Toronto is the biggest major city in Canada and since it is such a big city, you can bet that you’ll find all kinds of amazing food. The area of Toronto has been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous tribes, and the first European settlement began in the 1790s. Toronto is world class international city and sits behind New York, L.A and Mexico City as one of the most populous cities in North America.
It’s home to major financial sectors, arts, culture and especially food. Officially recognized as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has some incredibly diverse food options. Here are some of the best places in Toronto to go grab a bite!
1. Black Briick Resto Bar
Serving up some of the most delicious comforts in the city, Black Briick Restobar is the creation of Chef James Chang who alleges that his love for cooking comes from his grandmother. And we all know that grandmothers make the best comfort food. The prices are not too steep and the restaurants itself is very unpretentious, making this a great location for anyone looking to grab a quick bite with friends who aren’t also very concerned about a high-class dining experience. I recommend the fried chicken and waffles.
Black Briick Restobar
Address: 1077 Bloor St W, M6H 1M5 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Website: Black Briick Restobar
2. ONO Poke Bar
ONO serves some of the best and freshest poke bowls, sushi burritos, and other Asian/Hawaiian specialties. Bonus: they also do pickup and delivery! This is a great spot for people looking for a delicious refreshing lunch or dinner and wanting a nice and healthy option as well. The portions are pretty big, so don’t worry about going hungry afterward. ONO Poke is there for people looking for a fresh twist on the poke bowl experience.
ONO Poke Bar
Address: 100 Western Battery Road Unit 2, M6K 3S2 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 11AM to 9PM
Website: ONO Poke Bar
In a brightly lit and well decorated little space in the middle of downtown Toronto is Kiin. A great Thai food restaurant that serves some great food that is not only delicious but authentic. You know what they say about restaurants; “Go where the locals go.” Well here’s where Toronto’s Thai community goes to get a taste of home! Definitely, go with a group of friends because you’re going to want to order a whole bunch of dishes and share with your group! The menu draws on the culinary experience of the chef’s own training in northern Thailand.
Address: 326 Adelaide Street W, M5V 1R3 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4. Under the Table
Toronto has very lively and vibrant Caribbean community so there are a lot of options if you’re looking for a taste of the islands. Under the Table serves some great Caribbean comfort food as well as other tasty delicacies. As a bonus, they also do delivery and pick up. I recommend the jerk chicken or oxtail.
Under the Table
Address: 568 Parliament Street, M4X 1P8 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Website: Under the Table
5. Richmond Station
Richmond Station in the downtown core. A cozy restaurant offering a variety of delicious meals as well as some other quirky perks as well. They have a “chef’s menu” which they describe as “just letting us cook for you.” It’s basically a tasting menu offering a bunch of little things over the course of a few dishes, which is great if you’re indecisive. They also offer cooking classes on selected Saturdays and fixed priced roasts on Saturday as well.
Address: 1 Richmond Street W, M5H 3W4 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Website: Richmond Station
6. The Corktown Kitchen
The Corktown Kitchen is a neighborhood stop where families have brunch and co-workers gather after a day on the job. The chef’s menu is catered from his experiences overseas gaining culinary knowledge during his travels. Because of this, the menu is both international and familiar and offers many delicious twists on Canadian classics (like the lamb poutine). Offering many dishes from brunch to dinner to vegetarian options, The Corktown Kitchen is the familiar neighborhood restaurant with unfamiliar tastes.
The Corktown Kitchen
Address: 354 King Street E Corktown, M5A 1K9 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Website: The Corktown Kitchen
With a name like Tennessee, you might think this place serves some good ol’ American style BBQ. But you’d be wrong, Tennessee is widely known for not only their extensive drink menu but also their delicious Eastern European cuisine. Stop by for a full meal or just grab a few perogies while you have a beer with friends.
Address: 1554 Queen Street W, M6R 1A6 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
8. GB Hand Pulled Noodles
Nothing hits the spot better than some simple, delicious and affordable noodles! GB Hand Pulled is a great place for a nice cheap lunch right in the heart of downtown. The menu is kept simple which is a good thing because what little they do have, they do right. It warms the body and soul.
GB Hand Pulled Noodles
Address: 66 Edward Street, M5G 1C9 Toronto, ON, Canada
Operating Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
9. The Rectory Cafe
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Referred to as “the best lakeside patio,” The Rectory Cafe is a cute little cafe set up on Wards Island overlooking Lake Ontario. This is definitely a pleasant little spot to go during the spring or summer and enjoy a nice meal or coffee outdoors. Hop on the ferry and head over for some food and a memorable view.
The Rectory Cafe
Address: 102 Lakeshore Ave, Ward’s Island, Toronto, Ontario, Canada • 416-203-2152
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Website: The Rectory Cafe
10. Three Hands
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A great low-key kinda place to go with some friends after work and just hang out. Serving classic comfort foods like poutine and fried chicken, Three Hands also serves some amazing cocktails as well.
Address: 1532 Dundas Street W, M6K 1T5 Toronto, ON
Operating Hours: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Facebook: Three Hands
International food in an international city
There are so many diverse food options in Toronto that will surely satisfy any hunger. Because Toronto is such a big city encompassing many cultures, there are so just so many options for a good meal.
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