As is with a metropolis like Toronto, new places are opening all of the time. I’ve also been able to try some old stand bys. But I’ve had some pretty memorable eats.
This will be a quarterly review.There’s too many to name in one year. I’ve linked to my Yelp reviews that explain my meals in more detail. I also have a number of lists on the site that are helpful to anyone coming to do a tasting tour of Toronto. It’s worth it! These are in no particular order. And feel free to add me or follow on Yelp, which is where I post all of my restaurant reviews in detail!
Here’s what I can’t stop thinking about:
1. Holy Chuck signature burger at Holy Chuck. The service at Holy Chuck trumps that of The Burger’s Priest. And hello? Salted Caramel and Nutella MILKSHAKES. Need I say more? Yes, it’s a heart attack on a plate but the taste does not get any better…
2. Duck at Yours Truly. The most tender, moist duck I’ve had and the accompanying sauce is perfection.
3. Baja Fish Tacos at Grand Electric. The BEST baja fish taco I’ve had in the city. Hands down. A regular craving.
4. Key Lime Vassos at Grand Electric. Light, refreshing, and served in a mason jar. Great textures with the crumbs on the bottom. I am now salivating just writing about it!
5. Rabbit Pappardelle, Suckling pig and Creme Caramel at Nota Bene. My very detailed posts and pics on that are here. One of my Toronto stand outs. Yum! Really everything here is good. Big nods to the crispy duck salad and the lobster salad as well (if you’re lunching).
6. Fettucine Cinggiale, with wild boar ragu at Maialino Enoteca. Perfectly executed pasta with a dash of truffle. One of my other favourite things on the planet.
7. Ragu Gnocchi at Local Wine Bar. I can’t even talk about this, it’s so good.
8. $5 Personal Pan Pepperoni pizza at Panago. It’s cheap, you know what you’re getting and it’s greasy on top and snappy and crispy on the bottom.
9. Los Angeles grilled cheese sandwich with tangerine pineapple soda at Cheesewerks. Great flavours all mixed together. The owners here are super super nice as well.
10. Glory Hole doughnuts at Thor Espresso Bar. I need to try the dulce de leche one. Then I will be complete.
11. Khao Soi at Khao San Road. The perfect rainy day thai comfort food. Wow. I don’t think anyone can replicate this at the moment.
12. Sipping Chocolate at Moroco Chocolat. Basically hot chocolate on crack.
13. Truffled Mac N Cheese at Moroco Chocolat. Basically mac n cheese on crack. I didn’t know Moroco does brunch or food (as opposed to macarons and desserts) but they do and it’s DELISH!
14. Chicken Souvlaki at Asteria. The freshest I’ve had on the Danforth.
15. Salt Cod at Yours Truly. Gat damn. Wow. It’s like Japanese food on electric shock. Delish. And the chefs bring you your food. Please.
16. Crab dip and lamb tartare at Hopgood’s Foodliner. I’m not a fan of tartare but wow…this is quickly making me a convert. The crab dip is served with warm triscuits. I could easily eat a tub of that stuff. Wow.
17. Pork Buns and Sake To Me cocktail at Cold Tea Cocktail is: Ginger, Beer, Sake and Blood Orange. Great cool bar that was much needed in Toronto. No other bar does the pork bun/dim sum combo. What a great idea. Sometimes, they do oysters as well. Super smart to change it up.
18. Coconut Cream Pie at Scaramouche. This dessert is an icon. There is a reason why. It is a dessert where you do not speak while eating it. You just come and savour it for every, single, delicious, creamy bite that it is. Plus, views to match!
19. Meatball appetizer at Pizzeria Libretto. Big, fat meatballs like your nonna makes for under $10. Yum!
20. Nutella Scones and berry smoothies at School. Need I say more?!