Dining Out Done Right: Where to get a good breakfast/lunch/dinner
As more restaurants return to business, TO Times is taking a tour of the city highlighting the best places to enjoy a meal in your favourite neighbourhoods.
Why it is called Leslieville
Leslieville is one of Toronto’s most chic and diverse areas. Home to some of the best restaurants in the city, this area is the perfect spot to enjoy fine dining or a casual meal on the go. Leslieville was a gardening epicentre in Toronto as it began as a small village in the 1850s, and revolved around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie (1804-1893) and sons, after whom the community is named. Most of Leslieville’s residents were gardeners or were employed at one of the brick-making factories in the area. Leslie’s home at Queen and Leslie no longer exists but the general store remains on Queen east of Jones Avenue.
Start your day in Leslieville at The Green Wood in the heart of Leslieville. The perfect place for bacon and eggs or a vegan option. Try the Tofu Scramble featuring roast cauliflower, avocado, oven dried tomato paired with sourdough. Indulge your sweet tooth with Cornflake Crusted French Toast. This delectable breakfast choice includes french toast with local berries topped with cinnamon sugar, ricotta and berry syrup.
The Green Wood
1402 Queen Street East
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9AM-9PM
Brunch served daily until 4PM
After a morning of hard work at the office, take a break for lunch or a business meeting in the intimate setting of Gare De L’est. Enjoy the tastes of authentic Parisian cuisine,in a modern French brasserie. Get business done while enjoying Le Burger GDL made with ground Ontario chuck topped with Marie-Rose sauce, raclette and sliced pork belly. If lunch on the go is your only option, try the crepes stuffed with seasonal vegetables and accompaniments paired with beurre blanc.
Gare De L’est Brasserie
1190 Dundas Street East
Brunch 10am to 3pm Sunday through Saturday
Dining room Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11 pm
Finish a day of shopping in one of Toronto’s most trendy neighbourhoods with a stop at Maple Leaf Tavern. Nestled in the heart of the Leslieville, Maple Leaf Tavern sits in the former Hotel Maple Leaf in a stunning historic building built in 1910. This storied tavern features classic ‘Meal Kits’ to go or enjoy moonlight on the patio where you can dive into a 20 ounce ribeye steak with tarragon butter.
If you are looking for something lighter, try the pressed cuban sandwich featuring roast pork, and smoked ham.
Maple Leaf Tavern
955 Gerrard Street East
Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 4pm to 10pm
Sunday 4pm to 9pm
Enjoy the final days of summer at Ed’s Real Scoop. With four locations across the city, Ed’s Real Scoop has been a Toronto favourite for 20 years. With dozens of delicious ice cream flavours to choose from, Ed’s the perfect spot to cool down on a warm summer night. Have a special occasion? Ed’s offers cookie and pie creations are made with fresh, homemade ingredients that will melt in your mouth.
Ed’s Real Scoop
920 Queen Street East
Wednesday to Monday 1pm to 9pm
story by Sarah McGoldrick