According to legend, Crabby Joe's nana was as renowned for her skills in the kitchen as she was for pelting trespassers with fresh onions. And after years of watching her cook, Joe wanted to emulate her methods. So he opened up his own restaurant in 1966, creating a menu of quality, freshly cooked dishes to go with an atmosphere of light-hearted sass. Crabby Joe's has since expanded into more than 40 locations across Ontario.
At each restaurant, chefs serve up savory cuisine that encompasses various culinary motifs. Piles of Tex-Mex chili or extra cheese adorn the load-bearing Joe's nachos, first cousin to the hearty loaded-cheese-fries starter. Entree options pile up to challenge the indecisive, including a 10-ounce new york striploin sprinkled with goat cheese in a brandy-peppercorn sauce. And during lunch, cod fish tacos and salads take the spotlight.
Visitors also gather at Crabby Joe's for the sports. Typically, the clink of frosty pints is coupled with cheers as the televisions broadcast hockey, soccer, football, and baseball.
Each chef and baker at Sebastian’s Market has his or her own strong culinary foundation, and together they bring more than 100 years of experience to the table. The team works amicably together to assemble the market’s catering menus, which range from simple appetizers, crudité, and fruit trays to full meals complete with hot entrees, salad, desserts, and an ambidextrous waiter. Sandwich trays stack local, free-range deli meats and sliced cheddar or swiss cheese atop breads that are made from scratch in Sebastian’s bakery. In addition to catering services, two full retail stores sell prepared foods and pastries from long refrigerated cases.
At Rocco's Plum Tomato Trattoria, the scents of grilled veggies, pesto and tomato-basil sauces, and morsels of seafood, chicken, and veal beckon to passersby. Rocco's—an Italian restaurant with Islington Avenue and The Queensway locations—exudes an elegant yet approachable quality, like a billionaire uncle or a golden retriever wearing a crown. Amid brick walls peppered with modern art, you might find guests dining on crispy pizzas topped with shaved salami or tiger shrimp in white-wine-and-butter sauce. Each dish pleases eyes as much as taste buds, the artful presentation of caprese salad, lobster risotto, or warm goat cheese creating a tabletop display that complements the colourful wall hangings.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Hazel's Diner in Toronto is the place to be.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Hazel's Diner — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at El Pulgarcito in Scarborough.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at El Pulgarcito with its kid-friendly fare.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At El Pulgarcito, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from El Pulgarcito.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
Inside the Americana hotel, the culinary team at Jack Tanner's Grillhouse starts serving locals and guests alike at 7 a.m. with American-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cooks draw from numerous influences, dousing a pound of chicken wings in flavours such as Cajun lime and Asian sriracha and topping burgers with caramelized onions and sweet corn relish. To accommodate all diners, they whip up gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options, which barkeeps pair with imported beer or local or imported wines. A seasonal outdoor patio grants fresh air and the chance to have a date with a weather balloon, and inside, televisions adorn each booth and photos and beer signs cover the walls.