P.J. O’Brien ~ 39 Colborne St ~ (416) 815-7562

Hidden away on Colborne St, right behind the King Eddy, is P.J. O’Brien. This is the city’s top Irish pub; a downtown fixture for as long as I can remember. I had my first “legal” pint here and continue to frequent when I need a place for a semi-casual client lunch or a pint before…

Patrician Grill ~ 219 King St E ~ (416) 366-4841

I have always had a soft spot for the Patrician Grill.  When I was a kid, my dad used to take my brother and I to his office on Saturday mornings. We’d head directly across the street to the Patrician Grill for a peameal on a kaiser at lunch.  Some thirty years later, it feels…

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…

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 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…

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…

St. Jamestown Delicatessen ~ 518 Parliament St ~ (416) 925-7665

Located on the SW corner or Parliament and Winchester, the St. Jamestown Delicatessen is a Cabbagetown institution. When I lived in the neighborhood back in the day, this place flew under my radar. Let’s just say I have been making up for lost time recently, frequenting regularly when I get that hankering for a Soup/Sandwich……

Kaiju ~ 384 Yonge St ~ (647) 748-6338

In the basement of the city’s tallest condo lies one of the city’s smallest food courts. It’s really nothing much to speak of. At first glance, one might actually miss Kaiju (tucked away in stall 51). If the PATH ever reaches Aura, this location could become a hot spot. For now, though, Kaiju is gaining notoriety…

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka ~ 91 Dundas St E ~ (647) 748-1717

The Ramen scene in Toronto right now is much like a wildfire: out of control, with little left to burn and nothing left to prove. I traverse the abundant supply by (re)affirming one simple demand: best broth available. So for me, it’s a no-brainer… when I get that ramen hankering, or just need a bowl of soup because my daughter’s daycare has provided me…

The P&L Burger ~ 507 Queen Street West ~ (416) 603-9919

Who doesn’t like a good hamburger? Seems everyone I know has at least one go-to place that’s in regular rotation. These allegiances are often tied to both history and physical geography within the city (Burger Shack and Square Boy come to mind for me for instance). When I want to head out of my “zone” and splurge on something a little more top-shelf,…

McVeigh’s ~ 124 Church St ~ (416) 364-9698

McVeigh’s Irish Pub (formerly known as the New Windsor House) has been a landmark on the SW corner of Church & Richmond for the past 50 years… making it the oldest Irish pub in Toronto. If memory serves (believe me, it’s groggy at best), I used to wait in one heck of a line to grab a Guinness on St….