In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, we wanted to share 150 Secrets of Toronto from our Taste of Toronto chefs. From secret bars, to the best place to find turmeric, you’ll discover some of the city’s best kept secret places that will soon become your favourite destinations!

Best Late Night Bar

Best Late Night Bar 1: “Bar Raval” – Rob Gentile, Michael Hunter 

Best Late Night Bar 2: “Toronto Temperance Society” – Victor Barry

Best Late Night Bar 3: “The Gift Shop” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Late Night Bar 4: “The Gem” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Late Night Bar 5: “Rush Lane” – David Lee

Best Late Night Bar 6: “Oxley Public House” – Sylvain Assié

Best Late Night Bar 7: “Montauk Bar” – Trevor Lui

Best Late Night Bar 8: “Roxy” – Elia Herrera

Best Late Night Bar 9: “Opera Bob’s” – Alec Martin

Best Late Night Bar 10: “Track & Field” – Sonia Mondino

Best Late Night Bar 11: “Alo” – Mark McEwan

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Best Coffee

Best Coffee 12: “Voodoo Child Café” – Victor Barry

Best Coffee 13: “Run & Gun” – Alexandra Feswick

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem 14: “Nota Bene” – Alec Martin

Hidden Gem 15: “The Gem” – Alexandra Feswick 

Hidden Gem 16: “LHL, House of Gourmet” – Trevor Lui

Hidden Gem 17: “Edulis Restaurant” – David Neinstein

Hidden Gem 18: “A Lota” – Michael Hunter

Best Place For Ingredients

Best Place For Ingredients 19: “St. Lawrence Market” – Rob Gentile, Sylvain Assié

Best Place For Ingredients 20: “Farmer’s Market” – Rob Gentile

Best Place For Ingredients 21: “Sausage King” – Michael Hunter

Best Place For Ingredients 22: “Domino’s Food Store” – David Neinstein

Best Place For Ingredients 23: “Kensington Market” – Trevor Lui, Ted Corrado, Sonia Mondino, Victor Barry

Best Place For Ingredients 24: “Chinatown” – Sonia Mondino, Michael Hunter

Best Place For Ingredients 25: “Fiesta Farms” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Place For Ingredients 26: “Cheese Boutique” – Rob Gentile, David Neinstein

Best Place For Ingredients 27: “Cumbrae Farms” – Ted Corrado, Grant van Gameren

Best Place For Ingredients 28: “Wychwood Barns” – David Lee

Best Place For Ingredients 29: “Harvest Wagon” – Mark McEwan

Best Place For Ingredients 30: “Brickworks” – Sylvain Assié

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Best Pizza Spots

Best Pizza Spot 31: “Descendent Pizza” – Victor Barry

Best Pizza Spot 32: “Piano Piano” – Victor Barry

Best Pizza Spot 33: “Maker Pizza” – Victor Barry

Best Pizza Spot 34: “Pizza Gigi” – Grant van Gameren

Best Neighbourhoods

Best Neighbourhoods 35: “Queen West” – David Lee 

Best Neighbourhoods 36: “King West” – Rob Gentile

Best Neighbourhoods 37: “Cabbagetown” – Trevor Lui

Best Neighbourhoods 38: “Chinatown” – Trevor Lui, Victor Barry, Alec Martin, Michael van den Winkel

Best Neighbourhoods 39: “Dundas” -Ted Corrado

 

Specialty Shops

Specialty Cheese Shop 40: “Cheese Boutique” – Rob Gentile, Ted Corrado, Grant van Gameren, Michael van den Winkel, David Neinstein

Specialty Dumplings Shop 41: “Dumpling House” – Trevor Lui, Michael van den Winkel

Specialty Dumplings Shop 42: “Mother Dumplings” – Trevor Lui, Michael van den Winkel

Specialty Chocolates Shop 43: “Chocolates X Brandon Olsen” – Rob Gentile, Michael Hunter

Specialty Chocolates Shop 44: “SOMA” – Michael Hunter, Trevor Lui

Specialty Chocolates Shop 45: “ChocoSol” – Alexandra Feswick

Specialty Knives Shop 46: “KNIFE” – David Lee, Michael Hunter, Victor Barry

Specialty Knives Shop 47: “Tosho Knife Arts” – Rob Gentile, Ted Corrado

Specialty Knives Shop 48: “Tojiro” – Victor Barry

Specialty Knives Shop 49: “Chef Knives To Go” – Victor Barry

Specialty Ramen Shop 50: “Hokkaido Ramen Santouka” – Ted Corrado

Specialty Dim Sum Shop 51: “Rol San Restaurant” – Alexandra Feswick

Specialty Dim Sum Shop 52: “LHL” – Trevor Lui

Specialty Dim Sum Shop 53: “Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum” – Victor Barry

