if it weren't for the taxes
toronto has everything, but here's what i must have during each of my 3-5 annual border crossings.
susur, king street. ja, a foodie place but i love it. check out the review in www.torontolife.com.
la paloma, west on st claire. get chocolat-baccio-limone gelato. they also have great sandwiches and nice, crusty pizza. i go there at least once a day every time i visit.
lick's, beaches. natureburgers, eh? so good it'll scare a 20-year vegetarian like my past self. got a huge glassed-in salad bar-like cafeteria set-up. mostly burger toppings. several kinds of sprouts and good burger pickles. kinda goofy schtick. but what's up with my fellow americans who haven't managed to open a franchise in the states? they serve great carcass burgers and onion rings you can sink your teeth into.
any hot dog stand in the city. no city in the states has a hot dog stand like toronto. (including new york city! despite what that ex-new yorker right over there says. i live in philly, so i can't complain about the lack of places to eat, BUT WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?) the carts have more toppings than hot dogs. the veggie dogs are also very good. they pull apart just like the beef franks and sausages. and o-so handy to nab while waiting in line with the polite canadians during their spiffy film and fringe festivals.