The Best of 2020!!!

Happy New Year!  Seems like a bit of an oxymoron to be discussing the best of 2020.  Rather than dwell on the negative, let’s instead take a look back at some of the best eats of the year.  With a fresh set of eyes, cataracts removed, we enjoyed many a fine meal this year… even…

Zelden’s Deli ~ 1446 Yonge St ~ (647) 347-3474

It is difficult to find a good delicatessen in downtown Toronto.  Full stop.  Of course, there are reasons for this:  traditions have not always trickled down to the next-gen; commercial leases & rents are at an all time high; eating sensibilities have pivoted; grab-and-go sections of the supermarket are flooded with inferior, cost-effective options. As…

Kim Kim ~ 1188 Kennedy Rd ~ (416) 757-8300

Kim Kim Restaurant is a family-run Hakka joint in Scarborough trying to keep things afloat with elevated takeout & delivery offerings.  I’m told their family recipes originated wayback in Meizjou, China, perfected here in the GTA b/w/o Kolkata, India.  They boast quite a large menu of Hakka classics plus some harder-to-find specialties, making this one…

Bach Yen ~ 738 Gerrard St E ~ (647) 347-8160

Working in East Chinatown for the past ten years, feel like I’ve tried most of the restaurants in the ‘hood.  There’s this one spot a little further east that’s always eluded me.  Bach Yen (738 Gerrard St E) was put in my radar last week by Suresh Doss, and it’s a real winner.  Have been…

The BarBQ Factory ~ 1559 O’Connor Dr ~ (647) 352-1979

There’s a lot of really good stuff going on at The BarBQ Factory.  This Texas-style BBQ joint is hidden away in a strip mall in the Bermondsy/Topham Park neighbourhood of East York.  These guys are smoking-up some absolute classics, without the downtown price-tag.   Brought to you by the same folks as Barsa Taberna by the…

Flavor First ~ 28 Nelson St ~ (416) 431-7569

Flavor First is a takeaway hot table in the South Cederbrae neighborhood of Scarborough, specializing in West Indian and Chinese #cheapeats.  The portions are huge and the prices are low.  Safe to say, this is our kinda place.  It’s quickly become part of our weekly lunch rotation, and we’ll often frequent as part of the…