Best of Thornhill & Richmond Hill 2016: Eat
Pictured L–R: Jean-Charles Dupoire (Sorelle and Co.), Hemant Bhagwani (The Fat Beet) and Frank Doria (Golden Star)
BEST VEGAN BAKERY
Gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free? New bakeshop SORELLE AND CO. does delish vegan sweets.
1050 Rutherford Rd.
JEAN-CHARLES’ PICK: BEST HOMEY ITALIAN
“ANTONINO’S makes a great panzerotti, and their tomato sauce is top notch. A great place to head in for a quick, homey bite.”
1801 Rutherford Rd.
Blending Indian flavours with Israeli, THE FAT BEET is totally unique.
7330 Yonge St.
HEMANT’S PICK: BEST WAFFLES
“I head to GOLDEN FLOWER CAFE for Hong Kong–style waffles — it’s one of my favourite backpacking foods.”
1 Spadina Rd., Richmond Hill
BEST FOR MEMORIES
Head to GOLDEN STAR, tuck into a burger and take a trip down memory lane.
7123 Yonge St.
FRANK’S PICK: BEST PIZZA
“ABRUZZO PIZZA is fantastic. Usually I go for one with pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers — sometimes I put sausage on it.”
9010 Yonge St.
BEST RAMEN JOINT
Ramen fever never waned since its arrival, and SANSOTEI RAMEN is here to prove it. Options include tonkotsu, shio, shoyu and the spicy tan tan version. Sip on some umé plum wine too.
3987 Hwy. 7, Unit 4
BEST NEW TAPAS
The 905 wasn’t really thought of a destination for Spanish food until TAPAGRIA showed up. People gab about their jamon-wrapped dates, the mushroom croquettes and the paella.
230 Commerce Valley Dr. E., Unit 2
BEST NEW BUBBLE TEA
THE ALLEY is what happened when a hipster got a hold of a bubble tea shop. The tapioca balls are hand crafted; they make their own cane syrup; and the logo is a stag’s head. Into it.
505 Hwy. 7, Unit 16
Hit up IZAKAYA TSUKI for a trip to Tokyo via Richmond Hill. Snack on okonomi yaki, grilled squid and all sorts of sushi and sashimi options.
135 York Blvd., Richmond Hill
We know super-chef Claudio Aprile is a fan of BIG BONE BBQ — and for good reason. These folks marinate their wings for two days before slow cooking them and do a mean pulled pork platter.
180 Bullock Dr.
BEST CLASSIC DELI
There’s only one spot to head when on the hunt for a proper deli sandwich: CENTRE STREET DELI. The deli serves up sammies heaving with smoked meat, tongue, chopped liver and more.
1136 Centre St.
BEST COFFEE SHOP
Anyone looking to feel like Zooey Deschanel for an afternoon should tiptoe into COVERNOTES COFFEE and peruse their endless bookshelves with a coffee and cookie in hand. The best.
10268 Yonge St.
Yes, MI-NE SUSHI does do all sorts of sushi, but it’s their udon that we’re most keen on. Their yaki udon sees the robust noodles paired with seafood and tossed in homemade teriyaki sauce.
10815 Yonge St.
When on the hunt for jerk chicken, ANEAL’S TASTE OF THE ISLANDS does a super-juicy version with rice ’n’ peas. They also serve up Trini classics like shark ’n’ bake and dhal puri.
10220 Yonge St.
Head straight to the counter at DR. LAFFA and order up the pillowy laffa stuffed with anything from falafel to shawarma to chicken schnitzel, if you’re feeling naughty.
441 Clark Ave. W., Unit 15
Pho fanatics will be pleased at the arrival of PHO TAI BAC. The extensive menu transitions from rare beef pho to rice dishes with grilled pork chop and spring rolls. End on a soursop shake.
9555 Yonge St., Unit 14
North Indian staples abound at local fave ADRAK. Chow down on gorgeous biryanis, Punjab’s tandoori murgh and delicious Kashmiri-style lamb chops.
15 Wertheim Crt.
BEST STEAK HOUSE
There’s old school and then there’s THE OCTAGON, which essentially transports diners through a time machine into its storied chambers. Come for the surf, the turf and the atmosphere.
7529 Yonge St.
BEST PEKING DUCK
Anyone hankering after some Peking duck need look no further than DAYALI. This Beijing chain (gasp!) does the whole kit and cabooble so well that you’re destined to encounter a queue.
20 Gibson Dr.
JIM CHAI KEE is a must-visit for good reason. Joanne Kates never tires of this shop that spins out incredible giant wontons that are bursting with shrimp. Plus, it’s cheap!
270 W. Beaver Creek Rd.
BEST BRITISH PUB
We heart the LONDON PUB for its lovely British charm. The cavernous space has memorabilia-covered walls and plenty of bar space for grabbing a pint. Do have the fish ’n’ chips too.
9724 Yonge St.
BEST FOR BAO
IT’S A BAO TIME you head to this joint for a sammy. The menu focuses on bao, banh mis and tacos, but we say do bao with karaage or bulgogi. They also do a Nutella version for dessert.
230 Commerce Valley Dr. E., Unit 2A
BEST NEW CAFE
RAW-MORE CAFE does fancy itself the poshest of the posh, so shrug on your very finest and come on down for a latte and a ham and cheese crepe to share. A great date spot.
8110 Birchmount Rd., Suite 10
BEST CRAFT BREWERY
Suddenly the 905 has a brand new addition with the LAKE WILCOX BREWING CO. brewhouse, with goals to make the area into a craft beer community. We are in no way opposed to this.
1033 Edgeley Blvd., Unit 3
They may be a gourmet butcher, but they also do some fantastic sandwiches at MICATONI’S. Order up some with oven-roasted turkey, pork or brisket, and you’ll please any crowd.
13321 Yonge St.
BEST NEW ICE CREAM
Instagrammers have been going absolutely dotty for TENDOU MATCHA & DESSERT. The reason? Oh, just some glorious swirls of matcha and black sesame soft serve, that is all.
3621 Hwy. 7 E., Unit 118