Food To Try In Toronto, Canada

food to try in toronto
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Toronto is Canada’s largest city in terms of population and the capital of the province of Ontario. Various tourist attractions entice many people to visit the city each year but local food is a big reason why many tourists travel to Toronto. From scrumptious delicacies to mouth-watering desserts, there are innumerable dishes that are loved by locals and tourists alike. A sought-after food destination, Toronto is a gastronomes delight. You can dig into bar food or grab a snack from food trucks or try some local fare at the market stalls. Here is a list of some popular food items that you should definitely try during your visit to Toronto.

1. Mrs. Biederhof's blueberry buttermilk pancakes

If you are looking out for a brunch delicacy, this amazing stack of pancakes is one of the most ordered items at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the fluffy pancakes that overflow with blueberries. If you visit this place during the weekend, the queue is quite long, whereas on weekdays you can easily get your pancake without a long wait.

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Address: 85 Hanna Ave #104, Toronto, ON M6K 3S3, Canada

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, Thursday to Saturday 5.30 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 9 am - 3 pm

Website: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Average price for two: USD 11 to USD 30

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2. Baja fish taco

Seven Lives
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If you are paying a visit to Kensington Avenue, you will spot a restaurant that has a painted door that depicts a cat with a fish’s skeleton in its jaws. This place is always filled with locals, as well as tourists resulting in heavy queues, but the service is quite efficient. A deep-fried fish is served in two tortillas, garnished with pico de gallo, Baja sauce and crunchy cabbage. The wait is worthwhile once the platter arrives on your table.

Seven Lives

Address: 69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada

Opening hours: 12 pm to 8 pm

Website: Seven Lives

Average price for two: Under USD 10

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3. Macarons

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If you have a craving for something sweet, look out for the glass counters at Nadège Patisserie filled with macarons. These mouth-watering delicacies are extremely hard to resist and you cannot afford to limit yourself to just one or two. There are various flavours available, which range from chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel to cotton candy, raspberry or rose. They also provide a two-hour macaron class, if you are interested to make your own.

Nadège Patisserie

Address: Richmond Adelaide Centre, 120 Adelaide St W R6, Toronto, ON M5H 1T1, Canada

Opening hours: Weekdays 7.30 am to 6.30 pm, Weekends are closed

Website: Nadège Patisserie

Average price for two: USD 32 for a pack of 12

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4. Home-made icecream

Summer’s Ice Cream is a favourite with kids and teenagers in Toronto. The home-made ice creams and frozen yoghurts are made daily in small quantities in the store so that they remain fresh and tasty. You can select from over 25 flavours but don’t forget to ask for the seasonal favourites prepared during holiday seasons.

Summer's Ice Cream

Address: 101 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1, Canada

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm

Website: Summer’s Ice Cream

Average price for two: USD 5 onwards

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5. Peameal bacon sandwich

Popularly known as the signature dish of Toronto, peameal bacon sandwich is a local favourite and Carousal Bakery has been serving this dish for over three decades. William Davies had invented peameal bacon and since then it has become a must-try dish in Toronto. Served in a Kaiser bun, the bacon and mustard are put inside. You can also opt to take melted cheese and fried egg with the burger.

Carousel Bakery

Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8 am to 6 pm, Friday 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 5 am to 5 pm, Sunday and Monday closed

Website: Carousel Bakery

Average price for two: Under USD 10

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6. Sourdough bread

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If you are a bread lover then the long-fermented sourdough bread at Forno Cultura is a must when you visit Toronto. Natural ingredients and organic flours are used to make the bread fluffy and tasty. These are prepared by the third-generation bakers and extra care is taken by them to make the loaf soft, tangy and nutty with a crisp crust so that you can cut it easily.

Forno Cultura

Address: 609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5, Canada

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday 8 am to 6 pm, Monday closed

Website: Forno Cultura

Average price for two: USD 12

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7. Doubles

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Doubles is a Trinidadian dish, which is made of two fried flatbreads that are filled with curried chickpeas. If you want you can opt for hot sauce to add extra heat. Drupati’s Doubles & Roti Shop in Toronto is one of the best places to experience this dish. Drupati is now available at several locations across Toronto including Ajax, Brampton and more.

Drupati's Doubles & Roti Shop

Address: 35 Woodbine Downs Blvd #3b, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6N5, Canada

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Sunday 9.30 am to 8 pm

Website: Drupati’s Doubles & Roti Shop

Average price for two: Under USD 10

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8. Churros

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The freshly-fried churros at Pancho’s Bakery are popular with locals and tourists. Churros are deep-fried dough sticks, which are coated with cinnamon and sugar. You can dig into the delicious churros from Pancho’s Bakery that have your choice of fillings, ranging from caramel to jam. You can find Pancho’s Bakery in two locations in Toronto: Augusta Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Pancho's Bakery

Address: 214 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 9 pm

Website: Pancho’s Bakery

Average price for two: USD 9

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9. Roast cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower
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A unique dish from Fat Pasha, this platter of roasted cauliflower is made in a very different way and is a must-have when in Toronto. The cauliflower is roasted till it is perfectly charred and then smeared with creamy tahini. After that, zhug (a spicy sauce), pine nuts, tangy pomegranate seeds and salty halloumi are added on the top to give a tasty texture.

Fat Pasha

Address: 414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9, Canada

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 5 pm to 10 pm, Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm

Website: Fat Pasha

Average Price for two: USD 31 to USD 60

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10. Bagels

Bagels are quite famous in Toronto and they are not very difficult to find. There are many places with various types of bagels available, but if you are looking for chewy Montreal-style bagels, visit St Urbain Bagel. Here the bagels are boiled and then baked in a hot wood-burning oven. They are made in such a way that they remain soft inside, while dense outside so that they can hold up a thick layer of cream cheese.

St Urbain Bagel Bakery

Address: 93 Front St E #11, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8 am to 6 pm, Friday 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 5 am to 5 pm, Sunday and Monday closed

Website: St Urbain Bagel Bakery

Average price for two: USD 10

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Toronto: a food lover's paradise

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If you’re visiting Toronto then make sure that you do not miss out on the culinary delights this Canadian city has to offer. From pancakes to churros to bagels, Toronto is a food lover’s paradise. Get your fill of mouth-watering sweet and savoury foods when in Toronto!

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