My wife and I have lived in Leslieville since 2001. We’ve seen the neighbourhood evolve and restaurants come and go. We’ve eaten pretty much everywhere. This post is to save you the hassle.
Best Coffee: Mercury. It was the first high end coffee place to open and remains the best.
Best Breakfast Sandwich: The Winter Warmer with a fried egg at Rashers. It’s all made fresh and the Sriracha gives it an amazing kick.
Best Breakfast: Is at Jim’s. Keep it simple and go for the basic fry-up. The Leslieville Diner is also a good bet.
Best Brunch: There is always a line at Lady Marmalade. We’re never really sure why. We much prefer the brunch at Lil’ Baci. The Eggs Benedetto is really good.
Best Lunch Sandwich: Brick Bakery makes the best tuna sandwich on the planet. Fresh bread and perfectly seasoned.
Best Bakery: Also Brick. The cinnamon roll, the blueberry cheese turnover, and the sourdough.
Best Ice Cream: Can’t go wrong with Ed’s Real Scoop.
Best Pizza: If you’re after traditional, cheesy, comfort food for movie night its Danforth Pizza House (get extra cheese). If you’re after a big, classic Italian pie go to Tommaso’s. And if you want hipster goodness go to North of Brooklyn. The delivery options are generally all poor.
Best Burger: I have to go with Great Burger Kitchen. The burgers are big, very well spiced, and made with fresh ingredients.
Best Chicken: Best roast chicken is at George’s Deli & BBQ at Sherbourne & Dundas. Best fried chicken is at Chick-N-Joy. Absolutely perfect.
Best Greek: Best kebobs are at Astoria. Best pastries are at Athens.
Best Vietnamese: It’s Pho House. Trust us. We eat here twice a week. My daughter’s favourite food in the world.
Best Indian: Is Makkah. The butter chicken has a smoky note to it. The samosas are amazing. But the best is the chili chicken.
Best Chinese: Kaka Lucky Seafood BBQ. Eat anything with the pork in it.
Best Thai: The original Sukhothai location on Parliament.
Best Date Night: It’s at Goods & Provisions. Run by a local couple, service is impeccable, cosy atmosphere, and amazing food. A true treasure.