The Top 5 Toronto Eats of 2014

Another year has come and gone and with it memories of great meals, fantastic flavours and tasty treats lingered in my taste buds. New joints opened and good old favourites resurfaced. And so, after visiting and reviewing over 25 restaurants this past year, I’ve rounded up my Top 5 Toronto Eats of 2014.

1. Bar Isabel
The new trendy place in town is eclectic and alive, very alive. The music is mellow but the crowds are snappy and chatty. The food is brought to tables in waves in a tapas-style format with waiters moving through the restaurant in synchronized movements, carrying tasty dishes with unique ingredients that are a definite must-try. Read review>>

Bar Isabel | Toronto| Restaurants

Original tongue on brioche

2. Beast
Beast is a restaurant that features nose-to-tail and farm-to-fork meals in a nonchalant way. The venue itself is decorated with intriguing art pieces that would make you second guess your meal, hopefully in a good way. The wooden tables and chairs are small and have a rusty look to them. The menu is contentious with unapologetic descriptions that are meant to test your waiter’s knowledge of the food. Read review>>

Beast | Toronto Restaurant

Smoked Mackerel

3. 7 Numbers Restaurant
Chef Rosa is of the mind that simple and minimalistic is always better, and that generosity in the use of salt and olive oil is a must. With Rosa’s effervescent personality and way of cooking, one is bound to have a great time while tasting, cooking and chopping alongside her. Read review>>

7 Numbers Restaurant | Toronto

The kitchen


4. Smoque N’ Bones
What would you attempt to barbecue if you knew you could not fail? Don’t answer. Better yet, don’t even try! Leave it to the experts at Smoque N’ Bones to smoke your reasoning away and ignite your BBQ senses. Read review>>

Smoque & Bones3

5. Valdez
Fellow compadre, owner and former Top Chef Canada contestant, Steven Gonzalez (El Jefe), has successfully created with Valdez a restaurant culture that mixes traditional Latin dishes with down-to-earth Latin street food. Read review>>

Valdez Toronto Restaurant | Latin Street Food


Thank you to all my readers for your continued support and sharing your love for food with me. Looking forward to a very tasty 2015.


Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

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