Ask any Torontonian about the best burrito in town and it’s guaranteed you’re in for a great debate. Pinto versus black bean, pico de gallo versus salsa, the list goes on and on – everyone has a preference. Save yourself from going loco and please your appetite at some of Toronto’s finest burrito shops.
Did you know that you’re living in the unofficial sandwich capital of the world? Toronto is home to sandwich names that read like love poems, snack stops devoted to endless spins on a favourite ingredient, and places offering good old-fashioned BLT and grilled cheese - the Earl of Sandwich would be proud.
Prefer to order in rather than go out for authentic Indian cuisine? Having it delivered to your doorstep has never been easier. If you live in the east end, here’s who to call when the craving for savoury samosas or spicy curry hits, and you can’t or don’t want to leave the house.
A satisfying meal of your favourite Japanese food is never far away in this prosperous pocket of the city. Name your pleasure: beautifully rendered salmon, tuna or sea urchin sashimi with tart and salty dipping sauces or perhaps something from the wide world of maki rolls. Temaki, futomaki, hosomaki: if you can eat it, they can roll it – and deliver faster than you can say, “I’m not cooking tonight.”
Yonge and Eglinton: it’s busy, it’s bustling and it just may be the downtown of midtown, not least because of its excellent selection of local bistros and gastropubs. From a cleansing liquid lunch, old-school deli or a hot bowl of ramen, here are our top picks for restos just a hop-skip off the beaten Eglinton track.
When you’re famished, look no further than Kensington Market, where the busy streets are teeming with lunch options to satisfy nearly every craving. From jerk chicken to fish tacos, there’s a grab-and-go or stay-a-while spot for everyone. Plus, with its eclectic atmosphere, locally born and bred markets and gourmet grocers and mom-and-pop shops galore, this is one of the most charming spots in the city to spend an afternoon.
Sometimes searching for a restaurant that delivers in this city is like looking for The Holy Grail. Sure third-party delivery services have improved the landscape, but asking for delivery and getting a “Yes” is still a rare occurrence. Thankfully, we've done the work for you, separating the wheat from the chaff among the delivery options that do exist.
Thai food, with its rich and spicy flavours, is a delicious treat any day of the week. And it’s easy to indulge in some serious comfort-food pad Thai or panang curry at home – just pick up the phone and order delivery. These west end Thai restaurants will have all your favourite dishes sent to your doorstep, whenever the craving strikes. [Image credit: iStock.com/RichC86]
Some of Toronto's best baguettes, breads and butter tarts are baked in the east end, their heavenly aromas pouring out of the oven and onto the bustling Queen Street East strip. Other bakeries in Riverside and Leslieville feel like true hidden gems, tucked up side streets that only the locals frequent. Here are the spots to visit on the east side. [Feature image: Bobbette & Belle]
Whether you’re craving gourmet pizza, pad Thai or pork-stuffed burritos, there is no shortage of good grub you can get delivered to your front door in South Riverdale. East enders can choose from Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese or straight-up North American cuisine that is sure to satisfy every tastebud. Bonus: Most restaurants on this list offer generous portions and vegan options. [Feature image: Hey Meatball]
Take it from somebody who has lived there: Southeast Asia is a diverse cornucopia of cuisine, with various regional nuances often unseen to the naked eye. Like the rest of that part of the world, Thailand features a unique cross-section of fare, and downtown Toronto offers a pretty good sampling that can be delivered right to your door.
If you live in Toronto's east end, you don’t need a fortune cookie to tell you that you’re in for some top regional Chinese cuisine. With wallet-friendly prices and enough styles of chop suey and chow mein to last a lifetime, these tried-and-true Chinese restaurants deliver value as well as dinner.
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