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…

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…

Ritz Restaurant – 310 Donlands Ave – (416) 421-4696

An East York staple for as long as I can remember, the Ritz Restaurant promises that “You’ll Love Our Steaks.” Having lived just around in the corner in my younger days, I’ve had my fair share of the Steak Dinners ($16.95), complete with all the trimmings. It’s my recent move back to East York, combined…

Ted’s Range Road Diner – 138490 Grey Rd. 112 – (519) 538-1788

It’s really a no-brainer what the best personal dining experience has been over the past year. If you’re ever anywhere even close, be sure to checkout Ted’s Range Road Diner just outside of Meaford. For those of you reading this in the 519, sorry if it sounds like I’m repeating myself. I think it’s safe…

Avenue Open Kitchen – 7 Camden St ~ (416) 504-7131

Just south of Chinatown, tucked away on a side street in the Fashion District, lies one of Toronto’s best downtown diners. The Avenue Open Kitchen is a busy place most lunch hours, and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat in one of the booths or on one of the stools, you’re off to…

The Purple Onion – 2998 Dundas St W. – (416) 760-8208

Originally located by the Stockyards, The Purple Onion has made itself at home in the Junction for the past couple of years. Priding itself on being both brunch spot & steakhouse, it’s not uncommon wait for seats most Saturdays and Sundays, both early and late. Early? The Mega Breakfast is a work of art, framed…

Jim’s Restaurant – 897 Queen Street East – (416) 463-6535

In the ever-evolving landscape of Leslieville lies a greasy spoon that has been around forever. Jim’s Restaurant has the self-proclaimed “Best Westerns” in the city… one of the many reasons why this place is here to stay. Their Western Sandwich ($3.99) is indeed outstanding. Made with three eggs, it appears on about half of the patrons…

United Bakers Dairy Restaurant – 506 Lawrence Ave West (416) 789-0519

United Bakers Dairy Restaurant is a bustling family joint. Tucked away at the back of the Lawrence & Bathurst Mall, they specialize in serving dairy (no meat other than fish is available on the menu). Their well-priced and generous portions mean that there’s lots of food to share, lots of food to doggybag, and little…