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Guide: 8 of the best places to eat in Chinatown

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Hey, you look kinda hungry. We’ve got an idea- let’s take a stroll down Spadina and see what the best places to eat in Chinatown are! In a city where restaurants seem to come and go in the blink of an eye, there are some Chinatown staples older than we are. The people are flockin’ for all-day dim sum and lobster deals, so we’ve put together a list of the best places to eat in Chinatown. Enjoy!

WAH SING

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This three decade-year old go-to is a must for one thing: lobster! The double lobster deal comes with your choice of 10 different sauces. Two lobsters, ten sauces, thirty years… something is going right here!

Where: 47 Baldwin St

ROL SAN

rol san

All day dim sum worth waiting in the line up for. Worth the weird plastic tablecloths and minimal verbal interaction from the servers, we promise!

Where: 323 Spadina Ave

KING’S NOODLE

king's noodle

Look past the cooked duck hanging in the window, both literally and figuratively. This is a solid option if your food budget isn’t so spendy- get massive bowls of noodles and soup starting right around the $4 mark.

Where: 296 Spadina Ave

HOUSE OF GOURMET

house of gourmet

This is everything you could (realistically) expect for a Chinese food spot. It’s not that fancy, it’s pretty dang informal, it’s open until 2 am, and the seafood is on point! Just expect to get a little stressed at the 700-item menu. No, we’re not exaggerating even a little.

Where: 484 Dundas St W

MOTHER’S DUMPLINGS

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Very literally mother’s dumplings. Check out their website for a cute pic the owner’s mom, who pioneered the dumplings everyone’s in love with. Also, they’ve got fresh and frozen takeout to take home to mother. A classic!

Where: 421 Spadina Ave

DUMPLING HOUSE

dumpling house

Pay $11 for 12 of the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown? Oh, if you insist! It’s not the fanciest establishment, but it gets the job done foodwise, which is the important thing.

Where 328 Spadina Ave

R&D

This is a slightly nontraditional Chinatown experience. Pleasant service? What a refreshing change! The cocktails are also bomb. Order the duck and thank us later. There’s a Masterchef winner in the kitchen…

Where: 241 Spadina Ave

FRESCO’S FISH AND CHIPS

fish n chips

First, we know it’s not Chinese. Chill and hear us out. We didn’t say this was just Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, we said this was the best places to eat in Chinatown. Technicalities aside, this is a quality stop for fish and chips! Use it as a compromise for those in the group who’ve had enough ginger beef for the time being.

Where: 201 Augusta Ave

Whether you’re a dumpling purist or just sampling what’s around, the best restaurants in Chinatown are sure to have something worth coming back for. Happy eating!

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