Where to Eat in Toronto?

Fun and wallet-friendly restaurant suggestions for students!

One of my favourite things about Toronto is the variety food we can get in the city. Whether you like local cuisine or international flavours, there is something for everyone. I love discovering new restaurants and new types of food. My students always ask me for restaurant recommendations and so I thought I would share some of my suggestions with you.

Guu Izakaya and Gu Sakabar
Guu Izakaya and Gu Sakabar in Toronto

Guu Izakaya and Gu Sakabar – this Japanese restaurant has two locations and both are very good. Usually when people think about Japanese food, they think sushi but Guu does not have sushi on their menu. Rather they focus on other authentic, traditional Japanese foods. The dishes are small, so they are great for sharing. Another great thing about this restaurant is the fun atmosphere and the friendly staff. Check it out at  http://guu-izakaya.com/toronto/ or http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1585218/restaurant/The-Annex/Guu-Sakabar-Toronto.

Nazareth – is an Ethiopian restaurant located at Bloor and Ossington.  There is usually a line-up, which shows how popular and how delicious the food is. You eat Ethiopian food with your hands. They have bread called Injera and you take some of the bread and eat it along with vegetables and/or chicken, beef, or fish. Ethiopian food is also one of the cheapest meals you can get in Toronto. Most of their dishes are under $10 and their portions are quite large. Check it out at http://www.yelp.ca/biz/nazareth-restaurant-toronto.

Ka Chi – is a Korean restaurant located near Kensington market. They have quite a large menu and they even have sushi as well. Check it out at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/132707/restaurant/Kensington-Market-Chinatown/Ka-Chi-Toronto.

Snakes and Lattes
Snakes and Lattes Board Game Café in Toronto

Snakes and Lattes – this is a board game café. Guests pay a cover charge of $5 to stay and play board games as long as they like, from the café’s collection of over 2400 board games. The café also has hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, as well as sandwiches and snacks. If you like board games, this is a great place to go with your friends. Check it out at http://www.snakesandlattes.com/.

Playa Cabana – is a Mexican restaurant located in the Annex neighbourhood. Playa Cabana is most popular for their extensive Tequila list and outside patio in the summer. But they also have really good Mexican cuisine and they make their tacos from scratch. Check it out at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1608542/restaurant/The-Annex/Playa-Cabana-Toronto.

If you would like to discover some other restaurants in Toronto, there is an app called Yelp. This helpful application gives you a list of restaurants in your area and also includes customer reviews and ratings. Yelp is great for giving you new ideas on where to eat.

So whether you take one of my recommendations or use Yelp I hope you can discover the wonderful flavours and dishes Toronto has to offer. Bon appétit!

 – Erin Casper

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