All in Toronto - Ontario

Cherry St Barbecue

 

In a pretty remote location near Polson Pier down in Toronto, there is a place doing Texas style Pit Smoked BBQ. Cherry St BBQ is a stand alone brick and mortar offering. Though there isn't much else happening in the area, there stands this restaurant and they want to bring some of the best bbq that Toronto has to offer. But does it really offer good Texas BBQ? Or is just another "Toronto Good" BBQ?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Chimac Pub & Fried Chicken

Chimac is one of the newer Korean Fried Chicken restaurants to open up in Toronto. The place is much smaller than I thought, but can sit quite a crowd. It still looks rather new and they've got some expensive ass curved TVs scattered about the place as well. Of course, the obligatory Korean music videos were playing on said TVs as well.

School Restaurant

School is a sweet little restaurant in Liberty Village that is most renowned for their brunch. It's a cool hip place that offers up a wide variety of dishes like chicken and waffles, pancakes, and french toast. Their pancakes are supposedly one of the best in all of Toronto, so we had to check it out.

Pie Commission

Why are there not more places like the Pie Commission around Toronto!!The Pie Commission is a small hole in the wall that is making flaky meat pies out the side door like it's illegal. The pies they are baking are individual sized pies that are the perfect lunch. If you don't know what it's like, imagine various flavors of chicken pot pie.

Kitson & Co. Sandwiches

Kitson and Co. is a sandwich place right at the corner of Dufferin and Queen in the Parkdale neighborhood. All they do here is sandwiches, and they do them well. Don't need to get anything else. Do some sides if you please, but the sandwich is the priority here.

Bareburger

Bareburger is a dine-in burger joint right by the Eaton Centre. The place is rather large and has a pretty modern cabin kind of feel. The chain can be found all across Northeast America, so its nice to see it make its way to Canada. Their bread and butter is organic butters made in house and crafted just the way you want it to be.

Mean Bao

Mean Bao is a fast food joint that offers up dim sum. They actually have several locations. This one in particular is rather small and dingy. The place itself is quite popular and the menu, which hangs on the wall, offers up a variety of steamed baos and some dim sum items.

Drupati's Doubles & Roti Shop

Drupati’s is this small Caribbean/Trinidadian restaurant that has locations across the GTA. The place here is rather large and you order by going to the back counter. The menu here offers up lots of West Indies staples like doubles, roti, jerk, etc.

Rol San

Rol San is a dim sum restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown in Downtown Toronto. The place comes up anytime someone downtown mentions dim sum in the city. It is quite popular (especially amongst the late night crowd as it does stay open rather late). Their likely claim to fame is the fact that they offer dim sum all day, which can be nice to satisfy the occasional shrimp dumpling craving at midnight. 

Qing Feng Bun

Nice little Northern style Chinese bun restaurant by Midland and Finch. The place is tiny and is surrounded by some big name places, but I'm sure they get their regulars. They serve primarily steamed buns with some dumplings and soups to complement. 

Mi Pho Song Vu

Mi Pho Song Vu is a small Vietnamese restaurant that kind of looks like a diner from the outside. Despite that, it looks rather nice inside (and it probably was). It has a narrow dining area where you can sit down and the server will bring the menus. The menu is rather large, but primarily Vietnamese cuisine options like pho, vermicelli, and rice dishes.

Union Chicken

Union Chicken is a rotisserie chicken restaurant at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke. Located right at the south end of Sherway Gardens, the restaurant is pretty cool. Very warm and inviting inside with a peek into the chickens cooking on the rotisserie. Menu is basically chicken everything from dinner plates to sandwiches and some Southern influenced sides.  

Home Of Hot Taste

Home of Hot Taste is this small Korean Fried Chicken place that has a reputation for being one of the best places to get KFC, but it was a bit lackluster. The restaurant itself is located close to Yonge and Bloor and is right across the street from the Toronto Hemp Company....