This is my first year commuting to Glendon. After three years of living either on campus or off-campus but in Toronto, I have moved back home. I miss the city life: the busy streets, the gorgeous views, the amazing events, but most of all, I miss the food.
I am currently living in a very small town north of Toronto, at the tip of the GTA. I’ll admit, the stars are beautiful and the walks are nice, but it lacks the variety which I have gotten so used to downtown. In this town, there is a Swiss Chalet, several pizza and burger places and a few Chinese take-outs. This can get monotonous very fast, and although I am pretty creative in the kitchen, I desperately crave some of my favourite haunts.
So, here are some of my 10 most-missed places in Toronto:
7 West Café
Located at Yonge and Charles St, this 24/7/365 restaurant is one of the best late-night food joints in Toronto. Its three floors are quaint, cute and romantic (definitely an amazing date spot) with delicious food and huge portions. At night, the chairs can often be found filled with local students powering through papers with a coffee in their hand.
Recommendations: the hummus appetizer (a meal all on its own), the mac & cheese (coming from someone who does not like mac n’ cheese, I could not put this down).
The Red Bench
Another quaint café, this make-your-own cookie space is located north of Yonge and Wellesley. Choose the dough, fillings and wait for your freshly-baked cookies to appear at your table. Very popular with students and for dates (Gluten-free dough available!).
Recommendations: anything with the milk chocolate chips.
Crepe It Up
Although there are many amazing crepe cafés in Toronto, I have to mention Crepe It Up. This store is in one of my favourite locations: the St. Lawrence Market. Once you’ve stocked up on any groceries, head downstairs to the basement to find some of the best and cheapest crepes in Toronto. The options are simple, but always tasty!
Recommendations: classic lemon and sugar is a must.
Walk north on Yonge and Lawrence and you will get to one of the most delicious sushi restaurants: right near Glendon! The all-you-can-eat lunch menu is $11.99 and worth every cent.
Recommendations: yam tempura rolls- always.
Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine
Right next to several theatres, this restaurant offers a buffet lunch for only $13.95. A great place to fill up before exploring the downtown core. Just walk west from St. Andrew station on King!
Recommendations: all of it.
Just along from Ossington station this Ethiopian restaurant has some of the best (and most filling) food in the city. With great prices and amazing meals this little place can fill up fast with locals so get there early or maybe try take-out!
Recommendations: if it’s your first time trying Ethiopian, splurge a bit and get the combo so you can try a bit of everything.
The Pickle Barrel
The Pickle Barrel is everywhere, but I had to bring it up because of its unforgettable harvest menu which will hopefully be coming out again soon. Not only is there a wide price range, they often have seasonal and local produce menus with amazing options. Located: everywhere (Yonge and Eglinton is closest to Glendon).
Recommendations: the gourmet chopped lamb steaks on the local harvest menu.
This is another chain restaurant, but my favourite place to go in the Eaton Centre. It offers Italian style food which may be a bit more pricey than other places on this list, but the meals are worth it.
Recommendations: orecchietti pugliese.
For the Win Café
This board game café is very close to Glendon (a short walk north of Lawrence subway station) and although the games are the main draw, the cake can steal the show. With snacks, sandwiches and desserts this café has everything you need to play Monopoly all night.
Recommendations: the chocolate truffle cake.
W Burger Bar
Located right at Yonge and College this place is famous among students for its great food and interesting drinks. Opt to get your burger on lettuce if you’re gluten-free, and enjoy all the amazing options (including vegetarian). Spiked milkshakes, drinks in fishbowls and great food.
Recommendations: the lamb burger.
I hope you check some (or all) of these restaurants out and enjoy the city while you can!
Beth Orton: Thinking About Tomorrow