Six Places Worth Eating at on Yonge Street

By Suresh Doss  |  November 19, 2013

Dismissed as a culinary wasteland by the most dedicated foodies, Yonge street has long maintained a reputation for bland and boring food options. This is no longer true - look closely and you'll find interesting joints popping up in the Downtown core, many worth checking out. Get ready for a global culinary tour of Toronto's most popular street. 

  • Kathi Roll Express

    This casual eatery presents modern takes on the classic Indian street snack. Imagine stir-fried bits of meat, vegetables and eggs stuffed into Indian flatbread called paratha, which is then rolled and served with a variety of chutneys. The menu offers plenty of protein (vegetarian options are plenty) and spice combinations to keep things interesting, including a lamb seekh kebab roll.

    692 Yonge St.; 647-748-8573

  • Ritz Caribbean Foods

    This family-owned-and-operated restaurant has three locations on Yonge Street, but the location by Shuter Street easily packs the most flavour. Tender chunks of juicy jerk chicken make up the signature dish at Ritz, tossed together with rice and peas and slices of fried plantain. Other favourites include stew beef, curry goat and fried chicken. No matter what you try, always ask for a generous scoop of oxtail sauce.

    211 Yonge St.; 647-351-7489

  • Salad King

    A popular lunch spot amongst University students, Salad King specialises in Thai food. A diverse menu features a variety of curries, fried rice combos, vegetarian dishes and noodles. Students rush through the doors for heaping bowls of Khao Soi, a coconut curry soup topped with egg noodle, chicken, dry shrimp, shallots and bean sprouts. There are also plenty of seafood options. All dishes have customizable heat levels if you love like your phud Thai super spicy.

    340 Yonge St.; 416-593-0333

  • I Went to Philly

    Owners Jack and Julie Stevenson decided to bring their obsession for Philly cheese steak to Toronto by opening up this shop just north of Carlton. "We do one thing, and one thing really well. How do you like your Philly cheesesteak?" Although the most popular item on the menu is the cheesesteak with whiz and onions, the restaurant also features a number of other combinations including a non-meat version with sauteed vegetables. The restaurant is open late most nights.

    462 Yonge St.; 416-927-9090

  • Midtown Reds Wine Tavern

    The street's newest bistro recently opened at the foot of the Aura condo complex at Yonge and Gerard. Chef Matt Robertson has created a diverse, globally inspired menu largely made up of shareable plates that match very well with the restaurant's craft beer selection. Over a dozen taps feature Ontario beers.

    382 Yonge St.; 416-598-3535

  • Paramount Fine Foods

    There's a reason why this multi-level restaurant is packed every day. Paramount offers one of the best Lebanese menus in the city, whipping up classic dishes with impressive consistency. Families from out of town visit the restaurant for signature dishes like shish tawouk (marinated chicken breast), kafta (spiced ground beef grilled on a charcoal barbeque) and of course falafel. Paramount fills up quickly so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Also don't forget to check out the dessert bar at the back of the restaurant.

    253 Yonge St.; 416-366-3600