Despite what you may have heard, good restaurants do indeed exist outside of downtown Toronto. You absolutely do not have to resort to that grizzled granola bar buried in the depths of your laptop case when you find yourself heading east of the Don River, nor will you have to rely on greasy café grub if you’re headed north of Bloor. (Those are what I consider my extreme city parameters, but we Torontonians tend to have differing opinions on our personal city limits.) As restaurant lovers, we all know that there are good eats to be found in North York and Leslieville, but looking to the west, Etobicoke is not really somewhere you would head to get your foodie on. Or is it? Get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor, folks, because believe it or not you can find some pretty decent fare in the far west, and true to form here are our top 5 picks…
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 and preservative free and is blanketed by bread made fresh in-house. If you’re more into surf than turf, try their delicious tilapia or salmon sandwich.
This quaint trattoria is aptly named, as ‘Posticino’ translates as ‘little spot’ in Italian. Get that vacation feel with Mediterranean dishes made from fresh ingredients and a killer wine list to boot.
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 this worth the trip out west.
La Veranda Osteria
Equipped with a picturesque patio and traditional Italian fair, this family-run restaurant is a neighbourhood favourite thanks to good food, a relaxed vibe, and live entertainment on the weekends. They also offer a gluten-free menu making it an ideal place to dine with a group.
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. The tasting menu options go for $100 or $120/head and take the chore of decision making off the table. If sushi is your thing, you will definitely not be disappointed by this one-of-a-kind experience.
Don’t forget to check out our first installment of our favourite Etobicoke restaurants here.
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