As the weather gets colder, more and more of us are craving tasty comfort food to warm us up. Sometimes you want the quality of a home cooked meal, without actually having to cook it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the 8 best restaurants in Toronto to get comfort food, because sometimes you need it.
Cut The Cheese
Location: 2901 Dundas St W
Cut the Cheese offers gourmet twists on some comfort food classics, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese. Their menu caters to everybody, offering spectacular options for meat lovers, such as the Big Bad Wolf, topped with deep fried pork belly, coleslaw, southwest chipotle aioli, hickory sticks and asiago cheese. This loaded sandwich will cost you $9.25. If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly option, their Harvest sandwich might interest you. Loaded with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, apple-celery remoulade, balsamic glaze, and fontina and emmental cheese, coming in at $8.45. Any of their vegetarian menu items can be made with vegan Daiya cheese for an extra dollar.
If mac and cheese is more your thing, they’ve got plenty of options for that too. The Bull Fighter ($10.65) comes topped with chorizo sausage, roasted spicy cauliflower, bell peppers, banana peppers, and jalapeño havarti. For the veggie lovers, they’ve got the Sasquash ($10.95) which comes covered in roasted butternut squash, oven dried tomatoes, sautéed snow peas, and smoked gouda.
Triple A Bar
Location: 138 Adelaide St E
This Texas inspired joint serves a southern take on the classic chili. The Texas Chili ($14) comes with no beans, but a generous helping of stewed beef and ancho chilies, with plenty of tortilla chips on the side for dipping. They’ve also got other comfort foods like Chicken ‘n Waffles ($14), Nachos ($16), and a side of Mac and Cheese ($6) that you can choose from.
The White Brick Kitchen
Location: 641 Bloor St W
The White Brick Kitchen is the perfect place to go if you’re feeling hungry, because their menu will definitely fill you up. Their Buttermilk Fried Half Chicken ($19) comes with garlic bread and your choice of sides ranging from fresh cut fries to mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also check out what their featured burger is, as it’s always changing and will keep you on your toes. And if you’re a mac and cheese fan, they’ve got a 4 cheese mac and cheese ($15.50) which is topped with sun dried tomatoes, Ritz cracker crumbs, and garlic toast on the side.
The Pie Commission
Location:887 Dundas St W
There is only one thing that can make comfort food even more comforting, and that’s baking it into a pie. The Pie Commission serves 5″ individual serving pies that will make your mouth water. They’ve got a range of savoury pies filled with things like pulled pork, braised beef rib, butter chicken, and their “Veg-ilicious” vegetarian pie (steamed kale, broccoli, cauliflower, millet and goat cheese). You can also order sausage rolls, and choose from a daily variety of sweet dessert pies.
Location:1351 St Clair Ave W
If you’re feeling like spaghetti and meatballs, Agio does it best. The classic pasta dish is a house favourite at this Italian spot, and they keep it nice and simple. You can get their perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles topped with meatballs and tomato sauce, or you can order the spaghetti noodles tossed in bolognese sauce for just $14.
Location: Multiple Locations
Soup is one of the best comfort foods, especially for when you’re feeling sick. This Toronto chain serves up unique dishes that will never disappoint. Their Chick Hot Pot Broth ($10) is a unique twist on the classic chicken noodle soup, made with ingredients like coconut milk, fresh noodles, bok choy, and edamame. The Ravi Stew ($10) is also a great option, made with roasted chicken, baby spinach, mushrooms, wild rice, edamame, roasted yams, cilantro, crispy shallots and root vegetables. Other items like the butternut squash soup ($9.50) and corn chowder ($10) will also warm the soul as the weather cools down.
Location:208 Bloor St W
This Bloor Street gem whips up what can be best described as a high-class Big Mac. The Prime Beef Double Cheeseburger ($19) is topped with American cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and sauce, and it won’t disappoint. Served with fries, this cheeseburger is the perfect meal to fill any void in your stomach, or heart.
Location: 1056 Bloor St W
Because vegans need comfort food too. Everything on the menu at Hogtown Vegan is free from animal products, but you won’t miss them. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll enjoy what this place has to offer. Their Unchicken & Waffles ($14) and Pulled “Pork” Sandwich ($13) could convince any meat lover, and will definitely leave you feeling full. You can also get appetizers like Chili “Cheese” Fries ($9) or “Chicken” Wings ($9 for 5 or $14 for 10).