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Oct 26, 2011 12:59 PM

Best food downtown for a single traveler

Hello, I will be traveling to Toronto for the first time in a couple of weeks, staying for 5 nights. I will be staying downtown (at the Grand Hotel and Suites on Jarvis and Dundas) and am looking for some GREAT restaurant recommendations in the area. I will not have access to a car, so walking distance is preferable. I'd prefer more casual options, as I would feel strange fine-dining alone. Thanks for your recommendations!

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  1. If you walk to Adelaide and Jarvis, Starfish is a great option for a single diner. I would also recommend taking the Dundas streetcar west to Ossington. There are a number of great options in the area: Black Hoof, Libretto, Enoteca Sociale... All have bars that you can dine at.

    The Black Hoof
    928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Enoteca Sociale
    1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    1. Agree with sloweater, Starfish is a great place.

      You might want to consider taking streetcars, buses and taxis (sloweater also mentioned the streetcar). Some parts of TO not too far from your hotel, that might be en route to some of the restaurants often recommended on this Board, aren't exactly picturesque, and might not be the types of neighbourhoods some travellers would feel comfortable walking through solo, especially after dark. Much nicer to take the streetcar (a $3 fare) through areas where there might not be too much foot traffic.

      Sukhothai is fairly close, Omi is within a 15 minute walk. I like Patrician Grill on King E for a greasy spoon breakfast. Origin is popular, and not too far. Harlem is also fairly close. F'Amelia is a new Italian option relatively close to your hotel.

      You're also within a 15 minute walk of the St. Lawrence Market, open Mon-Sat, which is worth a visit.

      What kind of cuisines do you like?

      100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K9, CA

      St. Lawrence Market
      92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

      67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

      Patrician Grill
      219 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA

      243 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

      2 Replies
      1. re: prima

        St Lawrence Mkt is closed on Monday.

        1. re: prima

          Some very good suggestions here. The only thing I would say is that Khao San Road, same food as Sukhothai, is a little more comfortable for a single diner because of their bar. If you go to Origin sit at the kitchen bar and watch the action.

          274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          Khao San Road
          326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

        2. Yueh Tung for Cantonese/Hakka and Kenzo for Japanese Ramen are both in the Bay/Dundas area....easy walking distance from your hotel and are casual. If you feel like sushi, next door to Yueh Tung is a place called Japango, where I have not gone but gets OK reviews on CH.

          122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

          Yueh Tung
          126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

          138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

          1. Great suggestions so far, I would also recommend Senator for breakfast, very close to where you are


            1. Try Salad King. It's right on Yonge street between Dundas and Elm. Best fast thai food you can find downtown. Plus, the restaurant has a very unique environment, which is suitable for single diner.

              Salad King
              340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA