With all the expats and multicultural vibes flying around Toronto, it’s not surprising that there are so many great places to eat in the city. The citizens of this big city are crazy about their food, from super healthy new wave cuisine to good old fashioned hearty grease goodness. For anyone staying in a hotel in Toronto or simply passing through it can be difficult to find great places for eating in Toronto when they’re spread all over the city, so here’s our top ten food places in Toronto for you to try out, all reasonably priced and full of great flavor.
Khao San Road
This perpetually packed Thai restaurant doesn’t take any reservations so if you decide to take a visit be prepared to wait for a table. There’s a reason why it’s so busy though; they serve up some of the best Thai food in town so its reputation is definitely worth hanging around for. The Gra Bong squash fritters are crispy and delicious, and the Khao Soi coconut red curry in hailed as the best main on the menu.
This popular breakfast, lunch and dinner delicatessen claims to have the ‘best smoked meat in town’, and judging by the hordes of people flocking to Caplansky’s the rumours must be true. They’re famous for their hot deli sandwiches, which are perfect for a dripping with goodness bite on-the-go, but they also serve up any other kind of meat, including liver. Vegetarians – good luck with this one.
Another hip joint that doesn’t take reservations but rarely needs to because people are queuing out the door to get in. They name themselves a taco and bourbon bar, which all come at a very reasonable price. Each individual taco is $3 and they serve fish, chicken, pork, beef and veggie variations. Four tacos plus drinks should fill you up nicely on about $20.
If you’re in the mood for Italian food served to perfection, head to Gusto. This place does very well with young professionals popping in for a working lunch as it has two patios that are drenched in sunshine all summer long. If you’re on a tight budget then it might not be the best place for you, but if you have a little bit of money to burn on mains that cost $15-$20, this is a recommended spot and the standard of the food makes it worth the price.
There are sushi places littered all over Toronto, but if you’re looking for affordable yet high quality dishes the Tone is a good recommendation from locals. They serve up lunch and dinner in cosy and clean surroundings, where you can pick a bunch of your favorite things or select one of their combos with a mix of pieces for around $10-$15 in total.
The Burger’s Priest
Many burger lovers in Toronto will settle for no other joint than The Burger’s Priest. They serve classic combinations with big fat beef patties, but make sure you also check out ‘the secret menu’ on their website, which isn’t posted anywhere in their restaurant. The selection of burgers on this menu come with additions such as deep fried jalapenos, grilled cheese buns, or you can even opt for a veggie option with bacon (because yeah, that makes sense).
The Black Hoof continues to get great reviews over and over again for its gastropub food, and their charcuterie board is always mentioned as being amongst the tastiest things on the menu. A few words about dessert – banana bread slathered in Nutella with a healthy dollop of foie gras to finish. Decadence to its very extreme.
Fat Bastard Burrito
There are a whole bunch of Mexican places in Toronto where you can grab a burrito, but Fat Bastard is considered by many to have some of the best in town. At around $6 for a small burrito that will fill a grown man up to his eyeballs you can’t really deny the excellent value, great for busy budget travelers who need a lot of energy.
As probably the most expensive place on this list, Ursa isn’t for the tight-pursed traveler. However, if it’s a special occasion and you have around $30 to spend on a main course, Ursa’s upmarket menu might be the perfect spot to go. Georgian bat trout, wild boar, foraged spring salad and champagne poached peaches are amongst the quality selection which is worth every penny.
A list of places to eat at in Toronto wouldn’t be complete without a shout out for the food trucks. These mobile masterpieces serve some of the great food in the city, from smoke houses that serve fresh pulled pork and brisket or two pound portions of poutine, to bakery trucks selling all kinds of cupcakes and sweet treats. Check out the food trucks website for options and locations.
What’s your favorite place for Eating in Toronto?