60 Toronto Food & Drinks To Try – Toronto Food Guide

If you’ve been following me on Instagram @TravellinFoodie, you know how much I eat around Toronto. In this food guide, I’m dishing some must-try food and drinks in and around Toronto!

This list includes specific eats and drinks from some of the best and new restaurants in Toronto including hidden gems, cafes and more. Let the food tripping begin!

Also Read: Top Restaurants in Toronto


60 Food and Drinks You'll Want To Try in Toronto. Check out the list including Adamson Barbecue, Bar Reyna, Bar Raval, Zen Japanese Restaurant, Canis, Otto's Bierhalle, Congee Queen, Kiin and Richmond Station.

Adamson Barbecue

Brisket ($25/lb)

Comments: My top spot for BBQ! The brisket here is my favourite in the city and the closest I found to Texas BBQ.

What To Get at Adamson Barbecue: Brisket

Website / Address: 176 Wicksteed Ave, East York, Ontario M4G 2B6


Alchemy Coffee

Chicken and Waffles ($15.5) : Crispy chicken with spicy sauce, house salad

Comments: Big portions of waffles and fried chicken. The chicken is really tender and juicy!

Chicken and Waffles at Alchemy Coffee

Website / Address: 4361 Hwy 7, Unionville, Ontario L3R 1M1


Bar Raval

Steak & Onions ($19.75)

Comments: A most flavourful combination you have to try!

Website / Address: 505 College St, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A4

Also Read: Alo Restaurant, Toronto’s Best Tasting Menu Restaurant


Bar Reyna

Lamb Shank Baklava ($10) : kataifi, lamb shank, saffron & burnt honey aioli

Comments: One of my favorites at Toronto Taste 2017.

Lamb Shank Baklava at Bar Reyna in Toronto, Ontario

Website / Address: 158 Cumberland St, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A8


Bella’s Lechon

Pork Sisig ($11)

Comments: It’s really the best pork sisig in Toronto! I also love the fact that they include the egg (for ala carte) without paying extra.

Pork Sisig at Bella's Lechon

Website / Address: 1145 Morningside Ave #17&18, Scarborough, Ontario M1B 0A7


Benihana

Shogun Feast ($72/$88) : Chateaubriand 8oz/10oz with Lobster Tail

Comments: Delicious surf and turf cooked right in front of you with a show!

Website / Address: 100 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3


Brothers Food + Drink

Sweetbreads ($24) : with savoy, apple, taragon

Comments: Check out my review of Brothers Food & Drink.

Sweetbreads at Brothers Food & Drink in Toronto

Website / Address: 1240 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A7

Also Read: Est Restaurant, Tasting Menu & Cocktail Restaurant in Toronto


Bulldog Coffee

Rainbow Latte ($6)

Comments: My favourite latte from my favourite barista!

Website / Address: 111 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2G4


Cacao 70

Black Sesame Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Cone ($5.25)

Comments: It’s not common to find black sesame dipped ice cream. The one here has a strong black sesame taste that I love.

Black Sesame Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Cone at Cacao 70

Website / Address: 300 Borough Dr, Toronto, Ontario M1P4P5


Cakeview Bakery and Café

Ham and Egg Pineapple Bun

Comments: Sometimes the simple things are the best things, and this ham and egg pineapple bun hit the spot.

Ham and Egg Pineapple Bun at Cakeview Bakery and Café

Address: 4188 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, Ontario M1S 5C2


Canis

Tasting Menu ($88) : 8-course tasting menu

Comments: One of Toronto’s best tasting menu restaurant! Check out my review of Canis.

Short Rib from Tasting Menu at Canis in Toronto, Ontario
Short Rib at Canis

Website / Address: 746 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E9, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E9

Also Read: Le Baratin, Must-Try French Restaurant in Toronto


CC Lounge

Whiskey Sour ($12) : 2oz J.p. Wiser’s Deluxe, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Shaken With Egg Whites, Topped With Red Wine

Comments: The best place for whisky sour in Toronto!

Website / Address: 45 Front St E, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B3


Chaplus Bubble Tea

Sesame Bubble Waffle ($4.9 (waffle) + $2 (black sesame ice cream))

Comments: Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and with roasted white sesame

Sesame Bubble Waffle at Chaplus Bubble Tea

Website / Address: 505 Hwy 7 E, Unit A1, Markham, Ontario L3T 7P6


Cheese Garden

Baked Cheese Tart ($8.75) : Freshly baked, plump cheese tart with molten cheese

Comments: My favourite cheese tart in the city

Website / Address: 5291 Yonge St, North York, Ontario M2N 5R3


Congee Queen

Fried Chili Turnip Patties ($9.25)

Comments: It sounds simple, but it’s highly addicting

Fried Chili Turnip Patties at Congee Queen

Website / Address: 895 Lawrence Ave E #8, North York, Ontario M3C 3L2

Also Read: 98 Aroma, Northern Chinese Restaurant in Toronto


Congee Wong

Spice & Papper Salt Squid ($11.5)

Comments: I always get this here!

