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Where to eat in Toronto’s King West area

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Dining out done right: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert in King West

COVID continues to put pressure on local businesses to find new and innovative ways to create safe dining spaces.

King Street West is one of Toronto’s most popular dining destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the theatre district, it is understandably home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants and bars.

Breakfast

A New York mainstay, Maman was eagerly welcomed to the heart of Toronto thanks to its reputation for fresh local ingredients and delectable baked treats. Enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee on the outdoor terrace while dining on a warmed croissant or tart. Enjoy a heartier breakfast with a tasty tawni farro featuring roasted yams and cabbage tossed in kale pumpkin seed pistou topped with pickled onions, a boiled egg, herbed feta & microgreens, served with a side of Maman’s smoky cocoa hot sauce. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

Maman

First Canadian Place 100 King Street W

Hours:

Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm

Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

www.mamannyc.com/toronto

Brunch/Lunch

Wrap your hands around one of the tastiest sandwiches in Toronto at Porchetta and Co. Perfect for warming up on a cold day, these hot sandwiches and hearty sides will definitely hit the spot.

Try the traditional porchetta sandwich featuring a toasted sourdough bun, mustard and hot sauce or spice things up with the Nashville hot chicken sandwich with buttermilk fried chicken and all the fixins’.

Porchetta and Co.

545 King Street W

Hours:

Sunday to Wednesday 12pm to 8pm

Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 9pm

porchettaco.com/

Enjoy a taste of Italy at Rosina Restaurant. Known for its traditional Italian cuisine created from recipes handed down through generations, Rosina is the perfect spot to dine out under the stars. Try the Spaghetti Ai Frutti Mare featuring calamari, mussels and shrimp in a white wine tomato sauce garnish with cherry tomatoes and garlic or try one of the more than 20 pizza options such as gorgonzola, the Anthony, or the classic Rosina. Perfecto!

Rosina Restaurant

740 King Street W

Hours

Sunday to Wednesday 5pm to 10pm

Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 11pm

www.ristoranterosina.ca/

Dessert

A family tradition for three generations, Forno Cultura is the essence of Italian pastry. Known for their quality and commitment to traditional baking methods, sweet treat seekers will quickly find new favourites to explore. Pair a sfogliatine glassate biscotti with almond butter and poppy seed with a sweet cappuccino or try at cornetto schiacciato with ontario peach, blackberry and almond. Sweetly Divine.

Forno Cultura

609 King Street W

Hours:

Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm

fornocultura.com/

by Sarah McGoldrick

lead photo by Porchetta and Co. on Instagram

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