This city has some pretty amazing food, but sometimes, you get tired of going to the same spots every day. And besides, there's so much of this city you haven't explored, because you've convinced yourself that downtown is the only place to be. It's time to expand your horizons. To help you out, we've come up with a list of our favourite food places that aren't technically a part of the city. Some are close by, some are a bit of a drive, but all of them are totally delicious.
Switzer's Deli // 7310 Torbram Rd, Mississauga
If you appreciate quality smoked meat, this restaurant is well worth the trip. Their smoked meat sandwiches are unparalleled, and the staff will make you feel like you never left home.
Diana's Seafood Oyster Bar // 2105 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
Diana's has some of the best seafood in or around Toronto, so next time you want to say that there's nothing to eat outside of downtown, remember that you could be in Scarborough having the best lobster of your life.
Photo cred - Sandra C
Ni-Ji Sushi // 1095 Ellesemere Rd, Scarborough
If you get sick of getting all of your sushi from the Yonge street, try going a little further east on the subway until you find this big ass sushi haven. The selection is so impressive, there's no way you won't find the roll of your dreams.
The Sleepless Goat // 91 Princess St, Kingston
A bit of a trip away from Toronto, but if you ever find yourself in Kingston, check out this hip little cafe/restaurant in the city's core. The menu is entirely vegetarian, but you're bound to find something you like, no matter your tastes. When in doubt, just ask the friendly staff for help!
Seoul Garden // 4350 Steeles Ave E, Markham
You don't have to stick to Bloor to find good Korean food. Make sure to show up hungry to take full advantage of the All You Can Eat buffet.
Navarra by Rene Rodriguez // 93 Murray St, Ottawa
Next time you're in our nation's capital, check out this popular Spanish/Mexican restaurant. The food is unbeatable, and their head chef, Rene Rodriguez, won last season of Top Chef Canada. If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is.
Chingu // 280 W Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill
If Korean Barbeque is your pleasure, make the trip to this quaint little spot. It's moved around a lot recently, but now that it's settled down in Richmond Hill, you have more than enough excuse to check out the northern boroughs of the city.
Photo cred - Sandra C
Loui's Kouzina // 9255 Woodbine Ave, Markham
Hailed as being one of the best Greek places this side of the Mediterranean, this spot is well worth the trip up to Markham. Get your souvlaki on!
Yellow Cup Cafe // 225 The East Mall, Etobicoke
If you're tired of the hustle and bussle of downtown, but crave something sweet, make the trip over to Etobicoke and check out this place's intensely delicious crepes and wafffles. Personal fave: Apple Spice and Ice Cream.
Shomal (North) // 100 Steeles Ave W, North York
If you've got a hankering for Persian food, head up North on the subway and check out the spread at this spot. Notable dishes include the kebabs and the fesanjan.