The BarBQ Factory ~ 1559 O’Connor Dr ~ (647) 352-1979

There’s a lot of really good stuff going on at The BarBQ Factory.  This Texas-style BBQ joint is hidden away in a strip mall in the Bermondsy/Topham Park neighbourhood of East York.  These guys are smoking-up some absolute classics, without the downtown price-tag.   Brought to you by the same folks as Barsa Taberna by the…

Flavor First ~ 28 Nelson St ~ (416) 431-7569

Flavor First is a takeaway hot table in the South Cederbrae neighborhood of Scarborough, specializing in West Indian and Chinese #cheapeats.  The portions are huge and the prices are low.  Safe to say, this is our kinda place.  It’s quickly become part of our weekly lunch rotation, and we’ll often frequent as part of the…

Lageez ~ 641 Pharmacy Ave ~ 416) 285-7999

Happy Canada Day!  One of the more common inquiries the Toronto Food Blog receives is for recommendations around the best Indian food in town.  That’s a really tough question to answer.  If we’re talking eastside of town and all the standards of a North Indian menu, then our answer is always the same.  Lageez is…

Chakula Hut ~ 1871 O’Connor Dr ~ (416) 752-2786

Chakula Hut is an East African mom & pop in the Bermondsey neighbourhood that serves the traditional dishes of Uganda & Tanzania. Chakula means food in Swahili, and I chat with the friendly owner, Muni, as she prepares my lunch. Full of Indian influence, the first dish out of her Ismaili kitchen is a wonderfully…

Hakka Chopsticks ~ 2940 Danforth Ave ~ (647) 352-4888

Hidden away at the very east end of Danforth, Hakka Chopsticks is a Mom & Pop that does great Chinese food with a distinctly Indian flare.  Their menu is extensive, cheap and cheerful.  It’s also Halal.  Help yourself to hot & sour soup while you wait for your pick-up orders, and be sure to try…

Makkal Chon ~ 1979 Lawrence Ave E ~ (416) 757-3945

There always seems to be a small crowd congregating outside a sleepy strip-mall on the SW corner of Lawrence and Warden.  I recently parked the car to try and figure out why.  What I found was the best Korean restaurant in the city.  What I found was Makkal Chon.  Those who know me know that…