The café and cafeteria-style restaurant has become extremely popular for its guilt-free take-away and delicious Israeli-style breakfast. The hearty and homey shakshuka, which originated in Tunisia and means "mixture," is usually associated with a dish belonging to the Sephardic Jewish people.
Save yourself the five-hour drive and stop in to one of Bagel House's various locations for an authentic, wood oven, Montreal-style bagel. As opposed to the large and fluffy bagels that dominate the Toronto scene, these bagels are somewhat smaller and denser and sweeter, care of the honey water they are initially boiled in.
Since 1979, Bagel Plus has been serving all Torontonians classic Jewish comfort food from its location at Bathurst and Sheppard. They will always have you covered for when that bagel and schmear craving hits, but the menu also includes options such as eggplant Parmesan and fish and chips, branching outside the shtetl world of blintzes, pickled herring and rugelach.
Bagel World has been baking bagels (obviously), pastries and breads for over 50 years in the heart of the Bathurst and Wilson and Thornhill areas. Expect New York‒style bagels, with their tender interiors covered by a nice skin as the go-to bagel here, but what they're really famous for are their flat bagels and giant twister bagels, which are twisted before the loop is closed.
Torontonians just can’t get enough Montreal-style bagels! With the amazing texture from the wood-fired brick oven and sweetness from the honey in the boiling water, it’s totally understandable. Right in the heart of the Beach, Bagels on Fire has staked its claim as the neighbourhood bagel shop that’s making fresh Montreal bagels starting early in
These days King Street West is a bit of a scene. From the transit-only streets, to the exclusive rooftop pools and elitist bars and restaurants, it’s getting harder to find a place where you can just relax. Whereas this might be true of Belfast Love on Friday nights, when the bar is filled to capacity
Be a vegan and eat your donut too! Bloomers is just one place where vegans can get their sugar fix, worry-free. The homey bake shop and cafe offers up soups, salads and sandwiches alongside its assortment of baked goods such as bagels, cookies, and muffins. Cakes are available in 6, 8 and 10-inch sizes and
Buddy’s New York Bagels is a Brooklyn-style bakery and café. The award-winning bakery offers over 30 varieties of bagels that are freshly baked and kettle-boiled to tasty perfection. They might be known for the bagels in their name, but also available on the breakfast and lunch menu are bialys, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and pasta. Buddy’s
At Ethica Coffee Roasters, every cup of coffee embodies four integral values that define the essence of the establishment. The first two values, ethics and quality, are interwoven, as Ethica takes great pride in sourcing only delicious, sustainable coffee that has been produced in verifiably safe ways. The coffee is skillfully served by a team
Looking to indulge in your 1920s fantasy? Well the Windsor Arms Hotel Gatsby and Piano Bar is the place to do it. Sit back and relax while sipping on a glass of champagne or one of the signature cocktails, as the house pianist plays Prohibition era tunes. With Gatsby and Piano Bar’s prix fix menu,
Gryfe’s Bagels is as iconic to Toronto as wood ovens are to Montreal. Gryfe’s has been serving fluffy, light and tender bagels since 1957. Gryfe’s has to be doing something right as lineups still stretch around the block for fresh bagels on Sunday mornings. A crowd favourite is the pizza bagel, which is not, in
The Harbord Bakery has been a Harbord and Spadina stalwart since 1945. The landmark bakery was opened by Goldie and Albert Kosower in the mid-1940s and was established as the Harbord Bakery and Calandria in 1955. This old-fashioned Jewish bakery brought traditional baked goods, bread and artisanal food products to Toronto before artisanal was a
The first GTA outpost of the beloved Ottawa bagel brand, Kettleman’s Bagel Co. is known for its Montreal-style bagels, which are made fresh daily. The bagels are hand-rolled, boiled in honey water to seal in moisture, and baked in a wood-burning oven. This traditional preparation technique gives the bagels their signature soft centre and slightly
Kiva’s emphasizes tradition when it comes to the making of its bagels. Every single bagel, for each of the three locations, takes a 12-hour time period to prepare with much care paid to hand rolling and kettle boiling. Although people have been making bagels this way for centuries, Kiva’s opened its doors in 1972 and
It’s a good thing to find one’s niche. Kristapsons surely has. Since 1953, this family-owned-and-operated joint has been providing Torontonians with some of their favourite smoked salmon — nothing more, nothing less, just smoked salmon. Kristapsons only smokes its salmon cold. This method allows for the super-tender fish to retain its omega-3 oils, which is
Authentic French goods, both sweet and savoury, come aplenty at this Avenue Road bakery. Flatbreads and small but flavourful toasties join simple yet delicious pizzas on the savoury portion of the menu, and out-of-this-world croissants in many flavours meet fruit tarts and chocolate eclairs in this homey bakery. All of the pastries are made daily,
Stepping into Leslieville Pumps General Store & Kitchen is akin to setting foot inside a Kawartha cottage. With a duo of Adirondack chairs out front, countrified knickknacks peering down from shelves and gingham aplenty, this project from brothers Greg and Judson Flom is at once a convenience store, indie gas station and barbecue sandwich joint.
Lobby is an eclectic new Queen West lounge from Reza Abedi (Lavelle, Goldie) and Juno award-winning DJ Nick Fiorucci. With a Lavelle partner and a DJ as co-owners, it’s perhaps no surprise that Lobby straddles the line between restaurant and club, offering bottle service, swanky cocktails, and frequent DJ performances. Abedi was inspired by the
MIA Brunch Bar is just south of Eglinton on Yonge and is serving up some seriously good breakfast. Open seven days a week, the morning and afternoon hangout is a bright and cheerful kind of space. The menu consists of some classic brunch staples with a twist, as well as a slew of great cocktails