World Pride Toronto is taking over Toronto and we couldn’t be happier! The celebrations will go until Sunday, but in the meantime, I thought you might want some advice on where to eat while taking in the sights and sounds while in the Village.
It’s not often you get an interior this stunning without it feeling pretentious or stuffy. The mix of wood and metal, the feel of old and new coming together, is incredibly pleasing. And if you’re one of those people who can’t stand to be inside during the summer months, there’s a great back patio.
All of this tooling around town, celebrating and dancing, can really work up your appetite. But in the spirit of Pride, you don’t want to go somewhere hushed and sedate – you want something with a little oomph. The loud raucous atmosphere at Guu always feels like you’re in the middle of an all day party, and the izakaya menu (Japanese tapas) gives you the chance to try lots of different dishes – baked oysters, pan fried udon noodles and fun Japanese desserts such as banana tempura.
Lola’s Kitchen has been making good, wholesome comfort food in the Village for years now. Whether you want to keep it light with a Kale Caesar or Pan Seared Organic Salmon, or something heartier along the lines of Lamb Burger or the Sante Fe (brown rice, spiced black beans, guacamole, roasted corn, grilled sweet potato, romaine, green onions, crispy tortillas yogurt lime drizzle), you’ll find healthy, carefully crafted dishes using all house made ingredients. Just because it’s a party week doesn’t mean that you have to eat like it.
There is something innately sexy about grabbing a slice of pizza and walking and talking with friends while on the way to a club or show. That kind of experience is hard to duplicate with any other type of food. But don’t go for that cheap, doughy pizza. Get a good slice. North of Brooklyn’s pie will make you feel like you’re heading out of Manhattan into Greenwich Village. Select from a Margherita, Pepperoni, White, Puttanesca, or Kale & Bacon slice or order an entire pizza to share amongst friends. Either way, it will be a night to remember.