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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 BACKDOOR WRAP
Hidden in the back of a Hasty Market, FLAMING STOVE is a must for any shawarma fan. Trad saj bread is handmade and filled with falafel or chicken. 21 Davisville Ave.
The chicken at STOCKYARDS 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 SOUTHERN ITALIAN
Seasonal fare at 7 NUMBERS includes squash blossom fritters that come out once a year in fall — but the lasagna is a menu fixture. Catch chef Mama Rosa in the kitchen, doling out that special ingredient: love. 516 Eglinton Ave. W.
BEST PUB FARE
Whatever your heart desires,
THE ABBOT has it all. Get the club sammie (maple-ginger glazed chicken with bacon on brioche) or the cottage pie (gravy-laced beef and veg with cheddar mashed potatoes). 508 Eglinton Ave. E.
BEST ICE CREAM
MY FAVOURITE ICE CREAM
SHOP should be your fave too. Flavours like lemon meringue and roasted marshmallow sit pretty alongside Insta-friendly cotton candy rainbow sorbet and a kulfi-inspired frozen yogurt. 3 MacPherson Ave.
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 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 DIM SUM
Every day, KWAN dishes out delights until 4 p.m.: steamed ’shroom and truffle dumplings, chicken siu mai, pork pot stickers. Save space for fried sesame balls with custard cream and salty egg yolk. 1496 Yonge 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. 130 Eglinton Ave. E.
There isn’t much Indonesian food in T.O., but fortunately
LITTLE SISTER does an incredible job. Nibble on satay lilet skewers with Balinese spiced chicken and flavourpacked nasi goreng. 2031 Yonge St.
With a focus on many-ingredient salads (the Thai one starts with coconut, mango, crispy rice noodles and peanuts),
PALM LANE puts health first. But you can also have a glass of rosé because balance, right? 55 Avenue Rd.
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.