Diners in downtown Toronto
Hello Hounders - please help me out and offer up a link on past postings for this topic. My wife is coming to town for a well deserved rest from me and our boys and would like to relax with good food, good prices and good service. Thank you in advance.
I’ve never been but I know The Senator is widely regarded as one of Toronto’s few and best diners. That is absolutely downtown.
Toronto doesn’t really have a diner culture per se, but from what I’ve heard The Senator is a good bet.
Been meaning to try it myself : )
Hope your wife enjoys her break!
I'm not certain if the OP is referring to himself and his wife here as the diners, or is searching specifically for restaurants categorized as diners. Nonetheless, as a TO visitor currently in town for a week's vacation, among the wonderful places we've been to is The Senator. Great place! The food we had was not typical diner quality, a good deal better. My partner enjoyed a peameal BLT sandwich, and I, Huevos Rancheros. A restaurant that does both of those well deserves respect for that alone. The charm of the well-maintained original design of this 76-year-old downtown diner, together with the evident pride in it displayed by the owners, and staff, makes it quite a pleasure to visit.
Had the Senator breakfast experience a few weeks ago for the first time and I have to give it a thumbs up. Very authentic and classic food, vibe, and service. Busy, though.
Petit Dejeuner is a good bet, too, a bit more of a restaurant but it does do very nice breakfasts and brunches, including Belgian waffles. Friendly service and a cool decor.
A few doors from there on King is the Patrician Grill, which is much more of a lunch diner kind of spot: burgers, fries, stools, wood paneling. Great for a bite at lunch, but they aren't fancy and don't do dinner.