After spending the past 3 years in Boston for Graduate school I returned to Toronto this Spring. There are a few types of cuisines I grew to love while living in Boston which I did not have an opportunity to experience growing up in Toronto.
So as a somewhat frequent reader of the CHOW boards, I thought what better place to turn to than you all for advice.
Haitian - I lived around the corner from an incredible Haitian restaurant, Bakery and two Haitian grocery stores in Cambridge, MA and fell in love with Haitian Patties, Griot, Cabrit and other dishes. I stopped by Lakay Caribbean in Scarborough earlier in the year and was disappointed to see dishes like Jerk Chicken and other Jamaican dishes on what claims to be a Haitian owned business. The dish I tried (Stewed Chicken) was extremely dry and not what I was accustomed to trying before.
Dominican/Cuban/Puerto Rican - I am not grouping all together to imply that they are the same because of a shared language and similar geographical location, but there are similarities. I love all three and was wondering where I should go in Toronto to try all of at least one of the three.
Cape Verdean - I have heard that the only Cape Verdean population of any significance is in the New England area, but is there a restaurant in Toronto I could go to if I have a craving for this wonderful cuisine?
Azorean - I know about the continental portuguese restaurants in the area, but have yet to try any food from the Azores in TO. I am sure this would be an easy one to try.
Armenian Bakery - I tried Armenian Kitchen in Scarborough and was very happy with what I had, but was wondering if there was a dedicated bakery like what they have in Watertown, MA where I could pick up some Armenian Breads and Pastries.
Seafood - Anywhere I could get some great fried clams, steamers, littlenecks and Oysters? I know about Rodney's and Starfish, but is that really the best we have in the area?
Let me just say I do know about what Toronto does well and I am grateful for that, but sometimes when you spend a few years in another area and discover new foods you have a yearning for them since your relocation. Sincere thanks in advance.
1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA
Lakay Caribbean Restaurant
2434 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K9, CA