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BEST DRINK DIS­COUNT

Hey wine lovers, didja know bot­tles are half price on Mon­days at EVOO and Wed­nes­days at BIRCH BISTRO? EVOO, 138 Av­enue Rd. & Birch Bistro, 623 Mt. Pleas­ant Rd.

BEST BACK­DOOR WRAP

Hid­den in the back of a Hasty Mar­ket, FLAM­ING STOVE is a must for any shawarma fan. Trad saj bread is hand­made and filled with falafel or chicken. 21 Dav­isville Ave.

BEST BBQ

The chicken at STOCKYARDS is a must: juicy, but­ter­milk mar­i­nated and en­robed in a per­fect golden crust. If ribs are what you’re af­ter, show up on Tues­day, Fri­day or Sun­day at 5 p.m., no other day will do. 699 St. Clair Ave. W.

BEST SOUTH­ERN ITAL­IAN

Sea­sonal fare at 7 NUM­BERS in­cludes squash blos­som frit­ters that come out once a year in fall — but the lasagna is a menu fix­ture. Catch chef Mama Rosa in the kitchen, dol­ing out that spe­cial in­gre­di­ent: love. 516 Eglin­ton Ave. W.

BEST PUB FARE

What­ever your heart de­sires,

THE AB­BOT has it all. Get the club sam­mie (maple-gin­ger glazed chicken with ba­con on brioche) or the cot­tage pie (gravy-laced beef and veg with ched­dar mashed pota­toes). 508 Eglin­ton Ave. E.

BEST ICE CREAM

MY FAVOURITE ICE CREAM

SHOP should be your fave too. Flavours like lemon meringue and roasted marsh­mal­low sit pretty along­side In­sta-friendly cot­ton candy rain­bow sor­bet and a kulfi-in­spired frozen yo­gurt. 3 MacPher­son Ave.

BEST PERU­VIAN

At KAY PACHA, start with a pisco cock­tail be­fore div­ing into chef-owner Elias Salazar’s spe­cialty: ce­viche. Fresh daily fish in a bath of leche de ti­gre along with pur­ple yams, corn and sweet potato. 744 St. Clair Ave. W.

BEST ON-CALL CRUS­TACEAN

Steam­ing hot seafood is just a phone call away. PISCES GOURMET fish shop will cook your lob­ster for you if you give a ring in ad­vance. 1097 Yonge St.

BEST DIM SUM

Ev­ery day, KWAN dishes out de­lights un­til 4 p.m.: steamed ’shroom and truf­fle dumplings, chicken siu mai, pork pot stick­ers. Save space for fried se­same balls with cus­tard cream and salty egg yolk. 1496 Yonge St.

BEST SAND­WICH

Five days of mar­i­nat­ing, slow­cook­ing and rest­ing re­sult in this per­fect brisket sand­wich that sells out daily. Don’t you call your­self a Toron­to­nian un­less you’ve eaten a brisket sando from BLACK CAMEL. 4 Cres­cent Rd.

BEST MEX­I­CAN

Tacos, tacos and more tacos. Whether you go meat (chorizo with cotija cheese and mango salsa), fish (cod with green ap­ple match­sticks) or veg (’shrooms with chili crema), there’s no mis­steps at LA CARNITA. 130 Eglin­ton Ave. E.

BEST IN­DONE­SIAN

There isn’t much In­done­sian food in T.O., but for­tu­nately

LIT­TLE SIS­TER does an in­cred­i­ble job. Nib­ble on satay lilet skew­ers with Ba­li­nese spiced chicken and flavour­packed nasi goreng. 2031 Yonge St.

BEST SAL­ADS

With a fo­cus on many-in­gre­di­ent sal­ads (the Thai one starts with co­conut, mango, crispy rice noo­dles and peanuts),

PALM LANE puts health first. But you can also have a glass of rosé be­cause bal­ance, right? 55 Av­enue Rd.

BEST PASTA DEAL

ANNABELLE’s scrump­tious $10 daily pasta spe­cials have made it a trea­sure. A swirl of spaghetti all’Am­a­tri­ciana is a clas­sic or­der. Bang for your buck. 909 Daven­port Rd.

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