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Best Restaurant / Bar Experience

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 54: “Edulis Restaurant” – David Neinstein, Sylvain Assié

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 55: “Alo Restaurant” – Mark McEwan

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 56: “Barbarian’s Steak House” – Victor Barry

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 57: “CN Tower” – Victor Barry

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 58: “Voodoo Child Espresso” – Victor Barry

Best Restaurant / Bar Experience 59: “Pai” – Elia Herrera 

Secret Tips

Secret Tip 60: “At the back of The Gift Shop is a secret bar. Make sure to try the Willy Wonka cocktail!” – Alexandra Feswick

Secret Tip 61: “Secret sandwich spot? When The Pig Came Home. It’s awesome— they name sandwiches after people that come there.” – Alexandra Feswick

Secret Tip 62: “Hot dog vendors on Spadina & King St. West is where it’s at after a late night.” – Alexandra Feswick

Secret Tip 63: “If you’re craving dim sum or dumplings at 3am, Taste of China will be open.” – Victor Barry

Secret Tip 64: “Restaurants can get a $100 membership at the Ontario Food Terminal for wholesale fruit and produce.” – Alec Martin

Secret Tip 65: “Ask for Carlos at La Salumeria for a great deli sandwich.” – Michael van den Winkel

Secret Tip 66: “Iqbal Halal Foods offers the best turmeric for a low price of $3.49/lb.” – Michael van den Winkel

Secret Tip 67: “Best place for Mezcal? El Rey Mezcal Bar. They have the best selection.” – Michael van den Winkel

Secret Tip 68: For authentic creamy pasta, head to Bar Buca as they create their own amido. (Rob Gentile)

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Notable Dishes

Notable Dish 69: “Cote De Boeuf – Nota Bene” – Alec Martin

Notable Dish 70: “Nachos – Sneaky Dee’s” – Ted Corrado

Notable Dish 71: “Prosciutto Cotto – Cheese Boutique” – Michael van den Winkel

Notable Dish 72: “Portuguese Custard Tarts – Nova Era Bakery” – Michael van den Winkel

Notable Dish 73: “Poppy Seed Baguettes –Thobors Boulangerie Patisserie Café” – Michael van den Winkel

Notable Dish 74: “Sea Bream Ceviche – Foxley Bistro” – Michael van den Winkel

Notable Dish 75: “Roast Beef Sandwich – Air Canada Centre” – Michael van den Winkel

Notable Dish 76: “Beef Cheek Noodle – Taste of China” – Victor Barry

Notable Dish 77: “Falafel – Fat Pasha” – Sylvain Assié

Notable Dish 78: “Cochinita Pibil – El Caballito” – Elia Herrera

Best Sushi

Best Sushi 79: “Yasu” – Victor Barry

BBQ Spots

BBQ Spot 80: “House of Gourmet” – Trevor Lui

BBQ Spot 81: “Uncle Smoke” – Sylvain Assié

Out of Town Eateries

Out of Town Eatery 82: “Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum” – Victor Barry

 

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Burger Joints

Burger Joint 83: “Harry’s Char Broil” – Victor Barry

China Town Exclusives

China Town Exclusive 84: “The Dumpling House Restaurant” – Victor Barry, Michael van den Winkel

China Town Exclusive 85: “Taste of China” – Victor Barry

China Town Exclusive 86: “Swatow Restaurant” – Victor Barry

China Town Exclusive 87: “Oriental Harvest” – Victor Barry

China Town Exclusive 88: “House of Gourmet” – Trevor Lui

Best Butcher / Meat Shops

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 89: “When The Pig Came Home” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 90: “Roast Fine Foods” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 91: “Stock in Trade” – Sylvain Assié

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 92: “Sanagan’s Meat Locker” – Grant van Gameren, Elia Herrera, Alec Martin

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 93: “Cumbrae Farms” – Grant van Gameren, Ted Corrado

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 94: “Off The Bone Meat Products” – Alec Martin

Best Butcher / Meat Shop 95: “Cheese Boutique” – Ted Corrado, Michael van den Winkel, David Neinstein, Rob Gentile, Grant van Gameren

Old and Soon-to-be Favourites

Soon-to-be and Old Favourite 96: “Café Cancan” – Victor Barry

Soon-to-be and Old Favourite 97: “Fat Pasha” – Sylvain Assié

Soon-to-be and Old Favourite 98: “Uncle Smoke” – Sylvain Assié

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Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Market 99: “Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market” – Michael Hunter

