READ­ERS’ CHOICE 2017 FOOD & DRINK

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BEST AFRICAN RESTAU­RANT LALIBELA 869 Bloor West, lal­i­belaethiopi­anrestau­rant.com Homestyle-cook­ing, served up in boun­ti­ful plat­ters, is the sig­na­ture of this charm­ing Ethiopian spot in Bloor­court. Pile on the veg­e­tar­ian dishes, or in­dulge in car­niv­o­rous op­tions like a but­tery ye beg key wat. No mat­ter what you choose, the fresh in­jera bread, tra­di­tional Ethiopian cof­fee and friendly ser­vice is a con­stant. RUN­NER-UP ETHIOPIAN HOUSE 4 Ir­win, ethiopi­anhouse.com BEST ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUF­FET MAN­DARIN Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, man­dar­in­restau­rant.com RUN­NER-UP KOREAN GRILL HOUSE Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ko­re­an­grill­house.com BEST BAR­BE­CUE RESTAU­RANT BAR­QUE SMOKE­HOUSE 299 Ron­ces­valles, bar­que.ca West-end car­ni­vores need no in­tro­duc­tion to Bar­que but for the unini­ti­ated: “meat” chef David Ne­in­stein and his BBQ em­pire. Bar­que boasts a 500-pound smoker that turns out 12hour briskets, chicken and ribs (all in house spice blends, which you can pick up at sis­ter spot Bar­que Butcher Bar up the street). But they don’t stop there – dishes like Ca­jun mac and cheese and smoked duck tacos are wor­thy picks, too. RUN­NER-UP THE STOCKYARDS 699 St. Clair West, the­stock­yards.ca BEST BAK­ERY BUNNER’S BAKE SHOP 244 Au­gusta, 3054 Dun­das West, bun­ners.ca RUN­NER-UP BLACK­BIRD BAK­ING CO. 172 Bald­win, black­bird­bak­ingco.com BEST BAR BAR RAVAL 505 Col­lege, thi­sis­bar­raval.com This stun­ning Span­ish-in­spired ar­chi­tec­tural won­der is the place to go for sherry cock­tails and tapas snacks. If you’re a re­spon­si­ble gour­mand, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to feed into the hype. Ev­ery­thing from the cock­tails, wine list, pin­txos menu, ser­vice, cof­fee and en­vi­ron­ment is deeply con­sid­ered and well played. RUN­NER-UP THE ONLY CAFE 972 Dan­forth, theon­ly­cafe.com BEST BARISTA JAY GAL­BRAITH, ROOSTER COF­FEE HOUSE roost­er­cof­fee­house.com RUN­NER-UP KJELL, SAM JAMES COF­FEE BAR sam­jamescoffee­bar.com BEST BAR­TENDER TEDDY FURY, THE HORSE­SHOE the­horse­shoetav­ern.com RUN­NER-UP PA­TRI­CIA WIL­SON, BUD­DIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE bud­diesin­bad­times.com BEST BEER SE­LEC­TION THE ONLY CAFE 972 Dan­forth, theon­ly­cafe.com RUN­NER-UP WVRST 609 King West, wvrst.com BEST BREAD BLACK­BIRD BAK­ING CO. 172 Bald­win, black­bird­bak­ingco.com Since 2014, bread lovers have flocked to this Kens­ing­ton bak­ery for Si­mon Black­well’s crispy-skinned baguettes and gor­geous chal­lah. But Toronto res­tau­ra­teurs were in on this se­cret way be­fore the re­tail lo­ca­tion opened – and they still sup­ply loaves and rolls to some of the best spots in town. RUN­NER-UP ST. JOHN’S BAK­ERY 153 Broad­view, stjohns­bak­ery.com BEST BREAK­FAST LADY MARMALADE 898 Queen East, la­dy­mar­malade.ca RUN­NER-UP AUN­TIES & UN­CLES 74 Lip­pin­cott, aun­tiesan­dun­cles.ca BEST BRUNCH LADY MARMALADE 898 Queen East, la­dy­mar­malade.ca Brunch spots come and go in