Where to eat on Canadian Thanksgiving?
I am coming for a one week visit from Oct. 7-14. Aha! Take note Yank. Tis Turkey Day in the North on Oct 8. What will be open? What shall I eat? What hope is there for a visitor from Minnesota (yah, the big Turkey exporter) without family or friends to join. Will Chinatown be a possibility or are their other public experiences possible. I hesitate to fast from Sunday to Tuesday. Will be staying near the Harbor. Advise please.
I don't think you'll have a problem. Chinatown is never closed as far as I know. It's a safe bet even on Christmas. How do you think many Jews in Toronto eat on Christmas Eve (just kidding).
Some restaurants may actually be closed on the statutory holiday. But I think these will be the ones that are normally closed on a Sunday or Monday anyways.
What kind of food are you looking for?
I'm a Canadian who has accidentally scheduled travel in the states over American Thanksgiving.
Although enjoyed, Canuckian Thanksgiving is NOT the be-all end-all holiday it is the States. Restaurants will be open on Sunday almost certainly, with many open on the Monday - this is especially true if you will be downtown.
Canadian Thanksgiving is not as big a deal as the American one. If you are down near the Harbour (near the lake, I am assuming) there's an Il Fornello at Queen's Quay which is decent Italian. Not sure what else is around Queen's Quay area but other chowhounders can help out. If you have a chance and the weather is good hop on the ferry over to Toronto Island. You can rent a bicycle there and have a fine day. There's a lovely little place on Ward's Island, The Rectory Cafe that you should enjoy. And yes, Chinatown will be open as always. You could also check out Kensington Market, which runs off side streets west of Spadina between Dundas and College.
Recently, I went to Pearl Harbourfront for dim sum & was pleasantly surprised. Good food, good service & good view.