Toronto Restaurants

Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie and Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos draw a cult following big
Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie
Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs ar

Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie and Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos draw a cult following big enough to open up brick-and-mortar locations.

And it’s not enough to have consistently good food: kitchens are pushed to be creative and embrace food trends. Spanish tapas and Korean fusion have replaced French and Thai as the newest crazes in the city and izakayas are out while ramen is in. Farm-to-table shows no sign of slowing down, with many menus citing the source of their meats and produce. While Toronto is still young as a foodie travel destination, it’s drawing in the crowds, or at a minimum world-famous chefs such as Daniel Boulud and David Chang, who have landed in Toronto with Café Boulud and Momofuku. And as locals will tell you, first come the chefs, then come the savvy foodie travelers, always posting a tweet or photo to Instagram at the city’s newest hot spots.

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  • 1. Rose and Sons

    $$ | The Annex | American

    Rose and Sons is the kind of neighborhood, family joint that strives to make both parents and kids happy. Forget run-of-the-mill, mediocre,...Read More

  • 2. Christina's

    $$ | Danforth | Greek

    Who doesn't have a foodie love affair with Greek dips? Here they're served individually or as a large platter combination, pikilia mezedakia...Read More

  • 3. Crêpes à GoGo

    $ | Yorkville | French

    In this casual bistro, proprietress Veronique and crew turn out simple sandwiches and buckwheat crepes, also known as galettes, using a technique...Read More

  • 4. Duff's Famous Wings

    $ | Little Italy | American

    Plump with meat and crisp-skinned, wings and drumettes are served with pristine celery sticks and creamy dill or blue-cheese dressing. Ordering...Read More

  • 5. Pizza Banfi

    $$ | Italian

    No matter what day or time, there's usually a line for two reasons: Pizza Banfi doesn't take reservations, and the classic Italian food is really...Read More

  • 6. Terroni

    $$ | Financial District | Italian

    Open shelving lined with Italian provisions decorates this cool pizza joint, but it's the thin-crust pies, bubbled and blistered to perfection...Read More

  • 7. Spadina Garden

    $$ | Chinatown | Chinese

    The Chen family has owned Spadina Garden for more than a decade, and the restaurant's Szechuan, Hunan, and Peking dishes are Toronto classics...Read More

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