After 25 million dollars and three years of renovations, Toronto’s East End has a bonafide food and drink destination.
Before hitting The Broadview Hotel, why not dine at an East End restaurant?
Top 10 East End Restaurants:
10. Goods and Provisions: 1124 Queen Street East, 647-340-1738
Be transported back to the Prohibition era: Admire the vintage wooden cabinets, chandeliers, and photographs, sip on an Old Fascist (Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Ginger Syrup and Cardamom bitters) and enjoy a plate of Steak Frites ($39) topped with bone marrow butter. Arrive between 5:30pm-7pm to enjoy their happy hour.
9. Eastside Social: 1008 Queen Street East, 416-461-5663
A contemporary restaurant space outfitted with naval decorations will immediately transport you to the Maritimes. As you relish the east coast vibes, enjoy one of their seafood entrees such as the Pan Seared Scallop and Tiger Shrimp ($18.50).
8. Allen’s: 143 Danforth Avenue, 416-463-3086
Stick to what Allen’s is known for: Their selection of incredible grass fed burgers. For a classic bar atmosphere sit inside, otherwise request a table on their gorgeous willow tree shaded back patio. Allen’s is not your typical pub.
7. Batifole: 744 Gerrard Street East, 416-462-9965
Batifole is the quintessential French bistro: Inviting chandeliers, wall portraits, and wooden counter tops will remove any doubts of being a pretentious French restaurant. The food has an unmistakeable home cooked quality – their “Cassoulet Royal” ($26), a hearty stew of white beans, duck confit, sausage, and pork belly is a must try.
6. The Wren: 1382 Danforth Avenue, 647-748-1382
A go-to for locals craving the social atmosphere of a modern bar, with stellar Southwestern styled comfort food. Indulge in one of their Instagram famous burgers.
5. Carbon Bar: 99 Queen Street East, 416-947-7000
Somewhere between casual and upscale with their modern artsy décor, impeccable service, and down-home comfort food make Carbon Bar an East End gem. Come in specifically for their Pit Master Platter ($32 per person): a smorgasbord of delicious southern inspired barbeque including ribs, sausage, turkey, and pulled pork.
4. Maple Leaf Tavern: 955 Gerrard Street East, 416-465-0955
Located in a 100-year-old building, recent renovations create a vintage-modern feel with brick walls, hardwood floors, and wooden cabinets. The menu is highlighted by their selection of wood grilled dishes such as the Ribeye ($48) and Mutton Chops ($29).
3. Pinkerton’s Snack Bar: 1026 Gerrard Street East, 416-855-1460
Vibe to the catchy soundtrack of alt-rock blasted over the speakers, grab a drink and revel in the chill atmosphere which features industrial décor and local art.
Order a variety of Asian-inspired snacks such as their Bulgogi Steamed Bao Buns (2 for $12).
2. Ruby Watchco: 730 Queen Street East, 416-465-0100
The creation of celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, this Canadian restaurant operates a pre-set menu system ($54) for each day of the week (check the menu in advance before making a reservation). While expensive, you get a three course meal crafted by one of Canada’s top chefs.
1. Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant: 1220 Queen Street East, 416-469-5225
Known as “The Nose” because of a giant nose sculpture that hangs at its entrance, this restaurant’s weirdness doesn’t stop at the front door: The interior is decked out with quirky mannequins and funky Italian art pieces. One thing that isn’t strange is their classic Italian comfort food.
Which of these restaurants will start your next East End adventure?