Les­lieville, but the lines out­side Lady Marmalade re­turn ev­ery sin­gle week­end. The spring-green din­ing room is for­ever rammed with folks jonesing for Bene­dicts with co­chinita pi­bil or ched­dar-and-spinach-in­fused waf­fles with tomato crema. The Lady is set to move fur­ther north to Broad­view early next year, but we’re will­ing to bet the peo­ple will fol­low. RUN­NER-UP IN­SOM­NIA 563 Bloor West, in­som­niarestau­rant.com BEST BULK FOOD BULK BARN Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, bulk­barn.ca RUN­NER-UP MOBERLY NAT­U­RAL FOODS 2044 Dan­forth, mober­ly­nat­u­ral­foods.com BEST BURGER THE BURGER’S PRI­EST Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, the­burg­er­s­priest.com RUN­NER-UP DOOMIE’S 1263 Queen West, face­book.com/DoomiesToronto/ BEST BUR­RITO BUR­RITO BOYZ Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, bur­ri­to­boyz.ca

Noth­ing de­stroys hunger like a bur­rito, and Bur­rito Boyz has been a re­li­able standby for years, thanks to its tasty bricks of good­ness loaded with fill­ings like steak, shrimp, cala­mari, had­dock and even soy pro­tein. Cus­tom­ize yours fur­ther with 17 or so top­pings, in­clud­ing home­made hot sauce, gluten-free tor­tillas and plenty of home­made op­tions. RUN­NER-UP FAT BASTARD BUR­RITO Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, fat­bas­tard­bur­rito.ca BEST BUSI­NESS LUNCH RICH­MOND STA­TION 1 Rich­mond West, rich­mond­sta­tion.ca RUN­NER-UP CA­NOE 66 Welling­ton West, ca­noer­estau­rant.com BEST BUTCHER THE HEALTHY BUTCHER 565 Queen West, 298 Eglin­ton West, the­healthy­butcher.com RUN­NER-UP SANAGAN’S 176 Bald­win, sana­gans­meat­locker.com BEST CAE­SAR HOGTOWN VE­GAN 1056 Bloor West, 382 Col­lege, hog­town­ve­gan.com RUN­NER-UP THE DRAKE HO­TEL 1150 Queen West, the­drake­ho­tel.ca BEST CAFÉ ROOSTER COF­FEE HOUSE 479 Broad­view, 343 King East, 568 Jarvis, roost­er­cof­fee­house.com Though two of its lo­ca­tions (on King East and Jarvis) are smack dab in busi­ness ter­ri­tory, the Rooster has never lost the se­cluded vibe that made the orig­i­nal (on Broad­view) such a smash hit with east-en­ders. The ever-cheer­ful baris­tas and killer es­presso (cour­tesy of Pilot) don’t hurt, ei­ther. RUN­NER-UP SNAKES & LAT­TES 600 Bloor West, 489 Col­lege, 45 Eglin­ton East, snake­sand­lat­tes.com BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAU­RANT THE REAL JERK RESTAU­RANT 842 Ger­rard East, 1004 Kingston, the­re­al­jerk.com When Ri­hanna and Drake put the Real Jerk in their Work video, they let the world in on a se­cret that east-end res­i­dents have been hip to for two decades. Ed and Lily Pot­tinger made their name on moist, fiery jerk chicken, curry goat and Ja­maican roti. Thanks to fierce lo­cal support, they’ve been able to spin the busi­ness into two suc­cess­ful lo­ca­tions (in Les­lieville and the Up­per Beaches). RUN­NER-UP ONE LOVE VEG­E­TAR­IAN 854 Bathurst, oneloveveg.tel BEST CATERER FOOD DUDES 24 Car­law, the­food­dudes.com RUN­NER-UP DANIEL ET DANIEL 248 Carl­ton, danielet­daniel.ca BEST CHARCUTERIE THE BLACK HOOF 928 Dun­das West, the­black­hoof.com RUN­NER-UP SANDY ALEK­SANDER FINE FOOD 1183 Queen