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A few of us from Local First have been touring Toronto this week for the B Corp Champions Retreat. Given our affinity for local cuisine and the prolific number of delicious restaurants in Toronto, we took this opportunity to check out some fabulous restaurants. Below are some of our favorites!
Mother’s Dumplings is a Northern Chinese dumpling house at College and Spadina that has earned a cult following for its boiled, steamed and pan-fried pockets stuffed with things like wok-fried beef and winter melon. Mother’s Dumplings is one of Spadina’s perennial Chinese comfort-food favourites, serving up some of the city’s best dumplings. Perfectly pan-fried golden pockets arrive at the table, 10 to a serving, stuffed with pork and bok choy, and crispy in all the right places.
Founded by Mexico City-born brothers Arturo and Andrés Anhalt, Milagro on Mercer opened in Toronto's entertainment district in July of 2016. The lively, fast-paced, west end Milagro is located in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood. They offer traditional dishes from all culinary regions of Mexico. Their chefs and cocineros prepare our foods using only classic recipes and techniques as well as the freshest quality ingredients.
Kinka Izakaya is a popular izakaya-style restaurant. Famous for its bustling atmosphere, Kinka Izakaya was established in the winter of 2009 in the heart of downtown Toronto. When you walk through their doors, you feel as though you're dining in Japan. Kinka Izakaya offers an authentic dining experience of popular Japanese eateries, and is a pioneer in introducing Toronto to the world of authentic izakaya fare and superior Japanese-style hospitality.
Thai Elephant Cuisine opened in spring of 2008 on Queen Street West and Niagara. Their chef has over 15 years of experience in thai cuisine. They make fresh, delicious, mouthwatering sauce and exotic soups in Toronto. Their kitchen is designed to be open for the customer to see how they cook so they can enjoy a unique experience. They love to use the following herbs in their dishes to add flavor, aroma, and health benefits for their customers: Garlic, Lemongrass, Galanga, Basil, Chili, Ginger, Coconut, Mint, Shallot, Corriender, Lime, tumeric and many more.
Chimneys (known as Kürtőskalács in Hungarian or Trdelník in Czech) are delicious and unique, bread-like freshly baked Hungarian pastries, named after their hollow, cylindrical shape. They have a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft, fluffy dough on the inside. Eva’s Original Chimneys brings Toronto an experience just like on the streets of Budapest using a traditional-style, open rotisserie grill so you can watch your Chimney Cake or Chimney Cone bake before your eyes as you wait.
Want to explore our own prolific local cuisine? Check out Fork Fest on October 26 at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses!