Best Restaurants for Lunch in Toronto

When you go out for lunch, you don’t want it to just be good. You want it to be interesting as well. Otherwise, you might as well bring your own sandwich/salad/leftovers. Here are my picks for captivating lunch options in town right now:

The Chef's House

1
215 King St, York, ON M9N 1L8

The newly renovated space is fantastic, as is the lunch menu and prices. Get two courses for $20, 3 for $52 and the daily special with a glass of featured wine for $18. Plus you get to watch George Brown Culinary students putting their skills to the test. Mains include Pan Seared Chicken with soft grits, butternut squash and tomato jam; Wuxi Pork Ribs with gai-lan and Chloe’s kimchi fried rice; Grilled Salmon with nicoise salad and herb dressing; and Chorizo, Potato & Cheese Omelet, with tossed greens or frites.

Lola's Kitchen

2
634 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G3

The vegetarian starters alone are so enticing, it’s going to be awhile before you even reach the salads, bowls and mains: - Crispy cauliflower fritters ($8) served with a lime yogurt dipping sauce - Winter squash ($9) stuffed with brown rice, roasted cauliflower, sauteed leeks, black olives, toasted pumpkin seeds, cranberries and maple chili drizzle - Sharing Plate (415) of roasted beet puree, roasted cauliflower cranberry chutney, candied walnuts, roasted garlic, grilled sweet potato, green olives, pickled onions, fresh pear, frizzled leeks housemade organic flatbread.

The Gabardine

3
372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2W9

Comfort food classics such as Tuna Melt on English Muffin ($15) and Chicken Pot Pie ($19) are ideal for this time of year. Should you want something with a little more pep, the Deep Fried Beer Cheese “Rarebit” ($13) and Trinidadian Geera Pork ($16) or Chana ($14) satiates.

Ocho

4
195 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C5

There aren’t many places you can get a classic Waldorf Salad ($11) anymore. Corn, Tomato & Feta Salad ($9) with a lemon-honey dressing is also a great choice. Want something a bit robust? The Veal Roulade ($15) features veal strip loin with mozzarella, and grilled tortilla in red wine jus, or the Smoked Salmon Niscoise with boiled potatoes, French beans, eggs, anchovies, capers and olives in a citrus vinaigrette ensures you won’t be hungry until dinner time.

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