Must see restaurants in Toronto

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    House of Gourmet

    A popular, fluorescent-bulb-lit restaurant specializing in Hong Kong–style congee, noodles, barbecue and seafood – more than 800 dishes of them! (It takes…

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    Lee

    Truly a feast for the senses, dinner at acclaimed cuisinier Susur Lee's self-titled flagship is an experience best shared. Slick servers assist in…

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    Ruby Watchco

    Creative farm-to-table comfort food is the game at this homey restaurant, run by two of Toronto's top chefs. (Chef Lynn even stars on the Food Network hit…

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    Buca

    A breathtaking basement-level restaurant with exposed-brick walls and a soaring ceiling, Buca serves artisanal Italian fare such as homemade pasta and…

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    Otto's Bierhalle

    Garage doors, long communal tables, a wide selection of draft beers and ciders, huge platters of brats and schnitzels – it looks like Oktoberfest pretty…

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    Athens

    As Greek as Greektown (aka The Danforth), modern and beachy Athens serves traditional dishes made with fresh, local ingredients: grilled calamari, lamb…

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    Parka Food Co.

    A starkly white, casual restaurant serving insanely delicious vegan comfort food: burgers made from marinated portobello mushrooms and blackened…

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    Forno Cultura

    An Italian bakery tucked into a basement-level shop, Forno Cultura offers a full line of bread and pastries made with ingredients imported from Italy –…

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    Aunties & Uncles

    There's usually a line on the sidewalk outside the picket fence of this always-bustling brunch/lunch joint with a simple menu of cheap and cheery homemade…

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    Seven Lives

    What started as a pop-up taqueria is now a hole-in-the-wall place with lines of people snaking out the door, waiting to order Baja-style fish tacos: light…

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    Smith

    Come to this bohemian-chic eatery in the heart of the Village for brunch, when the classics are served with flair: eggs Benedict with leek fondue, a short…

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    Boxcar Social

    An industrial-chic cafe/bar/coffee haven, Boxcar Social has enviable views of Lake Ontario. The menu matches the vibe, with fresh takes on salads and…

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    Outdoor Eateries

    Food trucks, repurposed shipping containers and plywood sheds make up this outdoor food court at the heart of Yonge St. Short-order cooks prep burritos,…

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    Pow Wow Café

    A cozy, boho eatery with street-front seating, Pow Wow serves Ojibwe dishes, mostly fry-bread tacos with a choice of fillings such as beef chili, veggie,…

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    Pizzeria Libretto

    Pizza Libretto crafts what is arguably the best pizza in town. The secret? A wood-fired oven built by a third-generation pizza-oven builder with stones…

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    Richmond Station

    Reservations are strongly advised at this busy and uncomplicated restaurant, brainchild of celebrity Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich. Dishes are …

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    Los Guaca-Moles

    Tucked just off Bloor St, Guaca-Moles serves authentic Mexican dishes in a black-painted converted brick house. Choose from classics like elote (Mexican…

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    Assembly Chef's Hall

    Home to a diverse set of global cuisines by some of Toronto's top chefs, this is less food court and more sprawling upscale eatery. There's everything…

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    Dipped Donuts

    A tiny shop selling freshly made, light, moist and fluffy doughnuts with innovative toppings and glazes. Not into lemon-poppyseed glaze with blueberry…

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    Ravi Soups

    This one's pretty simple: a small menu of seven soups (the likes of corn chowder with blue crab or porcini-mushroom wild-rice bisque), five wraps (curried…