Best Restaurants to Pack a Picnic in Toronto

Enjoy a picnic lunch outdoors at some of the city’s best parks, with some of the Toronto’s best food! These restaurants serve great to-go options, and are just a short walk to a grassy spot perfect for kicking back, relaxing and enjoying a picnic lunch with your friends, family or co-workers. Here are some of the best to-go picnic lunch options in Toronto. [Photo credit: Erica Salyi-Pannozzo]

Porchetta & Co

1
825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V4

Toronto’s hottest sandwiches can be found at Porchetta & Co. The Dundas location is steps away from two parks: Alexandra Park and the massive Trinity Bellwoods Park. Taking a lunch break outside gets even more wonderful while enjoying a delicious slowly cooked porchetta sandwich. It’s recommended that you bring napkins, these sandwiches can get messy!

Brock Sandwich

2
1260 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N5

The tasty options at Brock Sandwiches and the great parks nearby almost demands you make your break a picnic lunch! Head to Erwin Krickhahn Park for some optimal grassy knolls or to Dufferin Grove Park for lots of space to enjoy your lunch!

Black Camel

3
4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W 1S9

If the sprawling Ramsden Park just across the street from Black Camel isn't enough to get you through the doors, then Black Camel's sandwiches will! Choose from the Slow Roasted Brisket, Pulled Roasted Chicken or the BLT, and pick a shady spot in the park for the the perfect afternoon meal.

La Cubana

4
392 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

You can add a little bit of Cuban flair to your picnic lunch in High Park with something from La Cubana. The Roncesvalles location is near the park, so there’s no excuse not to indulge! Munch on its famous Cuban sandwiches, grab a mini sandwich if you have little ones, and head over to find an excellent lunch spot.

Recipe

5
696 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E7

Sweet Lulu probably has the cutest mascot in the city, but it backs that up with being the best bang for your buck at lunch! You can enjoy your pad thai noodles or steamed rice at the nearby Trinity Bellwoods Park. By the way, the take-out containers make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos.

Ematei

6
30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T 3A3

Ematei serves up a mean bento box for lunch, and lucky for you, it’s available to go! Grab a bento box filled with grilled fish, sashimi and rice, and head to Grange Park for the ultimate Japanese lunch. Trust us the six-minute walk is well worth it!

Brick Street Bakery

7
1969 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H9

An assortment of baked goods and sandwiches made with freshly baked bread are the quintessential parts that make up a good picnic lunch. After you grab some goodies, hop over to the park and enjoy your lunch! It's a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your kids!

Lunch Box

8
1731 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1B2

How does a picnic at High Park sound? Well, Lunch Box you covered on the sandwich front with its delicious offerings like roast beef, tomato, brie and avocado, tuna salad and more! There’s also a kid’s menu that includes grilled cheese! Grab your “Lunch Box,” meal to-go for an afternoon at Toronto’s biggest park!

The Goods

9
1255 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6

The Goods serves up vegetarian food made fresh that is totally portable. The cardboard take-out containers are durable and lightweight, so they’re picnic friendly too! Grab one of the famous salad bowls and head to Lakeview Avenue Parkette!

Grabbing a meal for take-out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. Many restaurants and fresh food markets in Toronto understand the importance of a nutritious meal to time-deprived urbanites, and have made it their mission to provide Toronto with quick and healthy take-out meals. Grab a menu and make your choice – here are the best healthy take-out spots in Toronto. [Photo of Planta Burger by Jim Bamboulis]
Being a vegetarian isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to grabbing a quick and affordable meal. Luckily, many vegetarian and vegan restaurants have made it their mission to provide Toronto’s vegetarians with quick nutritious meals. From a vegan breakfast and lunch spot to a vegan burger spot, here are the best quick-service vegetarian spots in Toronto. [Photo of Kupfert & Kim by Jennifer D’Agostino]
Whether you prefer fruit or vegetables, there are lots of places to grab a freshly made smoothie in Toronto. Establishments across the city are making delicious blends with unique and tasty flavour combinations and energizing proteins. Here are the best smoothies in Toronto. [Photo of Kupfert & Kim by Jennifer D’Agostino]
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