spot for tasty vegetarian eats and cocktails with cold-pressed juice just a short walk from the station.
Just east of the station, Sabai Sabai sits in a basement serving up hip takes on Thai food and beer from Laos.
Tinuno is a popular spot for kamayan feasts. Get off at the station’s Howard exit and prepare to get your hands dirty with a delicious Filipino meal of fried rice and seafood
Honestly, there’s nothing around this station remotely close, but if you’re willing to make the 13-minute walk down south to Wellesley, the jerk from Mr Jerk is definitely worth the trek.
Hop across the street from the station to Ryus Noodle Bar, which consistently scoops up some of the best bowls of ramen in the city.
Danforth is full of Greek spots and Messini is perhaps one of the most well-known of them all. Walk a few minutes east for their gyros.
Burger and bourbon are all just seconds away from Pape Station at Greenwood Smokehouse, where meat gets smoked in an American-style setting.
The souvlaki from Square Boy is basically part of the fabric of the Danforth. If you’re heading to Donlands station this spot is a must-visit.
Sala Modern Thai has some of the tastiest Thai around. Elegant and refined, a trip to Greenwood is more than worthy of the two-second walk to get there.
Cumin Kitchen offers up delicious Indian in a cozy, intimate space. This neighbourhood go-to does incredibly flavourful naan, pakora platters, and meats straight from the tandoor oven.
You’ll find live music happening at the little tapas bar Relish every evening, plus on weekends during brunch. It gets packed, so make sure to jump on the TTC early to get here.
For one the top BBQ experiences you’ll have in the city, go south on Main until you hit Beach Hill Smokehouse for an authentic Southern feast.
Head back down to Danforth from the station to find a cozy spot in the affordable Pizzeria Subhan Pizza.
It’s about seven minutes on the 70 bus to find Lageez, the narrow Indian gem hidden in a plaza that serves some of the best naan, samosas, and butter chicken around.
Descend into the Fairview Mall food court (which is looking pretty nice these days) and hit up YOi Japanese Eatery for a surprisingly fresh-tasting mall meal of chicken katsu.
The entrance to Leslie station is oddly facing nothing, but head across the street to Peking Man, a surprisingly hidden gem at the top of the bridge with great potstickers and Chinese noodles.
One of the best spots in North York for fresh takeout sushi, Taro’s Fish is located in the plaza right outside the least used subway station on the entire TTC.
Portuguese-influenced Indian food like masala crab cakes are on the menu at Goa Kitchen, a surprisingly upscale eatery inside Bayview Village.
Hit up this station for one of the best Hakka spots in the city: Chung Moi. This Scarborough playa mainstay has legit Masala fried rice and chilli chicken.
Scarborough staple Harry’s Drive-In is the definition of a greasy diner. If you’re craving homemade burgers and ridiculously gooey poutine, walk about ten minutes west toward Kennedy.
Housemade pita and sauces make Shawarma 360 one of the best casual Middle Eastern spots on the block. Head up to Progress Road a bit north to find it.
Affordable sushi, teriyaki, and a few Korean dishes are the draw at Ni Ji Sushi, which sits just south of the station via a short walk.
Scarborough Centre Station
Takeout from Canbe Foods is an excellent move when you’re around STC. Just head down and then east along Ellesmere for beautifully made roti and masala dosa.
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