FOR BUDGET-CONSCIOUS DINERS
Not everyone has the time or interest—or, let’s be honest, money—to seek out white-gloved service and 10-course tasting menus. Sometimes a nice pizza, burger or sandwich will do. The current fave of Toronto foodies is the porchetta sandwich—prosciutto- and pork belly-wrapped pork shoulder on a bun—served at the aptly named Porchetta & Co., as well as The Stockyards.
Should you prefer a beef patty between your bread, the city’s numerous burger shops, including Burger’s Priest and Big Smoke Burger, are eager to oblige. Or perhaps you have a more esoteric craving? A trip to ethnically diverse Kensington Market is almost certain to satisfy, The area features small restaurants and take-away operations like Agave & Aguacate and El Trompo for affordable Mexican flavour, Jumbo Empanadas (245 Augusta Ave., 416-977-0056) for the huge and filling Chilean treat of the same name, and unassuming Oishi Kada (280 Augusta Ave., 416-413-1703) for superb sushi.
And if winter’s given you a case of the chills, warm up with curried apricot and red lentil soup from Ravisoups or a hearty bowl of Vietnamese pho at Rua Vang Golden Turtle (125 Ossington Ave, 416-531-1601).
Bonus: Nearly Perfect Pizzas
The humble pie reaches for great heights at these restaurants.
- The Margherita with tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella, Pizzeria Libretto
- The Polentona with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fontina cheese, speck and pine nuts, Terroni
- The Guidaica with tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled artichokes, pecorino and mint, Mangia & Bevi
- The Cicorilli with slow-braised Calabrian pork and rosemary, Buca
- The Diavola with mozzarella, salumi, pepperoncini, black olives and hot peppers, Queen Margherita Pizza