East, sandyalek­sander.ca BEST CHEAP EATS BANH MI BOYS 392 Queen West, 399 Yonge, 2365 Yonge, 95 The Pond Road at York Univer­sity, banhmi­boys.com RUN­NER-UP SNEAKY DEE’S 431 Col­lege, sneaky-dees.com BEST CHEESE CHEESE BOU­TIQUE 45 Ri­p­ley, cheese­bou­tique.com The first words out of ev­ery cheese lover’s mouth (at least, the print­able ones) after they walk into Cheese Bou­tique: “I never want to leave.” The place is a mas­sive shrine to all things cheesy; owner Afrim Pris­tine stocks the store with selections from all over the globe, as well as a bomb shel­ter’s worth of pre­serves, oils and other goodies. Be sure to check out the bou­tique’s ex­clu­sive se­ries of cheeses – they’re all named after Pris­tine’s dog, Henry. RUN­NER-UP GLOBAL CHEESE SHOPPE 76 Kens­ing­ton, face­book.com/Glob­alCheese/ BEST CHEF DOUG MCNISH, DOUG’S PUB­LIC KITCHEN 561 Mar­lee, dougm­c­nish.com McNish is some­thing of an un­sung hero in the Toronto food scene. The Doug’s Pub­lic Kitchen chef en­tered the world of kitchens as a teen and soon grew in­ter­ested in or­ganic and plant-based din­ing. He’s still push­ing the bound­aries of ve­gan eat­ing, hav­ing re­leased three cook­books and thrilling din­ers with the lunch and brunch dishes he doles out at his mid­town kitchen. RUN­NER-UP GRANT VAN GAMEREN, BAR IS­ABEL 797 Col­lege, baris­abel.com

BEST CHICKEN WINGS DUFF’S FA­MOUS WINGS 558 Col­lege, 1604 Bayview, duffs­fa­mouswings.ca RUN­NER-UP ST. LOUIS BAR AND GRILL Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, st­louiswings.com BEST CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT MOTHER’S DUMPLINGS 421 Spad­ina, moth­ers­dumplings.com RUN­NER-UP ROL SAN 323 Spad­ina, 416-977-1128 BEST CHO­CO­LATE SOMA CHOCOLATEMAKER 443 King West, 32 Tank House, so­ma­choco­late.com RUN­NER-UP CHOCOSOL TRADERS 1131 St. Clair West, chocosoltraders.com BEST COCK­TAIL BAR SAUCE ON DAN­FORTH 1376 Dan­forth, sauceon­thedan­forth.com The east-end wa­ter­ing hole with a court­yard pa­tio, Sauce boasts an ar­ray of craft beers, 20s-themed cock­tails and live jazz mu­sic. It’s all brought home by a warm, invit­ing at­mos­phere and retro Vic­to­rian-meets-bor­dello decor that makes it an ideal spot to pull up a stool if you’re in need of glam­our or com­fort – or both. RUN­NER-UP BAR RAVAL 505 Col­lege, thi­sis­bar­raval.com BEST DATE RESTAU­RANT WOOD­LOT 293 Palmer­ston, wood­lot­toronto.com Wood­lot makes for an ex­quis­ite datenight des­ti­na­tion. The low light­ing and whiffs of wood smoke from its on-site oven make for an warm, cabin-like glow. But it’s the food – like house-made pas­tas and oven-roasted con­fit duck – that re­ally brings the ro­mance fac­tor. As a bonus: the menu comes in car­niv­o­rous and veg­e­tar­ian sec­tions, be­cause ev­ery­body knows op­po­sites at­tract. RUN­NER-UP LE SE­LECT BISTRO 432 Welling­ton, les­e­lect.com BEST DELI CAPLANSKY’S DELI 356 Col­lege, 156 Cum­ber­land, ca­plan­skys.com RUN­NER-UP YAM CHOPS 705 Col­lege, yam­chops.com BEST DE­LIV­ERY BANJARA 796 Bloor West, 164 Eglin­ton East, toron­to­ban­jara.com RUN­NER-UP GER­RARD PIZZA 1528 Dan­forth, ger­rard­pizza.com BEST DESSERT WANDA’S PIE IN THE SKY 287 