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Where to Eat & Drink in the St. Lawrence Market District

By Suresh Doss
June 23, 2014

Home to the top food market in the world, the St. Lawrence Market district has seen an influx of new openings in the last six months, from cocktail bars to Spanish tapas restaurants — plus there are many more to come. Read on for our top eight picks on where you should be eating and drinking in the St. Lawrence Market district. 

  • Fahrenheit Coffee

    Start your morning off with a trip to Sameer Mohamed's coffee haven on Lombard. As one of Toronto's top baristas (he's got the awards to prove it), Mohamed produces some of the best cups in the city. The seriously good espresso and coffee drinks are complemented by a rotating selection of baked goods.

    Must-Order: Cortado/aeropress to stay, latte to go.

    120 Lombard St.; 647-896-1774

  • Evolution

    The newest addition to Market Street is a healthy eatery serving up cold-pressed juices, salads and grain bowls. “My vision is to offer an evolved way of eating,” says founder Ian Paech, a former Downtown office worker who longed for tasty, healthy foods that could be ready in a hurry. It’s what inspired him to open Evolution Food Co.

    Must-Order: Any of the cold-pressed juice combos that are available or the Greek yogurt bowls.

    12 Market St.; 416-214-1234

  • D.W. Alexander

    Stop in at this new cocktail lounge after work and enjoy an old fashioned or a Derby Alexander. D.W. Alexander (named after a leather trader in the late 19th century) opened in the space that formerly occupied the popular Foundation Room bar and features a great menu of bar snacks and cocktails.

    Must-Order: Sloppy bison sliders, chicken and waffles.

    19 Church St.; 416-364-8368

  • Market Street Catch

    Since opening three months ago, Tom Antonarakis' (Buster's Sea Cove) seafood restaurant has quickly become one of the hottest lunch options in the neighborhood. The menu includes a variety of sandwiches (from fried shrimp to arctic char) and bistro classics (seafood linguine, lobster rigatoni). Some nonseafood items are also available for meat lovers (steak frites, burgers and fries).

    Must-Order: Seafood linguine, grilled Arctic char, Haddock.

    14 Market St.; 647-391-8140

  • East Thirty-Six

    One of the most exciting new additions to the district has been this cocktail and shared-plates bar on Wellington Street. The chef is Brent Maxwell, who comes from an impressive pedigree, having worked in some of the top restaurants in the city, notably Millcroft Inn, The O&B empire (Auberge du pommier, Canoe, Biff's, Luma), and recently Spencer's at the Waterfront in Burlington. There are no apps or mains; everything is designed for sharing, with the option of having a larger main-size dish if you wish (duck confit, boudin blanc). Maxwell is looking forward to launching a limited late-night snack menu, and possibly keeping the kitchen open past 1 AM.

    Must-Order: $5 mixed drinks daily from 4 PM to 7PM; octopus with smoked potato, lamb burger, Humboldt squid with togarashi mayo.

    36 Wellington St. W.; 647-350-3636

  • Bindia

    Good Indian food is hard to come by in Toronto, but you won't have any issues at this modern Indian eatery on Market Street. Chef Chandan Mohan presents an extensive menu that covers the gamut of classic Indian dishes. There's also a special tandoor menu which features a dozen meat and seafood dishes, like prawns marinated in spices and tandoori lobster with spinach purée.

    Must-Order: Sev puri, tandoori prawns, chicken tikka.

    16 Market St.; 416-863-0000

  • Balzac's

    The popular Balzac's Roasters chain recently opened up a cafe on Market Street. The ninth Toronto store offers up a classic menu of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas, sweets and pastries. 

    Must-Order: Iced chai latte, hot apple cider, Parisian mist.

    10 Market St., 416-368-4949

  • Barsa Taberna

    The hotly anticipated tapas restaurant opened its doors nearly a month ago. Though the food is primarily Spanish, other global influences inform the menu of hot and cold shareable plates. Part of the charm of dining at Barsa is the cool cavernous space. Take a stroll before you sit down for dinner.

    Must-Order: If you can gather enough bodies, order the tapas tasting (6 for $50, 12 for $100). Or go for the whole shebang: all tapas plates for $240.

    26 Market St.; 647-341-3642

  • Carbon Bar

    One of the hottest restaurant openings of the last six months comes from chef David Lee (Nota Bene). At the massive Carbon Bar restaurant, the menu reflects the last two years Lee has spent in the Southern U.S. eating and judging his way through barbecue and grilling competitions.

    Must-Order: Smoked goat ribs, beef brisket and pork ribs.

    99 Queen St. E.; 416-947-7000

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