There are many amazing restaurants to be found in downtown Toronto. Because of this, the good eats in the East end tend to be overlooked; from a little taste of the Danforth to the depths of Scarborough's Caribbean and Chinese foods. Also on the list, try some pastries that you'll crave for the rest of your days, and the best place to kill your hangover with brunch. So, take your pick, and tell us what you think!
1. Frederick Restaurant
Above an average Hakka Chinese restaurant, Frederick's takes the cake. The food is colourful, tasty, and the portion sizes are huge! At Frederick's, not only is the food scrumptious, but the atmosphere of the restaurant is awesome. The staff are friendly and the service is quick. Oh, and don't forget to try the pakoras - or some chilli chicken if you dig spicy food.
2. Square Boy Drive-In
Everyone has a favourite burger joint in Toronto. But Square Boy is one worth putting on the top of your list. A cute little retro diner that serves not only huge juicy burgers and milkshakes, but some outstanding Greek food. Square Boy is also open late, so you can stop by if you get the midnight munchies. To top it all off, they have a beautiful patio where you can enjoy a few drinks. Don't forget to try the souvlaki on a pita smothered in homemade tzatziki sauce, it is absolutely to-die-for.
3. Fratelli Village Pizzeria
If you like Italian food, then this is the joint to go to. With a location in both Scarborough and East York, there's no excuse not to head down. From exquisite chicken parm, creamy tiramisu, classic gelato, and 19 different pizza styles, Fratelli's is a place you won't be able to resist!
4. The Roti Hut
The Roti Hut is one of Toronto's first Caribbean restaurants. Their authentic dishes are delicious and made with care. Make sure you try the rotis, they're are out of this world, so big you might need a doggy bag. Try some restaurant favourites like curry goat, patties, and black pudding. The owners are dedicated to bringing you the best service, freshest foods, all with lots of spice.
5. Jawny Baker's
Where do I start? Brunch. Jawny Baker's has a brunch every weekend and it's guaranteed to fix any hangover plaguing you. Try the egg's benny, omelettes stuffed with bacon and oozing cheese, or the Monte Cristo - French toast with back bacon, goat cheese, pecans, syrup and strawberries. I'm drooling just typing this. They also have $20 BBQ ribs every weekend night (thank you meat gods). This is one of the best restaurants in Toronto, and although a bit higher in price, everything on the menu is worth it.
6. Messini Authentic Gyros
Messinis is a cute little restaurant that's raved about by all. Their gyros are to-die-for, the meat is so tender and covered in tzatziki perfection. Messinis is also the first on the block to introduce us to a gift from the Greek gods - Greek fries. Greek fries are fried to a crisp and then covered in crumbled feta, olive oil and oregano. Oh, and one last thing, their prices are wild, you can get a gigantic meal for $12!
7. Lamanna's Bakery
If you haven't already been drooling from this list, grab a napkin for this one. This place is easily one of the best bakeries Toronto has to offer. Pick up some freshly made cookies and cream gelato, cannolis, lemon macarons, and chocolate dipped 'lobster tails'. You can also find authentic Italian pastries and sandwiches on Lamanna's menu. People rave about their lasagna who's portion size is perfect to be shared or taken home to eat for lunch the next afternoon. They also offer dishes like stromboli, rice balls, veal sandwiches, prosciutto pizza, calzones... are you hungry yet?
8. CHAKO BBQ Sushi Izakaya
An all-you-can-eat Asian fusion resaurant - need I say more? CHAKO offers you a "grill it yourself" Korean BBQ experience. For a fun and interesting evening out look no further! Their dish sizes are huge, so prepare to have a nice cat-nap after. Also, I know you sushi fans will enjoy their wonderfully wrapped and colourful selections of sushi! Don't forget about the night owl specials to fill your tummy after all your drunken adventures, it's almost half the price!
9. Smith Brothers Steakhouse
Me thinks The Keg found its competitor. Smith Bros is a little bit more of a casual steakhouse. The service is great and the Maitre Dee is very kind, assuring you'll get the most out of your experience. Smith Bros really know how to pick a nice cut of steak, season it well, and cook it to juicy perfection. They also have a crazy good craft beer menu! Check it out, Wednesday is the new Friday - 3-course meals for $25/person.
10. The Real McCoy
I've been saving this for those of you who have a hankering for greasy food. It's not a sit-down restaurant, but for the price you pay, it's worth it. This little burger/pizza joint is a hidden one - but I promise you'll enjoy it. One bite of the MOJO burger will have you hooked. The pizza is deliciously greasy with the perfect crust and crunch. The people that work here are very friendly and take pride in bringing you the ultimate comfort food!