Website / Address: 10 Ravel Rd, North York, Ontario M2H 1S8


Daldongnae

Beef Short Plate ($18.99)

Comments: Best of all, everything around the meat in this photo is all you can eat! That includes the cheese corn 🧀🌽

Beef Short Plate at Daldongnae

Website / Address: 6034 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2M 3W5


Enat Buna

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony ($10) : For two people. Served with popcorn.

Comments: A must-try experience for coffee lovers

Website / Address: 175 Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1S2


Enat Buna

Beg Tibs ($12.95) : lamb with onion, tomato, jalapeño, green and red peppers, and Ethiopian spices

Comments: The spicy sauce and Ethiopian spices makes the tender lamb very flavourful.

Website / Address: 175 Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1S2

Also Read: The Burger Cellar, Gourmet Burger Bar in Toronto


Eva’s Original Chimneys

Matcha Crunch Cone ($9.75) : house-made matcha sauce, layered with Matcha KitKat crumble and a piece of Matcha KitKat

Comments: Perfect for matcha lovers like me. Started as a food truck, Eva’s Original Chimneys now have a store-front.

Website / Address: 454 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X8


Fat Ninja Bite

Chicken Katsu (Dark Meat) ($9.50)

Comments: Check out my review of Fat Ninja Bite.

Chicken Katsu at Fat Ninja Bite

Website / Address: 3517 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, Ontario M1V 4S4


Fishman Lobster Clubhouse

Lobster Mountain in H.K. Style ($16.99/lb) : with fried anchovies and garlic

Comments: A must for lobsters! …and for your instagram! The lobster at FIshman Lobster Clubhouse are consistently fresh and sweet.

Lobster Mountain in H.K. Style at Fishman Lobster Clubhouse

Website / Address: 680 Silver Star Blvd, Scarborough, Ontario M1V 4S5


Good Taste Casserole

Casserole Rice (~$10.99)

Comments: Delicious comfort food with huge portions at such a good price! It’s not common to find this in Toronto too.

Casserole Rice at Good Taste Casserole

Address: 8392 Kennedy Rd A9, Unionville, Ontario L3R 0W4

Also Read: Fabbrica by Chef Mark McEwan in Toronto


Gyubee

All-you-can-eat Japanese BBQ ($19.99 Lunch)

Comments: Perfect for meat lovers! Check out my review of Gyubee, my favourite spot for Japanese BBQ.

All-you-can-eat Japanese BBQ at Gyubee

Website / Address: 7100 Woodbine Ave #100, Markham, Ontario L3R 5J2


H2 Kitchen (CLOSED)

Hokkaido Dive ($17.95) : Uni Tuna Poke, Limited to 20 Orders/Day: 1 piece of Uni (Sea Urchin), Ahi Tuna, Black Cavier, Corn, Edamame, Crab Meat, Carrot Spiral, Beet Spiral, Golden Beet Spiral, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Red Onion Slice, Seaweed Salad, 1 piece of Baby Scallop

Comments: Uni and caviar on your poke makes it even better!

Address: 204 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z2


Hollywood Gelato

Rocky Rocher ($5.50 (Small))

Comments: Hollywood Gelato is one of the better places uptown for gelato. If you love hazelnut or Ferrero Rocher, you’ll love this!

Rocky Rocher at Hollywood Gelato

Website / Address: 1640 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3B7


Holy Cannoli

Cannoli ($2-$6 depending on size)

Comments: Best cannolis in Toronto!

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Home of Hot Taste

Wings with Five Flavours ($20 (Large)) : dry crispy with five spice

Comments: I found they have the best boned Korean chicken wings in Toronto

Korean Fried Chicken Wings with Five Flavours at Home of Hot Taste

Website / Address: 5 Glen Cameron Rd #3B, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 5W2

Also Read: Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto, High-end Japanese Tasting Menu in Toronto


Hot Black Coffee

Coffee: Any!

Comments: Another go-to for coffee. No wi-fi on the café to encourage customers to connect with one another instead of their phones.

Website / Address: 245 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z4


Istanbul Café

Turkish Coffee ($4) : Comes with two pieces of turkish delight

Comments: Another coffee experience for coffee lovers: very finely ground beans are mixed with cold water then served just before boiling when it begins to froth.

