Where to eat Snackin’ along the strip

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Whether you’re work­ing, play­ing or shop­ping along the Yonge strip, you need to fuel up. So check out th­ese resto tips. Break­fasts on this strip are best eaten at the Sen­a­tor ( 249 Vic­to­ria, 416- 364- 7517, the­se­n­a­tor. com). Slide into a carved- wood booth and chow down on mas­sive, fluffy ba­nana pan­cakes or the sleeper hit of the brunch menu, a huevos rancheros plat­ter that fea­tures an en­tire chorizo with Mex­i­can fix­ings. If you feel your caf­feine lev­els run­ning low, grab a cup and soak in the at­mos­phere at Di­neen Coffee Co. ( 140 Yonge, 416- 900- 0949, di­neen­cof­fee. com) or Balzac’s ( 122 Bond, 416- 597- 1700, balzacs. com).

Those look­ing to do lunch on the cheap should head ( as most Toron­to­ni­ans do) straight for Banh Mi Boys ( 399 Yonge, 416- 977- 0303, banhmi­boys. com) and its bud­get-

friendly baguette sand­wiches. If a sloppy, saucy Ital­ian panino is more your speed, Toronto- bred Cal­i­for­nia Sand­wiches ( 435 Yonge, 416- 9011973, eat­cal­i­for­nia. ca) does one of the city’s top veal sand­wiches, and TLP ( 15 Elm, 416- 662- 3546, face­book. com/ tlp­sand­wich) makes hearty butch­er­shopin­spired sam­mies, in­clud­ing a clas­sic Toronto peameal.

Paramount Fine Foods ( 253 Yonge, 416- 366- 3600, paramountfine­foods. com) is a sure­fire crowd- pleaser, with its puffy, warm- from- the- oven pita and other Middle East­ern faves?

Sus­tain­ing down­town shop­pers and the Ry­er­son stu­dent pop­u­la­tion alike, Salad King ( 340 Yonge, 416593- 0333, sal­ad­king. com) serves cur­ries and pad thai ( fol­low their leg­endary spic­ing sys­tem care­fully) in a gleam­ing set­ting on a se­cond floor above Yonge.

Of­fer­ing a more re­fined at­mos­phere, La Bet­tola di Ter­roni ( 106 Vic­to­ria, 416- 504- 9998, ter­roni. com) presents ex­tra- sim­ple twists on the south­ern Ital­ian recipes that have made the chain a lo­cal sta­ple ( think ca­cio e pepe pasta or smoked sword­fish carpac­cio). The Queen and Beaver ( 35 Elm, 647- 347- 2712, queenand­beaver­pub. ca) mar­ries English pub with coun­try man­sion, serv­ing poached hen and scal­lop- snap­per bisque along­side corned beef and potato pie and one heck of a hand-chopped burger.

On the other end of the classi­ness scale: the Im­pe­rial Pub ( 54 Dun­das East, 416- 977- 4667, im­pe­ri­alpub. com), a ven­er­a­ble Ry­er­son drink­ing hole with a menu of fried chow and a de­cent se­lec­tion of craft beer, and new­comer Duke’s Re­fresher ( 382 Yonge St # 8, 416- 979- 8529, dukesre­fresher. ca), which has an ab­so­lutely mam­moth lineup of craft suds.

Paramount Fine Foods

Banh Mi Boys’ Owner/ Chef, David Chau

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