Tasty Toronto

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We love Tasty Toronto, a bustling city and lively hub of cuisine and culture in Ontario, Canada. The people are friendly. It’s a beautiful city located on Lake Ontario. Coming from Chicago we just love cities on the water. A fabulous water view is something that we – like many other people – really gravitate toward.

Toronto is a Canadian city where multi-cultural neighborhoods thrive. Deciding where and what to eat can be a challenge because Toronto has an enormous number of food choices. This is a great advantage when you’re looking for variety and cultural authenticity.

Here are just a few of the food finds we had the chance to experience in Tasty Toronto.

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Roast Duck Poutine Pizza at Bannock.

 

Elevated Poutine
One could argue that you can’t go to Canada without trying some poutine. We would agree. But why settle for your typical poutine fare when you can have roast duck poutine pizza at Bannock?  Admittedly, we were a little suspicious of this menu item. And you must be warned that it’s big and the duck makes it quitet rich. But that’s what makes this uniquely Torontonian pizza great for table sharing. It’s tasty and messy and filling and something you will not forget. So dig in!

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Disco Fries at The Lakeview in Toronto

 

Diner Delights
If you’re looking for a quirky “old school” diner stop by The Lakeview. In addition to some fabulous modern diner fare, they also specialize in hangover remedy foods. I tried the Disco Breakfast (sans hangover) and it was a tasty blend of a sunny-side up egg, maple sausage, bacon bit, melted cheddar and havarti cheese over fries. Their menu and their staff have a great sense of humor which makes it even better.

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MIsto Misto at Nunu in Toronto

 

Ethiopian
We had never tried Ethiopian food so when a friend who lives in Toronto suggested Nunu, we had to try it. It’s a small restaurant in the super-hip Queen Street West area of Toronto.  They import gluten-free injera bread directly from Ethiopia. The spongy texture of this sourdough flatbread is quite unusual, yet it pairs perfectly with the traditional flavors of Ethiopia. We had the Misto Misto tasting menu, which was a large platter covered in injera and topped with Ethiopian meat and vegetable dishes. It was huge and more than enough for four people. The menu states “substantial” and they’re not kidding. It included lamb, beef,  and chicken all marinated in different spices including garlic, ginger, turmeric and rosemary. There were also plenty of vegetables to round out the complete offering, which easily filled all four tummies at our table. They also have a full bar and feature freshly squeezed juices and a housemade tonic.

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Saint Lawrence Market Toronto

 

St. Lawrence Market
Frequently ranked one of the top markets in the world, this expansive market could easily provide you with an entire day of fun eating your way through it. It’s loaded with fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, deli. You name it they probably have it. One of the specialities you will find is the iconic peameal bacon sandwich at the Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market. It’s been tried and enjoyed by many celebrated chefs whose images and thoughts are posted all around the booth.

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Pea Meal Bacon Sandwich

 

It’s a substantial sandwich so go splitsy on it so you can enjoy some of the other goodies at the market. Want to read more about the St. Lawrence Market? Check out our Weird & Wonderful St. Lawrence Market post.

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Kensington Market
A stroll around the centrally located Kensington Market is a perfect way to enjoy the weekend. Spend several hours walking the neighborhood markets and shops. The energy is palpable and the choices are endless. One of the things that we love about Toronto is that it’s such a great walking town. The more we can walk the better.

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Plan on doing a lot of window and street shopping Kensington Market. The relaxed vibe of the neighborhood beckons you to stay all day.

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Victor Restaurant in the Hotel Le Germain
One of the best meals we had in Toronto was at the Victor Restaurant in the Hotel Le Germain located in the Entertainment district. Chef Lanny McLeod’s Berkshire bone-in pork chop with sweet potato gratin, spring vegetables and apple chutney was perfection. We really enjoyed the relaxed yet elegant dining room. The staff was attentive and charming. The Victor also offers Iron Chef-inspired dinners. Diners choose an ingredient and 5 courses are created by individual members of their kitchen team. The diners score the courses to determine a winner, who receives a bottle of champagne for their successful effort.  We observed a couple experiencing the Iron Chef Dinner featuring lemon as the “secret” ingredient. We can’t wait to go back and try it ourselves and are thinking that garlic might be a fun ingredient to try.

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We also stayed at the Hotel Le Germain and would highly recommend it. The attention to detail in everything they do make it a really special experience. There’s a feeling of restrained elegance in the rich wood offerings, high ceilings and impeccable service. You’ll even enjoy sitting in the “library” where you can relax with a free coffee. The hotel offers free wi-fi, and continental breakfast is included. Don’t miss the breakfast – it’s full of fresh baked pastries, meats, cheeses, yogurts, fruits and 5 different custom blends of granola.

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Food Trucks 
As you’re walking around town you’ll notice an abundance of food trucks in Toronto. Whether it’s dumplings, ice cream, BBQ or coffee you’ll find some tasty food trucks in TO.

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Historic Distillery District
Stop for a break and sample one of the many 100% certified organic beers at Mill Street Brewery. Better yet, try a flight so you can taste a variety of brews. Be sure to sample some of their sharable appetizers, salads or sandwiches and enjoy the fun ambiance at this well-respected and very local establishment.

These are just a few of the delectable delights we experienced in Toronto. For ethnic fare, be sure to check out their large Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown (there are actually 3!) and Little India. If you decide to visit, bring your comfy shoes and make sure to leave plenty of time to walk through Tasty Toronto.

THE QUICK BITE: Tasty Toronto is full of many different cultural neighborhoods to explore. Here are just a few of the delicious food choices you’ll discover in Toronto.

 

 

10 Responses to Tasty Toronto

  1. Ian @ Travellers Hangout Reply

    January 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    The poutine looks great, so does the Mill Street beer 🙂

  2. Cathy Reply

    August 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I love poutine! Craving it after your great photo:)

  3. Tamar Reply

    October 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I live in Toronto and love this guide! You did a great job capturing the diversity of food in this city. 🙂

  4. MoreTimeToTravel (@MoreTime2Travel) Reply

    August 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    You’ve done a great job showing the diversity of culinary offerings in this very rich and diverse city!
    Yum!

  5. contentedtraveller Reply

    August 26, 2015 at 2:18 am

    OMG those meals are huge and I am not so sure that I could eat them. I would like to have a little ‘taste’ of some like the poutine.

  6. Sunny Megatron Reply

    August 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

    I spent about 6 weeks in Toronto last year filming. One of my favorite places for a nice dinner out was a place called Salt on Ossington Ave. Tapas style dishes, great wine selection– kind of crowded/small but still a great atmosphere. We’ll be back in November and I’m going to check out some of your suggestions!

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      August 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

      We’ll definitely check out Salt on our next visit. There’s so many great food options in TO we visit often. Thanks for stopping by Sunny!

  7. Doreen Pendgracs Reply

    August 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    You’ve mentioned quite a few of my Toronto favourites for good eats, but you forgot about the chocolate! Toronto is home tonsils of Canada’s best.

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      August 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Yikes! You’re right we could do a whole post on chocolates and bakeries. Thanks for the reminder Doreen.

  8. Crysta Reply

    August 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I lived in Vancouver for a while, and grew up a ditch away from Canada, but I don’t love poutine. The elevated poutine looks worth a try, though! And I’m into the granola, that looks like a yummy selection. Great share!

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