6 Toronto Dishes You Need to Try

Thanks to its remarkably diverse population, Toronto is a melting pot of delicious cuisines and must-try dishes. From hearty Canadian eats to Chinese food, this bustling city has it all. Whether you'll be staying for a night or for a week, you can't visit Toronto without trying these six dishes.

Poutine From Poutini's House of Poutine

Practically Canada's national dish, poutine is especially popular in Toronto, where you'll find a range of classic and innovative takes on this hearty plate. No matter which type strikes your fancy, you can take your pick from the extensive menu at Poutini's House of Poutine. Go with the traditional poutine, which comes with cheese curds and gravy atop a pile of fries, or try versions with roasted mushrooms, pulled pork, or smoked meat.

Peameal Bacon Sandwich From Carousel Bakery

A quintessential Torontonian dish, the peameal bacon sandwich is the perfect way to start your self-guided food tour of the city. This sandwich, which features thick-cut peameal bacon on a Kaiser roll, might look simple. However, Carousel Bakery in Toronto's iconic St. Lawrence Market is known for its impeccable griddling technique and its mustard selection. Be sure to book your IHG hotel in the center of Toronto so you can head back for a nap after lunch.

Dan Dan Noodles From Chinese Traditional Buns

Toronto is home to the largest Chinese population in Canada, which means you'll find plenty of Chinese culture and cuisine all over the city. Most local foodies agree that Chinese Traditional Buns, located in Toronto's Chinatown, is home to the city's best plate of Dan Dan noodles. This chili oil-topped, hand-pulled noodle dish is notoriously spicy, so don't hesitate to soak it up with a side of meat-filled steamed buns.

Banh Mi From Banh Mi Nguyen Huong

In recent years, this Vietnamese sandwich's popularity has surged, as it pops up at new cafes across Toronto. While you'll find contemporary takes at numerous shiny new spots, the classic version at Banh Mi Nguyen Huong has delighted banh mi lovers for nearly a decade. Snag one at the Chinatown location and chow down on a fresh baguette packed with cold cuts, sausage, pickled veggies, and fresh herbs.

Margherita D.O.P. Pizza From Pizzeria Libretto

Torontonians love their pizza, and you'll find one of the best pies at Pizzeria Libretto, a local institution. This spot specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza and takes its mozzarella seriously. While the spicy Diavola or veggie-packed Verdura might catch your eye, go for the classic Margherita D.O.P. pizza which keeps it simple with tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

Ice Cream Sandwich From Bang Bang Icecream & Bakery

Top off your foodie tour of Toronto with a sweet treat from Bang Bang Icecream & Bakery. The irresistible ice cream sandwiches here boast the best of both worlds, with inventive ice cream flavors sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies. Don't hesitate to get creative with ice cream flavors like cinnamon toast and London fog, as well as cookie options like B'day and Captain P'nut.

Whether you have a sweet tooth, love classic Canadian eats, or need more spice in your life, Toronto is sure to satisfy. Make your next visit even more delicious by sampling these must-try dishes.

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July 22, 2019

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