UNDER THE RADAR
IT’S NOT ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW, BUT WHAT YOU KNOW. HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.