One of the most ethnically diverse cities in North America, it would only make sense that the numerous homogenous neighborhoods would represent their cultures well by serving excellent cuisine in their restaurants. Toronto is one of those rare cities where you'll ask someone of Chinese or Polish or Caribbean or Korean (the list goes on) descent if the food is as good as the food back home, and they'll most likely that it is as good or better. Not only this, but public markets like Kensington or St. Lawrence are some of the best places to try local specialties (the peameal bacon sandwich, for one), making this one of the best places to visit if you consider yourself a foodie.
The breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in such a large city are going to be staggering, so we'll just break down a few of the neighborhoods that are especially popular and let you take it from there. Just west of downtown, there are a few areas of great cuisine; arranged from southernmost to northernmost, they are Chinatown, Little Italy, and Koreatown. We'll let you guess what types of food you'll find there.
Although they are beyond walking distance from downtown, you'll find a variety of ethnic foods in areas like Eglinton West (aka Little Jamaica) and Danforth Ave. (Greektown) that are worth the time it takes to get there. If you're looking for a decent sidewalk cafe or something a little cheaper without sacrificing your food to numerous health code violations, then take a walk on College Street near the University of Toronto. Running parallel are two of the city's most famous streets, both of which span multiple neighborhoods in and around downtown: King and Queen Street. Both have quite the mix of styles, flavors, and budgets to cater to and are worth a bit of window-shopping. Of course, if you want cheap, try any of the aforementioned ethnic neighborhoods or head to Bloor Street, which is a chill and largely inexpensive stretch in the Annex just north of the university.
The best part about Toronto food, in our most humble of estimations, is the market atmosphere, which serves as more than a place to haggle over a head of cabbage, but a center of Toronto food culture. Head to the St. Lawrence Market for great pastries, cheeses, seafood, maple syrup, and a couple of on-site locations that have made the peameal bacon sandwich famous. Then again, the Kensington Market is worth a stroll despite the throngs of tourists, due to an insane variety of shops, including alternative clothing and book stores.
When in Toronto, not to worry; every neighborhood has an intriguing amalgam for both the discerning and undiscerning. Whether it's your pocketbook or your palate that wears the pants when it comes to eating out, you'll have plenty of viable options, including a number of vegetarian eateries. Consult our individual listings and neighborhoods for more details.