Here's my list of the best food in and around Toronto... if something's not mentioned, (ie, best burger), it's because I haven't quite decided yet. Am I missing a really good spot somewhere? (probably), so please help me discover more good food in TO! And please don't get angry, these is just *my* opinion. :)
Best BBQ - Phil's BBQ http://www.philsoriginalbbq.com/
I usually get the combo (pulled pork, brisket and Ribs). Absolutely amazing 90% of the time
Best Burrito - Burrito Boys http://www.burritoboyz.ca/
Consistently awesome. Usually get chicken, with side of burrito sauce and a mango juice
Best Fish + Chips - http://www.chippys.ca/
Actually watched one time as they cut a filet off a huge halibut, battered it and then gave it to me a few minutes later. Chips are great too.
Best Roti - Kori's Roti stop (Oakville
)Well worth the drive. Best Roti, period. Usually get the chicken and shrimp.
Best Schwarma - Osmow's Grill (Streetsville)
Ditto. Best schwarma. Hummus is great too.
Best Peanut chicken - Spadina Gardens (on Dundas & Bay)
Go there about once a week with my co-workers. Caution - very addictive
Best Fine Dining - Splendido http://www.splendido.ca/
Simply the best food I've had in Toronto so far. You can get away with a $200 bill, but tasting menu is great for special occasions. $350 for two, $500+ w/ wine pairings
Best high-end lunch - Nota Bene http://notabenerestaurant.com/welcome/
Service is a little sketch, but can't think of better food during the day. reasonably priced.
Best Chicken on a Pita - Alexandro's (Queens Quay & Young
)Great snack, open most of the time.
Best Indian - Rice Factory - http://www.indianricefactory.com/ (honourable mention goes to Babur's on Queen) machi turri (roasted fresh black cod) is incredible. Food comes out rather slowly, so don't go there overly hungry.
Best Sandwich - Sandwich Box - http://www.sandwichbox.ca/
You pick your own sandwiches from 30-40 quality ingredients. Incredible salad bar too.
Best steak - Splendido - 18oz Ribeye http://www.splendido.ca/
Works cannot describe. Must be tasted. $65 is not bad for one of the best steaks you'll ever have in your life.
Best Tapas - Embrujo Flamenco - http://www.dine.to/embrujoflamenco
Delicious tapas! Slightly high end.
Best Fajitas - Lone Star - http://www.lonestartexasgrill.com/
Great fajitas, but mostly only during busy times.. go there when it's dead, and there's no guaranteeing what you'll get. Unfortunate.
Best Chocolatier - Soma's - http://www.somachocolate.com/
Having the salted chocolate caramel truffle is a must for everyone. In the distillery district.
Best Italian (reasonably priced) - http://www.terroni.ca/
Great Charcuterie boards (Mezzo e Mezzo), and fresh made and cooked pasta. Always busy, get there early.
Best Butcher - Cumbrae's http://www.cumbraes.com/
Where I buy all my steaks. They don't charge you extra for dry-aged steaks either. Healthy Butcher is also pretty awesome.
Best Signature Dish - Lobster Poutine at Bymark - have w/ wine pairing http://www.bymark.ca/
Actually the dish responsible for making me enjoy white wine for the first time... also a must-have... but take a pass on the steaks.. they taste of the gas grill consistently.
Best Chocolate Croissant - Pain Perdu http://www.painperdu.com/
Good Brunch - only "good" because I don't have a "best" yet, because there's so many.. but anyway.. The Drake, Bar One, Easy's on Queen, Brassai and Senses in Soho hotel all have great brunches.
Lastly, if you take me up on any of my suggestions, please let me know what you think!