Great spots in Toronto’s Parkdale to satisfy your hunger

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In case you didn’t know, Parkdale is the centre of the universe, these days. Okay, not really, but they certainly have their fair share of culinary deliciousness going on over there. Foodies, rejoice! You can find yummy roti that won’t break the bank, as well as hip haute cuisine. Look no further, if you’re trying to decide where to go.

Grand Electric

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1330 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K 1L4

Grand Electric serves up badass tacos, Mexican sides and drinks. This is the place you want to go if you want a fun, raucous atmosphere, with loud old school hip hop playing and delicious, slightly out of the ordinary takes on Mexican food. Be warned--the line ups can be long.

Restaurant Chantecler

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1320 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K 1L4

Chantecler is another stellar place to try that marries different flavours in such unique ways that it’s almost impossible to walk away unhappy. Their menu changes based on what’s available seasonally, but the Spicy Popcorn Shrimp and Lettuce Meal are both good bets.

Bacchus Roti

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1376 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K 1L7

Bacchus Roti Shop is not your average roti shop. Sure, there’s the regular jerk chicken and curry goat goodness here, but you’ll also find house specialties like Shrimp Roti with spinach, squash and cheese, and $5 drinks.

Boreal Gelato

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1312 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K 1L4

Boreal Gelato Company is where you want to head for delicious frozen treats. With all of the eclectic flavour choices (Spicy Rosemary Shortbread, Vanilla Bergamot, Wow!) and a healthy number of inspired vegan options, either of the sorbetto variety or creamier almond milk sort, you can be sure you’ll find something to suit your fancy.

Electric Mud Barbeque

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5 Brock Ave, Toronto ON M6K 2K6

Electric Mud BBQ is brought to you by the folks at, you guessed it, Grand Electric. As part of the authentic BBQ trend that is sweeping Toronto, you’ll find delicious smoked and grilled meat here, with some tasty veggies and sides as well.

Small Town Food Co

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1263 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K 1L5

Small Town Food Co. has a fun sharing menu that has sophisticated takes on old-time classics like Scotch Eggs, Tater Tots and Oysters Rockefeller. This place is all small-town hospitality, with a fantastic cocktail menu, to boot.

Easy Restaurant

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1645 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6R 1A9

Easy Restaurant is a stellar diner, serving all-day breakfast and lunch options. They are a sure bet when it comes to delicious food that’s generous in portion size - something that you’ll find people complaining about in Parkdale at times. Huevos Divorciados is the perfect breakfast dish.

OM Restaurant

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1439 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6R 1A1

OM Restaurant & Bar does Indian and Tibetan food really well. There are plenty of familiar dishes to fall back on, if you don’t know if you’ll like Tibetan food, and you can try one or two new things out in the meantime, like the Jasha Momo, which is a steamed chicken dumpling.

With its rich flavours, spicy sauces and loads of options, Indian food is a delicious and satisfying choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. From butter chicken to freshly-baked garlic naan, if you’re craving Indian food, these places will bring it right to your door.
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