M’Zaar ~ 668 Yonge St ~ (647) 350-0666

I’ve gotta be honest with you… it’s typically against my nature, in any city, to frequent restaurants located on the busiest street with pictures of their food in the window.  M’Zaar is truly an exception to this rule, though.  This place is something else.  One of my favourite spots for a quick bite around the Church…

Rusi ~ 7 King St E ~ (416) 977-4088

Rusi is a newish Sri Lankan lunch counter right outside of King Subway Station.  I visited with friends recently and was introduced to Siva, who formerly ran Toni Bulloni.  He tells me that he moved from Yorkville to manage The Office Pub and uses its larger kitchen to cook much of the food for Rusi (located…

Toronto Food Blog Favourites…

 #bigdata THESE GUYS ARE JUST THE BEST (a list)… Afghani Restaurant:  Bamiyan Kebab (62 Overlea Blvd) Americano/Misto: The Cannonball (641 Queen St E) Arancini: Centro Trattoria (1224 St. Clair Ave W) Arepas: Pomarosa (1504 Danforth Ave) Bagel: Gryfe’s (3421 Bathurst St) Baguette: Ma Maison (4243 Dundas St W, Etobicoke) Bakery: San Remo Bakery (374 Royal…

Schnitzel Queen ~ 211 Queen St E ~ (416) 504-1311

Schnitzel Queen is the stuff of legend.  A European diner located on Queen St E. in the heart of Moss Park, they’ve been serving-up enormous schnitzel sandwiches and scrumptious dinner plates for the past 25 years.  And while new owner Karl Hubsch wasn’t able to woo any investors on the Dragon’s Den, he sure does keep…

Salad King ~ 340 Yonge St ~ (416) 593-0333

With its large menu, reasonable prices and varying degrees of spice, Salad King (340 Yonge St) has been a Yonge & Dundas staple for some time.  Over the years it has grown from a Ryerson student hangout to a legit lunch-hour hot spot… reminding us that healthy, well-priced food can be found smack-dab in the…

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. …

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 ~ 786 Broadview Ave ~ (647) 344-9306

*** RYUS has moved from 33 Baldwin to 786 Broadview*** 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…

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…