Recommendations for First Visit to Toronto
My sister and I (she from Chicago, me from New York; both definitely Chowish) are visiting Toronto for the first time in a couple of weeks. We'll be staying in King Street West or CBD without a car, but we do not have an issue using public transit to get anywhere worth eating (e.g., in NYC, we will happily travel 1+ hr. by subway/bus for Uzbeki food in Brighton Beach or Taiwanese food in Flushing). We love to use restaurants as destinations for exploring places where people live and create community. To that end, where are some places we might eat that will get us out of the city center and expose us to a range of Toronto's neighborhoods? [From the past posts, I am certain that we will spend some time in/around Kensington and St. Lawrence markets.] We will be in town Thursday - Sunday, and are happy for recommendations for all meals and snacks. Thanks in advance!
Chantecler on Queen West in Parkdale, Lardon on Roncevalles, Porchetta and Co. on Dundas in the Junction, the Saint on Ossington, and Luma in the TIFF Lightbox at King and John are great restaurants (and some of my faves!) that will get you to a lot of cool Toronto neighborhoods. There are so many nice spots, have a wonderful visit!
If you are willing to really invest some time into public transit then take the 25 bus from Pape Subway Station (or the 100 bus from Broadview Station) and get off in Thorncliffe Park, what you have there is a mixture of immigrant populations, mostly muslim that have moved into a commercial/industrial neighborhood, so you have the Pakistani grocery around the corner from the Coca Cola bottling plant. Good Afghan kebab place, search the forum for Overlea or Thorncliffe and you'll get some other ideas.
I'm not exactly sure what CBD is and I've lived here for 10 years, but I live in King West.
Bloor and Christie area is Koreatown, lots of good food options there.
In King West I love 416 snackbar for late night drinks, music and snacks. Hawker Bar on Ossington is Singapore street food and delicious, and a stop off at Reposado for a pomegranate tequila before or after wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
If you're late night on Queen West, make sure to get a Poutini poutine for a dose of Canadiana. (The same people that own Hawker own own Poutini and they do good work).
pacific mall & j-town for noodles, chinese & japanese snacks, etc.
leaside for tarte flambe, croissants, bagels, gelato, wings, fish&chips, brickworks market
maybe add galleria in don mills to the thorncliffe tour
st clair west streetcar for stockyards, wychwood, jamaican, pain perdu, south american, italian, vietnamese
- khao san road