Queen Street was the original guideline for the east-west avenues of Toronto’s grid pattern of major streets. In 1793, it was named “Lot Street” and was a major lane in the original town known as York however it’s name changed about 40 years later in honour of Queen Victoria.
The street is now a Toronto tourist attraction hosting a variety of Canadian broadcasting, music, fashion, performance and visual arts centres. The original “Queen West” neighbourhood only spanned from University Avenue to Spadina, where it was lined with boutique restaurants and stores. Now it extends from Yonge Street (including the Eaton Center) all the way to Dufferin Street, featuring countless great restaurants that need exploring. You can always start with these ones of you want:
Nota Bene - 180 Queen St West
Located within walking distance of the Canadian Opera Company and most of the embassies on University Street, its no wonder David Lee’s Asian/Italian fusion restaurant is always packed. The bill will be steep for dinner, especially with wine, but the food is outstanding and the staff even more so. notabenerestaurant.com
Bahn Mi Boys - 392 Queen St West
If you’re in the neighbourhood and want a delicious, fresh alternative to all the other fast food joints on Queen West, well this is the place for you. The options are very limited (basically you choose your casing and your filling) and all are delicious. With a few side options as well, you’ll certainly walk away satisfied and all for under 20$. banhmiboys.com
Java House - 537 Queen St West
Certainly a cheap and dirty Queen West watering hole. The beer is always flowing and for fairly low prices, the patio is open late and the food is acceptable if you’re famished. Great for a low key night of drinking with your friends.
Gandhi Roti - 554 Queen St West
Quick service (unless it’s dinner time), low prices, huge portions and amazing food are all the things that make Ghandi Roti the place on Queen West to add some Indian spice to your life. They only have 10 seats so expect to take your food to go but savour every moment of it because it was definitely made with love.
Tone Sushi - 414 Queen St West
The sushi at Tone is truly the work of an artist. The rolls are perfectly seasoned and assembled, the fish is fresh and the presentation is impeccable. Prices are a little higher than other sushi joints but worth it! www.tonesushi.com
The County General - 936 Queen St West
Amazing meals are to be had at this venue, regardless of what time of day it may be. Local fare, beautifully presented and perfectly cooked/seasoned is always guaranteed. The music is always great and although it’s limited in the way of space, its definitely worth the wait. thecountygeneral.ca