Okay Toronto Foodies, here’s the roundup. Whether you’re looking for a new vegan haunt that takes plant based eating to the next level, some all-American style comfort food, trendy Asian fusion, glamorous atmosphere or lively bistros, we’ve got an option for everyone on our 2018 Toronto Foodie Bucket List.
The little sister to the notoriously hard-to-get-into Alo restaurant, Aloette takes a totally different spin on Alo’s 20’s inspired fine dining experience with a no-reservations, diner style food-bar, however the food you’ll eat here is no comparison to your typical greasy spoon. Chef Matthew Betsch takes traditional diner food and adds a little extra frill to finish. The vibe here is laid back and effortlessly cool, from its contemporary décor to the trendy server attire.
This Ossington bistro by Brandon Olsen is anything but pretentious, with a fun lively atmosphere, cocktails that feel right out of the 20’s flapper era, and a soundtrack fit for the ultimate 70’s disco party. The food tops the city’s French bistro style options- with traditional mouthwatering menu items by
traditional fine French cuisine items and the finest caviar in town.
The elegant décor alone is a reason to stop by Bacchanale, which features a unique mix of traditional, retro and contemporary. This combined with a delicious menu filled with rich French cuisine favourites, creates an air of sophistication at this new hot spot located at 99 Sudbury Street. Oh, and did we mention the amazing cocktail list? (What can we say, French Bistro’s seem to be having their moment in Toronto.)
Yup, it’s finally here! If you’re someone who’s spent any time in the States, you’ll likely be familiar with this comfort food classic. The cheesecake factory, which has just opened its first Canadian location in Yorkdale Mall blows the Pickle Barrel, Moxy’s and other Canadian chains out of the water with a stacked menu of comfort food with options for days, American style portions, a friendly and inviting atmosphere, and of course- their infamous cheesecake for desert. Warning: Don’t go here unless you plan to pig out.
The newest venture from the duo behind popular Toronto Thai hot spots Sukko Thai, Sabai Sabai and Pai, located in the entertainment district. A must try- the technicolour dumplings!
This new vegan hot spot in Parkdale is a popular choice for the hungry herbivores of TO- featuring entirely plant based menu of diner style comfort food like burgers, poutine, mac and cheese and more!
This intimate, eclectic hole-in-the-wall style Vietnamese restaurant in Little Italy has been generating all kinds of buzz with Toronto foodies in the know! Featuring neon lighting and a snack-bar style menu of Vietnamese style items with a twist from Leemo Han and Joe Kim, the vibe here feels something like a jazz club you’d find in Hanoi.
A cool new king west gem has popped up by Gusto 54’s restaurant group, featuring island classics like jerk chicken, slaw and other bar fare. Be sure to try their refreshing pineapple-carrot cocktails! This new hot spot is a breath of fresh air in the Italian cuisine saturated king west neighborhood.
Toronto’s restauranteur duo Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji have turned NAO, their previous steakhouse, into a glamourous, Mediterranean style seafood supper club. Located at 90 Avenue road, head here for some of the finest seafood in the city, and for an evening of Yorkville glamour among Toronto’s most notable socialites.
Happy dining, Toronto!
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