Is there anything better than a plate of food that feels like a warm hug? Sometimes after a long day, all you want is to cozy up on the couch with a delicious plate of comfort food. Especially during these difficult days of the pandemic. Hey – no judgment here! We do it too. But if you want to up your comfort food game to the max, you’ve got to try these delicious Toronto joints. From classic comfort eats to warm ramen, hearty bowls of pasta, and more, these scrumptious spots know just what you need.
Along with being incredible, all of these spots have eats available for takeout. So they’re safe to enjoy even amid all the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in the city.
Here are 10 delicious spots for the best comfort food in Toronto.
Our first pick has “comfort food” right in its title, so you already know the spot will be bomb. They’re offering up some seriously scrumptious eats when it comes to indulging. We’re talking all the classics! They’ve got your run-of-the-mill burgers, wings, and fries. Plus, fully-loaded options like their chili cheese fries or fried chicken supreme. If nothing else, you’ve got to try their house-made sauces that come in six fiery and delicious flavours.
Where: 73 St Nicholas St
There’s no craving like a chicken and waffle craving! Good thing this spot has the classic comfort food option down pat. You can stop by any of their Toronto locations for takeout of this delicious dish. Plus, the menu is stacked with loads of toppings options, including everything from their signature Dirty Sauce to buttered maple, spicy ranch, and more. Mmm, are you drooling already? Cause we sure are!
Where: Find your nearest location here.
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You can really pig out at Pig Out BBQ. Sorry, y’all the pun was right there. Anyway, the comfort food available at this joint will have you so satisfied you’ll be spitting puns too. As the name suggests, they specialize in BBQ eats. When you stop by, you’ll be met with a wide selection of all the classics like ribs, wings, pulled pork, and a comfort food favourite Mac N Cheese. Yum!
Where: 650 Spadina Ave
Another great spot for hearty BBQ eats has got to be The Carbon Bar. This delicious joint is known for its Texas-style offerings that’ll make you drool. They’ve got everything from steaks to seafood. Plus, favourites like brisket, fried chicken, pork ribs, and cheddar jalapeño sausages. All their BBQ is made with the highest quality meats and a delicious combination of their signature spices and sauces! Yum yum yum!
Where: 99 Queen St E
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the comfort food conversation. This incredible vegan joint has plant-based EVERYTHING. As they reopen after a quick two-week hiatus, the joint is serving up all the classics. Pretty much everything on this menu is divine, but we’ve got to recommend digging into their Soy Pork Nachos, Mac ‘n Cheez, and Fries Supremacy. Finish things off with an order of their Bourbon Apple Pie and you’ve got quite the feast on your hands. Or their Chocolate Cheesecake Parfait. Ugh, this spot has so many delicious choices it’s just so hard to choose!
Where: 382 College St
When: Reopening Wednesday, April 28th
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Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of ramen? Seriously, we’d love to know. This spot serves up some of the best when it comes to this delicious dish. You can hit either one of their locations for a slightly different mix of menu items. At Ikkousha Tonkotsu, you’ll be met with a selection of pork-based picks. At Ikkousha Chicken, you’ll be met with, you guessed it, chicken-based picks. Whichever option you go for, you’re in for a deliciously comforting bowl of food.
Where: 249 & 257 Queen St W
We can’t talk comfort food without mentioning a classically Canadian dish! Head on over to Nom Nom Nom for some of the finest poutine in town. This spot serves up pretty much every version of your favourite true north classic. Of course, they’ve got the traditional mix – with fries, curds, and gravy. But they’ve also got loads of scrumptious additional topping options like bacon, smoked meat, pulled pork, spicy chicken, and more. Pick from one of their pre-determined creations or mix and match for a personalized poutine. Seriously, this spot is insane!
Where: 707 Dundas St W
Load up on authentic Texan barbecue at this next delicious joint. Beach Hill Smokehouse has been on top of the comfort food game since they first opened their doors in Toronto at their flagship location on Main Street. They’ve been incredibly popular since their beginnings and have since opened a second location on the Danforth. When you order from here, you can expect a delicious “falling off the bone” vibe from all their BBQ creations. This spot knows exactly how it’s done.
Where: 172 South Main St & 429 Danforth Ave
Sometimes Thai food just tastes like sunshine. When you order from Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, you’ll get just that. This place is known far and wide as one of the best Thai restaurants in the city, and when you stop by you’ll see why. Everything on their menu, from their spring rolls to their Thai wings to their curries and soups, will make you feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy instead. This place is sure to brighten up any dark day. We know we’ll be placing an order or two from here soon!
Where: 18 Duncan St
Of course, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a face full of carbs! When it comes to pasta, Sugo Toronto knows what’s up. The Bloor West restaurant is one of the most popular in the city and for good reason. They offer unbelievable pasta dishes that just hit the spot. Pretty much anything on this menu is going to be a hit, but if you’d like our recommendation you can’t go wrong with an order of rigatoni. Get one of their massive meatballs to enjoy on the side and you’ve got quite the meal. If you’re more of a pizza person than a pasta person, be sure to check out their sister store Pizza Conzo (located just up the street at 1279 Bloor St W).
Where: 1281 Bloor St W
So enjoy all the comfort food you’re craving with an order from any (or a few) of these delicious spots. We know we’ll be penciling in a little takeout from all of them in the coming weeks. Hey – depending on the way things go in the city pandemic-wise, maybe the coming months as well. Oof.
Stay home and stay healthy, everyone! Let us know which of these delicious joints you place an order from first!