It’s not just the downtown core that’s putting Toronto on the map as an international foodie destination. Here are the best Etobicoke restaurants, according to Vv Magazine editors…
We all know that Toronto is an overflowing hub of delicious and diverse cuisine, with innovative restaurants on almost every corner. While it’s not difficult to find great restaurants in the city, it’s easy to slip into a creative rut, repeatedly visiting the same places. This weekend, why not head west of the downtown core on your culinary adventures? To pique your interest, we’ve compiled a list of the best Etobicoke restaurants…
6th Street Pub & Grill
This spot benefited from a total overhaul on an episode of Food Network’s Restaurant Takeover, where the decor evolved to a trendy resto/bar with Southern flair, as did the cuisine. With menu help from Top Chef Canada Season 1 alum Andrea Nicholson, 6th Street has made its way into our GPS.
It moved from Little Italy over to The Queensway; however, Grappa held true to its Italian fine dining roots with its second location. A spacious restaurant – unlike many you’ll find in the DT core – Grappa has been family-run for 20 years.
You certainly would not expect to find some of the city’s best and most authentic Japanese cuisine in a strip mall in Etobicoke, but treat yourself to Kaji and that is indeed what you shall find. The small venue seats just 30 people and offers an authentic Japanese dining experience unlike any other in the city. If sushi is your thing, you will definitely not be disappointed by this one-of-a-kind experience.
Renowned in the West End for having a large and beautiful garden patio, La Veranda sits pretty in the heart of Royal York. (The ‘hood, not the hotel.) It’s old school North American-Italian — kind of like Etobicoke’s answer to Vaticano.
Apparently the people of Etobicoke adore their Italian cuisine, with another favourite fine dining establishment being Luci Restaurant. Nicely breaking the mould, Luci’s cuisine is highly innovative and refreshingly contemporary.
Switch up date night with some seriously authentic Turkish cuisine that will make you feel as though you’ve just landed in Istanbul. Fresh ingredients, traditional Turkish recipes, and warm service make Anatolia worth the trip out west.
This quaint trattoria is aptly named, as ‘Posticino’ translates into ‘little spot’ in Italian. Get that vacation feel with Mediterranean dishes made from fresh ingredients, not to mention a killer wine list to boot.
St. James Gate
Even diehard city folk have heard of St. James Gate, a famous Irish pub and an institution in the West End. Locals go for the free-flowing pints, while travellers make the trek for their live music fix. This not your average pub — this St. James Gate.
Kennedy Public House
A Bloor West hotspot that took over the Sharkey’s Village Cafe space, Kennedy Public House attracts a wide demographic thanks to its good grub, summertime patio, and lovely interior. Yes, even decor snobs find charm within.
The Good Fork
Near Runnymede and Bloor you’ll find The Good Fork, a two-storey restaurant that focuses on lunch and brunch. (Though its late week-night dinner attracts pro-noshers as well.) Down-to-earth comfort food awaits your palate at this fancy diner-style hot-spot.
Wait for it… another Italian fine dining spot in Etobicoke! We. Are. Shocked. Nestled on Lake Shore, Pulcinella hosts private parties, has a downstairs private room, and features live music on the weekends.
Fine dining meets fast food at this popular BBQ joint where you get to choose your meat before it gets tossed on the grill. All their meat is gluten-free as well as preservative-free, and it’s blanketed by bread made fresh in-house. If you’re more into surf than turf, try their delicious tilapia or salmon sandwich.
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