Aloette

When I heard that Alo was going to create a little French bistro downstairs from its mother restaurant, I was excited. Excited, because Alo had been such a hit in such a short time, that I thought they would be able to create something more accessible for the Alo lovers out there, including myself.

Faidley Seafood

Best Crab Cake I've ever had. 

I'm sure I'm not the only person to have ever said that Faidley Seafood. This place, located in Lexington Market, is well known for their crab cakes as they are renowned for having the best. In a city that prides itself on their crabs, Faidley Seafood is the shining beacon that represents it very well. They have won the award for best crab cake so many straight years, that they might as well retire the category.

Konjiki Ramen

I have Ramen snobs for friends, so when they heard that Tokyo based Konjiki Ramen was coming to Toronto, they were elated to say the least. This popular "concept ramen" restaurant comes highly recommended via Michelin's Bib Gourmand ratings for the last several years. Their chef Atsushi Yamamoto is highly regarded and am glad to see him bring a spot to Toronto.

Old Ebbitt Grill

When I first landed into Washington DC, I had arrived pretty late, but I had to pick up my buddy from Reagan Intl at 10pm. He STILL wanted to eat something that night. So where did he want to go? A seafood restaurant in Downtown DC right next to the White House. Wasn't really feeling seafood, but he had wanted to give their "happy hour" a try. Thank God we did.

RH Courtyard Cafe

When the RH (Restoration Hardware) store opened its doors in Yorkdale, I had a friend who was dying to go (don't know why? It's a fuckin furniture store though?) Regardless, we went. Fuck, it's beautiful. The store itself is huge and has overpriced furniture. Still beautiful. Now on the way out, we noticed all this food coming by us, so obviously my interest was piqued. They hd a cafe and friend was interested so booked some time to go and here we were.

Adrak Indian Restaurant

Wanted to do something for Diwali, so the idea of eating Indian food with a bunch of friends sounds like the logical thing to do. This Indian restaurant here looks a bit out of place because 1) it's in an office building, 2) it's surrounded by more office buildings, and 3) all those buildings are surrounded by nothing but East Asian restaurants...

Mojito Cubano

Not going to lie. I was expecting to be disappointed by Mojito Cubano. That's just what my expectations for Cuban restaurants have become here in Toronto. Don't like them. Call me snobby. I don't care. You're absolutely right. I am. I was born and raised in Miami and ate so much damn Cuban food that I never wanted Cuban food again when I left. Now I miss it terribly, and every option in Toronto has suffered to suffice. 

Colette Grand Cafe

Colette is a beautiful place inside (with beautiful people as well). We came for the boujee brunch buffet. We had Chase Gift cards, and the wife has been bugging me about splurging on a nice brunch place. Knock out two birds with one stone.

The Fish and Chip Place

You wouldn't believe the disappointment on my face when I drove right up to Shipwreck Lee's AND they were CLOSED!? Closed for renovations. Backtracking a bit, I was planning a trip to Tobermory for a while and as far as food goes, there really aren't that many options. I did know that Whitefish was a Georgian Bay delicacy and is quite popular all across the small town of Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula in general.

Restaurant L’initiale

Didn't know anything about this place, until I read about it on Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2017. Restaurant L'Initiale came in at No. 42 on the list and it was the only one from Quebec City that showed up on this year's list. With all that on hand, I made reservations to give them a try for myself. 

Chez Jules

So we're honestly walking around Quebec City, and we knew we wanted one thing. Steak Frites. We just didn't know where to get it. We figured if we stumbled along the road, we'd find one to our liking. Enter Chez Jules.

Le Lapin Sauté

Le Lapin Saute has one of the most beautiful patios I've seen in Canada. Placed right in the heart of the Quartier Petit Champlain, this restaurant easily has the best location of any in Old Quebec. Their patio actually connects to the main quarter of the street and though you may find the restaurant empty at times inside, you will never find it empty on the patio. Fine little french bistro.

Champlain at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is probably the most outstanding icon that Quebec City has. Because it is the "Most photographed hotel in the world", there's hardly anything new you can do with it that most tourists haven't already done. However, did you know that you could have Afternoon High Tea in the castle!? Cause that's exactly what we did!

Aux Anciens Canadiens

Aux Anciens Canadiens is damn near a Canadian landmark. It is housed in the historic Maison Jacquet, which is the one of the largest and oldest in Quebec (1675! - The good ole US of A was still in diapers). The restaurant has only been around since 1966, but who's counting?

Le Chic Shack

Le Chic Shack was the first stop on our trip to Quebec City. The restaurant is located a stone’s throw away from the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec and usually is filled to the brim with clientele. We arrived at 4:30pm in the afternoon, and there was still a small lineup! The other occasions we have passed by, the lineups were much longer. 

Lola's Kusina

Lola's Kusina is this tiny Filipino restaurant on Rexdale and appears to be one of the only Filipino places in Etobicoke. The place itself is rather small with only several tables for dining in, but they seemed focus on takeout with a hot counter and a small menu to boot. The people running the joint are super friendly and they do a good job explaining the menu.

Mr Six Fried Chicken

What the hell is Beijing Fried Chicken? 

When I saw this posted on the wall, I had to stop and go in. Had to. Mr Six Fried Chicken is a new chicken spot located near Midland and Finch. The place is so tiny but they still managed to sneak in a few tables and even a booth. It looks more like a Krispys or another one of those small fried chicken joints.

DaiLo

DaiLo is a high end Chinese fusion restaurant that incorporates a lot of Cantonese dishes but with a bit of a Western Flair. Chef Nick Liu grew up with Hakka parents (much like myself), so a lot of the flavors are familiar to me. It is a highly renowned restaurant that has been on Top restaurant listings and is one of Canada's Top 100 Restaurants of 2017. 

Symposium Cafe

The Symposium Cafe is the standard family restaurant. It's just an old-fashioned type restaurant that serves up something for everyone. It's versatile, but doesn't specifically specialize in anything at all. If a diner had a modernized makeover, it would look like the Symposium Cafe. Nothing wrong with that, but it is what it is. They have a wide variety of selections from breakfast items to sandwiches, burgers, and salads. 

416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar is the quintessential hipster bar on by Queen West. It's cool how the chef Adrian started up a food blog touring the city's eats, and has now turned that into a full fledge brick and mortar. The resto itself is rather small on the inside and the bar in the middle takes up most of the space anyways. Dim lighting and the menu is entirely focused on small tapas style plates with a wide ranging menu.