If you’re a fan of grilled cheese, this is one of the East Side’s best-kept secrets. Prohibition Gastrohouse is known for many things, including brunch, hooch hour (twice-a-day happy hour specials), mac ‘n’ cheese, and oysters. However, you have never tried anything as delicious as their pulled pork grilled cheese. With a side of duck fat tater tots and a $5.09 glass of draught beer, it’s a guaranteed heavenly experience.
La Carnita’s Queen East location is a great addition to its growing taco empire. This location is a bit smaller than the others but still has all the fan favorites you know and love. Start off your meal with tortilla chips and guacamole or Mexican street corn. Taco lovers can enjoy staples like In Cod We Trust, tostada de ceviche, beef cheek, and carnita. It is well worth the trip if you’re craving Mexican food in the East End.
La Carnita, 780 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 0780
Open only for breakfast and lunch, Lady Marmalade is often listed as one of the best breakfast spots in the city. Their eggs benedict selection has catapulted them into the brunch spotlight with traditional and non-traditional options like fresh tomato, cream cheese and pesto. If eggs benny doesn’t peak your interest, there are more savory and sweet options, and don’t discard their lunches. Salads, bowls, and sandwiches also make for delicious and healthy options for later in the day.
Lady Marmalade, 898 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 351 7645
From the outside, Leslieville Pumps looks like an unassuming old-time general store, but on the inside, it has some of the best barbeque in the city. Their loaded poutine (with pulled pork), corn fritters, and smoked butter chicken are some must-try options. Most of all, you have to try the Southern beef brisket sandwich. Besides being mouthwateringly delicious, it’s been named the best sandwich in the city.
Leslieville Pumps, 929 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 465 1313
There are a lot of vegan and vegetarian options in the downtown area but Tori’s Bakeshop in The Beach stands out due to their wide variety of eco-friendly and all-natural organic items. Doubling as a bakeshop and a café, Tori’s Bakeshop is known for their vegetable-forward dinner menu. Their shaved seitan with savory pancakes and their cheese slab are some of the items that have you coming back for more.
Tori’s Bakeshop, 2188 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 350 6500