Turkish Coffee at Istanbul Café

Website / Address: 174 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1A6


Jatujak

Gaeng Panang ($12.95) : Red panang with peanut, basil, red & green peppers and kaffir lime leaves

Comments: You don’t find a lot of panang curry in the city. The curry was very flavourful that I was drinking it like a soup in the end.

Price is very reasonable and portions are good.

Website / Address: 1744 Victoria Park Ave, North York, Ontario M1R 1R4


Katsuya

Cheese Katsu Curry ($15.75) : Traditional Japanese style curry made with braised onion and chicken broth

Comments: Deep fried pork with cheesy goodness. The free refills of rice and cabbage slaw is a bonus.

Cheese Katsu Curry at Katsuya

Website / Address: 6048 Yonge St, North York, Ontario M2M 3W5


Kiin

Khao Yum ข้าวยำ ($24) : Jasmine rice with white turmeric, long beans, lemongrass, sawtooth coriander, kaffir lime leaves, cucumber, toasted coconut, pomelo, fried chilli, sunflower sprouts, edible flowers, tamarind and soy bean sauce

Comments: Probably the prettiest and most delicious rice dish you’ll find.

Website / Address: 326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R3

Also Read: Frilu Restaurant, Creative Tasting Menu in Toronto


Kiin

Yum Tua Plu ยำถั่วพลูู ($15) : Blanched wing beans, chilli shrimp paste, toasted coconut, peanut, soft boiled duck egg

Comments: Very rare to find wing beans in restaurants. And this one was so good and flavourful with the chili shrimp paste when combined with the duck egg.

Yum Tua Plu ยำถั่วพลูู at Kiin

Website / Address: 326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R3


Konjiki

Signature Clam Broth Ramen ($14) : with full-bodied clam, shellfish, chicken & pork clear soup base

Comments: Check out my review of Konjiki.

Website / Address: 5051 Yonge St, North York, Ontario M2N 5P2


La Chilaca Taqueria

Chorizo Taco ($3)

Comments: Homemade and full of flavour. As you can see, portions are generous with the chorizo taking half the taco when folded. Their homemade sauces are a must-try too especially the spicy one!

Chorizo Taco at La Chilaca Taqueria

Website / Address: 214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L8


La Palma

Opel Valley Lamb Chops ($26) : yogurt tahini, preserved lemon and dill

Comments: Tender and juicy lamb chops. You’ll want to smear the lamb with the yogurt tahini.

Opel Valley Lamb Chops at La Palma Toronto

Website / Address: 849 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1V5


Lai Wah Heen

Crispy Foie Gras & minced chicken wonton ($12) : in clear truffle consommé

Comments: You can’t go to regular fried wontons after this

Website / Address: 108 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R3

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Little Pebbles

Matcha Daqouise ($3.75)

Comments: It’s like macaron, but with almond meringue!

Website / Address: 160 Baldwin St. Store #4, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3K7


Meet Fresh

Meet Fresh Signature ($8.7) : Herbal Jelly+Herbal Blended Ice+Taro Ball

Comments: They have the best grass jelly and taro balls

Meet Fresh Signature at Meet Fresh

Website / Address: 5315 Yonge St, North York, Ontario M2N 5R4


Menya Fuji (CLOSED)

Chicken Karaage ($4.9) : Can be ordered as spicy

Comments: The best chicken karaage, and the biggest pieces too!

Address: 3 Finch Ave E, North York, Ontario M2N


Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes ($16) : served with a wild blueberry compote, Lanark County maple syrup & whipped cream

Comments: The best buttermilk pancakes in Toronto

Website / Address: 85 Hanna Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3S3


Mos Mos Coffee

Mango Chai Latte ($4.87 (Large))

Comments: This unique drink has a taste of mango and chai in one. The fusion is mindblowing.

It’s hard to describe. But everyone I’d recommended this too has been addicted to it.

Website / Address: 25 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5L 2A1


Mymy Chicken

Curry Boneless Korean Fried Chicken ($29)

Comments: I find they have the best boneless Korean Fried Chicken. I love the curry flavour because it is dry curry, and you don’t see this flavour in other places.

Curry Boneless Korean Fried Chicken at Mymy Chicken

Website / Address: 9 Spring Garden Ave, North York, Ontario M2N 3G1

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Olde Yorke Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips ($13+)

Comments: Check out my review of Olde Yorke Fish & Chips.

Website / Address: 96 Laird Dr, East York, Ontario M4G 3V3


Olde Yorke Fish & Chips

Onion Rings ($5.25)

Comments: The best onion rings in Toronto!

Onion Rings at Olde Yorke Fish & Chips

Website / Address: 96 Laird Dr, East York, Ontario M4G 3V3


Otto’s Bierhalle

Schweinshaxe ($29) : Roasted Crispy Pork Hock

Comments: Good to share. Crispy skin with tender meat. Great with beer!