Au­gusta, wan­daspieinthesky.com RUN­NER-UP NADÈGE PATIS­SERIE Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, nadege-patis­serie.com BEST DIM SUM RESTAU­RANT ROL SAN 323 Spad­ina RUN­NER-UP MOTHER’S DUMPLINGS 421 Spad­ina, moth­ers­dumplings.com BEST DINER THE LAKEVIEW 1132 Dun­das West, the­lake­viewrestau­rant.ca How many places do 24-hour ser­vice any more? The Lakeview is a peren­nial safe har­bour in the tem­pes­tu­ous party strip of Ossington. It’s al­ways there for you and your crav­ings: drunk munchies, datenight burg­ers, hang­over break­fast, a civ­i­lized lunch with the folks. Corn­meal chicken, killer break­fast sand­wiches and cheap pints are among the many op­tions. Ev­ery­one leaves happy. RUN­NER-UP CAR­DI­NAL RULE 5 Ron­ces­valles, car­di­nal­rulerestau­rant.com BEST DONUT GLORY HOLE DOUGH­NUTS 1596 Queen West, glo­ry­hole­dough­nuts.com RUN­NER-UP VON DOUGH­NUTS 713 Dan­forth, von­dough­nuts.com

BEST FALAFEL TABULE 2009 Yonge, 810 Queen East, 2901 Bayview, tabule.ca RUN­NER-UP GHAZALE Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ghazale.ca BEST FARMER’S MAR­KET EVERGREEN BRICKWORKS FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET 550 Bayview, evergreen.ca RUN­NER-UP THE LES­LIEVILLE FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET 20 Wood­ward, leslieville­mar­ket.com BEST FISH HOOKED Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, hooked­inc.ca RUN­NER-UP DE LA MER Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, de­lamer.ca BEST FISH & CHIPS OLDE YORKE FISH & CHIPS 96 Laird, old­ey­orke­fis­hand­chips.com RUN­NER-UP HOOKY’s 893 Queen West, hookys­fis­hand­chips.com BEST FOOD TRUCK THE AREPA REPUB­LIC instagram.com/theare­pare­pub­lic/ Rolling onto the T.O. food truck scene in 2015, this Latin-ori­ented kitchen on wheels brings the “Venezue­lan ex­pe­ri­ence” to you. It’s tit­u­lar dish – corn­bread sand­wiches stuffed with top­pings like savoury pulled pork or plan­tain and av­o­cado – are the sig­na­ture. But it’s been known to branch out into em­panadas and tequenos (aka cheese sticks). RUN­NER-UP FIDEL GAS­TRO’S fi­del­gas­tros.com BEST FRENCH RESTAU­RANT LE SE­LECT BISTRO 432 Welling­ton, les­e­lect.com RUN­NER-UP CLUNY 35 Tank House, clun­y­bistro.com BEST GAS­TRO-PUB HOUSE ON PAR­LIA­MENT 454 Par­lia­ment, house­on­par­lia­ment.com RUN­NER-UP BELL­WOODS BREW­ERY 124 Ossington, bell­woods­brew­ery.com BEST GREEK RESTAU­RANT AS­TO­RIA Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, as­to­ri­ashishke­bob­house.com RUN­NER-UP MEZES 456 Dan­forth, mezes.com BEST ICE CREAM/GELATO ED’S REAL SCOOP Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ed­sre­alscoop.com In the sum­mer months, the side­walks out­side Ed’s four lo­ca­tions (in the Beaches, Ron­ces­valles, Les­lieville and Mim­ico) are home to plenty of happy cus­tomers (from ages zero to in­fin­ity) chow­ing down their fave flavour. After so many years in busi­ness, it’s racked up over 100 ro­tat­ing of­fer­ings to choose from, avail­able in scoops, pints, cakes, af­fogatos, milk­shakes – the sky re­ally is the limit. RUN­NER-UP BANG BANG 93A Ossington, bang­bang­ice­cream.com BEST IN­DIAN