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
If you’ve ever wanted to rub elbows with your favourite Toronto chefs, bartenders and servers then you’ll likely find them at 416 Snack Bar, a known industry favourite. The menu reads like the ultimate international passport to gastropub (read, elevated bar food) fare. It is as it says on their website “all over the map.”
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.
We’ve only heard that Toronto has great hotels; being from here, we’ve never stayed at one. If this is your case, too, you now at least have a great reason to visit the Annex hotel: Annex Café and Wine Bar. In the morning, it’s a café that offers a great range of balanced breakfasts made
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.
At Art of BBQ, smoked meat is, well, an art form. The joint began as a way to honour pit master Trevor David’s late uncle who loved smokehouse barbecuing in North Carolina. Now, Art of BBQ is one of Scarborough’s most authentic smokehouses, putting a northern Canadian taste on Southern-inspired smoked meats. The experimental flavours
True to its name, Ave Maria Latin Cafe features food and grocery products with origins spanning from Argentina, Ecuador and Peru to Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico. Run by husband-and-wife duo Maria-Jose Suarez and Aland Portillo, both of whom are native Colombians, the food menu features traditional Latin American dishes like arepas, empanadas and tamales. Customers
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
Azhar has been turning heads on the Ossington strip. The brainchild of partner and executive chef Stuart Cameron, this new marketplace marries Middle Eastern influences with local ingredients, all prepared in a state of the art wood-fired oven. Cameron, who is no stranger to Middle Eastern cooking, is focusing on sustainability and authenticity with this
At the Backyard Smokehouse, good barbeque starts with solid marinating techniques. All of the meats are marinated overnight in signature spices before undergoing a 30+ day minimum aging process. Once perfection has been attained, Chef Faris Awwad allows the smoke from the oak fire to begin slowly but surely burning all ends over a 16-hour
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
If you’re looking for a place to give your tastebuds a flavourful treat without breaking the bank, look no further than Bairrada Churrasqueira. The average lunch price at this eatery is $8, while the average dinner meal costs $18. From grilled meats to appetizers to seafood, the approachable prices mean there’s a possibility to sample