Post City searched high and low throughmidtown Toronto to compile this list of the neighbourhood’s top culinary treats and experiences. Get your fill of everything from smokey barbecue to fresh baked bread to tastyseafood.
Tacos, tacos and more tacos. Whether you go meat (chorizo with cotija cheese and mango salsa), fish (cod with green apple matchsticks) or veg (’shrooms with chili crema), there’s no missteps at LA CARNITA.
130 Eglinton Ave. E.
The chicken at STOCKYARDS is a must: juicy, buttermilk marinated and enrobed in a perfect golden crust. If ribs are what you’re after, show up on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at 5 p.m., no other day will do.
699 St. Clair Ave. W.
BEST SOUTHERN ITALIAN
Seasonal fare at 7 NUMBERSincludes squash blossom fritters that come out once a year in fall — but the lasagna is a menu fixture. Catch chef Mama Rosa in the kitchen, doling out that special ingredient: love.
Whatever your heart desires, THE ABBOTThas it all. Get the clubsammie(maple-ginger glazed chicken with bacon on brioche) or the cottage pie (gravy-laced beef and veg with cheddar mashed potatoes).
At KAY PACHA, start with apiscococktail before diving into chef WonChoi'sceviche.While you're there, try thechaufas—a Peruvian Chinese fried rice dish served with shrimps, scallops, mussels and squid.
744 St. Clair Ave. W.
If you'refromaround here, you have countless memoriesofmeals atHOUSEOFCHAN. They've beeninthe biz for over 50 years, and is definitely a neighbourhood fave. Whether you're there for the steak or the old school Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, you will not be disappointed.
514 Eglinton Ave. W.
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BEST DIM SUM
Every day,KWANdishes out delights until 4 p.m.: steamed ’shroomand truffle dumplings, chickensiumai, pork pot stickers. Save space for fried sesame balls with custard cream and salty egg yolk.
Five days of marinating, slow-cooking and resting result in this perfect brisket sandwich that sells out daily. Don’t you call yourself a Torontonian unless you’ve eaten a brisketsandofrom BLACK CAMEL.
4 Crescent Rd.
Thereisn’t much Indonesian food in T.O., but fortunatelyLITTLESISTER does an incredible job. Nibble on satayliletskewers with Balinese spiced chicken andflavour-packednasigoreng.
BEST ICE CREAM
MYFAVOURITEICE CREAM SHOP should be your fave too.Flavourslike lemon meringue and roasted marshmallow sit pretty alongsideInsta-friendlycotton candy rainbow sorbet and akulfi-inspiredfrozen yogurt.
3 Macpherson Ave.
With a focus on many-ingredient salads (the Thai one starts with coconut, mango, crispy rice noodles and peanuts), PALM LANEputs health first. But you can also have a glass ofrosébecause balance, right?
55 Avenue Rd.
It’s not only about fish-topped rice at EDO-KO; it’s got lunch bento boxes, chicken teriyaki dinner … and there are rolls. Try the Waving Unagi with barbecued eel and bonito flakes. Yum.
425 Spadina Rd.
This nostalgia-inducing sub shop reaches back to 1974. BELLY BUSTERS can conjure up the classics (think salami or BLTs) and also suffices those late night cravings with closing times at 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.
3447 Yonge St.
How do you like your lobster?Ina roll,insome chowder,inmac and cheese? AtSMOKED AND CRACKED,you can indulgeinallofthe above (and more!), and they will all be delicious.
516 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
The Bilog with garlic fried rice, a fried duck egg and side salad (IMAGE: YVONNE TSUI)
Mow down on theLASAsampler platter with all the things: BBQ pork skewers in soy 7 Up glaze, veglumpiawithjicamaand green beans, chickenadoboand more. Save space for sweets likeube-stuffedturon.
634 St. Clair Ave. W.
Carb lovers can savourTHOBORS’fresh baguettes, like-in-Paris croissants and veg-studded fougasse. Sweeter bites include macarons in flavours like apricot-rosemary and ornate patisseries aplenty.
627 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Bayview’s KAMASUTRAhas been wooing the nabe with their northern Indian fare since 2004. Munch on shatter-crisp onion bhaji and the indulgent veg-friendly Malai kofta (for cheese and cashew lovers.)
1522 Bayview Ave.
BEST FISH AND CHIPS
OLD YORKE FISH AND CHIPS is a family-run chippy with proper English roots stemming from the ’50s. Options include flaky cod, haddock or halibut, lightly battered and served with hand-cut fries.
96 Laird Dr.
When the mood for takeout strikes, dial up C'EST BON. It’s got egg fried rice with chicken, pork and shrimp. It’s got spicy Szechuan noodles with veg. It’s got chow mein. And more!
2685 Yonge St.
BEST LATTE ART
A mainstay of the Yonge ’n’ Eg nabe, DE MELLOPALHETAhas scooped up many an award for its work, including a recent one for latte art. Coffee can be quaffed in the colourful café or purchased for home.
2489 Yonge St.
This island outfit serves up plenty of heat. Tuck into the RITZ CARIBBEAN FOODSclassics, like oxtail, chana roti, festival and, yes, that jerk chicken. For dessert, some rum cake will do just fine.
32 Eglinton Ave. W.
Midday eats are never dull, thanks to PANTRY’s tasty mix ’n’ match options. Perennial faves include jerk chicken, teriyaki-glazed grilled salmon, coconut curry quinoa salad, and the prices won’t hurt the wallet.
1094 Yonge St.
When we invited chef Mark McEwan to taste test thebestdeli sandwichesinToronto,ROSE AND SONS DELIwas the clear winner, so it's no surprise it got the titleofbestdeli as well.
176 Dupont St.
No game night is complete without an order or a table atDUFF'S FAMOUS WINGS.The super-sharable menu items include generous servingsofdeep-fried wings with a wide range of sauces. And for an extra kickinthe pants, the Death and Armageddon sauces are alwayswaiting.
1604 Bayview Ave.