The Top 5 Restaurants for WorldPride

By Suresh Doss  |  June 24, 2014

WorldPride 2014 kicked off last week and is shaping up to be one of the year's biggest events in the city. These 10 days of celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends. Here are places to eat and drink during pride festivities.

  • Guu Izakaya

    Toronto's first Izakaya import still stands as one of the most popular eateries for a little raucous food and drink celebration. You may have to wait in line, but it's well worth it.

    Must-try items: Kara age (deep-fried soy-sauce-marinated chicken), ebi-mayo (fried prawn with spicy mayo), saba (grilled mackerel with dill herb and garlic).

    398 Church St.; 416-977-0999

  • Black & White Party at the Thompson

    The Thompson hotel is hosting a "black and white" themed party on the rooftop. The patio has one of the best 360-degree views of Downtown Toronto, overlooking the CN Tower and Lake Ontario. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Sheena’s place, a centre offering group support for individuals struggling with eating disorders.

    Where to eat nearby: Hit Bar Buca for snacks and cocktails nearby, or go to Gusto 101 and enjoy wine by the glass and pizza on their second-floor patio. Also check out CIBO; their wine list is one of the best in the neighborhood.

    June 27., 550 Wellington St. W.; 416-640-7778., $30

  • Wish Restaurant

    This classic bistro and date-night spot will be a big hit during WP celebrations, mainly because of its approachable brunch, dinner menus and one of the neighborhood's best cocktail lists. The restaurant will only be accepting walk-ins during WP, so plan ahead if you want a spot on the cozy patio.

    Must-try items: Brunch is king at Wish. Try the housemade sausage meatloaf, or the Spanish-style potato with onion tortilla. The burger is also great, and so is the PLT (peameal bacon sandwich).

    3 Charles St. E.; 416-935-0240

  • 7 West

    The 24-hour multilevel cafe will be a hot commodity during WorldPride. It's close to the WorldPride village, and provides a quick escape for anyone who wants to unwind with a glass of wine, drink and a bite. The second-floor patio at the back is our favourite spot.

    Must-try items: Any of the sandwiches from the extensive list, particularly the Montreal smoked meat and the Philly cheesesteak. Or a bowl of spicy penne arrabiata with a few glasses of valpolicella?

    7 Charles St. W.; 416-928-9041

  • Fabarnak

    FABARNAK Restaurant and Catering is a social entrepreneurship initiative of The 519 Church Street Community Centre. The restaurant offers working opportunities to local residents via a sustainable seasonal menu.

    Must-try items: Go for brunch and try the smoked ham benny, or the pulled beef brisket melt. The daily lunch menu (Tuesday to Friday) features a great bacon burger.

    519 Church St.; 416-355-6781