Top 10 tried and true places to eat at the CNE

For many CNE visitors, it’s all about the food! While there are always lots of new unique and over-the-top selections to try each year, there are also some great familiar options for those who want something tried-and-true. Here are some of the more established eateries that always serve up an amazing foodie experience that are taking over the CNE in 2017. [Photo credit: courtesy of Eva’s Original Chimneys]

Tiny Tom Donuts Ltd

7323 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 3V7

No visit to The Ex is complete without Tiny Tom doughnuts! The Markham-based doughnut shop comes to Toronto every year to share the quickly fried doughnuts for the masses. There are four flavours – cinnamon sugar, icing sugar, apple n’ cinnamon and chocolate.

Bacon Nation

249 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L8

Bacon, bacon and more bacon! Bacon Nation is making an appearance at the Food Truck Frenzy, and it’ll be serving up its famous bacon based street food! With menu items like deep fried BLT sandwich to the popular Notorious P.I.G. burger, you better get there early because there’s bound to be a massive line.

Chimney Stax (Food Truck)

Toronto, ON

Chimney Stax is joining forces with Junked Food Co. this year, and it’s bound to attract the crowds. You can expect the popular funnel pastry to be decked out Junked Food Co. style, with tons of toppings and decadent flavours.

Fidel Gastros

One of Toronto’s top rated food trucks is on site during Food Truck Frenzy this year. Fidel Gastro specializes in home style barbecue with menu items like pulled pork sandwiches and Pad Thai fries.

The Food Dudes

It should be no surprise that The Food Dudes will be parking their truck on the CNE grounds. The menu of eclectic dishes like mac and cheese balls, sloppy Joe fries and Nutella bombs, is the reason people keep coming back for more.


210 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

The Canadian classic is a mainstay at most local fairs, so of course they’ll be available at one of Canada’s biggest! The authentic Canadian pastry is always a carnival favourite and comes in many flavours, from the classic cinnamon and sugar to the popular Reese topped with Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter and chocolate.

Eva's Original Chimneys

454 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X8

Hungarian pastries are back at Food Truck Frenzy this year and Eva’s Original is promising even more delicious options! The spun pastry is filled with soft serve and topped with fresh fruit, cheesecake, maple pralines and more.

Curbalicious Inc

ON Z3Z 3Z3

Frans Restaurant

33 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1G4

For the past few years, the historic restaurant has been making waves at the CNE. From the over-the-top milkshakes to the Thanksgiving waffles, there is always something delicious in store when Fran’s gets involved. You can find them in the food building.


Toronto, ON

All the burgers on Burgatory’s menu are named after the seven deadly sins. Offering just seven burgers, the chef makes sure each stands out with its own unique flavour profile. There are also hand cut fries or salad on the side.

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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