Dark interiors, country style décor, low lighting, a huge crowd and live music greet you as you enter the portals of The Dakota Tavern. Gorge on lip smacking mac and cheese, crunchy red cabbage, spiced nuts and cherry tomato salad, and fish served on tacos with cabbage and lime, as you listen to some fine country music. On their famous brunch days, your platter is lined up with unlimited food: cheese, steak, bacon, eggs, juice, coffee, pancakes among other goodies, that you can wash down with a mug of chilled beer. This is a good place to meet new people, groove to good music and have a filling meal.
One thing that this coffee-house is clearly extremely proud of is its hospitality & customer service; with good reason, too. It regularly features in local magazines' lists of the best coffee joints in Toronto. The varied coffees on the menu are accompanied by an assortment of baked goods & sandwiches, made from fresh produce and approved even by lovers of all things organic. Jimmy's Coffee also aims to give a boost to the local art-scene by exhibiting works by local artists on its walls.
Odd Seoul, as the name suggests is a Korean cuisine restaurant with an understated decor. Their food, however is absolutely delicious and includes dishes such as deviled eggs, bulgogi cheesesteak, pork neck and avocado slaw, along with an interesting range of cocktails. One will often find old school hip-hop playing in the restaurant to add to the overall relaxed vibe. The staff is very friendly and helpful; however the restaurant is small and it is advisable that you make a reservation.
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse serves some of the most deliciously handcrafted steaks. Located in the Fashion District, this steakhouse also doubles as a piano bar, where you can sit for hours and listen to the pianist play. Offering a lavish ambience and courteous service, the restaurant serves an eclectic menu of meats, which are sourced from the best possible places. The menu consists of a wide range of dishes to please everyone's palate. Try the Kurobuta Pork Ribeye, Caesar Salad, Beef Tartar and Seafood Tower, which promise to be as awesome as the list of house-aged steaks. Round off your meal with one of the delectable desserts on offer. Reserve a table for that special occasion, and allow the team at Jacob's to take you on an unforgettable gastronomical journey.
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!
Located on the east side of King Street, this coffee house serves aromatic coffee and culinary delights, making it very popular around town. Rooster Coffee House has a wide menu offering sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, baked food and beverages like latte, espresso and juices. Quaint interiors give it a very cozy and comfortable feel, making it an ideal place to grab a cup of coffee with your group of friends and loved ones. Take a break, and visit Rooster Coffee House, when in Toronto.
As the name suggests, Esther’s Soup Kitchen is a establishment serving flavorful and tasty soups. Nestled within the Cumberland Terrace, it is the best place if you are not looking for a complete meal but a delicious substitute for lunch. It serves variety of soups everyday, and patrons can even mix two soups of their choices. Call for details.
This in-house cafe is a trendy extension of the classy Holt Renfrew store. Subdued elegance with simplistic yet elegant decor makes for a dining space that is ideal for a business luncheon as well as friendly lunch. You can choose from short eats like Heirloom Carrot Salad, Brunch Tartine, Roasted Herb Chicken Breast and savor it along with a glass of cocktail. If you are in no mood for meals, try ordering the Indian teas that are infused with varied herbs and flavors. And, last but not the least, Holts Café offers 'sharing plates' option to its diners. For details, check website.
With a Tim Hortons down every alley in this area, this place is a good spot to enjoy a mid-day quick snack. Quite a popular outlet, this store is usually crowded, but the efficient staff will make sure that you have your order as soon as possible. Enjoy their range of coffees and teas, while kids will love their cold brews and milkshakes. Other dishes on the menu include burgers, sandwiches and wraps, as well as bagels, cookies, croissants and more.
The Pilot Tavern, located in central Toronto specializes in contemporary food. Apart from being known for the delicious food served here, The Pilot Tavern is also known for the cozy atmosphere that envelopes this place. One more reason why this place is flocked on a regular basis is the number of events that take place here. Live concerts, social meet ups and corporate events take place in The Pilot Tavern on a regular basis. Check website for details.
Timothy's Cafe is a chain of cafes located all across Canada, with about ten locations in Toronto itself. This outlet on Bloor street is good to try one of their flavorful coffees sourced from different parts of the world, as well as flavored coffees and milkshakes. Their bakery items are homemade and consist of muffins, cookies, croissants, tarts and more, as well as gourmet salads, wraps and sandwiches.
As its name suggests, this restaurant is known for its incredible city view. Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, this exclusive dining spot caters to the business and hotel crowd who don't mind paying extra for the experience. Two patios on both sides of the restaurant provide one with a seat above the hustle of Bloor and Bay Streets. The menu is a pricey selection of high-scale appetizers, including standard offerings as Spring Rolls to the more bizarre Ostrich Fillet with Kiwi Chutney.