The Queen and Beaver ~ 35 Elm St ~ (647) 347-2712

The Queen and Beaver Public House is, hands down, one of the best gastropubs in town. It’s the Toronto Food Blog’s go-to spot around Yonge & Dundas Square. Head chef Duncan Simpson makes everything from scratch, documenting most of his team’s creations on Instagram. This is fine British fare taken to the next level; a…

White Lily Diner ~ 678 Queen St E ~ (416) 901-7800

Located at Queen and Broadview, the White Lily Diner is the newest addition to the Riverside food scene. In the kitchen we have Ben Denham, who was the former head-chef at Electric Mud BBQ. His partner, Ashley Lloyd, works the front in the most charming of fashions. Together, they have turned the skinniest of spaces…

The Dominion ~ 500 Queen St E ~ (416) 366-5555

The Dominion Pub & Kitchen is the newly-restored space by FAB Restaurant Concepts (the folks who brought you The Brazen Head, etc). Standing on the corner of Queen St. E. and Sumach St. since 1877,  this heritage building has been given the makeover it so desperately needed, while still maintaining enough interior space to continue…

Danforth Roti Shop ~ 2844 Danforth Ave ~ (416) 690-1308

If you are looking for T&T food in Toronto’s east-end, Danforth Roti Shop is the spot. The hand-drawn menu focuses on the classics: doubles, polourie, saheena and mauby (my personal favourite to wash everything down). Be sure to ask for condiments, hot sauces and chutney, as they’re hidden away in the back and aren’t to…

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…