To say things have changed in the restaurant world is an understatement! Thriving restaurants improve a neighbourhood immeasurably and this is part of what makes the Junction, Toronto so magical!
Some restaurants have chosen not to remain open at this time and that is understandable. However, there are a number of local restaurants that have adapted to the new reality and have made a giant shift in how they are doing business. I know that some great locations do not have an online presence, and you would only know about them, and what they're offering, if you walked by and saw a notice posted in their window. That was the inspiration for this list. My desire is to support my community and to be a resource for everyone in it.
The list compiled is probably missing some good spots, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.
Let's support our local, independent restaurants however we can, so they can survive and we all can benefit.
Image by Clem Onojeghuo
Junction Triangle, Dupont near Dundas
Love and chicken. You will love their chicken!
They are doing take-out and groceries. They have yeast and flour! And they have amazing bread!
Rancho Relaxo To Go
Junction, Dundas near Keele
Pre-orders for Wednesday and Friday dinner and Sunday brunch. Lovely menu & lovely owners.
Decó has set up a really smart takeout market, you don't even have to go inside. Lasagne, wine, tiramisu!
Indie Ale House
They are doing take out and delivery of food and beer! For take out call ahead to place your food order 416-760-9691. Check out Instagram for delivery. You can order beer online and have it delivered to your door! Try the "Stay Home" IPA.
Takeout and delivery of fine Italian food.
Authentic Northeastern Thai
Curb-side pickup, groceries and delivery.
(fyi, they are also doing summer produce boxes)
A Junction standard. Traditional Vietnamese food, including pho and vermicelli. Order online for delivery or take out.
La Rev - Authentic Mexican Cantina
LA REV is a unique Mexican cantina inspired by the history of the Mexican Revolution, located in the historic Junction area in Toronto. They are currently operating out of their sister restaurant Carmelitas. Pupusas, soft taco, burritos, tamales very authentic!
North of Bombay
Delivery, order online.
When the Pig Came Home
Very local, organic. Order online - also offering groceries!
Green Haven Vegan
Leela Indian food
I haven't been there myself, but I hear it's delicious.
Coastal Italian, family run - seasonal and local.
Thurs-Saturday only - curb-side pick-up.
Annette Food Market
Contact less pick-up and delivery! Order online.
Near Annette and Runnymede
Butcher by Nature
Fabulous prepared food - order for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The owners Frank and Mirella opened the shop in 2002, and have become a community favourite, the shop and them!
Unique delicious pizza, super friendly staff (Alex!) delivery & pick-up.
Near Annette and Jane
Canary and Fox
A neighbourhood grocery store/ micro market and online market. They carry some prepared foods from Queen's Pasta and Pie Commission. And the owner Dipesh is a gem!
Italian and Spanish influenced restaurant.
UB Social and General Store
Oh how I miss lingering over empanadas, cakes and coffee while I do some work or chat with Mary and Anthony! Wonderful prepared foods, and expertly prepared condiments.
Cool Hand of a Girl
I'm pretty sure they are doing takeout even though nothing is mentioned on their website.
Currently exploring options for take out:
Love this brunch spot. Fingers crossed.
they'll have some form of takeout or delivery.
Sweet Trolley Bakery
A Junction classic! Some of the best cinnamon buns around!
Doesn’t have a website
3056 Dundas St W, Toronto
Vegan and gluten free. Takeout.
Ice cream and chocolates - they deliver!
Ice cream Junction
Well, that's my long list. Again, please suggest restaurants I may have overlooked... What I've loved about putting this list together is knowing that there are so many restaurants that have adapted and are making a go of it! No doubt, as each one thinks of some innovative way to adapt, the others get inspired. Gives me hope.
Also, to protect those working hard to make sure you are well fed, please consider wearing a mask when you pick up your takeout. Well-know fashion designer Izzy Camillari (she made the suits Gord Downie wore in his last tour), whose studio is in the Junction, is making some pretty awesome masks, and making a charitable contribution at the same time.
Check it out here: https://izadaptive.com/collections/face-masks
I hope this list comes in handy! I'd love your feedback (no pun intended).