As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto’s culinary scene is extremely diverse. In one neighbourhood alone, you can find a hip Cuban diner, a beloved Indian joint, and a cozy tapas restaurant serving Korean. But sometimes all you want to do is fill your face with greasy pub fare. When that’s the case, head to one of these spots for Toronto’s best pub food.
House On Parliament
House On Parliament is a Cabbagetown staple that’s been serving huge portions of hearty pub fare to locals for decades. As if this old Victorian home weren’t cozy enough, their list of standard to upscale pub food will warm you from the inside out. Favourites here include the pulled pork sandwich and the smoked duck breast salad.
Hair of the Dog
Although the name might have you believing otherwise, Hair of the Dog is a slightly more refined take on the classic pub. Located just south of Church and Wellesley Streets, this village favourite serves classics like baked russet potato skins, perogies, and nachos, alongside more inventive creations such as their curried poutine and butter chicken grilled cheese.
With more than 20 years of experience, Rebel House knows how to do pub food right. They have an extensive menu of Canadian comfort food favourites, including oven-baked wings, grilled cheese, buffalo burgers, and of course the “Rebel poutine,” which is served with fresh cheddar curds, smoked mozzarella, and homemade gravy.
Crown and Dragon
This pub makes the list for its giant, meaty, and oh-so-delicious chicken wings. It doesn’t hurt that they’re half-price three nights of the week, either. Crown and Dargon’s long list of wings, which includes flavours like Dragon’s Breath, Key West BBQ, and Honeycomb Heaven, are consistently ranked some of the best in the city, and we couldn’t agree more.
The Queen and Beaver
Alongside this pub’s vast draft selection is a menu filled with British classics that have stood the test of time. The best part, though, is that nearly everything that comes out of this kitchen—from wood braised lamb shoulder to corned duck and potato pie—is made from scratch.
The Pour House
You’ll have no trouble satisfying your appetite at Pour House, a massive pub on Dupont known for its beer selection. Because even if it’s the 24 craft beers on tap that draw people in, the hand-battered fish and chips and elk burger will keep them coming back.
The Ceili Cottage
The Ceili Cottage may have gained notoriety for the giant yurt they installed on their patio (which has sadly been removed), but their food is worthwhile too. Crowd onto the the Irish pub’s salvaged church pews if you’re looking for less-expected pub fare with an emphasis on seafood dishes like fresh oysters and peat-smoked salmon.
The Caledonian is a charming Scottish pub that’s true to its heritage, serving authentic dishes you won’t find just anywhere, including haggis neeps and tatties, Scotch eggs, and Scottish steak pie. In fact, there may be no better place in the city to try lamb and oat pudding cooked in a sheep’s stomach.
The Hogtown Pub and Oysters
When pub owners changed what was known as The Auld Spot to The Hogtown Pub and Oysters, they also revamped the menu to offer dishes with a little more flair. Pub favourites like the burger are always on offer, but the rotating menu of daily specials, known to include everything from chipotle beef heart tacos to dried cherry and brie quesadillas, are what set this place apart.