25 Best Restaurants in Leslieville, Greektown, Little India, and The Beach, Toronto

Lady Marmalade

$$ | Leslieville Fodor's choice

A Leslieville staple, this brunch spot occupies an airy two-floor space with huge windows in a converted old home just north of the main Queen East drag. It's a lovely spot for hearty, homey dishes like cheddar jalapeño waffles, washed down with coffee in vintage Corningware mugs.

Maha's

$$ | Little India Fodor's choice

From the "mindblowing chicken sandwich" to the Pharaoh's po' boy with fried shrimp, it's hard to go wrong at this cheerful, intimate family-run Egyptian brunch joint, located at Little India's eastern edge.

Tabülè

$$ | Leslieville Fodor's choice

Bold Middle Eastern flavors and spices are showcased at Tabülè, where traditional appetizers include baba ghanoush and hummus served with warm flatbread, and standout falafel fried to a deep golden brown and served with thick, rich tahini sauce. Grilled meats and seafood are also excellent.

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Alexandros

$ | Danforth

On the edge of a small plaza—a gathering spot for Danforth locals—sits this venerable hole-in-the-wall spot, known for serving hot, fresh gyros and souvlaki into the wee hours.

Allen's

$$$ | Danforth

Slide into a well-worn wood booth or sit at a checkered table at this low-key steak house, complete with oak bar and pressed-tin ceiling. The steaks and Guinness-braised lamb shanks get rave reviews, but the hamburgers, ground in-house, might be Allen's secret weapon.

143 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1N2, Canada
416-463--3086
Known For
  • willow-shaded patio in summer
  • 300-plus types of whiskey
  • decadent desserts

Avoca

$ | Danforth

Pick up a frosty treat—and some truffles or chocolate bars to take home—at this ice cream shop and chocolatier just off the main Danforth drag.

Beach Hill Smokehouse

$$$ | Danforth

This local mini-chain is faithful to the central Texas style of barbecue, producing all manner of meats—brisket, sausages, turkey, and even halal chickens—from a 7,000-pound smoker. The protein is obviously the main attraction, but sides like mac and cheese and sweets like banana pudding have their share of fans.

429 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-546--7633
Known For
  • no-frills dining room
  • tender brisket
  • burnt ends (that always sell out early)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Bobbette and Belle

$ | Leslieville

Known for making Pinterest-perfect cakes for some of the city's splashiest fetes, this charming bakery also offers bite-sized baked goods for a spot of on-the-go luxury.

1121 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-466–8800
Known For
  • macarons in a rainbow of flavors
  • extravagantly decorated cupcakes
  • locally roasted espresso
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Descendant

$$$ | Leslieville

Toronto has its fair share of delicate, thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas, but this is where the locals go to indulge their carb cravings with thick Detroit-style pies cooked in rectangular pans. Go simple with the classic pepperoni, or try an international twist with the Jaffna (a twist on Sri Lankan kothu roti) or a jerk chicken version with pineapple. The pizzas might seem small for the price, but don't let your eyes fool you: they're ridiculously dense.

1168 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1L4, Canada
647-347--1168
Known For
  • hip industrial setting
  • unusual local beers
  • long waits at peak times
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Ed's Real Scoop

$ | The Beach

This neighborhood scoop joint, featuring a long list of house-made flavors, is a hot spot for locals and families in the summer months. A second location serves Leslieville at 920 Queen Street East.

2224 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 1E9, Canada
416-699--6100
Known For
  • signature flavors like burnt marshmallow
  • mix of ice cream, gelato, and sorbet options
  • house-made waffle cones

GG's Burgers

$ | The Beach

Every boardwalk needs a solid burger place—and this cute takeout counter ably covers all bases, from burger and hot dog combos to soft serve and house-made canned cocktails.

L Pumps

$ | Leslieville

This is the ultimate place to fuel up, and we're not just talking about the gas tank. Leslieville Pumps is a 24/7, kitschy gas station and general store with a look straight out of a John Wayne western. But—surprise!—it serves some of the best barbecue in town. Slow and low is their cooking philosophy, which they show off in tender pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. Country sides such as BBQ corn salad and Southern coleslaw make the meal complete. At 9 pm every night, the joint is busy serving up their curry and butter chicken with rice. It is the go-to place for cab drivers looking for a late-night bite.

Lahore Tikka House

$$ | Little India

A trip to Little India isn't complete without hitting up this raucous Pakistani/North Indian spot, popular with locals and families. You might have  a long wait at peak times (generally Friday and weekend nights), but standout biryani, kebabs, tandoori chicken, and sizzling plates of tikka will be your reward.