Schweinshaxe at Otto's Bierhalle in Toronto

Website / Address: 1087 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3


Peking Duck Kitchen

Peking Duck ($39.99) : includes: Scallions, Sweet Paste, Pancake sheets & Cucumber

Comments: My favourite place for Peking Duck. The owner used to work fo Quan Ju De in Beijing.

Peking Duck at Peking Duck Kitchen in Scarborough

Website / Address: 1 Glen Watford Dr, Scarborough, Ontario M1S 2B7


Petit Potato

Special Teppan Pepper Rice with Sliced Beef ($9.99) : with fried egg (+$1.50)

Comments: They have the best version of this. Adding the egg makes a big difference.

Website / Address: 10 Ravel Rd #1-2, North York, Ontario M2H 1S8


Petit Potato

Red Bean Matcha Special Golden Toast ($16.99) : french honey golden toast

Comments: The matcha was surprisingly strong which I love. I also like the fact that it’s not sweet.

What to order in Petit Potato in Toronto: Red Bean Matcha Special Golden Toast

Website / Address: 10 Ravel Rd #1-2, North York, Ontario M2H 1S8

Also Read: Day Trip in Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville Neighbourhood


Pi Co Pizza

Neapolitan Pizza ($13) : Craft yours with unlimited toppings

Comments: For lovers of Neapolitan Pizza, you’ll want to try this! Unlimited toppings with a good variety.

Please don’t compare it to Blaze Pizza, but to other Italian restaurants.

Website / Address: 1200 Bay St #4, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A5


Richmond Station

Station Burger ($22) : lettuce, beet chutney, aged cheddar, milk bun, rosemary fries, dill pickle, garlic aioli

Comments: The best gourmet burger in Toronto!

Website / Address: 1 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3W4


Roll N Bowl

Legend Spider Maki Roll ($15.95) : 9pcs, Spicy Scallop on Spider Roll with dried shrimp powder

Comments: This is such a great maki roll! They are big pieces so it’s actually quite filling.

Legend Spider Maki Roll at Roll N Bowl in Scarborough

Website / Address: 1157 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, Ontario M1P 2X6


Saryo Café

Uji Matcha Rare Cheesecake ($5.5) : with red bean

Comments: Check out my review of Saryo Cafe.

Website / Address: 5051 Yonge St, North York, Ontario M2N 5P2


Tendou Matcha

Matcha Softserve ($4-6.50)

Comments: If you love strong matcha taste, you’ll love the matcha softserve here. You taste more umami matcha than sweet.

Website / Address: 3621 York Regional Rd 7, Markham, Ontario L3R 0G6


The Cups

Injeolmi Bingsu ($11 (Large))

Comments: My favorite bingsu is Injeolmi (Korean rice cake) – so simple but soooo good! I find The Cups serves the best one.

Injeolmi Bingsu at The Cups Bingsu Cafe in Markham

Website / Address: 5 Glen Cameron Rd, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 5W2

Also Read: Sustainable Dim Sum Event in Toronto


The Pho Restaurant

Canh Ga Chien Bo ($8.5) : Deep Fried Chicken Wings with Butter Sauce

Comments: That butter sauce makes all the difference!

Canh Ga Chien Bo at The Pho Restaurant

Website / Address: 11 Fairburn Dr Unit 16-17, Markham, Ontario L6G 0A4


Tinuno

Kamayan ($15) : shrimp, mussel, squid, grilled pork belly, pork bbq skewer, and two kinds of fish on a bed of rice

Comments: The best kamayan (in regards to the food) in Toronto! You’ll need to make reservations to be sure.

Kamayan (Boodle Fight) at Tinuno in Toronto, Ontario

Website / Address: 31 Howard St, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1J6


Xin Jiang Restaurant 西域食府

Xin Jiang Lamb Skewer ($2.49, or $1.49 with VIP card)

Comments: This Northern Chinese restaurant serves my favorite lamb skewers in Toronto!

Xin Jiang Lamb Skewer at Xin Jiang Restaurant 西域食府

Address: 3330 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 3V8


Zen Japanese Restaurant

Seared Ocean Trout Sushi ($9.5)

Comments: Check out my review of Zen Japanese Restaurant.

Seared Ocean Trout Sushi at Zen Japanese Restaurant in Markham

Website / Address: 7634 Woodbine Ave, Markham, Ontario L3R 2N2


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Hope this food guide helps you decide must-try food and drinks in Toronto and the GTA! I’m always eating around the city and would love to hear your recommendations.

Let me know where you find are the best restaurants in Toronto and what food/drinks to try. Thanks!