Tinuno ~ 31 Howard St ~ (647) 343-9294

In the Philippines, Kamayan means to eat with one’s hands.  A military tradition, the mom & pop at Tinuno are bringing the Boodle Fight to a small patio in St. James Town.  Come hungry and ready to roll up your sleeves… Banana leaves are used as a place mat and get covered with a layer…

Summer Pop-Up Edition ~ Art of BBQ ~ 320 Queen St E

Happy Canada Day!!!  Was walking through Moss Park on my lunch-hour recently.  Just west of Parliament, on the north side of Queen, came a across a flurry of homemade signs pointing me to Art of BBQ, a new summer pop-up at the back of an empty lot.  I was equally hungry and intrigued. Spoiler alert……

Animal Liberation Kitchen ~ 717 1/2 Queen St E ~ (647) 232-9790

Animal Liberation Kitchen is the newest addition to the Riverside lunch scene.  Tanja Spasic and her family have spent years operating as caterers while also selling their plant-based snacks at food festivals, events and farmer’s markets.  Their new bricks & mortar spot at Queen & Broadview proves that vegan eats can also be cheap eats…..

Latin World ~ 1229 Bloor St W ~ (416) 603-3311

The Toronto Food Blog has a real soft spot for the west-end neighbourhood of Bloordale Village.  My wife and I lived on Lansdowne Avenue back in the day and thoroughly enjoyed all the diversity.  One of the ‘hood’s best-kept secrets is Latin World.  Half restaurant, half bodega, the name of the game here is cheap-eats. …

Loga’s Corner ~ 216 Close Ave ~ (647) 761-0965

Loga’s Corner is a popular Parkdale Tibetan restaurant & take-away.  They draw large crowds, thanks to delicious food and reasonable prices.  One of the best finds for cheap eats in the city, their menu is very simple yet kinda complicated.  I spent some time chatting with Loga himself during my last visit.  He shared with…

Hakka Chopsticks ~ 2940 Danforth Ave ~ (647) 352-4888

Hidden away at the very east end of Danforth, Hakka Chopsticks is a Mom & Pop that does great Chinese food with a distinctly Indian flare.  Their menu is extensive, cheap and cheerful.  It’s also Halal.  Help yourself to hot & sour soup while you wait for your pick-up orders, and be sure to try…

Delina ~ 1891 Queen St E ~ (647) 348-2009

Delina Restaurant is a hidden gem at the west end of the Beach.  Owned and operated by a mother & daughter duo, their smorgasbord is full of Mediterranean & Middle-Eastern classics with a distinctly East-African twist. I love hitting-up Delina for lunch, in large part due to the salad bar.  Tabule, Coleslaw, Beets, Corn, Lentils,…

Best of 2018

Happy New Year!  2018 was a fantastic year for the Toronto Food Blog, filled with great meals avec friends and family.  We tried a number of wonderful restaurants for the very first time, many of which were worth writing home about.  Here’s a recap of some of the finer moments from the past year… BREAKFAST…

Que Ling ~ 248 Boulton Ave ~ (416) 778-4038

Tucked away behind the main drag of Chinatown East, Que Ling is a Vietnamese Mom-and-Pop that does a couple of things really, really well.  A bungalow turned dining room, table seats are hard to come by at lunch hour.  And it’s obvious why… these guys are doling out some of the heartiest broth in town. …

Gyoko Sushi ~ 2143 Danforth Ave ~ (416) 916-0901

Gyoko Sushi is the newest addition to the evolving retail landscape of Danforth East.  From a supply-and-demand perspective, it’s easily the best sushi restaurant around.  A welcome and needed addition to the ‘hood, this is a great spot for families with young kids and/or for picking up a little something-something on the way home. Gyoko…

Porchetta & Co. ~ 545 King St W ~ (647) 351-8844

Porchetta & Co. makes, perhaps, the best sandwich in town.  Nick Auf Der Mauer’s cash-only, counter-service flagship on Dundas West is where I first imbibed.  Now I can’t get enough.  I’m selfishly thrilled they’ve scaled to open additional locations closer to my work.  Their iteration at 545 King St W, for instance,  helps satisfy my…

Bar Buca ~ 75 Portland St ~ (416) 599-2822

Bar Buca needs little introduction.  It’s Chef Rob Gentile’s rendition of a snack bar, so you know it’s going to be good.  Located a block south of his mothership, this Italian-industrial 40-seater is just about the best place you can have lunch on the westside of downtown… especially if you’re expensing it.  The Toronto Food Blog…