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…

White Lily Diner ~ 678 Queen St E ~ (416) 901-7800

Located at Queen and Broadview, the White Lily Diner is the newest addition to the Riverside food scene. In the kitchen we have Ben Denham, who was the former head-chef at Electric Mud BBQ. His partner, Ashley Lloyd, works the front in the most charming of fashions. Together, they have turned the skinniest of spaces…

ODIN ~ 514 King St E ~ (647) 350-6346

The Toronto Food Blog has been in France for the past few weeks, so this blog entry is a bit late. I knew I had to write this place up, as it was the first place I visited upon my return to the office this morning. ODIN is a welcome addition to the Corktown ‘hood. This Nordic-inspired…

The Cannonball ~ 641 Queen St E ~ (416) 463-0500

The Cannonball is a quaint little coffee shop in Riverside with a lot to offer. Formerly known as F’Coffee, they’re open early during the week and stay open late on many nights. Rob and his friendly crew dish-out a wide array of comforts: from eye-opening espressos through to late-night drinks… and everything in between. There’s…

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…

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…

Gale’s Snack Bar – 539 Eastern Ave – (416) 364-1300

I have been hearing a lot of buzz these days about the cheap-eats at Gale’s Snack Bar. Seeing that it’s walking distance from work, I decided to check it out recently. Living in the East End of the city for a good percentage of my life, I always saw this place but didn’t really give it much thought. I’m…

Joy Bistro – 884 Queen Street East – (416) 465-8855

Lookout, Queen Street East bars with decent happy hours… Joy Bistro, with its 2 patios (one with a full menu and the other with a tapas lounge),  has established itself as the after-work go-to for many an eastender. And for good reason… From 5pm until 7pm daily it’s only $2.50 for bar rail, domestic bottles…