The list of places to dine at in the city truly feels endless sometimes. There’s literally just so many to choose from, even within a neighbourhood. But since it’s Pride month, I’m here to tell you about the queer-owned bars and restaurants in Toronto that you need to drop by not just in June, but throughout the year really. So if you’re interested to know more, keep reading to see the full roundup.
Here are some queer-owned bars and restaurants in Toronto to check out for Pride Month:
Plant-based Mexican cuisine is the highlight at this restaurant, located at 588 College Street. The Braised Hibiscus Flowers tacos and Pistachio Pipian (served with tortillas) are some of the must-try dishes. Brunch is also available during the weekends from 12pm-4pm.
Experience the flavours of Iranian cuisine at Banu, located at 777 Queen Street West. The menu features a selection of appetizers (eggplant dishes, beet salad, cheese plate) and mains, for which is a must-try is the Pomegranate Beef Tenderloin.
Previously known as The Old Nick, it is now a 123 Danforth Avenue spot called Mandy’s Bistro. In addition to a varied menu, the space is home to the Goodhandy’s Lounge for performances and music nights.
If you’re looking for some flavourful cocktails, cozy interiors and just some overall fun bar vibes, then head to this 13 Ossington Avenue joint. You can also look forward to many music and drag nights.
The French restaurant, situated at 553 Church Street, is all about brunch. This means they’re only open during the weekends from 9am-4pm. The menu includes a variety of brunch classics, of which The Benedicts, and Heuvos Rancheros are some must-haves.
Another Church Street spot (534 Church St) is Si Lom for Thai food. To say the menu is extensive would be an understatement. There’s everything from soups, salads and starters to rice, noodles and curries. Vegan options are also available.
Enjoy the classic Italian dish with a Middle-Eastern touch at Levant Pizza, located at 899 Bloor Street West. There’s flavours like Meat Habibi (pepperoni, mediterranean sausage, kofta meatballs), The Shawarma (slow-roasted lamb), Sumac “Musakhan” (sumac carmelized onions, 7-spice chicken confit) and many more.
Authentic empanadas, anyone? Make a stop at Bar Bacan at 369 Roncesvalles Avenue, where the menu includes different Argentinian and Venezuelan empanadas. There’s both vegan and meat options. Other items include arepas and plated meals.