#91 Frida


Frida opened before the taqueria craze hit Toronto. Then, it was unusual for the high quality of its Mexican food. Now with tasty taquerias proliferating, Frida’s distinctions are fewer: One, good food on the Eglinton West culinary wasteland. Two, it’s a sweet quiet room (in contrast to the party pace and/or downscale decor of most taquerias). The tacos are good. The two best are mini duck tacos with tasty guacamole and zingy pico de gallo, and long-braised pulled beef and pork (called pastor) with achiote and grilled pineapple. Veg people will appreciate onion jam tacos with chipotle, gentled with roasted tomatoes pureed in sour cream. They also do a nicely balanced mole sauce (chocolate, cinnamon and chiles) on chicken.

  • Frida
  • 999 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-787-2221
  • www.fridarestaurant.ca

  • Chef: Jose Hadad
  • Sous Chef: Sergio Maldonado
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Cost of dinner for two: $80
  • Hours: Tues. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 30
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be booked
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P nearby
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