WHERE TO EAT IN TORONTO (PART 1) – $$ – $$$$$ – FROM BUDGET TO BREAK-THE-BANK

RESTAURANTS2 <PHOTO – MOMOFUKU – Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail>

With over 7000 restaurants in TORONTO the dining-out choice is unlimited.  These are some of my favourites – no promises, but they were good to excellent at the time.  Nearly all are located in the city centre, and accessible by public transport.  Reservations are recommended.

– BYMARK, 66 Wellington Street, in the Toronto-Dominion Centre, 416-777-1144, TTC subway: KING, ST. ANDREW or UNION $$$$$, http://www.bymark.mcewangroup.ca
– CAVA, 1560 Yonge Street, 416-979-9918, TTC subway: ST. CLAIR $$$, http://www.cavarestaurant.ca
– CHEF’S HOUSE, George Brown College restaurant, 215 King Street East, 416-415-2260, TTC eastbound streetcar: KING $$$$, http://www.thechefshouse.com
– FRANK, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, TTC subway: ST. PATRICK $$$, http://www.ago.net/frank
– GRANO, 2035 Yonge Street, south of Eglinton subway station, excellent Italian, 26th year, ,$$$$, http://www.grano.ca
– HOPGOODS FOODLINER, contemporary East Coast comfort, 325 Roncesvalles Avenue, 416-533-2723, TTC westbound streetcars: KING, DUNDAS, COLLEGE $$$$, http://hopgoodsfoodliner.com
– LAI WAH HEEN at the Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, TTC subway: ST. [PATRICK & walk east or DUNDAS & walk west $$$$, http://www.laiwahheen.com
– L’UNITA, 134 Avenue Road at Davenport, 416-964-8686, TTC subway: MUSEUM & walk north $$$, http://www.lunita.ca
– MILDRED PIERCE TEMPLE KITCHEN, 85 Hanna Avenue, suite 104, Liberty Village, 416-588-5695, TTC westbound streetcar: KING $$$$, http://www.templekitchen.com
– OYSTER BOY, mollusks for the masses, 872 Queen Street West, 416-534-3432, $$$, http://www.oysterboy.ca
– SCARAMOUCHE – 1 Benvenuto at Avenue Road, 416-961-8011, $$$$$, http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com
– THE SENATOR, 249 Victoria Street, Yonge-Dundas Square area, 416-364-7517, opposite rear entrance to Ed Mirvish Theatre, TTC subway: DUNDAS $$$, http://www.thesenator.com
– SPUNTINI, 116 Avenue Road, 416-962-1110, TTC subway: MUSEUM & walk north $$$$, http://www.spuntini.ca
– TREVOR KITCHEN AND BAR, 38 Wellington Street East, 416-941-9410, TTC subway : KING or UNION $$$, http://www.trevorkitchenandbar.com
– 360 at the CN TOWER, 301 Front St. West at John St., 416-868-6937, TTC subway: -UNION & walk west $$$, http://www.cntower.ca/en-CA/360-Restaurant/Overview.html
– URSA – 924 Queen Street West at Shaw Street, Queen West streetcar #501, 416-536-8963, $$$, http://www.Ursa-Restaurant.com

Inexpensive, but very good:
– QUEEN MOTHER CAFE, 206 Queen Street West, $$, http://www.queenmothercafe.ca
– THAI TO GO, Cabbagetown, 454 Gerrard Street East $$, http://www.thaibyprasai.com
– JULES BISTROT, 147 Spadina Avenue $$, http://www.julesbistrocafe.com
– GOLDEN TURTLE, Vietnamese restaurant, in the West Queen West arts district, rapid service, good food, cold beer, 125 Ossington Avenue $$,

With young children:
OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY, 54 The Esplanade $, http://www.oldspaghettifactory.net

Dinner & weekend brunch:
– SMITH, 553 Church Street, 416-926-2501, TTC subway: YONGE & BLOOR $$$, http://www.553church.com
– TABLE 17, 782 Queen Street East, 416-519-1851, TTC eastbound streetcar: QUEEN $$, http://www.table17.ca
MORNING GLORY, 457 King Street East at Gilead Place, homemade preserves and catsup, small but mighty, TTC streetcar: KING $$,
– 4 GILEAD PLACE CAFE by star chef Jamie Kennedy, now open for brunch, 4 Gilead Place at King Street East, TTC streetcar: KING $$

Restaurant strips and villages:
– CHINATOWN WEST – Dundas Street West at Spadina Avenue
– CHINATOWN EAST – Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East
– SOUTH ASIAN – Little India, Gerrard Street East at Coxwell Avenue
– GREEK – Danforth, from Broadview to Coxwell Avenue
– GAY and LESBIAN – Church Street, from Bloor to Alexander Street
– ITALIAN – Little Italy, College Street from Bathurst Street to Gladstone
– TRENDY – Ossington Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Queen
– PRE-THEATRE – King Street West, from John to Spadina Avenue
– PRE-THEATRE – Front Street, from Yonge to Jarvis
– PRE-THEATRE – Queen Street West, from University to Spadina Avenue
– BALDWIN STREET – a couple of blocks north of the Art Gallery of Ontario
– ELM STREET – between Yonge Street and Bay

and countless others . . . Bon appetit!

RESTAURANTS1

<PHOTO – DRAKEONEFIFTY, 150 York Street, Financial District>

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