Best Places to Eat and Drink in Toronto
February 26th, 2013
Toronto is a fabulous city, with lots to do and tons of great options when it comes to eating and drinking. Whether you live in Toronto or you are planning a visit, be sure to make time to visit some of these best places to eat and drink in Toronto.
Hopgood's Foodliner. The unusual name of this restaurant refers to a grocery store owned by the grandparents of the chef, who hails from Nova Scotia. The menu offers such classics as hot crab dip and boiled corned beef, but these items are so perfectly executed that they don't feel at all boring or outdated. Touches such as charred broccoli make this menu modern. The menu changes with the seasons, as most of the ingredients are locally sourced.
Ursa is the new hot spot in town. The menu focuses on the nutritional value of the ingredients, but the dishes are so beautiful to look at that you forget all about the health benefits. The winter roots salad with kefir is a masterpiece. The tofu and kefir are both made in house. Many of the dishes, including pork loin and whitefish, display an Asian influence.
La Carnita began as a pop-up restaurant, but has recently put down roots in Toronto. This space combines a very relaxed, fun atmosphere with the perfect street food -- tacos. These tacos aren't necessarily your traditional Mexican taco, though. The chef puts a little Asian spin on these tacos, like the fish tacos prepared with cod and lemongrass or the chicken tacos with peanut sauce. The charred Mexican corn and churros are delicious, but make sure you order quickly before they run out.
Kinton Ramen is the newest venue from the owners of Guu Izakaya and Guu Sakabar. This spot has remained steadily busy since it opened, commanding a fairly long wait time. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, with loud hip-hop music and greetings called out by the staff. If you are a noodle lover, this is definitely one of the best spots in Toronto to get your fix.
The Grove offers traditional British dishes like pork with poached eggs and a variety of puddings. This is an excellent choice for a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dinner.
Bestellen is the baby of Rob Rossi, former contestant and finalist on Top Chef Canada. Bestellen is a modern steakhouse. In addition to a great selection of beer and cocktails, the appetizers are updated and spot-on, like the chorizo stuffed squid. The Wellington County Prime Beef is the star of the menu, but the fancy Bestellen burger, served on brioche with raclette, is a winner as well.
If you enjoy the street vendor craze, Hawker Bar is the place to go. They serve Singapore street food in a lovely, but small dining room. Takeout may be the way to go if you aren't interested in a long wait.
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