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So, you're on your way to Toronto. You've never been here before, but you hear the food's great, and you want to make sure you don't waste your time. If that's the case, this is the list you need. Here are some quintessential Toronto restaurants- the ones you can't go back home without having given a try. Bon Appetit!

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El Trompo

Where it's at: 277 Augusta Ave

What it's deal is: And while you happen to be in Kensington Market, do yourself a favour and check out El Trompo for some unassuming, inexpensive but mouthwatering tacos. No one has ever regretted it.

Mother's Dumplings

Where it's at: 421 Spadina Ave

What it's deal is: Long hailed as the best spot in Chinatown (and, what the hell, the city) for dumplings. You really can't leave Toronto without having tried this place out.

The Lakeview

Where it's at: 1132 Dundas St W

What it's deal is: The Lakeview is a Toronto institution, and most of your friends who live here have stories about coming in for a hangover brunch or late night breakfast. In fact, you don't even have to worry about getting yourself to this one. Someone you know in the city will probably bring you anyway.

El Furniture Warehouse

Where it's at: 410 Bloor St W

What it's deal is: Although this spot didn't originate in Toronto, it's been heartily embraced by the community. With every meal costing $4.95, and a diverse selection of drinks to choose from, it's never a bad bet.


Where it's at: 184 Augusta Ave

What it's deal is: At some point in your stay here, someone will take you to Kensington Market. And while you're there, you'll have to stop by Amadeu's for some of everyone's favourite Portuguese food in the city. Everyone has their own preferred dish, but this writer doesn't think you've lived until you've tasted their Portuguese style steak.

Sneaky Dee's

Where it's at: 431 College St

What it's deal is: Sneaky Dee's is Toronto's go-to Punk Rock bar and restaurant (yes, that is a thing). It's a classic Toronto experience with a relaxed ambiance, edgy decor, and delicious, inexpensive food.

Burrito Bandidos

Where it's at: 120 Peter St/ 2 Walmer Rd/ 2 Grosvenor St

What it's deal is: Any one of this place's three locations will satisfy your cravings. Toronto's got some great burritos, and Bandidos is some of the best we have to offer.

Sushi Kaji

Where it's at: 860 The Queensway

What it's deal is: We're known for our sushi, so why deprive yourself of an experience at one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city?

Burger's Priest

Where it's at: 1636 Queen St E/ 3397 Yonge St/ 463 Queen St W

What it's deal is: Some cities have their pizza, some cities have their bagels. While Toronto has amazing food of any variety, it is, at the end of the day, a burger city. And Burger's Priest is one of our most popular spots, so get yourself some before you leave!

Banh Mi Boys

Where it's at: 399 Yonge St

What it's deal is: Kimchi fries. 'Nuff said.

Moti Mahal

Where it's at: 1422 Gerrard St E

What it's deal is: When you're checking out Little India, there's no way you won't get hungry, smelling food from all of the restaurants you pass. When you can't take it anymore, head into Moti for some cheap, delicious Indian buffet. Easily one of the most popular places in the neighbourhood. You won't be disappointed.

Lee Garden

Where it's at: 331 Spadina Ave

What it's deal is: Chinatown is truly one of the best things about this city, and if you're not sure where to go, you're in safe hands at Lee Garden. Their menu is extensive, but you can always bet on the dim sum if you don't feel like stressing about it.

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