RESTAU­RANT BANJARA IN­DIAN CUI­SINE 796 Bloor West, 164 Eglin­ton East, toron­to­ban­jara.com RUN­NER-UP LA­HORE TIKKA HOUSE 1365 Ger­rard East, la­horetikka­house.com BEST ITAL­IAN RESTAU­RANT TERRONI Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, terroni.com RUN­NER-UP ENOTECA SOCIALE 1288 Dun­das West, sociale.ca BEST JA­MAICAN THE REAL JERK RESTAU­RANT 842 Ger­rard East, 1004 Kingston, the­re­al­jerk.com RUN­NER-UP ONE LOVE VEG­E­TAR­IAN 854 Bathurst, oneloveveg.tel BEST JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT KINKA IZAKAYA 559 Bloor West, 398 Church, 4775 Yonge, kinka.com RUN­NER-UP JABISTRO 222 Rich­mond West, jabistro.com BEST JUICE BAR VIL­LAGE JUICERY 540 Col­lege, 99 Ron­ces­valles, 2409 Yonge, vil­lage­juicery.com RUN­NER-UP PULP KITCHEN 717 Queen East, pulp­kitchen.ca BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAU­RANT PIZZE­RIA LI­BRETTO Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, pizze­ri­al­i­bretto.com RUN­NER-UP LOUIS CIFER BREW WORKS 417 Dan­forth, louis­cifer­brew­works.com BEST KOREAN RESTAU­RANT KOREAN VIL­LAGE RESTAU­RANT 628 Bloor West RUN­NER-UP BUK CHANG DONG 691 Bloor West BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAU­RANT SNEAKY DEE’S 431 Col­lege, sneaky-dees.com RUN­NER-UP THE LAKEVIEW 1132 Dun­das West, the­lake­viewrestau­rant.ca BEST LATIN RESTAU­RANT TACOS EL ASADOR 689 Bloor West RUN­NER-UP EL AREPAZO 181 Au­gusta, arepazo.ca

BEST LO­CAL MICROBREW LEFT FIELD BREW­ERY 36 Wagstaff, left­field­brew­ery.ca The east end’s fave mi­cro­brew­ery is still hit­tin’ it out of the park after four years. Its vel­vety Ee­phus – a brown ale – has be­come a fix­ture on lo­cal draught lists, along with its bright Sun­light Park Sai­son. With the core lineup of brews go­ing strong, they’ve been freed up for wel­come ex­per­i­ments like the Brick & Mor­tar Cof­fee Porter col­lab with neigh­bours Pilot. In short, th­ese are fine util­ity play­ers with a long ca­reer ahead of them. RUN­NER-UP BELL­WOODS BREW­ERY 124 Ossington, bell­woods­brew­ery.com BANH MI BOYS 392 Queen West, 399 Yonge, 2365 Yonge, 95 The Pond Road at York Univer­sity, banhmi­boys.com As menu prices creep ever higher, Banh Mi Boys re­mains bless­edly, re­fresh­ingly cheap and de­li­cious. From baguette sand­wiches to stuffed Chi­nese bao and tacos to kim­chi-topped fries, nearly ev­ery­thing on the menu clocks in at $7 or less. The pricier of­fer­ings in­clude duck con­fit and black­ened mahi mahi subs, but even the $5.50 five-spice pork makes for a fill­ing, tasty lunch. RUN­NER-UP THROUGH BE­ING COOL 1277 Bloor West, @tbcve­gan BEST MAR­TINI PARK HY­ATT ROOFTOP BAR 4 Av­enue, toronto.park.hy­att.com RUN­NER-UP LI­BRARY BAR AT THE FAIR­MONT ROYAL YORK 100 Front West, fair­mont.com BEST MEX­I­CAN RESTAU­RANT PLAYA CABANA Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, play­a­ca­bana.ca RUN­NER-UP EL CA­TRIN 18 Tank House, el­ca­trin.ca

