Where to eat Snackin’ along the strip
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