Looking for a place to eat in Toronto one is spoilt for choice. A city known for its culinary diversity delivers an overwhelming amount of options and an abundance of restaurants, eateries, cafes, food trucks, take-out joints and bars. So on those days where the thought of standing by the stove and cooking is beyond me and on a whim, we decide to eat out these are our go to places in downtown Toronto.
Our favourite places to eat in Toronto, are not necessarily the most coveted, the cheapest or the top 10 places to eat in Toronto of all time. But they never let us down, serving up consistently delicious dishes with great service. You may note that there is a heavy Italian and Mexican flavour to our favourites. That’s partly because these are our go to cuisines and partially because I’m a fussy vegetarian that hates vegetables, and these cuisines (and restaurants) cater to my picky palette perfectly.
Scaddabush is a warm, inviting Italian restaurant and bar that can do no wrong by us. Dear Husband is religiously working his way through the menu and hasn’t stumbled on one dish he doesn’t love! They have a little bit of everything from pizzas, fresh plates of pasta, hamburgers, mouthwateringly good bread, to their signature meatball dishes. I, however, refuse to stray from my much loved Zucca Ravioli with butternut, cream sauce and fried sage.
Is the place you go when looking for a slightly more stylish meal out. Figo is a sleek restaurant with a menu filled with simple contemporary Italian inspired dishes. I highly recommend you order the Zucchini Fritti, they are addictive little ribbons of all-around perfection. I am also a massive fan of their weekend brunch, their Italian style french toast with maple syrup and ricotta is my go to brunch treat.
You can usually easily snag a table come lunch or brunch time but if you are thinking of going for dinner, ensure you make a reservation.
(John St & Adelaide St W)
Tucked away in the middle of busy Queen Street is Crepe Cafe, a small retro diner that is open pretty much all day and night. Serving a menu stuffed with sweet and savoury crepes, as well as a selection of other savouries and salads. This is where we often find ourselves stopping in for a snack whilst out and about. I can even vouch that their grilled cheese panini is really good, thus they are not only all about the crepes. They also have a comprehensive wine, beer and cocktail menu for you to pair with your crepe.
(Queen St. W)
Wilbur is a hybrid between a take-out and sit down restaurant. With a very casual vibe and an impressive help yourself condiment stand, filled with more hot sauce choices than you thought you needed in life, lime wedges and an array of salsas. This place serves up good Mexican street food and they are responsible for igniting my love for corn.
(West King St W)
Macho Radio Bar
Machos Radio Bar is a vibrant Tex-Mex restaurant situated in the heart of City Place. Serving up fresh-tasting tacos to an array of shareable dishes and their frozen margaritas are pretty epic too. I’m a huge fan of their flatbreads whilst Dear husband proclaims they have the best tacos in town.
(Fort York Boulevard)
Where are your favourite places to eat in Toronto?