Udupi Palace ~ 1460 Gerrard St E ~ (416) 405-8189

Named after the owner’s hometown on India’s south-west coast, Udupi Palace has been serving-up authentic, regional, affordable South Indian and Vegetarian cuisine since 2001. The undisputed king of eats in the Gerrard Indian Bazaar , Udupi Palace takes the Toronto Food Blog’s prestigious double-crown for both the best Indian food and best Vegetarian food in…

Maha’s ~ 226 Greenwood Ave ~ (416) 462-2703

Maha’s is a happening Egyptian brunch spot on Greenwood Ave, just a quick walk from both the Gerrard India Bazarr and Leslieville. Maha Barsoom opened her eponymous cafe in late 2014 and, with the help of her kids Monika and Mark, has been filling the tables with aplomb ever since. It’s easy to see why…

ODIN ~ 514 King St E ~ (647) 350-6346

The Toronto Food Blog has been in France for the past few weeks, so this blog entry is a bit late. I knew I had to write this place up, as it was the first place I visited upon my return to the office this morning. ODIN is a welcome addition to the Corktown ‘hood. This Nordic-inspired…

Knuckle Sandwich ~ 969 Coxwell Ave ~ (647) 748-7999

Knuckle Sandwich is new restaurant on the Olde East York strip of Coxwell that focuses on Meat, Bread, Greens, Spuds and Beer. Owners Ran Han and George Talidis and are East York boys and Goliath graduates. Like many of us locals, they have seen this spot come and go over the years. Something tells me,…

Drupati’s ~ 2038 Yonge St ~ (416) 487-7684

With 6 locations across the GTA, Drupati’s has been cooking-up some of the city’s finest Trinidadian cuisine for the past 20 Years. Needless to say, I was more than pleased when they opened their Yonge & Davisville location last summer… right in the heart of my old stomping grounds. Hey, look… there’s Dan Wong about to…

Oak Park Deli ~ 213 Oak Park Ave ~ (416) 424-3354

The Oak Park Deli is a neighborhood institution. Toula Nikolopoulos took over the family business in 2006 and has been serving made-to-order meals & catering to East York families & local school kids ever since.  The shop is a local meeting place, and you will often see their logo on a house-league soccer shirt or…

RYUS Noodle Bar ~ 33 Baldwin St ~ (647) 344-9306

Japanese restaurants abound on Baldwin Street, and RYUS Noodle Bar runs with the best of them. On a street that often seems to be in flux, Chef Ryuchiro Takahashi has set-up a happening spot that, if the food does the talking, is here to stay. With its cozy dining room and relatively-ample patio space, RYUS is a must…

The Cannonball ~ 641 Queen St E ~ (416) 463-0500

The Cannonball is a quaint little coffee shop in Riverside with a lot to offer. Formerly known as F’Coffee, they’re open early during the week and stay open late on many nights. Rob and his friendly crew dish-out a wide array of comforts: from eye-opening espressos through to late-night drinks… and everything in between. There’s…

The Best of 2015

Lots of great stuff happened in Toronto this past year, and the Toronto Food Blog was lucky enough to be part of the mix. We saw the closing of a local landmark, Jilly’s, the Blue Jays going deep into the playoffs, beer for sale at grocery stores, and some new leadership at City Hall. The…

Detroit Eatery ~ 389 Danforth Ave ~ (416) 461-0136

The Detroit Eatery is a Danforth institution… the greasiest of spoons. Located in the heart of Greektown (at Chester Station), the Antaras family has been serving my family Fries & Gravy since I was in junior school at Frankland. And even though both the interior and exterior are adorned in nothing but Detroit Red Wing…

Tacos 101 ~ 101 Dundas St. East ~ (416) 362-8226

Tacos 101 is a brand new Taqueria on the Ryerson campus at Dundas & Church. Now, let’s be honest… it’s all too easy to run up a hefty tab at many downtown taco joints and still be hungry when all is said and done. Chef Julio Campos is aiming to change this, slinging out some…

Old’s Cool General Store ~ 250 Westlake Ave ~ (416) 425-9084

Convenience | Kindness | Community The Old’s Cool General Store recently popped-up on the NW corner of Westlake & Lumsden, deep in the heart of East York. Formerly D & K’s (originally a butcher shop in the ’50s owned by Greek brothers Demetri & Kostas, followed by a long run as a convenience store), this place is…