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Toronto Food

Before my information becomes too outdated, here are the major ways I kept track of the Toronto food scene while living there.

  • Toronto Life Eating and Drinking Guide. The best overall guide to Toronto's restaurants. Especially good for the higher end of the market. Comes out sometime in autumn.
  • eGullet's Toronto, Ontario, and Central Canada discussion board. eGullet in general is a fabulous place to read up on and discuss food online. A fair sampling of the world's great chefs and food critics hang out there too. From locals to celebrities, the people there care about their food.
  • Gremolata. Website updated weekly (and you can have the weekly headlines emailed to you). Good for a sampling of Toronto's overall food culture, from farmers' markets to special tasting meals to interviews with culinary instructors and chefs.
  • Toronto Star's weekly restaurant review. One review a week from Canada's major Toronto-based newspaper. You can subscribe to the reviews via email for free. (This is how I follow them.)
  • Toronto Life. The monthly high-end culture and gossip magazine offers good analyses of Toronto food trends, major restaurant openings and closings, and reviews. Especially good for the higher end of the market.
  • Now. The free weekly magazine offers several reviews every week of the city's restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, and even street stands. Occasionally, there's an inset with news about other restaurant openings and closings and chefs moving venues. I didn't always agree with their reviews, but after a while, I had a good sense of where they were coming from, which meant their reviews were still useful to me. Especially good for the lower end of the market.
  • toronto_eats isn't very active, but now and again there're some interesting posts to the group.
  • I've also been following a few Toronto-based food blogs. Edible Tulip (edible_tulip) regularly contemplates parts of Toronto's food scene. A la cuisine (alacuisine) mentions Toronto things occasionally, but the blog is really more worth following for the spectacular cooking than the local references.

Chowhound also has a lively discussion board for Toronto, but I've never found Chowhound very easy to use.

Also, since I left, there's a new food magazine out: City Bites.


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Feb. 24th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Chowhound's interface is so aggravating, and it's unfortunate because I think it's got the highest signal-to-noise ratio out there.
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
When I can be bothered with it, there's always good information buried in there. I know the whole idea of the interface is to be kind to text-only browsers - and heaven knows I appreciate that sentiment - but there are other ways to format discussions and have them be text-friendly.

In contrast, eGullet particularly endears itself to me with email alerts when the threads I'm interested in are updated; much like LJ.
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Toronto Food
But what of the Serial Diner Awards? ;-)

Feb. 24th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Toronto Food
Available in all good book stores, autographed by the entire gang!
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
*adds to memories*
Thanks for this - I'm new enough to the area to not know where to go in Toronto.
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's useful. I first began to realize how much I cared about food when I'd been living in Toronto for a year and had yet to eat a memorable meal. I knew there had to be good food out there somewhere.
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
As much as I’m fond of all of Chinese food iterations (it’s strange how much loathing for Shanghainese cooking I’ve run across on the internet—no, I’m not calling anyone out) coconut milk, shrimp paste and fresh hot chiles suck me in like nothing else.
Jul. 11th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
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Feb. 24th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this.Now we know a bit more about the food scene in Canada!
Apr. 12th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks too, especially for Gremolata and Edible Tulip that was off my radar.

Chowhound is still my favourite source because it is so active, even though the signal-noise ratio has gone down since they started.

Jul. 20th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
Eating is very important for me if you know what I mean:)) I love to eat.Now I want to visit Toronto:)
Good Work!
Sep. 29th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Toronto Food Blogs
Yummylocal.com is a pretty site for deals and recipes.
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