Located on the Queen Street West in Chinatown, Banh Mi Boys' popularity relies solely on the select Korean and Vietnamese delicacies that are served at a considerably lower price. This small, crammed shop is a great place to start off on the East-Asian culinary route as it offers tastefully prepared lemongrass tofu, traditional five spice pork belly sandwich and steamed bao. The flavors are authentic and the preparations never fail to impressing even the most discerning foodie.
Black Camel is a good restaurant for an on-the-go meal that is healthy, filling and affordable at the same time. This restaurant serves some of the most amazing sandwiches in the city, and the reason why they probably have such a loyal fan following is that they pay attention to the diner's needs and personalize the order as per their preferences. Other dishes on the menu include chili and brisket along with a range of sauces and toppings to pick from. They do not have plebty of seating, but they do have a small patio area.
Your search for the perfect taco ends here. Seven Lives Tacos-Y-Mariscos is a small restaurant that serves some of the most amazing tacos you might have had in the city. Their fish tacos such as shrimp tacos and octopus tacos are heavenly, and come in humongous quantities. One can also order a refreshing beverage to go with the tacos. The staff is friendly and patient, and will even suggest things from the menu. The restaurant is very small, so it is advisable that you have take-out.
Ed's Real Scoop opened in its Beaches location in 2002 and has ever since garnered a community of loyal patrons in the locality. For those of you with a sweet tooth, this place is a definite must-visit; even for those, who aren't dessert-lovers should give Ed's a decko; perhaps you could be converted! They offer delicious, creative, drool-worthy flavors like Tanzania Dark Chocolate, Burnt Marshmallow and cotton candy on freshly made waffle cones. Apart from regular ice creams, Ed's also offers home-made chocolates, froyos, sorbets and gelatos - all in various flavors, of course! There are many seasonal offerings too, that draw inspiration from fresh ingredients. As if this weren't enough laurels on this ice cream parlor, the staff here is extremely polite and child-friendly; so load up the family truck and head here!
Since 1967, California Sandwiches remains famous for their Italian veal sandwiches. Hidden in a modest brick building in Little Italy, the original deli has expanded to seven more locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. One sandwich is enough for two healthy servings, but remember to grab lots of napkins as tackling the monster-size sandwich can get messy.
Moonbeam Coffee overlooks Saint Andrews Street in Kensington Market area. This cute little coffee place, is easy to spot - just follow the delicious aroma and you'll be there. Offering some of the best varieties of coffees and teas from all over the world, this Moonbeam is a crusader for the disadvantaged coffee and tea growers from under-developed nations. Tea-lovers would be pleasantly surprised with the range of loose teas they stock. Also on offer are awesome baked products like muffins and vegan cookies that you can munch on while enjoying, what locals claim to be the best coffee in Kensington Market.
This 24/7 McDonald's location is good for some post-clubbing hanging out or to cure that hangover the next morning with one of their egg McMuffins. The service is quite quick and the staff pays attention to detail by asking for your name while taking your order down, reducing the chances of your order getting mixed up. This location is one of the most preferred ones in the city, and thus tends to get quite crowded during rush hour.
If you love dumplings and have sudden cravings for this delicious Asian specialty then head to Yonge Street because a beautiful queen awaits you there. Dumpling Queen serves the most varied types of dumplings, they are wrapped in a non-conventional manner, which leaves a crispy bottom that is outrageously delectable. In addition, the dumplings are highly juicy and full of flavor. Order the lamb, beef and pork dumplings and complement them with mains such as rice or noodles. And sip on some tea while you enjoy your meal. Their service is very prompt and they will check on your for refills without being intrusive.
Hemingways has established itself as the famous hot spot and rooftop patio to enjoy drinks and good company any night of the week. It is a conscious effort on the part of the owners to bring a little bit of New Zealand to Toronto. Hemingways is the place where you'll find Hollywood's elite gathered while in town. The multi-level establishment houses three bars serving up a selection of beers and alcoholic beverages accompanied with a menu featuring classic bar food.
This restaurant is a proof that not all good things come in pretty packages. Squeezed amidst Yonge's not-so-inviting storefronts, this Japanese grill has a reputation for making some of the best sushi and soba in the city. It's also a good spot to place your party tray order or for some catering action, when friends drop by unexpectedly. It is a designated non-smoking restaurant by the City of Toronto.
Not Just Noodles is an old-fashioned, takeaway Cantonese Chinese restaurant located in the Wellesley area. It is just what the culinary doctor ordered when he was looking for an antidote to all those upscale, yuppie, Italasia, Asian fusion places that are springing up on every corner. The menu is very extensive. All the traditional dishes are accounted for: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Dumplings, Lemon Chicken and Seafood in a Nest.
This one of the more spacious McDonald's location in the city, located on Yonge street in the downtown area. They have two levels, with plenty of seating by the windows, where you can indulge in some people watching or just get going with your work. The food is regular McDonald's fare, so stop by for a quick bite as the service is quite prompt and the staff is friendly.