The Senator ~ 249 Victoria St ~ (416) 364-7517

The Senator is a Toronto institution; the city’s oldest restaurant (or so they tell me).  Located on Victoria Street, just east of Yonge & Dundas Square, it’s the perfect place for a bite to eat before a show or after a long day of shopping.

If breakfast is your thing, their Full English is on-point.  Bennies and Pancakes also adorn the menu, complete with 100% pure maple syrup and Dark City Coffee.  Be sure to try one of their hand-squeezed juices. There are many to choose from and are not to be missed.  Breakfast is available daily until 11:30am

The lunch menu is full of hand-helds.  Try one of their Cumbrae Farms Burgers, covered with real cheddar and a side of perfectly-crispy hand-cut fries.  I’ll often order their Chicken Club, jam-packed with roasted white meat and smoked slab bacon, served on challah toast.  This is a big sandwich, so I ask for ‘slaw and a pickle in lieu of fries.

Dinner crowds can look forward to diner favourites such as meat loaf & mashed potatoes, or roast turkey dinners with all the trimmings.  If you like liver & onions, this is your spot.  Homemade cakes and pies fill-up the dessert menu, as well as a spot-on rice pudding.

I’ve been coming to The Senator ever since I was a kid and have yet to be disappointed. I guess some things never change.  Come early and come hungry.  Lines are usual for breakfast, brunch and lunch… and reservations are recommended for dinner due to the intimate amount of seating.


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