Best of Thornhill & Richmond Hill 2014
Our annual guide featuring 100 of the best, biggest and finest things Thornhill & Richmond Hill have to offer
Our local celebs choose their favourite spots in the neighbourhood
Chris Creswell, Musician
STEER INN BURGERS, 9839 Yonge St.
“A diamond in the rough found in the form of a shake shack. My parents would bring me there for a shiny burger and salty fries when I was just a little guy.”
Nick Liu, Chef
DING TAI FUNG, 3235 Hwy. 7 E., Markham
“The Shanghai xiao long bao are the best in the city! There is lots of tasty off cuts and offal dishes on the menu, too.”
Claudio Aprile, Chef
BIG BONE BBQ, 207 Eagle St.
“My guilty pleasure. I usually go for the full ribs, and I always get a doggie bag for breakfast the next day!”
Trish Stratus, Fitness Model
BEST NAIL SALON
POLISHED BEAUTY BAR, 10520 Yonge St., #14C
“My long-time friend and owner Caterina takes impeccable care when doing my mani-pedi, and the best part is the massage that goes with it. With so many of these nail places popping up, the luxury of the service has been lost — but not here.”
Milos Raonic, Tennis Player
BEST LOCAL TENNIS COURT
HEFHILL PARK, 27 Hefhill Crt.
“I used to play there a lot with my dad. He’d feed me balls, and I’d practise my serve a lot. In 2011, when I was starting back to hitting lightly after my injury, I was using those courts. They have a lot of sentimental value.”
Jonathan Poon, Chef
O’MEI RESTAURANT, 420 Hwy. 7 E.
“This restaurant has been around for more than 20 years. The lobster 5 ways is their most famous dish.”
Roger Mooking, Recording Artist and Chef
BEST STRIP MALL
GOLDEN PLAZA, Chalmers Road & Highway 7
“You can find Vietnamese pho, a Chinese bakery, a Korean BBQ, shiatsu therapy — basically just spend the whole day there eating and spoiling yourself.”
Paul McGuire, Radio Host
BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD HANG
GOLDEN STAR BURGERS, 7123 Yonge St.
“Great food, and staff with personality and the inclination to interact with teenagers. A rare gem.”
Jian and Page Magen, Event Production
BEST DRIVING RANGE
MARKHAM GOLF DOME, 150 Burncrest Rd.
“With so many like-minded golfers under one roof, it is a great environment to just get your swing on. Nothing relaxes [us] more.”
Martha Johnson, Musician
Royal Orchard Boulevard
“There was this little clearing in a ravine on Royal Orchard Boulevard, tucked in behind the Heintzman House. It was like a secret garden that my boyfriend and I used to go to — it was quite romantic.”