Torontonians are not shy when it comes to bragging about their food, but why would you be when you’re the only city in the country with a Krusty the Clown ice cream cone?
It really doesn’t matter if you just moved to the city (in which case, rough timing) or have lived here your whole life. These quintessential Toronto dishes are a must-eat for anybody who wants to be able to say “Tron-O” and get away with it.
Giant Doughnut Pizza
Address: 6758 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON
Details: Toronto is the country's biggest city, so it makes sense that we would have the biggest food, too. Lamanna's Bakery's massive dessert pizzas often require two people to hold one slice.
Sneaky Dee's Nachos
Address: 431 College St., Toronto, ON
Details: You can get nachos outside of Toronto, sure, but can you find Sneaky Dee's nachos anywhere else? The rundown-but-in-a-good-way student bar is a beloved Toronto institution for many reasons, and the bar's fully loaded nachos is one of them.
Address: 730 Wilson Ave., North York, ON
Details: Enchanted Poutinerie's "unicorn poutine" caused a national controversy after the Government of Canada tweeted about it. Needless to say, poutine purists were upset. But the restaurant stuck to its guns.
Address: 3256 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON
Details: One of Toronto's smallest neighbourhoods is Little Malta, and one of its smallest bakeries is Malta Bake Shop Ltd., where you can get pastizzi, traditional savoury pastry (singular: pastizz) that's hard to find anywhere outside of Malta.
Address: 656 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Details: These cakes are about as cute as you can get. Plus the way that Hodo Kwaja makes them in the window every day is satisfying and oddly hypnotic. Get a box, so you'll have enough to share with the squirrels.
Peameal Bacon Sandwich
Address: 91 Front St E, Toronto, ON
Details: The unofficial sandwich of Toronto is the peameal. That means there are plenty of restaurants who have their version. This one is from Paddington Pump, in St. Lawrence Market, where you'll also find them at Carousel. Some say Carousel's are yummier; Paddington's are prettier.
Krusty The Cone
Address: 106 John St., Toronto, ON
Details: Sweet Jesus' Krusty The Cone is an ice cream and cotton candy dish shaped to look like The Simpsons' Krusty the Clown. To be honest, the resemblance is pretty striking.