Best Of North Toronto 2014 - Restaurants & Gourmet Food
Advance your palate with the help of these foodie faves
BEST GRILLED FISH
ZUCCA, 2150 Yonge St.
One of T.O.’s top 10 restaurants. Chef Milne’s whole grilled dourada and spigola are second to none.
BEST FISH AND CHIPS
OLDE YORKE, 96 Laird Dr.
Battered to perfection. Crispy, golden and never greasy. Save room for the deep-fried pineapple rings.
BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
TABÜLÈ, 2009 Yonge St.
Be sure to start with a sampler platter loaded with fresh hummus, smoky baba ghanouj and creamy labneh.
BEST NEAPOLITAN PIZZA
VIVA NAPOLI, 679 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Crispy and chewy wood-fired pies that rival those from Naples. Go for the Vesuvio with salami and ricotta.
JOHN & SONS OYSTER HOUSE, 1 Balmoral Ave.
Super fresh and expertly shucked.
UNCLE BETTY’S, 2590 Yonge St.
Come early to avoid the crowds and indulge in new-school comfort classics like bacon ’n’ egg poutine. Don’t leave without grabbing a freshly baked Dreesen’s doughnut.
BEST LOCALLY SOURCED FARE
CAFE BELONG, 550 Bayview Ave.
Chef-owner Brad Long’s farm-to-table haunt is a little taste of country in the city.
THOBORS, 627 Yonge St.
There’s a reason why the baguette is their signature: crispy and chewy perfection. Best this side of Paris.
ONE, 116 Yorkville Ave.
This Yorkville stalwart has an amazing roster of salads, including the organic salmon niçoise and a ritzy lobster pick.
AMAYA THE INDIAN ROOM, 1701 Bayview Ave.
The original location that spawned a chain of take-away. Try the savoury chaat app and the delicious coconut curry tiger prawns.
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE, 4 Avenue Rd.
Our critic Joanne Kates is a fan. Incredible hunks of juicy, marbled, flavourful beef — and it won’t cost you all of your limbs.
BEST URBAN TAVERN
AGAINST THE GRAIN, 87 Laird Dr.
Grab a spot on the gorgeous (and heated!) rooftop patio and enjoy upscale pub fare and eight rotating taps of beer.
MILAGRO, 3187 Yonge St.
Fresh and creamy with just the right touch of lime. Pair it with a pitcher of boozy sangria and get dipping.
CUMBRAE’S, 1636 Bayview Ave.
Dry-aged steaks, gourmet sausages and a wide array of locally sourced, naturally raised meats butchered with precision and care.
SMOKED AND CRACKED, 516 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Lobster devotees, these folks sure know their crustacean. Try the boil and the rolls. Impeccable.
BEST SMOKED SALMON
KRISTAPSONS, 3248 Yonge St.
Cold smoking the salmon maintains the omega-3 oils and enhances the flavour. There’s no debate: this is the best in town.
BEST CHINESE DELIVERY
C’EST BON, 2140 Yonge St.
The go-to for quick and tasty Chinese. Try the crispy ginger beef and the spicy Singapore rice vermicelli.
BEST CLASSIC CLUB SANDWICH
THE ROSEDALE DINER, 1164 Yonge St.
This lunchtime staple is stacked with tons of crispy bacon and served with a side of yummy garlic frites.
HOLY CHUCK, 1450 Yonge St.
Bacon, fudge and sea salt? Reese’s pieces and banana? Nutella and salted caramel? Yes, yes and yes, please!
BEST CREME BRULEE
MOGETTE, 581 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Creamy and smooth with a perfectly caramelized crust.
DUFFLET, 2638 Yonge St.
Do yourself a favour and celebrate your next occasion with the out-of-this-world raspberry-vanilla charlotte.
RAHIER PATISSERIE, 1586 Bayview Ave.
Simple, buttery, flaky perfection.
DE MELLO PALHETA, 2489 Yonge St.
This is serious coffee, folks. Beans roasted on site and brew techniques, like the slow bar siphon, that are as fun to watch as they are to sip.
NADÈGE, 1099 Yonge St.
Heavenly flavours like pistachio, cotton candy, salted caramel and rose that will melt in your mouth.
BEST SAVOURY PIES
WISEY’S, 874 Eglinton Ave. W.
Authentic and delicious New Zealand–inspired meat pies. We love the traditional steak and cheese.
KIVA’S, 2496 Yonge St.
Hand-rolled and kettle-boiled, these bagels are prepped in the trad way, made fresh daily with natural ingredients for the perfect chew.
BEST CANDY SHOP
UNCLE JOHN’S CANDY SHACK, 635 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Great place with hard-to-find British bonbons, U.S. sugar cereals and Marks and Sparks products. And yes, there is an Uncle John.
FISH STREET MARKET, 2584 Yonge St.
High-quality whole fish, live lobster and crabs, oysters, shrimp and more. Take it home as is or let chef Anthony prep and cook your selection however you like.
IL GELATIERE, 647 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Massimo Capra’s pick for best gelato in the city, this spot boasts Ital classics like panna cotta, amaretto and caramello.
BEST GREEK TO-GO
MESSINI, 2311 Yonge St.
We’re hooked on the souvlaki pita with grilled chicken, garlicky tzatziki and french fries stuffed right inside — just like in Greece.
BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE
NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS, 2395 Yonge St.
One-stop shop for the health minded. Stock up on organic groceries, bulk food, vitamins, natural body products and more.