Toronto’s patio days might be over, but for us that means the best comfort food in the city has a chance to shine. Even when frigid winds blow off Lake Ontario, these spots ensure that keeping warm is always on the menu.
Here are some of the best comfort food options throughout Toronto…
Home of the Brave (King West)
A stylish retreat for American comfort food classics, Home of the Brave is an unmistakable feature of King West’s restaurant scene. This is where you’ll find tater tots drenched in cheese sauce, honey garlic baby back ribs, and even homemade macaroni (made with cheesy bread crumbs). This is the kind of place that feels like home, with the food to match!
La Cubana (Roncesvalles Village)
When we think of the best comfort food in Toronto, we think of Roncesvalles. La Cubana is a neighbourhood staple, and features amazing Cuban food like sweet plantains, chorizo empanadas, and pressed Cuban sandwiches. The best part of this has to be the classic diner vibes and open kitchen, which alone is enough to keep you feeling warm.
Golden Turtle Restaurant (Ossington)
Pho is a comfort food staple when it comes to winter in Toronto. Perfect for those dreary, overcast winter days, it also helps when you’re fighting off a cold (or getting over one). The Golden Turtle is one of the best places to enjoy pho along the Ossington strip. The best part is that the seasoning is completely up to you, in case you prefer things more spicy, minty, citrusy, or somewhere in between.
The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles (The Annex)
Originating in Harlem, but perfected in Toronto, chicken and waffles is a comfort food classic that pairs two unlikely foods into one divine combination. Whether you’re in the Annex (or their other location in Kensington Market), the Dirty Bird is a great place to get your fix of this syrupy, deep-fried, is-it-breakfast-lunch-or-dinner combination.
The Lakeview (Trinity Bellwoods)
One of Toronto’s best 24-hour restaurants, the Lakeview is doling out comfort food classics around the clock. Their sprawling menu is huge, filled with comfort classics from clubhouse sandwiches to poutine. It also makes for a great family-friendly retreat. Best of all, the brunch is also available 24 hours.
La Carnita (Leslieville)
Tucked away in Leslieville, with additional locations downtown and in Little Italy, La Carnita is a staple for those looking for Latin comfort food in their lives. Pull up a chair here and enjoy tacos, wings, tortilla chips, and more. Top it off with a churro, which is the perfect way to keep warm for the rest of the day’s journey.
Stadt Café (The Junction)
The Junction is fast becoming one of the best places for food in the West End. Stadt Café is a great option, with delicious German favourites like fresh-baked pretzels and potato salad for dinner, and apple strudel French toast for brunch. Enjoy some of the best comfort food in Toronto here, and then feel free to stroll the streets and get a feel for the Junction and the nearby Junction Triangle.
If you know where to look, it’s easy to find some of the best comfort food in Toronto. These are some of our favourites, in some of our favourite neighbourhoods. Ready to learn more about the city? Check out some of our guides for more information about the next place you could call home.