Lake Inez

$$$$ | Little India

This low-lit dining room—presided over by murals of Kate Bush and Virginia Woolf—is an east-end cult fave, thanks to its warm service and nostalgic-yet-inventive small plates.

1471 Gerrard St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2A1, Canada
Known For
  • constantly changing seasonal menu
  • delicious seafood-forward options
  • long wine list with unusual selections
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Tues.

Leslieville Pumps

$$ | Leslieville

This combination general store and barbecue joint has long been a refuge for locals in need of a poutine, breakfast sandwich, or butter chicken at odd hours.

Mattachioni

$$ | Little India

Whether you're looking for imported pesto potato chips, a bottle of wine, a fresh cappuccino, or a hearty salad, this Italian bodega has you covered.

Mezes

$$$ | Danforth

This long-running Greek spot has a loyal local following, thanks to consistently good food, a sizable menu, and friendly service. Classics like fried calamari and horiatiki salads crowned with flavorful feta are here, along with some unusual options like whole quail and fried smelts flown in from Greece.

456 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-778--5150
Known For
  • tasty souvlaki and dips
  • long Greek wine list
  • funky decor with wrought iron and mosaics

Mira Mira

$$$ | The Beach

Luxurious takes on diner and brunch classics—think Benedicts and open-faced turkey sandwiches—dominate the ever-evolving menu at this cute corner eatery. There's something for everyone, including a menu for the under-10 set, but dishes like fried truffled mushrooms and smoked pork loin are decidedly refined.

1963 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-792--6472
Known For
  • signature steak and eggs
  • interesting cocktails and microbrews
  • sunny front patio
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Papyrus

$$ | Danforth

This Egyptian takeout spot is a welcome herbivore-friendly destination on this souvlaki-heavy strip. Most of the satisfying, delicious dishes here are vegan, with koshari (a savory lentil, pasta, and tomato dish), ful (spiced, slow-simmered fava beans) and tameya (crisp, herbaceous Egyptian falafel) the biggest draws.

Pilot Coffee Roasters

$ | Leslieville

Pilot is known for roasting some of the city's finest beans and running a growing mini-empire of cafés; this spacious, laid-back location was their first. (Be sure to peruse the bags of beans on display and grab a couple for your suitcase.)

Queen Margherita Pizza

$$ | Leslieville

This industrial-chic space with dark wooden floors and tables is all about authenticity when it comes to Neapolitan-style pizza. Perennial favorites include the classic Margherita, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, as well as the Dominator, with rapini, fennel sausage, and smoked mozzarella.

1402 Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4L1C9, Canada
416-466–6555
Known For
  • thin-crust pies with gently charred crusts
  • solid apps like arancini and calamari
  • popular prix-fixe deal
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Ryu's Noodle Bar

$$ | Danforth

One of the city's fave ramen joints, Ryu's has the distinction of being one of a select few eateries invited to serve their wares at Yokohama, Japan's prestigious ramen museum. The "pork blaster" ramen with eight slices of chashu is the crowd favorite—but if you're feeling particularly extravagant, there's also a version topped with Angus roast beef.

786 Broadview Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
647-344--9306
Known For
  • great pork, chicken, and veggie options
  • tasty seasonal specials
  • long list of toppings
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

The Black Pony

$$ | Little India

With espresso, baked goods, bar snacks, beers, and cocktails on offer, this colorful café/bar (look for the neon pegasus sign) serves as a reliable local hangout from morning 'til night.

Udupi Palace

$$ | Little India

This meat-free Indian restaurant, tucked into a large basement just below street level, is beloved by herbivores and omnivores alike. The dosas are the thing to get here, but they also do excellent renditions of classic snacks like pakoras and bhaji, as well as curries like aloo gobi or saag paneer.

1460 Gerrard St. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2A3, Canada
416-405--8189
Known For
  • broad range of vegetarian and vegan eats
  • enormous rolled dosas
  • utilitarian decor

Xola

$$$ | The Beach

Clocking in at around just 20 seats, this colorful family-run neighborhood spot showcases the delicious nuances of classic Mexican cuisine. Dishes here are rich in flavor and composed with care, from duck confit tacos and grilled octopus to a mole dish that's been slow-cooked over eight hours.

2222A Queen St. E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
647-827--9070
Known For
  • variety of guacamoles and ceviches
  • slow-cooked meats
  • sizeable selection of tequila and mescal
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.