One of the most unique things about Toronto is that it’s so multicultural. Luckily for me, that means the constant availability of food representing cultures from all over the world. Recently, I’ve taken advantage of the what seems like hundreds of Thai restaurants that are nearby. I think I’ve been to at least 5 different ones since being here, and have no bad things to say about any of them. I’m also sufficiently impressed with the spread of Caribbean food (some of my favorite) that is never in short supply around here.
However, I have tried my best to make my experience as classically “Canadian” when I can. For me, food-wise, this translated to poutine and beavertails. If you’ve never heard of these before, Poutine is what I usually refer to as french fry soup, but is essentially a pile of fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Beavertails, which I had never heard of before, are comparable to elephant ears. It’s fried dough covered with cinnamon, sugar, and if you’re anything like me, nutella. And, because Canada frequently draws from French culinary culture, crepes have been a go-to for me as well. Also with nutella, of course.
Though the food scene here is not terribly different from what you might find in New York or Chicago, I’ve enjoyed having so many good options within reach. I’m not overly enthusiastic about beavertails or poutine, but its been a pleasure to sample these Canadian staples, even if I have no intention of pursuing them once I’m back home. But, like I said, I have had no truly bad food experiences since being here and would recommend a number of restaurants very highly. However, if it’s life-changing cuisine you’re after, a day trip to Montreal might be worth the drive!