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BEST DRINK DIS­COUNT

Hey wine lovers, didja know bot­tles are half price on Mon­days at EVOO and Wed­nes­days at BIRCH BISTRO? EVOO, 138 Av­enue Rd. & Birch Bistro, 623 Mt. Pleas­ant Rd.

BEST TACOS ON THE SLY

The quaint lit­tle Mex­i­can snack bar El Po­cho in Seaton Vil­lage blew away the com­pe­ti­tion, and celebrity chef Mark McE­wan in our search for T.O.’s best tacos. 2 Fol­lis Ave.

BEST BBQ

The fried chicken at STOCK

YARDS is a must: juicy, but­ter­milk mar­i­nated and en­robed in a per­fect golden crust. If ribs are what you’re after, show up on Tues­day, Fri­day or Sun­day at 5 p.m., no other day will do. 699 St. Clair Ave. W.

BEST DINER

But ac­tu­ally, it’s more than a diner — AV­ENUE DINER is a land­mark. Since 1944, it has dished out low-key scram­bled eggs, sand­wiches and ham­burg­ers to low-key pa­trons, some of whom just hap­pen to be celebs. 222 Daven­port Rd.

BEST GLOBAL FARE

Travel the world with your palate alone at the Food Dudes’ spot RASA. In an un­usual be­low-ground space, en­joy world flavours like cala­mari on sour­dough toast with ri­cotta and veg­etable chorizo em­panadas. 196 Robert St.

BEST PERU­VIAN

At KAY PACHA, start with a pisco cock­tail be­fore div­ing into chef-owner Elias Salazar’s spe­cialty: ce­viche: fresh daily fish in a bath of leche de ti­gre along with pur­ple yams, corn and sweet potato. 744 St. Clair Ave. W.

BEST ICE CREAM

In this case, the first is also the best. GREG’S ICE CREAM set the trend by scoop­ing all-nat­u­ral frozen treats back in 1981. Thank heav­ens some things (a.k.a. roasted marsh­mal­low flavour) never change. 3 MacPher­son Ave.

BEST ON-CALL CRUS­TACEAN

Steam­ing hot seafood is just a phone call away. PISCES GOURMET fish shop will cook your lob­ster for you if you give a ring in ad­vance. 1097 Yonge St.

BEST RA­MEN

Every day, RA­MEN ISSHIN dishes out some of the city’s best and most au­then­tic takes on the Ja­panese noo­dle dish in town. Try the Red Dragon Ra­men, which you can get as spicy as you can han­dle. 421 Col­lege St.

BEST SAND­WICH

Five days of mar­i­nat­ing, slow­cook­ing and rest­ing re­sult in this per­fect brisket sand­wich that sells out daily. Don’t you call your­self a Toron­to­nian un­less you’ve eaten a brisket sando from BLACK CAMEL. 4 Cres­cent Rd.

BEST MEX­I­CAN

Tacos, tacos and more tacos. Whether you go meat (chorizo with cotija cheese and mango salsa), fish (cod with green ap­ple match­sticks) or veg (’shrooms with chili crema), there’s no mis­steps at LA CARNITA. 501 Col­lege St.

BEST CARIBBEAN

This is­land out­fit serves up plenty of heat. Tuck into the RITZ CARIBBEAN FOODS

clas­sics, like ox­tail, chana roti, fes­ti­val and, yes, that jerk chicken. For dessert, some rum cake will do just fine. 762 Yonge St.

BEST SALAD

We know it’s a ro­tis­serie and chef and owner Corey Vi­tiello’s chicken is del­ish, but FLOCK’s se­cret weapon is sal­ads. Try the Har­vest Flock with mar­i­nated kale, farro, spaghetti squash, beet hum­mus and more. 97 Har­bord St.

BEST PASTA DEAL

ANNABELLE’s scrump­tious $10 daily pasta specials have made it a trea­sure. A swirl of spaghetti all’Ama­tri­ciana is a clas­sic or­der. Bang for your buck. 909 Daven­port Rd.

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