When the munchies strike in downtown Toronto, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your cravings for a cornucopia of food. From outrageous ice cream cones to deep-fried delicacies , here’s where to find some must-try Toronto fantasy foods when you’re high.
Donuts from The Rolling Pin
It’s no secret that The Rolling Pin is one of Toronto’s most charming and well-known bakeries because they are applauded for their over-the-top donuts (one of which won the Donut Showdown). They’re $3.25 each, $18 for a half dozen and $35 for a full score.
Marshmallow Squares / Pop Tarts from Bake Shoppe
Sweet and salty marshmallow squares from Bake Shoppe were just made to satisfy the munchies. Their pop tarts ($3.25) filled with Nutella or seasonal jams from Parkdale’s Kitten and The Bear.
Cones from Sweet Jesus
The ice creams at Sweet Jesus are the main attraction, and while there are six soft serve flavours available plain ($3.75) or dipped ($4.75), it’s the pimped out cones ($6.75) that have ignited a frenzy on Instagram. For something more subdued, try the Paletas ($4), Mexican popsicles in flavours like key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter and Cookie Monster.
Mac and Cheese Balls from Cosmic Treats
Deep-fried mac and cheese balls ($8) from vegan hotspot, Cosmic Treats, are homemade, crunchy on the outside and moist and warm on the inside. Pair a plate with the Dorito-encrusted tofu ($11.50).
Deep-friend Pickles from The Lakeview
On weekends, there’s a bouncer outside of The Lakeview doing crowd control outside this Dundas West 24-hour mainstay where late night diners fill up on full breakfasts, poutine and deep-fried pickles.
Chicken and Waffles from The Dirty Bird
Forget your favourite fried chicken joint. One three piece dinner at The Dirty Bird is just $9 with a choice of a small side. The meat is juicy, and the skin is as crispy and golded as you’d expect.
Udon from MeNami
This Sanuki udon house makes fresh Japanese noodles from scratch. Try MeNami’s classic tempura udon ($11.50) in kakejiru broth, topped with a crispy battered prawn and vegetables.
Classic Poutine from Poutini’s
There’s nothing better than a bowl of fries, curds and gravy in the wee hours of the morning. Among the city’s best is the Poutini’s mini-chain with locations near King and Portland as well as The Drake on West Queen West.
Anything from Rol San
Chinese food from Rol San is delicious any time of the day, but it’s always nice when you can order a plate of greasy noodles after a sesh. Expect a lineup at this favourite Chinatown restaurant.