Butchers of Distinction ~ 738 Queen St E. ~ (416) 466-9191

Butchers of Distinction is truly a hidden gem.  As the lone butcher shop in the quietly booming Riverside neighbourhood on Toronto’s lower east-side, they claim to be the first meat specialty shop to offer only Ontario grown, raised or made produce.  Their aim is to offer the very highest-quality products (free of hormones, antibiotics and…

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…

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…

Ascari Enoteca ~ 1111 Queen St. E ~ (416) 792-4157

“We love food. We love wine. We love racing.” Ascari Enoteca is a well-known Italian noodle bar in the heart of Leslieville. Chef John Sinopoli’s menu is simple yet inventive: a variety of interesting apps that are perfect for sharing, fresh-made pasta dishes that range from light to hearty, and one heck of a wine…

Tommaso’s Trattoria ~ 400 Eastern Ave ~ (416) 466-0988

Tommaso Conti’s trattoria is a bit off the beaten track (Eastern Avenue between Broadview and Logan). Don’t let location fool you… this is the best Italian food on the east side of town. Their Italian Hot Plate draws the lunch crowds on a daily basis. I’m becoming a bit of a regular. Pay them a…

Completo ~ 5 Coady Ave ~ (416) 901-9233

Completo is a new(ish) sandwich shop that has evolved from a stall in Kensington Market to a Leslieville storefront (where Le Matin Bakery used to be) on Coady Ave, just north of Queen St E. There’s seating for our party of five at the counter inside. We decide instead to sit on their patio and enjoy one of the last warm afternoons…

Pizza Pide ~ 949 Gerrard St E ~ (416) 462-9666

Pizza Pide is one of Toronto’s foremost purveyors of Turkish finger food. Mustafa Ozkan’s gas-fired oven churns out close to 20 Turkish favourites for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Pizza Pide has only been a recent discovery for the Toronto Food Blog… a shame, really, seeing as they’ve been around since 2003. I got put on…

Chick-N-Joy ~ 1483 Queen St E ~ (416) 461-5848

Located along the quieter portion of Queen East between Leslieville & the Beach, Chick-N-Joy is a take-out joint that has been frying chicken since 1977. Not to be confused with the inferior-tasting chain restaurant with a similar name, Chick-N-Joy’s bold claim of “Love at First Bite” is not falsely advertised.  Try one of their $6 lunch specials or try…

The City’s Best Soup (a list)

This Blog Post was originally written this past summer. Now that it’s minus a million degrees in Toronto, this updated list may prove more useful… On a hot summer day, a piping bowl of Soup may be the last thing on your mind. Not this guy! Luckily for me, there are lots of places to get great soup in this city (no matter the…

Sushi Bar ~ 701 Queen St. E ~ (647) 351-3138

“Oh, show me the way to the next sushi bar…” When it comes to eating Sushi on the eastside of town, your options are pretty limited. While Sushi Marche might hold the crown as being the best place to splurge on a Sushi dinner, I propose that if you go a little further west to…

A Salute to National Sandwich Day

It’s National Sandwich Day, people, and to honour such an important event, it’s fitting to give shout-outs to some of the best places in the city to celebrate. And though I have yet to find a sandwich as good as the Assorted Cold Cut Sub from the DeRosa Bakery (549 Wilson St.) in Hamilton, Toronto…

hanoi 3 seasons – 1135 Queen St E – (416) 469-3010

  This being the last day in May, it seems fitting to comment on my favourite dining experience (in Toronto) of the month. I didn’t really know that there was a distinction between Northern and Southern Vietnamese food until I visited hanoi 3 seasons. This place is the stuff of legend… past, present and future. I had been reading that hanoi…