An instructor at the U of T, I have a 3-hour break between courses one day of the week. That doesn't really allow enough time to commute home by TTC, so it's a good, built-in time for marking papers/reading and supper. That said, it's that odd hour when many restaurants are closed and busy prepping for dinnertime.
Solution? Kensington Market, which is mere blocks from the building where I re-convene with students at 7. My most recent exploration lead me to El Trompo and it was AWESOME. Paintings on the walls were a real bonus, and staff greeted me with warm surprise: most patrons seem to have been Mexican/Latino.
I haven't had authentic Mexican since I was in Chicago and this stuff is genuine Mexico City fare. I'm going back for a cool cinammon-vanilla beverage and yes, to check their guac.
Try the yummy El Nostro soft-taco with pork, pineapple and coriander: I am seriously jonesing for it a week later.
Much as I am a creature of habit, I plan to make my way around this neighbourhood every single week for new nosh experiences. Next up: the freaky fusion of Hungary Thai---unless someone pipes in and warns me not to go.
Happy eating y'all! I'm counting the days till our trip to San Francisco!