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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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California Sandwiches

Recommended by: Shay Mitchell (Actress)

What started as a small grocery store is now one of Toronto’s favorite spots to grab a sandwich. Each location has its own butcher and meat is cut on-site to guarantee the freshest ingredients. Don’t miss the ever popular veal sandwich called “La Rinacente.” www.eatcalifornia.ca

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Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Recommended by: Stephanie Mark (The Coveteur)

Candle-lit tables, hand-crafted chandeliers, chalkboard menus and worn floorboards bring essences of an Italian osteria into Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, a charming wine bar and eatery with freshly made pastas and an abundance of wine. Entrees and tapas-style plates are built around local and sustainable ingredients. If you’re really looking to treat yourself, opt for the chef’s [...]

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The Drake

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Restaurateur)

The trendy, 19-room Drake hotel houses not only art exhibits and live music events, but also a handful of great dining options. The Café makes for an ideal early-morning breakfast place, while the Lounge is the go-to option for burgers, beer and Wednesday night trivia. During the warmer months, the Sky Yard’s rooftop patio offers [...]