Khao San Road
326 Adelaide St W
If you live in Toronto and you call yourself a foodie or have a foodie friend, it’s more than likely that you’ve heard of Khao San Road, that Thai restaurant has been changing personal opinions on Thai cuisine — at least in our circle of friends. Oh, it’s also No. 1 on blogTO’s 2011 list of Best Thai restaurants.
Tanner and I knew that one day our path would lead us to the back of Khao San Road’s long line despite our general dislike of Pad Thai and our otherwise groundless disinterest in Thai cuisine. When we had plans to catch action movie classic, “Speed” (starring amazing Canadianactor, Keanu Reeves) at Bell Lightbox, we figured to trek a few blocks away before the screening and test our thoughts on Thai food with Khao San Road.
Paramount Fine Foods
253 Yonge St
Hmm, what is there to say about Paramount? I’ve been in the Yonge-Dundas area often enough, but I had never really noticed this Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant. It pains me to think that I’d been spending money on greasy food court food in the Urban Eatery when I could’ve been eating wraps and hummus right across the street. Wraps (or sandwiches, as written on their menu) and hummus! That’s exactly what Merky and I ordered when we finally visited Paramount for the first time.
New Generation Sushi
493 Bloor St West
Japanese is always the safest bet when you’re hungry and walking around Toronto. The restaurants are easy to find. And the food is usually satisfying enough to fill your empty stomach and kill, if you have one, that sushi craving. There are times when the fish isn’t fresh. There are times when servings are smaller than expected. And in most cases, the food is just enough to do you right. New Generation, though, exceeded our expectations.
200 Victoria St
After a terrible late night movie, Rene, Phil, and I headed to the closest 24hr diner we knew. Fran’s is about a block from Eaton Centre on the corner of Shuter and Victoria. I had never eaten here before but I’d heard about it from a girl from my creative writing class who used to work the occasional late shift at one of their locations. For those who love a night of drinking, Fran’s is probably a familiar name already and their three Toronto locations familiar sites. Maybe I romanticized the idea of sitting in a 24hr diner into the early hours of the next day, but I’d always wanted to try Fran’s one late night, sober.