th­ese restos rule on king West

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Chow down at th­ese spots in condo coun­try

A short decade ago, King west of Spad­ina was a ghost town when it came to dining, but in the past few years great restau­rants have opened up of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery taste.

For in­stance, the fresh­est fish and seafood in town can be found at Rod

ney’s (469 King West, at Brant, 416363-8105, rod­neysoys­ter­, @Rod­neysToronto), in­clud­ing oysters from around the world.

Top chefs like Susur Lee have also mi­grated to the nabe, where cheese­burger spring rolls and other famed Asian fu­sion dishes are on Lee’s (601 King West, at Port­land, 416- 504-7867,, @susurlee) menu.

If meat and beer are more to your lik­ing, head a few doors west to Wvrst (609 King West, at Port­land, 416-7037775,, @wvrst­beer­hall), a rau­cous Ger­man-style beer hall serv­ing great sausage made in house from a va­ri­ety of meats and a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of craft beer.

The fresh­est flavours of South Amer­ica make for a non-stop party across the street at Valdez (606 King West, at Port­land, 416-363-8388, valdezrestau­, @the­valdezTO), where chef Steve Gon­za­lez (aka El Jefe) cooks up bril­liant Latin street food in­clud­ing some of the best ce­viche in town. (Re­ally, it’s mind-blow­ing).

If nose-to-tail sus­tain­able dining with lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents is more your style, Beast’s Scott Vi­vian makes all an­i­mals tasty and does “whole beast” din­ners for pri­vate events (96 Te­cum­seth, at Whi­taker, 647352- 6000, the­beas­trestau­, @beas­trestau­rant).

And fi­nally, if all that par­ty­ing and eat­ing has left you feel­ing rough, cater to your han­gover at Chee

sew­erks ( 56 Bathurst, at Welling­ton, 416-243-3327, cheesew­, @cheesew­erks), where just about any­thing from av­o­cado to cit­r­uscured pork gets put in a grilled cheese sand­wich.

Snack on Susur Lee’s famed fu­sion at Lee.

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