Food may not be able to solve all of the world's problems, but it can bring some comfort during tough times.
We asked Narcity readers as well as our own writers and editors what Toronto dishes got them through the pandemic, and here are some of their go-to meals from the past year.
Stuffed Naan From Naan & Chai
Price: $14 +
Address: 712 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: It doesn't get much better than bread, especially when it's stuffed with things like butter chicken or spiced potatoes.
Shawarma Hummus Bowl From The Hummussiah
Address: Multiple locations*
Why You Need To Try It: Filled with turmeric tahini, caramelized onions, chicken shawarma, and signature hummus, this is basically a big bowl of comfort.
Chef Nuit Pad Thai From PAI
Address: 18 Duncan St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: This noodle dish is served with house-roasted peanuts and your choice of protein, and it's enough to make anyone drool.
Sandwiches From Scotty Bons Caribbean Grill
Address: 402 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: These sandwiches are like a mini escape to the Caribbean, and they also come at a good price.
Alo At Home From Alo
Address: 163 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: If you're missing fine dining, a multi-course meal is a definite go-to. The menu changes each week, so there's always something new to try.
Pho From The Golden Turtle
Address: 125 Ossington Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: Nothing chases the blues away like a warm bowl of soup, and the pho from this restaurant checks all the boxes.
Flautas From Playa Cabana
Address: 111 Dupont St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: A trip to Mexico might not be in the cards, but the flautas from this restaurant are enough to make you feel like you're on vacation.
Calabrese Pizza From Bellissimo Pizzeria & Ristorante
Address: 164 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Try It: Topped with Calabrese sausages, hot peppers, red onion, and, of course, lots of cheese, it's no surprise that this pie was a go-to pandemic dish.
*This article has been updated.