Since 1987, this East Toronto bar and restaurant, steps from Broadview station, has served up whiskey, beer, wine and food to both locals and those in the neighbourhood for a show at the adjacent Danforth Music Hall. The menu focuses on naturally-raised organic meats and Ontario produce, and is more ambitious than your regular pub
Amsterdam Brewery is taking its crisp lagers and bone shakers up north at Amsterdam Barrel House. The East York brew house is a more sophisticated pub than its Distillery District counterpart. With a more elegant atmosphere, it's no wonder this is where the brewers keep their barrel-aged and sour beer program.
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
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.
Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants’ newest endeavour, Bannock, keeps with the O&B tradition of serving unapologetically Canadian cuisine (à la Canoe) and, as you might expect, serves bannock. Oliver & Bonacini’s chef Michael Bonacini and corporate executive chef Anthony Walsh developed the menu, going back to the basics of what bannock is meant to be: “a round flatbread traditionally cooked on a griddle or stone, brought to Canada through Scottish explorers and traders, adapted by Indigenous people and settlers.”
Reflecting on the Bar Hop ethos — and the beer selection in particular — Pingitore describes the concept as “a craft ale house with mostly local microbrews on tap, and then a wide selection of bottles that range from consignment, imported bottles and hard-to-get stuff, stuff you don’t get at the LCBO.”
For their second home on Peter Street, Bar Hop Brewco. put Mark Cutrara (Cowbell) in charge of the kitchen. The first floor is open for business, and the vibe is warm and welcoming. There are 36 beers on tap, with draught selections updated weekly, and 1,200 litres of Amsterdam’s saison available for vertical tastings.
Some restaurateurs get into business for the money, for others it’s a passionate affair and a way of life. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner fall safely into the latter category and have recently opened the next chapter of that love story at Yonge and Balmoral Avenue.
The King West Bier Markt has got the patio of every bar’s dreams: seated and absolutely huge. It gets further check marks for a strong, Europe-leaning beer list (including a few cellared bottles) and food — think wursts, schnitzel, mussels and flammekueches — that deftly match the suds. The food is made from scratch and
“Borrel” is a Dutch term for a casual meeting ground for friends to come together over food and drink, and Borrel on the Danforth is just that. Following in the footsteps of its namesake, this Dutch snack bar is the perfect place to meet over some bitterballen and a couple of steins. Reminiscent of a
Between writing two cookbooks, starting a seafood company and running the now-closed restaurant chain Rock Lobster, well-known celebrity chef Matt Dean Pettit has his hands full. Next on the resume is a delivery-only turf-and-surf restaurant located across Toronto. Favourites at Coast by MDP include the PEI Lobster Roll, made with fresh sustainable PEI lobster, special
To avoid the humidity of a July afternoon, summer weekends are best spent heading into cottage country and feasting with views you can’t find in the urban jungle. And 102205 Mix all this with an ever-changing curated cocktail menu, and a spacious, open patio — Crossroads was meant for summer adventures. And if you’re looking for
Crown & Dragon is a casual Yorkville sports bar known for making some of the best wings in the city. Wings come in over 20 bold flavours, ranging from a Japanese-influenced teriyaki sauce to the signature hot, peppery Dragon’s Breath marinade. Get them half price with the purchase of a beverage on Tuesdays and Thursdays
This North York steak house promises an unforgettable experience that combines exceptionally prepared authentic steak and seafood inside one of Toronto’s most historic landmarks. Located on 4.25 acres of land near the corner of York Mills Road and Don Mills Road, diners have the choice of eating on a scenic outdoor patio, inside the restored
A bar on one side and a dining room on the other, Eastside Social is the radical and nautical seafood restaurant that Leslieville locals are loving. It’s one of those great spaces where the decor matches the culinary theme. Dark wood finishings, a navy accent wall and light fixtures that look like (and could very
Epoch Bar & Kitchen is a polished restaurant set on the lobby level of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The restaurant sees the hotel’s former DEQ Terrace & Lounge space revamped with an elegant design and a fresh menu focused on high-end gastrobar fare. With its classic aesthetic and approachable, seasonally-driven menu, Epoch aims to evoke an
Take the elevator up to find this Yorkville old school diner with its iconic red booths and laid-back atmosphere. At Flo’s Diner service is great — attentive without hovering. The menu is substantial with a great variety all-day selections. Why not order a shake or float for the kids while you sip champagne and orange
Eating fried food now feels freeing with Fresco’s Fish & Chips. Passionate about both health and taste, Fresco’s fryers are filled with non-hydrogenated oil, containing zero trans fats. More so, all of their fish and seafood are either Ocean Wise or Marine Stewardship Council approved for sustainable fishing and excellent quality. Truly, everything at Fresco’s