Etobicoke was once only a 'bedroom community' for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
but is also a major corporate head office center, in part because of its proximity to Toronto's Pearson International Airport,
the International Centre, and with the Toronto Congress Centre in nearby Etobicoke.
This means there are a lot of travellers and conventioneers are looking for suitable pleaces to dine and to entertain.
Etobicoke has a number of mature communities (dating back to before or just after World War II), and a high proportion of residents born in Canada, and of anglo-saxon origin, which has maintained demand for a number of traditional restaurants, unlike the rest of Toronto which has reflected the greater ethnic diversity of other areas of Toronto.
Restaurants tend to be clustered around Etobicoke's traditional communities and long traditional communter routes like: in Rexdale along Albion Rd, the Emery Village area at Finch & Weston, in Weston along Weston Rd, and then the major east west routes through central Etobicoke along Eglinton, in Islington along Dundas, in Kingsway along Bloor West, with major chains along The Queensway, and in Long Branch & Mimico along Lakeshore Blvd. You will also find a restaurant for pretty well any kind of food along the very street you're driving along.
Of course there are lots of restaurants around the Pearson Airport, often in hotels, or close-by.
FoundLocally, has for consistent treatement included the airport hotele and restaurants as in Mississauga.
Business parks tend to have the higher-end noon hour restaurants and fine dining establishments, the areas close to campus has the cheaper eats, and the outlying residential areas have the family-friendly and affordable dining options. The Etobicoke region has over 500 restaurants.
Use the pop-down list at upper-left to quickly find restaurants by cuisine. You can use the Restaurant Search Form to quickly filter the restaurants by community/neighbourhood AND by cuisine. You can even search by postal code, even by street to find all restaurants really close to you.
Here are Etobicoke's most popular restaurant areas & clusters:
Rexdale & Albion Islington
Along Albion Road
The shopping corridor along Rexdale Boulevard has several fast food franchises (Humber College has a campus here), and a number of small restaurants, especially from South Asia and the West Indies.
Along Weston Road between Eglington and the 401
Weston, incorporated as a Village in 1881, with a popular Farmer's Market and hosts a number of community actities and festivals. This area has a dozen restaurants ranging from Mexican (El Jacalito) ot Thai (Peter Anan), Chinese (Yeung Chow) to family (Gus' Knott Inn, P&M, Sardinha).
Village of Islington
Along Dundas Street, between Islington and Kipling Avenues
This area has wide brick-bordered sidewalks and beautiful murals and includes 200 shops, restaurants and services. The area is home to myriad, interesting and ethnically diverse restaurants, both on-street and in the many small strip malls. Excellent transit access, with service from two subway stops on the Bloor line.
Kingsway Village / The Kingsway
Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive in the east to Montgomery Road
This village-themed shopping district, with black painted cast-iron street lamps & flower gardens, and a flag-adorned center median features a number restaurants mixed in with the area's specialty stores catering to an upscale market. Food ranges from Cajun (Cru), French (Saint Honore), Greek (Just Greek), Italian (Big Papa), Japanese (Momji), to Thai (My Thai), with a smattering of family dining , casual dining, and bar & grill establishments.
Mimico & Mimico Village
Lake Shore Boulevard and Royal York Road
This quaint neighbourhood has shops and services caters to the local community. These shopping areas feature an excellent variety of small locally owned stores and restaurants, including Caribbean (Caribbean Breeze), Indian (Everest), Italian (Dominic's), as well as the ever-popular Golden Stoves, Home Plate Diner, Royork, and Second Step.
Lakeshore Village (New Toronto)
Lakeshore Blvd, between Kipling and Royal York
There are over one hundred and fifty businesses including an assortment of businesses, restaurants, shops and services that cater to the local community. This area's streetscape is quite pretty, with decorative lamp posts, planters and over a hundred trees. He area has a wide range of cuisine including Asian (Lee's Thai, Mai Thai), Bistros (Jacob's Village), Caribbean (Caribbean Roti Hut, Golden Cook), East Coast (Newfie Corner), Greek (Dimitri's), Mediterranean (Felafel Royal), plus a number of pubs, bar & grills, and casual dining establishments.
Long Branch Village
Long Branch Village started about a century ago as a lakeside vacation resort for Torontonians. Long Branch has a multitude of restaurants, retail shops, as well as parks and recreational facilities, all within walking distance of each other, catering to locals, Humber College students, and those coming for the waterfront recreation. Visitors can dine on Cajun (Sammy's) , Italian (Al Lago), Seafood (Bluewater Fish & Chips), Thai (Lemongrass), and a good range of casual & family dining places. Website: longbranchvillage.com
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