Best of Thornhill & Richmond Hill 2014

Our annual guide featuring 100 of the best, biggest and finest things Thornhill & Richmond Hill have to offer



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Celebrity Picks

Our local celebs choose their favourite spots in the neighbourhood

Chris Creswell, Musician
BEST BURGER
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
BEST CHINESE
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
BEST RIBS
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
BEST LOBSTER
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
BEST-KEPT SECRET
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.”

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