The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#23 Rose and Sons

Rose and Sons

With ersatz retro diners popping up all over town, what a delectable relief to eat in a real diner. With honest passionate food. Anthony Rose’s mother-ship is tiny, always packed, and it takes reservations! Loud rock music, cramped plastic banquettes, writing on the wall, a great burger with sweet fresh fries and aioli…. He marinates chicken in buttermilk for tenderness, southern fries it and puts it on a challah bun with sweetened bacon and house-made sweet pickle relish. His grilled romaine with grilled squash and cheesy grilled bread is Caesar deliciously re-born. The ever-scrumptious peanut butter chocolate milkshake… And it’s not all junk food: Perfectly fresh pickerel gets a quick saut and a lift from smashed potatoes ‘n’ mushrooms. So yes, home base has survived the expansion of the Anthony Rose brand.

  • Rose and Sons
  • 176 Dupont St., Toronto (map)
  • 647-748-3287

  • Chef: Christopher Sanderson
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Cost of dinner for two: $60
  • Hours: 9 a.m. until late
  • Reservations: Dinner only
  • Meals served: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 10
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Can rent out entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking
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