It’s that time of year again where we round up our favourite restaurants to share with you, our beloved readers.
It’s something we look forward to because it gives us a chance to highlight places and people that have cooked us exceptional meals throughout the year. This year, we thought a lot about how to present our guide. This has been and continues to be an incredibly tough time for restaurants — ranking restaurants, even in a way that we see as uplifting, feels weird. At the same time, we thought this could be an opportunity to highlight places, old and new, that have persevered through 2020, businesses that have adapted to the times and that have provided us with one of life’s purest enjoyments: a well-cooked meal.
This guide isn’t definitive — it doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the wonderful restaurants in this city. It’s simply a list of places we like and we think you’ll like, too. Don’t see your favourite spot? Tell us about it, tell your friends and most importantly — keep supporting it!
An unexpected product of 2020 was the creation of different types of restaurant formats. For the first time ever, high-end spots like Joe Beef and Jun I are offering delivery, making their food the most accessible it’s ever been. We’ve also seen a whole new business model spring up, what we’re calling onestop-shops. These businesses blur the lines between épicerie and restaurant, offering fresh produce, preserves and other sundries in addition to ready-to-eat or ready-to-make meals.
For all its bleakness, 2020 has revealed the resiliency of restaurants and has totally redefined what take-out food can be. Our restaurant scene is dramatically different from what it was in 2019, but it remains vibrant, innovative and, ultimately, delicious. So with that said, we hope this year’s guide introduces you to a few new spots or reminds you to order from neighbourhood classics. Either way, we hope you enjoy a good meal. Bon appétit!