There's so many restaurants in Toronto, but true foodies have already been to them all.
You know the hot spots, the best tacos, the best this and that, the life-changing patios, wherever we tell you, you've probably already been there. Until now...hopefully... This list is comprised of hidden gems, new spots you've yet to discover, or something a little out of the ordinary even for the most seasoned food vet. Check out this list of restos if you feel like you've been to every restaurant in TO:
Where: 676 Queen St W // West Queen West
Type: Middle Eastern (Syrian)
Most popular item: Manaeesh, a Syrian version of pizza
Why you should go: Chances are even if you've been EVERYWHERE in Toronto, you may have missed this gem and have yet to try Syrian cuisine.
Where: Leaside, 1580 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G 3B7
Type of cuisine: Middle Eastern
Most popular item: Shawarma
Why you need to go: Shawarma shouldn't just be drunk food. This place takes your favourite street meat and elevates it to a whole new and delicious level.
James Cheese Back Ribs
Where: 409 Spadina Ave // Chinatown
Most popular item: The signature cheese baby back ribs
Why you should go: Cheese and meat. Need I say more? This is a very unique and fun experience, similar to Korean BBQ, that makes you work for your food.
Where: 849 Dundas West // Trinity Bellwoods
Most popular item: 100 Layer Lasagna
Why you should go: This new spot
Where: 18 Dupont St. // The Annex
Most popular item:
Why you should go: Brought to you by the same masterminds that brought us Charbol, you know you're in good hands if you visit this brand new spot.
Where: 90 Avenue Road // Yorkville
Most popular item: Octopus
Why you should go: Their patio is beyond stunning and their cuisine will make you feel like you're on vacation in the Amalfi coast. What's not to love?
Pinky’s Ca Phe
Where: 53 Clinton St. // Little Italy
Most popular item: Tiger's Milk ceviche.
Why you should go: This new restaurant is located in a house and sometimes hard to spot, but is well worth the hunt. It's the third restaurant from the team that gave us Toronto's favourites Oddseoul and Hanmoto, and just as amazing as the first two.
Where: 2885 Dundas St. West // The Junction
Most popular item: Rice Balls or Gnocchi
Why you should go: There's a good chance you've tried a majority of the fan favourite Italian restaurants, so why not venture a little bit off the beaten path of the entertainment and financial districts into the junction and see what kind of Italian eats they're serving up.
Where: 130 Eglinton Ave E // Yonge & Eglinton
Most popular item: Fortune burger
Why you should go: The Insta opportunities alone should be enough for you to visit this spot. But the awesome atmosphere and great, uncomplicated food is what will keep you coming back
Where: 439 University Ave // Entertainment District
Most popular item: Bowls
Why you should go: This is the perfect little spot to check out for a quick and refreshing bite while strolling through the Entertainment District.
Where: 647 College St. // Little Italy
Type: Pub Food
Most popular item: Nachos or Meatballs
Why you should go: This place takes everything you know about pub food, and changes it forever. They take classics and elevate them to new standards.
Osgoode Hall Restaurant
Where: 130 Queen St. W // Queen West
Most popular item: Steak
Why you should go: Can't dine in Hogwarts? That's OK, this spot is a close runner up. This is a hidden gem located right in city hall where they use local ingredients and have awesome prix fixed menus.
Where: 1471 Gerrard St. E // Little India
Type: Asian Fusion
Most popular item: Japanese devilled eggs
Why you should go: This new spot on the east end of Toronto has excellent attention to detail with its seasonal and innovative dishes.