Our 13th annual Readers’ Choice rundown of your favourite restaurants in 20 categories.
Every year we ask you, and every year, you tell us. By filling out a ballot in a previous issue of Where Toronto or voting online at Where.ca, you let us know where to go for the finest of everything: ambience, service, romance and family dining. You whispered in our ear about the hottest spot to raise a glass at the most excellent bar in town, and shared your secret on best bets for breakfast or brunch. You even voiced your opinions on superlative ethnic eateries for foods from France, Greece, India, Japan, Italy and more—all accessible without leaving the city! The 2009 Where to Dine winners are your favourite places to eat, drink and be merry.
The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc
Get as close as you can to Marrakesh without boarding a plane by lounging among colourful pillows and lanterns here. Belly dancers entertain while you nosh on four courses of French-African gastronomy like harira, edible hand-rolled Moroccan cigars, keskesu Casablanca and the brûlée royale.
Finalists: 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Bâton Rouge Restaurant & Bar (Toronto Eaton Centre location), Bellini’s Ristorante, Southern Accent
Live music nightly and during Sunday brunch at the hippest bar on the Ossington strip draws the best bluegrass, alt-country and hybrid-rock musicians in Canada to perform in a basement barn. . . or is it a stage? Catch resident band Steamboat Sunday nights. Tip: get there early to get in.
Finalists: College Street Bar, Elephant & Castle, Lobby Bar at the Four Seasons hotel (21 Avenue Rd., 416-928-7332, Riva Supper Lounge