#32 Ozzy’s Burgers
Toronto used to have terrible burgers: overcooked hockey pucks on too-big, too-tough buns. But over the last decade, thanks to a renaissance led by the Burger’s Priest, you can now get good burgers all over town. Even in Kensington Market there are two more burger shops (the Burgernator, Top Gun Steak & Burger) within a block. But only at Ozzy’s can you get a burger of fresh ground beef smash-griddled to a crisp and placed on a squishy bun for $5. In a city where this commodity typically runs $8 to $10, I feel like I’m stealing from Ozzy.
#31 Emporium Latino
In Kensington Market, tourists line up for glitzy, Instagrammable food shops while the jewel of the neighbourhood remains hidden by the facade of a Latin American grocery store. But, past racks of corn chips and masa, beyond the fridge filled with queso fresco and chorizo and the freezer hiding aji Amarillo and aji rocoto, is a little kitchen pumping out the best brunch in Kensington. Enjoy pupusas, tamales, fried plantains with crema, chiles rellenos (roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese, battered and fried). This is not fast food. They will take 10 or 15 minutes to prepare your meal. So order at the cashier, hand your ticket to the kitchen and go grab a coffee nearby while you smugly outwit the tourists.