BEST MID­DLE EAST­ERN RESTAU­RANT TABULE 2009 Yonge, 810 Queen East, 2901 Bayview, tabule.ca RUN­NER-UP PARA­MOUNT FINE FOODs Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, paramountfine­foods.com BEST PA­TIO DRAKE HO­TEL SKY YARD 1150 Queen West, the­drake­ho­tel.ca The Drake Ho­tel’s rooftop Sky Yard is allsea­sons, but it’s best dur­ing sum­mer months. En­joy sea­sonal com­fort food, cock­tails and other li­ba­tions next to cool art as Queen West buzzes be­low. RUN­NER-UP ALLEN’S 143 Dan­forth, al­lens.to BEST PIZZA PIZZE­RIA LI­BRETTO Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, pizze­ri­al­i­bretto.com RUN­NER-UP APIECALYPSE NOW! 735 Bloor West, apieca­lypsenow.com BEST POUTINE SMOKE’S POUTINERIE Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, smoke­spou­tinerie.com From lo­cal fast-food up­start to Canadian am­bas­sadors to the world: the poutine chain with the goofy be­spec­ta­cled logo has man­aged to make it­self ut­terly syn­ony­mous with our national guilty-plea­sure snack. The clas­sic recipe still sat­is­fies, but an ever-grow­ing menu of top­ping op­tions (Korean BBQ, ba­con cheese­burger and Philly cheeses­teak, to name a few) will crush even the most ro­bust of hunger pangs. RUN­NER-UP POUTINI’S HOUSE OF POUTINE 1112 Queen West, 617 King West, poutini.com BEST PRIX FIXE RUBY WATCHCO 730 Queen East, ruby­watchco.ca RUN­NER-UP SIDECAR 577 Col­lege, side­car­restau­rant.ca BEST PUB HOUSE ON PAR­LIA­MENT 454 Par­lia­ment, house­on­par­lia­ment.com RUN­NER-UP CEILI COT­TAGE 1301 Queen East, ceil­i­cot­tage.com BEST RA­MEN KINTON RA­MEN Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, kin­ton­ra­men.com in­ton rises above the ra­men pack. Its seven GTA lo­ca­tions fea­ture some of the best bowls in town, built on full­bod­ied pork broth and lighter (but no less flavour­ful) chicken broth, and packed with thick or thin noo­dles. Round­ing things out are top-notch sides like takoy­aki and karaage. RUN­NER-UP MOMOFUKU NOO­DLE BAR 190 Univer­sity, noodle­bar-toronto.momofuku.com BEST RESTAU­RANT BAR IS­ABEL 797 Col­lege, baris­abel.com They say you never for­get your first, and that’s par­tic­u­larly true in the case of lo­cal mega-chef Grant Van Gameren, whose first out­ing, Bar Is­abel, has left a per­ma­nent mark on lo­cal din­ers. The in­ti­mate at­mos­phere and heavy fo­cus on Span­ish clas­sics, in­clud­ing gor­geous oc­to­pus and shrimp à la plan­cha, al­lowed Van Gameren to pi­o­neer the formula he later per­fected at Bar Raval. RUN­NER-UP KHAO SAN ROAD 11 Char­lotte, khaosan­road.ca BEST ROTI GANDHI IN­DIAN CUI­SINE 554 Queen West RUN­NER-UP IS­LAND FOODS 1182 King West, 1310 Don Mills, is­land-foods.com BEST SAND­WICH CAL­I­FOR­NIA SAND­WICHES Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, eat­cal­i­for­nia.com RUN­NER-UP BANH MI BOYS Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, banhmi­boys.com BEST SCENE THE DRAKE HO­TEL 1150 Queen West, the­drake­ho­tel.ca

