The remarkable distinction of Annex neighborhood is in its lively community and all the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses in the area. This vivacious neighborhood has an exciting combination of art galleries, theatres, bohemian coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and bars. The presence of University of Toronto in this area is the main reason to find a plenty of affordable restaurants offering a wide range of foods in the area.
Keep reading to know more about the best places to eat in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood.
Aunty Lucy’s Burger
You are going to obsess with this Ghanaian influence smash burger restaurant and its little lovely patio space. It was named after founder Chief Bosompra’s grandmother. This is a burger joint inside the Annex Hotel which serves one of Toronto’s best smash burgers and fried chicken. They have some special Ghanaian street-food favorites in their menu such as perfectly seasoned Kelewele and Shito (hot black pepper sauce) or the Nima sandwich (chicken burger which is a 5-stars award winning sandwich).
Besides, they have special sauces, like scotch bonnet sauce, and their fries are top notch! The good news is that you can choose your burgers to be served with gluten free buns. Really, what could be better than enjoying these unique burgers on a lovely patio and a very welcoming ambience with reasonable prices!
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This pleasant Mexican restaurant is part of a group of restaurants with an ever-growing passion for hospitality named Mas Playas. If you are walking down Dupont Street and you like Mexican tacos and burritos, I can suggest you no better place than Playa Cabana! You will have an experience of great food in a lovely place with attentive and super nice staff.
The combination of their savory homemade chips, short rib de queretaro tostadas, chicken enchiladas, lobster tostadas, salsa and guacamole along with spicy tacos and tequila pitcher mix is amazing. Everything tastes wonderful in this small Mexican restaurant. So, don’t miss their extraordinary crispy fish tacos and be sure the service is quick and the foods are great in Playa Cabana with large portions for fair prices.
If you are looking for a restaurant with so many different items, Frat Pasha would be the best choice in the Annex neighborhood. This Middle Eastern restaurant serves the most delicious shawarma, hummus, falafel, fattoush salad, baba ganoush and various dips in a beautiful patio space. The quality and taste of foods are great and the wonderful ambiance will create an exceptional experience.
For vegetarians, there are many different items available too. Their roasted cauliflower is one of a kind and highly recommended. But, it is a very large portion, try to share it with your friends. Enjoy your evening with your family and friends in Fat Pasha drinking their stunning cocktails and tasting the best Middle Eastern cuisines in this cozy place.
Eva’s Original Chimneys
In Hungarian, Chimney Cakes are unique cylindrical-shaped breads with crunchy outside and fluffy light inside texture which are rolled in organic cane sugar and filled with ice cream. These delicious, freshly baked Hungarian pastries are rolled out and wrapped like a ribbon which gives them a “chimney” look. Eva’s Original Chimneys, located at Bloor St., has an interesting menu for different combinations, flavors and toppings of these chimney cakes. All the dough ingredients are organic and natural. They have vegan options available, too.
I suggest you start with mini churro cones to help you try different flavors and enjoy these unique combinations. Because their chimney cones are so large, then you will need to share it with someone. So next time you are in the Annex neighborhood, don’t forget to check out these mouth-watering chimney cones and ice cream on a hot summer day!
The Annex Hotel’s Wine Bar
If you are a wine fan, you will wonderfully enjoy the list of biodynamic and natural wines and tasty cocktails of The Wine Bar at the Annex Hotel. This cozy inviting place is a perfect quiet spot to drink and relax at night. During the day, you can also enjoy the menu features including avocado toast and different pastries.
At night, this new boutique hotel’s lobby serves stuff that goes well with wine, including the meat-and-cheese plates and steak tartare or even Portuguese anchovies and octopus. You can also choose the plate of cured meats and cheeses from the Cheese Boutique. Check the enticing list of classic tastes of local craft beer and cocktails at the Annex Hotel’s Wine Bar and enjoy the night!