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Cuisine in Toronto

The cuisine of Toronto reflects Toronto's size and multicultural diversity.[1][2] Different ethnic neighbourhoods throughout the city focus on specific cuisines,[3] such as authentic Chinese and Vietnamese found in the city's six Chinatowns, Korean in Koreatown, Greek on The Danforth, Italian cuisine in Little Italy and Corso Italia, and Indian in Little India. Numerous other world cuisines are available throughout the city, including Portuguese, Hungarian, Japanese, and Caribbean. Toronto's large Jewish population has also ensured a variety of Jewish restaurants and delis, with varying adherence to kosher rules.[4][5] In addition to ethnic cuisines, Toronto is also home to many fine dining establishments[6] and chain restaurants ranging from fast food to casual or upscale dining.


  • Neighbourhoods with prominent ethnic food 1
  • Chefs 2
    • Food-related personalities 2.1
  • Restaurants 3
  • Culinary Festivals 4
  • Breweries and Wineries 5
  • Street food 6
  • Peameal Bacon Sandwich 7
  • East Indian Roti 8
  • Miscellaneous 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Neighbourhoods with prominent ethnic food


Famous chefs from or based in Toronto:

Food-related personalities


Culinary Festivals

Breweries and Wineries

Toronto has a long and rich tradition of beer brewing. Eugene O'Keefe, founder of O'Keefe Brewing Company, grew up in Toronto, to which his family had emigrated from Ireland in 1832. He was the first to produce lager beer in Canada along with the traditional ale and porter. See also: Canadian beer.

The Toronto Beer Festival celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history.

There are several breweries in the city:

Toronto's surrounding region features many wineries. The Sante Wine Festival is an annual festival which features vintages, famous winemakers and celebrity chefs.

Street food

Until 2009, hot dogs and pre-cooked sausages were the only kind of street food allowed by law.[7] These types of hot dogs are often referred to as 'street meat' by locals, and are normally flame-grilled. The law sets extremely high requirements for street food vendors. However, there was an initiative to allow more varied and nutritious street food,[8] which resulted in the introduction of Toronto a la Cart in 2009.[9] However, by 2010 Toronto a la carte was deemed a failure by local politicians and discontinued.[10][11] There are chip wagons parked in front of Toronto City Hall that sell french fries, and food trucks on the University of Toronto campus that offer Chinese food. In the summer months, ice cream and popsicles are sold from vendors on bicycles while ice cream trucks ply the city streets. Toronto a la Cart allowed vendors to sell Halal foods such as Kebab, Falafel and Shawarma. Frozen yogurt, although not found in street vendors, are popular and increasingly so, with many shops opening recently. The coffee culture in Toronto is also highly developed, with many independent cafes especially in areas like Queen West and Kensington Market.

Peameal Bacon Sandwich

Perhaps one of the most iconic and distinct Toronto offerings, although one that is not widely known, is the peameal bacon sandwich, normally on a Kaiser. The most famous offerings of the sandwich are Paddington's Pump, Sausage King, and Carousel Bakery; coincidentally enough, all are located at St. Lawrence Market. Further east in Leslieville is Rashers, billed as North America's only bacon sandwich shop, recently opened and sells a peameal bacon sandwich that Toronto Life describes as "Toronto's iconic sandwich done right".[12]

East Indian Roti

Another distinct Toronto offering is the "East Indian Roti", a variation on the stuffed Roti from the West Indies. Owing to Toronto's considerable immigrant populations from both South Asia and the Caribbean, a hybrid dish has been developed, using South Asian bread and curries as stuffing, for the otherwise West Indian dish. The best known purveyor of the East Indian Roti is Gandhi Roti on Queen Street West.[13]


See also


  1. ^ "accessed October 30, 2006". 2000-10-23. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Toronto | Toronto's Neighbourhoods". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ "List of Toronto kosher restaurants". Beth Tzedec. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  5. ^ Canada. "Cultivating a devout following - The Globe and Mail". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Food Safety - Toronto Public Health". Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ "accessed July 22, 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  9. ^ accessed August 17, 2009
  10. ^ Powell, Betsy (September 19, 2010). "Toronto a la Cart called an ‘a la Failure’". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ CBC News (April 13, 2011). "Toronto told to dump a la Cart". CBC. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ 
  13. ^ "Eat & Drink". blogTO. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 

External links

  • The Dominion Home Cookbook - A recipe book published in Toronto in 1868. Pages are available in PDF format.
  • Toronto's Key Industry Clusters: Food & Beverage
  • Taste T.O. - a website covering Toronto's food & drink scene.
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