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Where to Eat Near the Rogers Centre

By Suresh Doss
March 31, 2014

There is no sign of spring in Toronto quite like opening day. Dust off the jerseys and mitts, as the Toronto Blue Jays are set to kick off their 2014 season. Have you decided where you're going to eat during this season's games? Leave the concessions behind and be the real star in your group, as you chow down on lamb tikka roti or smashed grilled burgers.

Unlike many stadiums, the Rogers Centre does allow guests to bring food in from the outside - as long as the items are wrapped, bagged or left inside a container to avoid spillage. (Cans, glass bottles, aluminum/steel water bottles or drinks larger than 600 ml are not permitted. For more details, read here.) Whether you're grabbing a bite to eat before (or after) the game or want to pick up something to take to the game, we've compiled a list of places that are a step above typical stadium eats.

Add your own picks in the comments below. 

  • Indian Roti House

    Budget a little extra time and head down to Queens Quay before first pitch. Down by the city's waterfront is one of the best East Indian-style take-out joints. The specialty is rotis stuffed with an assortment of spicy, flavourful curries. The rotis taste even better after they sit for a few minutes in their shells, in case you decide to take them to the game.
    Must-order: Samosa chaat (samosas with yogurt and chickpeas), lamb tikka masala roti, butter chicken roti

    256 Queens Quay W.; 416-260-6666

  • Banh Mi Boys

    Prefer some steamed boas and tacos? Take a quick walk up to Queen and Spadina and visit this popular sandwich shop. The menu is divided into three main sections: stuffed steamed buns (baos), baguette sandwiches (banh mi) and tacos. Fill up a bag with your cravings of choice and head down to the game.
    Must-order: Kalbi beef tacos, kimchi fries, five-spice pork-belly boas

    392 Queen St. W.; 416-363-0588

  • Canteen

    If you're heading to the game with a group, then make a quick stop by Canteen at the TIFF building. For $12, you can chow down on blue-cornmeal all-beef hot dogs and a side of fries. $5 pints
    of Mill S. Tankhouse ale are also on offer during the games. If hot dogs are not your thing, Canteen's menu is extensive enough to accommodate the pickiest ball fan.
    Must-order: Steak frites, ricotta-stuffed meatballs, canteen burger

    30 King St. W.; 647-288-4710

  • The Burger's Priest

    A brisk walk away from the Rogers Centre, you'll find some of the tastiest burgers in Toronto. The Burger's Priest has built a reputation for delicious smashed grilled burgers made with fresh ground beef.
    Must-order: Check out local food writer David Ort's writeup on the secret menu.

    463 Queen St. W.; 647-748-8108

  • The Belly Buster Submarines

    Since the mid-'70s, sub lovers have been queuing up at the original Belly Busters on Yonge (north of Lawrence) for hot and cold sub sandwiches. That sense of nostalgia recently moved downtown, with a new
    location that opened up mere minutes away from the Rogers Centre. Load up on a variety of subs before you hit the games.
    Must-order: Roast beef hot sub, spicy sausage, super-assorted cold sub

    389 King St. W.; 647-748-1588

  • Loose Moose

    If craft beer is your calling, then look no further than this pub on Front Street. Loose Moose features an extensive snack menu if you want to fill up before the game, but the real attraction here is the draft selection, which includes a rotating list over 20 craft brews. Beers are also available in sampler (three oz.) sizes if you can't decide. Don't worry if you're late for the game: the bar's large-screen TVs have you covered. 

    Must-order: Fully loaded poutine, jumbo chicken wings, seared ahi tuna sliders
    146 Front St. W.; 416-977-8840

    (photo from Loose Moose website)

  • Food Trucks

    It's not uncommon to spot a food truck near the stadium during games. Toronto food trucks often set up shop near the Leon's facility, or by Air Canada Centre. For the latest, keep an eye on twitter: @ontfoodtrucks or @foodtrucksTO.

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