Farmer’s Market 100: “Caledon Farmer’s Market” – Michael Hunter

Farmer’s Market 101: “Sorauren Farmers’ Market” – David Neinstein

Farmer’s Market 102: “Wychwood Barns” – David Lee

Farmer’s Market 103: “Brickwork” – Sylvain Assié

Top Snack Bars

Top Snack Bar 104: “Kanpai Snack Bar” – Trevor Lui

Top Snack Bar 105: “Pinkerton’s” – Michael van den Winkel

Top Snack Bar 106: “416 Snack Bar” – David Neinstein

Top Snack Bar 107: “Hanmoto” – Alexandra Feswick

Secret Nature Spots

Secret Nature Spot 108: “Don Valley” – Michael Hunter

Secret Nature Spot 109: “Forks of the Credit Provincial Park” – Michael Hunter

Secret Nature Spot 110: “Toronto Islands” – Michael Hunter

Secret Nature Spot 111: “High Park” – Michael Hunter

Secret Nature Spot 112: “Withrow Park” – Rob Gentile

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Top Cookbook

Top Cookbook 113: “Something To Food About by Quest Love” – Alexandra Feswick

Top Cookbook Store

Top Cookbook Store 114: “The Good Egg – Kensington Market” – Alexandra Feswick

Trending Street Foods Category

Trending Street Food 115: “Yakitori” – Michael Hunter

Trending Street Food 116: “Pizza” – Victor Barry

Trending Street Food 117: “Takoyaki” – Michael Hunter

Trending Street Food 118: “Hot dog” – Alexandra Feswick

Trending Street Food 119: “Jamaican Beef Patty” – David Neinstein

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Best Place to Celebrate

Best Place to Celebrate 120: “Barbarian’s Steak House” – Victor Barry

Best Pasta Maker

Best Pasta Maker 121: “Famiglia Baldassarre” – Rob Gentile

Best Wine List

Best Wine List 122: “Barbarian’s Steak House” – Victor Barry

Best Wine List 123: “CN Tower” – Victor Barry

Best Wine List 124: “Bar Raval” – Rob Gentile

Best Wine List 125: “Roxy” – Elia Herrera

Best Wine List 126: “Rodney’s Oyster Bar” – Mark McEwan

Best Wine List 127: “Bar Buca” – Elia Herrera

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Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen Essentials 128: “Wooden cutting board” – Alexandra Feswick

Kitchen Essentials 129: “Stove cast iron pan” – Victor Barry

Kitchen Essentials 130: “Thermapen” – Grant van Gameren

Kitchen Essentials 131: “Steel knife” – Rob Gentile, Ted Corrado

Kitchen Essentials 132: “Wok” – Trevor Lui

Kitchen Essentials 133: “Japanese Mandonline” – Alec Martin, Mark McEwan

Kitchen Essentials 134: “Blender” – Michael van den Winkel

Kitchen Essentials 135: “Rolling pin” – Sonia Mondino

International Canadian Chefs to Experience

International Canadian Chefs to Experience 136: “Patrick Kriss of Alo Restaurant” – Sylvain Assié

International Canadian Chefs to Experience 137: “Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station” – Sylvain Assié

Brunch Spots

Brunch Spots 138: “Emma’s Country Kitchen” – Alexandra Feswick

Brunch Spots 139: “The Drake Hotel” – Alexandra Feswick

Brunch Spots 140: “Bodega Henriette” – Sylvain Assié

 

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Best Places to go with Family

Best Places to go with Family 141: “Ji” – Alexandra Feswick

Best Places to go with Family 142: “Hokkaido Ramen Santouka” – Ted Corrado

Best Places to go with Family 143: “Congee Queen” – Trevor Lui

Best Places to go with Family 144: “Niagara Falls” – Alec Martin 

Best Places to go with Family 145: “Ripley’s Aquarium” – Victor Barry

International Chefs to Experience

International Chefs to Experience 146: “Chris Bianco  of Pizzeria Bianco, Tratto” – Victor Barry

International Chefs to Experience 147: “Joe Badia of Pizzeria Beddia” – Victor Barry

International Chefs to Experience 148: “Dom De Marco of Di Fara Pizza” – Victor Barry

International Chefs to Experience 149: “Aaron Bludorn of Café Boulud” – Sylvain Assié

International Chefs to Experience 150: “Aarón Sánchez of Johnny Sánchez” – Trevor Lui

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