Coming from a small town where 'Mom and Pop' restaurants line the streets, moving to the big city can be overwhelming when it comes to finding quality restaurants to dine at. Toronto is one of the largest tourist destinations in Canada, and it can be easy to get lost amongst the large chain restaurants that line the city streets. As someone who was born and raised in a small town, I grew up eating from various 'hole in the wall' diners that for a small price, gave me a large portion of what tasted like a home cooked meal. Moving to the city has definitely proven to be a challenge when it came to finding those hidden gems behind the Jack Astor's, East Side Mario's, and Hard Rock Cafes. Many of Toronto's mom and pop restaurants always gave me the feeling that I would leave with not just a full stomach, but food poisoning as well.
I was so elated when I stumbled upon Johnny G's, the homely restaurant just east of the downtown core. Johnny G's serves up a mean all day breakfast amongst various other lunch and dinner items, and is equipped with full liquor licensing. Two easy reasons as to why this hidden gem has captured my heart.
In the heart of Cabbagetown you will find the petite hole in the wall restaurant, all you have to do is follow your nose! http://oldcabbagetown.com displays a wide range of shops and restaurants to visit while in the neighbourhood, and Johnny G's is right up there with the best of them.
Street-view of Johnny G's restaurant
At first glance you fill find the wide-open front wall, creates a fluid and creative feel to the restaurant. The casual atmosphere and free wifi makes the quaint family restaurant the perfect place to catch up on work, or to simply lay back and unwind with one of the various beers they have on tap. At Johnny G's you can find a delicious American style all day breakfast menu, with a bit of a Greek flare. The restaurant has high praises throughout the Cabbagetown community for its low prices, and undeniably wonderful customer service. The restaurant gets rave reviews from sites such as Urban Spoon, http://www.urbanspoon.com and google, https://plus.google.com/JohnnyGs . As they receive such high reviews, it is easy to see that I am not the only one who loves this place! +Elizabeth Tela would easily agree that our time and money there was definitely well spent, as we plugged away on an assignment while filling up on some good eats! With dishes such as Greek feta and baby spinach omelette's for less than $8 dollars, the family run restaurant serves up a flavourful and filling meal, all in which are complimented with your choice of in house breads, coffee, and freshly squeezed juices. A filling meal that you simply can not deny.
So now I ask you Toronto natives, what hidden gems are we small town folk missing out on?
Johnny G's is located just a short walk east of the downtown Dundas Square, on the corner of Carlton & Parliament street. They're easily accessible with street car access out-front of their door, and subway access just a quick walk down the street.