Eastside Social focuses on two things: coastal fare and beverages. Consequently, Eastside Social does two things really well: coastal fare and beverages. Cherie Stinson, of Restaurant Makeover fame, designed an interior that matches the food coming out of the kitchen. Brass, wood, and seaside ephemera evoke the ambience of small fishing towns, with boats returning to shore after a successful day in the ocean. The day’s bounty is prepared and cooked by chef Stefan Skeene and his team and is served fresh every time. Tuesdays and Wednesdays feature a social hour between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, where you can get six oysters for a reasonably cheap price. However, they go fast, so be sure to arrive early. Eastside Social’s new patio is covered by a latticework of lights and surrounded by tall fences and brick walls. These create a energetic communal space. It is a small oasis, perfect for good conversation and incredible food.
Eastside Social, 1008-1010 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 461 5663
Queen Margherita Pizza
There are untold numbers of pizza joints in Toronto; finding the right one can be an arduous task. If you find yourself in Leslieville on the prowl for excellent pizza, Queen Margherita Pizza is the place to stop. Perfect for dinner or a quick snack, the charming ambience of the dining room coupled with the authentic wood-fired pizza, plus the dedication to authentic ingredients, make this a one-of-a-kind place. Bring a date, bring the family, bring some friends; Queen Margherita Pizza won’t let you down. Pizzas can comfortably feed two. Our recommendation: the ‘Alla Campagnolo.’
The Roy Public House
The Roy was the first Irish pub to open in Leslieville back in 2009. This ‘friendly local, owned by locals’ is exactly that: an inviting, kind, laid-back local. There are beers on tap both local and foreign, as you couldn’t have an Irish bar without Guinness and Irish whiskey — this should come as no surprise to anyone. Stumble in here with a few friends. Spend the night talking to strangers, singing songs with a pint raised to the rafters, and eventually rest on the red — always red — banquets. On Sundays, enjoy an unmissable prime rib dinner along with a wide selection of pub favorites. Embrace your inner Irish and head to the The Roy, a can’t-miss on any Leslieville excursion.
The Roy Public House, 894 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 456 3331
Tango Palace Coffee Company
Tango Palace has been a Leslieville staple since it opened more than 15 years ago. While it’s among one of many, many coffee shops along the street, it still manages to stand out. The worn and aged exterior opens into a warm and welcoming lounge filled with antique chairs, stained glass lamps (complete with 20s flapper-style frill on the lamp shades) and eclectic art. There’s also a generously stocked food display, filled with sweets and pastries to satisfy that sweet tooth and accompany your coffee. In the summer months, be sure to take advantage of their small sheltered patio out back. Tango Place offers a wide selection of coffee, brewed in what seems to be either an incredibly old machine, or something out of a more resourceful yet damaged future. Step inside, cozy up in a chair and sip the day away, Tango Palace will keep you company, even if you don’t bring your own.
While strolling through Leslieville, it’s difficult to miss Completo, with its graffiti-tagged exterior and picnic tables filled with hungry patrons. Completo first opened in Kensington Market, before moving out east to Leslieville. This incredibly small take-out spot offers South American-inspired fare, with their signature item being the classic Chilean street sandwich known as the churrasco. Filled with steak, diced tomato, mayo, hot sauce and avocado, this delicious greatness is budget-friendly. The open kitchen allows you to watch as each ingredient is added to your perfectly crafted sandwich. These guys know what they are doing. Trust them. Other offerings include their popular steak and egg boxes, with a Latin American twist. A trip to Leslieville would just not be complete without Completo.
Completo, 5 Coady Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 901 9233