Chef Shinji Mori, the sushi master beyond TOSHI RYORITEN, has been meticulously slicing only the best cuts of sushi for the truly discerning audiences for 16 years in Toronto. 1380 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., G-1
BEST DINER EVER
Having turned out Thornhill’s favourite burgers since 1964,
GOLDEN STAR’s iconic sign at Yonge and Steeles still beckons salivating nostalgics to its now retro dining room for a steak on a kaiser or the charbroiled All Star burger, a six-ounce beef burg topped with the special barbecue sauce. 7123 Yonge St.
BEST BUBBLE TEA
Bubble tea artisans have really upped their game in the GTA, and no better testament to that is THE ALLEY, where they make their specialty flavoured tapioca pearls by hand, right in front of customers. The menu is stocked with classic milk tea flavours, some available in soy, with no artificial powders. 505 Hwy. 7 E., Unit 16
DIY-style Japanese grill houses are a dime a dozen in the 905, but the five-month-old
SHINTA JAPANESE BBQ has changed the game forever with an offering of all-you-can-eat wagyu beef, direct from farms in Japan, Australia and locally. Just try to find more primo cuts anywhere else. 280 West Beaver Creek Rd., #37
Expertly crafted baked goods and free samples: What more could you want? BAKE CODE has reliably fresh Asian-style buns, breads, cakes and pastries –– even the complex ones, like its light and frothy Hokkaido chiffon cupcake and totally unique, sweet and melty salted egg yolk croissant. 9350 Yonge St.
No game night is complete without an order or a table at DUFF’S FAMOUS WINGS. The super-sharable menu items include generous servings of deep-fried wings with a wide range of sauces. And for an extra kick in the pants, the Death and Armageddon sauces are always waiting. 9360 Bathurst St., Unit 1
BEST UNIQUE EATS
South Africans in the GTA have a culinary home, and that home is EAT SUM MORE, a specialty food shop established by a South African couple in 2004. Homesick wanderers hit the 905 for a taste of housemade biltong, boreworst and Bakers biscuits. Worth the stop in while it’s still braai season. 7700 Bathurst St., Unit 6
BEST GOURMET GROCER
AMBROSIA began as a simple bulk food shop in 1979 and has blossomed into a full-out wellness emporium, with leading organics and health food brands as well as natural cosmetics, supplements and every other item you can think of to bolster your healthy living, granola-chomping lifestyle. 55 Doncaster Ave.
BEST ICE CREAM
RED BEAN WAFFLE HOUSE has won hearts across the 905 and North York with little fishshaped pastries filled with sweet red bean paste. These waffles have a crisp exterior and an oozy filling, the way they serve ’em here. Here, they also have the waffle shells topped with ice cream. 100 Steeles Ave. W., Unit 5
Restaurant owner Ramona Kouladji has created a home for Thornhill brunchers with her huge menu of classic fare at RAMONA’S KITCHEN. 7355 Bayview Ave. BIG BONE BBQ has won over 50 barbecue championships over the last 20 years, with items like 48-hour marinated smoked wings. 180 Bullock Dr. Dante Paoletti has been turning out pies at his famous DANTE’S PIZZERIA to loyal customers since 1976. 8700 Dufferin St., Unit 18
Chow down on tender, delicately spiced Montreal smoked meat between two slices of fresh rye at CENTRE
STREET DELI. If poultry is more your style, it has a golden-brothed chicken soup that will cure what ails ya. While you’re at it, might as well grab a knish or two. 1136 Centre St.
BEST SICHUAN FOOD
Naturally, DAYALI BEIJING
ROAST DUCK serves up a great bird. But there are a lot of other things to love on this large menu of Sichuan cuisine, such as fried sour beans with minced pork, sautéed shredded pork with soy bean paste, spicy hot pot … the list goes on and on. 20 Gibson Dr.
BEST COTTON CANDY
At MR CHU, they turn out giant clouds of candy floss double the size of your head and horseshoe-shaped Korean churros glazed with a choice of condensed milk, chocolate, matcha or cream cheese and topped with peanuts or Oreos. You can even order that churro on a serving of black sesame ice cream. 15B Finch Ave. W.
This eatery is a good thing that just keeps on giving. Fans of
JIM CHAI KEE include our Joanne Kates who never tires of this place and its ability to spin out incredible giant wontons that are bursting with shrimp. What’s better? A meal here won’t hurt the wallet either. 270 West Beaver Creek Rd.
When you’re on the hunt for good jerk chicken and roti, stop in at ANEAL’S TASTE
OF THE ISLANDS. It serves a hot and spicy version of jerk chicken or jerk goat with rice ’n’ peas along with Trini classics like dhal puri. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. 10220 Yonge St.
Loukoumades are Grecian orbs of pure deliciousness that are traditionally coated in honey and rolled in cinnamon. But at
LOUKOUMANIA, customization is key: you can choose from dozens of toppings, from icing sugar and crushed Oreos to bacon bits and banana cream, all layered over ice cream. 3120 Rutherford Rd.
Next time you pop in to
JOHN’S CHINESE BBQ for a meal, make sure you try the braised duck. It is to die for. If duck isn’t your thing (even though it should be), John’s has endless menu options covering seafood, chicken, pork, beef and all the other regulars. The noodles are delish too. 328 Hwy. 7 E.
All your favourite Vietnamese dishes are on the menu at LIT
TLE SAIGON, but the showstopper is the pho. Whether you go with rare beef, spicy seafood or tofu and vegetable, it will be delicious. You can also try it with satay noodles, if you want to mix it up. 9625 Yonge St.