Is there a more authentic diner in downtown T.O. than the Patrician Grill?
Went to the Patrician Grill on King Street today. I think that as an authentic diner it was quite good. Are there any others downtown that compare?
Collegiate Lunch on Gerrard should probably be on your list. Also Gale's Snack Bar (539 Eastern Avenue).
+1 for the Avenue Open Kitchen. Their daily specials are awesome.
Nearby there's also Peter Street Deli on Peter just south of Richmond. Same authentic old school feel as other diners listed here. But the twist is that this one is run by Andy, a Chinese-Canadian, and his family. In addition to diner classics they also serve "Chinese" dishes like General Tso chicken, fried noodles and rice dishes, wonton soup, etc. Their daily specials are also great.
For a modern revival, still in the hood, there's BQM Diner that has opened where the Stem used to be on Queen just east of Spadina. Although a definite facelift with all new furnishings, the layout is almost the exact same as the old Stem. So you can still experience a bit of nostalgia.
Peter Street Deli
126 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V2G7, CA
Avenue Open Kitchen
7 Camden St, Toronto, ON M5V1V2, CA
354 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V2A2, CA
For Ambiance, I used to love Homeway on Mt. Pleasant or Good Bite. Of course The Stem was great for decor and so was the Lakeview Lunch at one time.
For diner food, however, the Victoria Restaurant across from St. Mike's Hospital cannot be beat.