For most, the traditional diner is synonymous with greasy food, drip coffee and an overall grungy atmosphere. These old-school establishments are anything but. While these Toronto diners maintain an authentically vintage vibe, they’ve evolved to include fresh, wholesome foods and globally inspired dishes. [Image credit: iStock.com/nickfree]
Maybe you’ve got back-to-back class around Trinity College – or that new sweetheart you swiped right on does. If you’re hitting the books at Robart’s, make sure you’re good and fed. These lunchtime gems around the University of Toronto St. George campus will set you right up. [Image credit: iStock.com/Preto_perola]
Native to both saltwater and freshwater habitats, mussels are truly a unique treat, whether served steamed, smoked, barbequed or fried. They're also an excellent source of selenium and B12. Paired with fresh frites, soft bread or dropped into a scrumptious seafood stew, mussels represent a culinary tradition that’s alive and well in Toronto. [Image credit: iStock.com/ChristianColmer]
Bourbon, gumbo and Mardi Gras beads: Many would say that New Orleans is one of the most magical places in North America. Toronto has embraced the culinary traditions of the Big Easy with a slew of NOLA-themed restaurants and watering holes. Whether serving up a bowl of crawfish or a sparkling Sazerac, the following restaurants will knock your socks off faster than you can say beignet.[Image credit: iStock.com/rebeccafondren]
Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite with the kids incognito, or dress up and celebrate good grades with the entire fam, there’s no shortage of restaurants in Toronto’s east end that aim please every member of the clan. When it’s time to gather your picky eaters, meat lovers and health-conscious vegetarians, make sure you check out these family-friendly east end restaurants. [Image credit: iStock.com/Imgorthand]
Toronto is home to tons of cafés that inspire with their contemporary spaces and nutrient-rich menus (read: smoothies, cold-pressed juices, power bowls that are guaranteed to leave you feeling energized and satisfied). Each of these restaurants and cafés feature farm-fresh organic ingredients prepared in ways that will make you wonder how you ever thought vegetables were boring. [Image credit: iStock.com/Leonardo Patrizi]
Looking for a quick bite between classes or a hearty meal at the end of a long day? These inexpensive hotspots around Ryerson University in the heart of downtown Toronto are perfect for students on a budget and general city-slickers alike. [Image credit: iStock.com/oneinchpunch] 
The word salad is no longer synonymous with wilty Boston lettuce and ranch dressing, especially in Toronto. Our health-conscious city is chock full of salad bars with protein-packed dishes on the menu (think: fresh produce, crunchy grains, and exotic sauces). There’s no reason to sacrifice taste for a healthy lunch or dinner – but be warned, this list may change the way you eat forever. [Image credit: iStock.com/ehaurylik]
Toronto’s Finest Comfort Food Crawl runs through the 6 for two weeks this August. Grab your official passport at any of the 10 participating restaurants across Toronto and get one comfort food dish at every stop for just $5 (from Cuban sammies to three-bite doughnuts). Bonus: the festival supports Second Harvest, so you can chow down on these killer deals knowing it’s for a great cause. Photo courtesy of Toronto's Finest. 
Looking to catch the fireworks this Labour Day weekend? With stellar rooftop views or a front-row seat to the Lakeshore, these summer-prime patios are perfect for people watching, cityscapes, or epic explosions in the sky. Here are the patios with the best views in #theSix and where you should head to catch this year’s Labour Day fireworks.[Image credit: iStock.com/quangpraha]
20 culinary aficionados have gathered for Front Street Foods at Adelaide Place (150 York Street) to offer up their most beloved dishes. The tasting market is buzzing with foodies from across the city taking advantage of the open-air dining experience and buzzworthy pop-ups. Open weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm until August 5, 2016, this is one foodie market you’ll want to stay hungry for. [Photo courtesy of Front Street Foods]
Lunch-minded in the west end? Head straight to Bloor and Lansdowne. These Bloordale restaurants are knocking it out of the park with homey interiors and fast and fresh lunch fare. In this blossoming hood, you’ll find PB&J on vegan sourdough, a Nordic-inspired sandwich and a mainstay for casual classics. For all your on-the-go and dine-in needs, these lunchtime gems have you covered. [Feature image: Brock Sandwich] 
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