RUN­NER-UP 69 Nas­sau, 416-340-1110 BEST SCOTCH SE­LEC­TION THE CALE­DO­NIAN 856 Col­lege, the­cale­do­nian.ca RUN­NER-UP ALLEN’S 143 Dan­forth, al­lens.to BEST SEAFOOD RESTAU­RANT THE CAP­TAIN’S BOIL Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, the­cap­tains­boil.com RUN­NER-UP NORTH POKE 179 Bald­win, north­poke.com BEST SERVER ASH­LEY CRAIG, APIECALYPSE NOW 735 Bloor West, apieca­lypsenow.com We’ll let owner Jen Bun­dock praise Apiecalypse’s FOH/bar man­ager, who is uni­ver­sally beloved by cus­tomers, her­self: “She is half-gothic-met­al­head and half-walk­ing-Simp­sons-ref­er­ence (com­plete with her own res­cued grey­hound). She has eaten pizza ev­ery day for the last two years, broke straight­edge to be­come ob­sessed with all things beer, is an im­port from Hal­i­fax, and WILL re­mem­ber your birth­day.” RUN­NER-UP MARIE MICHELE P, MAPLE LEAF TAV­ERN 955 Ger­rard East, maple­leaf­tav­ern.ca BEST SPLURGE RESTAU­RANT WOOD­LOT 293 Palmer­ston, wood­lot­toronto.com RUN­NER-UP SCARAMOUCHE 1 Ben­venuto, scaramoucher­estau­rant.com BEST SPORTS BAR REAL SPORTS BAR & GRILL 15 York, re­al­sports.ca/barand­grill/Toronto RUN­NER-UP ROUND THE HORN 331 Ron­ces­valles, face­book.com/roundthe­horn331 BEST STEAK­HOUSE BARBERIANS 7 Elm, barberians.com RUN­NER-UP THE KEG Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, keg­steak­house.com BEST TACO LA CARNITA Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, lacar­nita.com RUN­NER-UP SEVEN LIVES 69 Kens­ing­ton, @SevenLivesTO BEST TAPAS BAR RAVAL 505 Col­lege, thi­sis­bar­raval.com RUN­NER-UP REL­ISH BAR & GRILL 2152 Dan­forth, rel­ish­barand­grill.com BEST TEA GEN­UINE TEA gen­uinetea.ca Founders David O’Con­nor and Sarah RUN­NER-UP DAVIDSTEA Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, davidstea.com BEST THAI RESTAU­RANT PAI 18 Dun­can, paitoronto.com Jeff and Nuit Reg­u­lar have no short­age of great Thai prop­er­ties across town – a quar­tet of Sukhothai lo­ca­tions, plus glim­mer­ing new ar­rival Kiin – but Pai re­ally is some­thing special. The night­mar­ket-in­spired eatery does punchy riffs on the cui­sine of chef Nuit’s north­ern Thai­land, set against a back­drop of flut­ter­ing flags and lively tunes. A new lunchtime take­out op­er­a­tion has al­le­vi­ated the line­ups (a lit­tle). RUN­NER-UP SUKHOTHAI Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, sukhothaifood.ca BEST VE­GAN RESTAU­RANT FRESH Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, freshrestau­rants.ca RUN­NER-UP APIECALYPSE NOW! 735 Bloor West, apieca­lypsenow.com BEST VEG­E­TAR­IAN RESTAU­RANT PLANTA 1221 Bay, plantarestau­rants.com RUN­NER-UP FRESH ON EGLIN­TON 90 Eglin­ton East, freshrestau­rants.ca BEST WINE BAR CIBO WINE BAR 522 King West, 133 Yorkville, 2472 Yonge, ci­bowinebar.com This sleek Lib­erty Group mini-chain, which has a trio of Toronto lo­ca­tions and three more in Florida, is all about wine. The ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion is best ap­proached the Ital­ian way, with abun­dant car­bo­hy­drates. Luck­ily, the menu boasts dozens of piz­zas and pas­tas that pair well with just about ev­ery glass and bot­tle. RUN­NER-UP MID­FIELD WINEBAR & TAV­ERN 1434 Dun­das West, mid­field­wine.com BEST WINE LIST LE SE­LECT BISTRO 432 Welling­ton, les­e­lect.com RUN­NER-UP ENOTECA SOCIALE 1288 Dun­das West, sociale.ca

Best bar win­ner Bar Raval has de­li­cious tapas snacks.

Lady Marmalade is the top choice for break­fast and brunch.

Banh Mi Boys is a favourite spot for af­ford­able grub.

Pizza Li­bretto wins best pizza.

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