Go Brown Bag Free, and Treat Yourself with Toronto's Top Lunches



Let's bring the lunch back.

For too many years, we have been neglecting this meal, eating it hurriedly in front of a computer screen. We are spending far too little time indulging our epicurious side; our inner gourmands. We are spending far too little time slowing down.

Lunch in Toronto doesn't have to come at a high price point. From a bowl of steaming hot noodles made by rising superstar chef David Chang at Momofuku to a vegetarian food done right at Planta, we have you covered. We have the burgers slathered in cheese, and the pizza slathered in...cheese. We have the spots where you can sit and linger, or the perfect places to grab and go and get on with your day. That fresh air will do you good either way.

From downtown Toronto to Roncesvalles, our picks transverse the city. It is hard to run a restaurant in Toronto and keep the customers interested. The ones that "make it" have inventive chefs, fresh food and an energy that never wanes. 

Whether you are solidifying a business deal or gossiping over illicit lunchtime drinks is your prerogative. Just step away from the desk, already. Right now you must tend to your stomach. That work will wait for you to return.


10
West Toronto
Pizzeria Libretto
Photo courtesy of Pizzeria Libretto Facebook page


This is the real deal kind of pizza. You may find yourself enthusiastically affirming the taste of real Neopolitan Pizza at Pizzeria Libretto in Italian. Or, if words fail you, "Mmmm" works well in most languages. This pizza has a soft chewy...  Read More


9
Queen West
Banh Mi Boys
Photo courtesy of Banh Mi Boys Facebook page


If you are looking for a unique twist on a filling Vietnamese sandwich, you certainly can't go wrong with Banh Mi Boys. Right on Queen and Spadina, the sandwich shop takes the Vietnamese construct and gives it multicultural twists, from Korean...  Read More


8
Downtown


Momofuku in Japanese translates to "lucky peach." Now that we have the linguistics lesson out of the way, let's get to the details. With the surging popularity of New York's Momofuku scene, Toronto couldn't have been more thrilled to welcome...  Read More




The world may have you believe that fast food and cheap food can't be good for your soul. The world is wrong. Sorella's manages to provide one heck of a lunch for $5. This grab-and-go Italian sausage shop opened its doors for the hungry...  Read More


6
Urban Herbivore
Photo courtesy of Urban Herbivore Facebook page


If you are looking for fast food that is made of ingredients that you can pronounce, in general, you are out of luck. However, chef Stephen Gardner foresaw a need and in 2005 opened up Urban Herbivore in a small restaurant in Kensington. They...  Read More




When The Burger's Priest opened in 2010, it catapulted in popularity. Now with eight restaurants in Ontario alone, there is a cult following, because Torontonians love nothing better than overpopulating a new hot spot. Luckily, the service is...  Read More


4
Little Italy

This may be called Bar Raval, but we aren't suggesting you take up the sport of day drinking (as noble a sport as it may be). This cool cocktail and snack bar has a wonderful ambience that works as well in the day as it does at night. The tapas...  Read More




With growing to-do lists, our brunch and newspaper-reading weekends may be replaced with visits to IKEA, the dry cleaner and the grocery store. It is no wonder that by the time Monday rolls around, we are grumpy (wait, is that just me?). Maha's...  Read More


2
High Park/Roncesvalles
Barque Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Jill Chen


If you are a person who hears the words "baby back ribs" and salivates, you must make a trip over to Roncesvalles for a spectacular lunch. Lucky for us, owners and childhood friends Jonathan Persofsky and David Neinstein left the corporate world...  Read More




Take the "a" off of "Planta" and you will realize what this restaurant is all about (and it's not the hokey pokey). Marketed as plant-based cuisine rather than vegan, this fresh and airy restaurant specializes in delicious food from around the...  Read More


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Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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