Walking through the doors of 1 Hotel, one might feel as though they’re in familiar territory. Located at the site of the former Thompson Hotel, 1 Hotel Toronto is the first Canadian property by 1 Hotels, a luxury hotel brand inspired by nature. The brand currently has properties scattered across North America, in major cities
Restaurant 7 West serves all around the clock, 365 days a year, so you never have to miss out on good grub in our city. Located on Charles Street in the heart of the Annex, this multi-level restaurant is not only 24/7, but it also changes as you scale the stairs. The first level is
This Riverside locale is putting a plant-based spin on famous comfort food. At Animal Liberation Kitchen, burgers are made from pulled jackfruit, the cheese in the mac and cheese is made from cashews, the maple bacon is made from tempeh, and it is all hearty and delicious.
Aris Place has one of those old-school signs that makes you think twice about stepping inside, but those who dare to venture are in for a surprise. They’ve been serving up souvlaki in Roncesvalles for 30+ years in addition to being an all-day breakfast spot for locals. You can feast your eyes on black and
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.
On the corner of Av and Dav (Avenue and Davenport) lives one of Toronto’s oldest diners, Avenue Diner. All they have is a phone number, no website or social media. Stepping into this small diner is like stepping back to 1944, the year it opened. You almost expect Michael J. Fox to come out in
Avenue Open Kitchen is one of those classic greasy spoons and somewhat of a Toronto institution. They’ve been doling out classic breakfast staples like bacon and eggs and a variety of omelets and sandwiches like Canadian peameal bacon, Reubens, roast beef, Montreal smoked meat and pastrami since the 1950s. Not much has changed by way
Imagine if Canada got the same sun as the Mediterranean all year round. At least we’re privy to Mediterranean food all year round in Toronto. And Aviv Restaurant is a great place to help with that. Located along the St. Clair West strip of the Wychwood area, Aviv Restaurant pulls from Spanish, Italian, Israeli and
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.
When you hear that Donna’s was started by three Momofuku alums, the food that they offer may surprise you, but the quality of said food will not. In the hip Junction triangle area, Donna’s is serving up everything from fresh-pressed juices made in-house, to sandwiches — like the shrimp salad, served with iceberg lettuce and
The Elm Street Italian Deli is unlike any other sandwich shop in the city. They are pumping out Italian cold cut sandwiches all day every day, and that’s about it. Opened by the team behind Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, all the meats here are prepared at the central kitchen location. Find two-handers like the Sergio Leone
Fast friends since first working together some seven years ago, Rachel Pellett and Heather Mee had long dreamt of opening up their own eatery. The duo officially opened Emma’s Country Kitchen today as something of an ode to Pellett’s grandmother, who ran a restaurant of the same name near Caledon. Keeping things homey and simple, the kitchen serves up fresh baked goods in addition to frozen meals and a weekend brunch.
There’s nothing quite like the delicious taste of a moist and mouth-watering loaf of sourdough bread, and that’s exactly what Emmer is best known for. Before the opening of the bakery, dentist-by-day owner Phillip Haddad was testing out his recipes for years, offering test tastes to anyone who stopped by. Now, though the bakery may
Empire Espresso is a cosy little coffee shop with plenty of sweet treats right in the heart of Little Italy. This queer-owned business is dishing out customizable bean blends and in-house baked goods like gingersnaps, rosemary lemon shortbread cookies, blackberry and lavender biscuits, plus so much more. Empire Espresso has a bright and airy colourful
These days, Torontonians seem to be paying attention to Denmark’s most recognizable sandwich, the smørrebrød. Bloordale’s Karelia Kitchen is the main player, and earlier this summer Cava did a Denmark-inspired pop-up that showcased the open-faced sandwich. Meanwhile, Fika — a recent, more permanent addition to Kensington’s culinary scene — keeps things classic with its take on the ’wich ($7.50).
Gale’s Snack Bar has been a Leslieville staple for over 40 years. Step inside and feel the history with vintage posters decorating the walls, old school appliances still working just fine and brightly coloured, hand-painted menu boards. The cuisine is traditional diner fare, like the type you see in old movies: sardine sandwiches, roast beef
Gold Standard on Queen packs a lot of flavour into a small space and for a small price. Only serving up sandwiches — burgers very much included — at $6 each, Gold Standard will make you want to stick around. With only two seats and a counter, though, this Parkdale locale will get you wandering