Crowd-sourced food guide Zagat has announced that it has expanded coverage to cities like Atlanta, Denver and Toronto.
After undergoing a major online overhaul under its new owner, Google, the digital version of the burgundy guide has added the trio of cities in its growing coverage of dining landscapes in populous and foodie destinations.
Zagat follows on the heels of popular and influential food blog Eater.com, which likewise gave Toronto a dedicated section this year for a burgeoning dining scene that has attracted the likes of Daniel Boulud and David Chang, who recently opened outposts in Canada’s biggest city.
Currently, Cafe Boulud, Chantecler, and Chase Toronto are among some of Zagat's “hottest restaurant” picks in the city.
Other categories include six places to eat on Yonge Street, where to eat in the Financial District, and a guide to Asian noodle soups.
Last month, Air Canada's in-flight magazine enRoute named Toronto’s Bar Isabel the best new restaurant in the country.
Also on HuffPost:
Electric Mud - Medium Priced
"Up until recently, Toronto suffered from a serious lack of legit BBQ. Electric Mud, brainchild of the creators of Grand Electric, is helping change that, with a slate of sit-down, take-out and delivery options that is bringing the heat of the South to the Great White North." - News editor Michael Bolen <a href="http://www.electricmudbbq.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Momfuku Noodle Bar - Medium Priced
"Eat the pork belly buns that changed the food world forever and get full and drunk for less than $40." - News editor Michael Bolen <a href="http://momofuku.com/toronto/noodle-bar-to/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Sushi Kaji - Very Expensive
This tasting menu only restaurant is "arguably the best sushi joint in Toronto," says acting Living editor Claire Sibonney."It's worth the splurge for the all-out tasting menu ($150) that will have you begging for mercy by your last few courses. The restaurant is located in an Etobicoke strip mall, a reminder you're paying for the super fresh and creative food, not the flashy decor." <a href="http://www.sushikaji.com/top.html" target="_blank">Website</a>
Grand Electric - Medium Priced
In the word's of HuffPost Music editor Joshua Ostroff: "The greatest taco joint of all time ever." <a href="http://www.grandelectricbar.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Pizzeria Libretto - Medium To Low Priced (Prix Fix Is A Steal)
HuffPost Style editor Chloe Tejada says Libretto is her favourite resto in Toronto because it has a "simple menu that doesn't change too often, thin crust pizza that has so much flavour and savoury goodness." Also, "their pudding is to die for." News editor Michael Bolen thinks Libretto has the closest imitation in the city of the blissful pie he experienced in Naples. <a href="http://pizzerialibretto.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Lahore Tikka House - Low Priced
This cheap spot in Little India is the probably the best food you'll get on paper plates in the city. And it's worth going just for the nan bread, which is easily the best News Editor Michael Bolen has ever had in Toronto. Sneak into the hallway kitchen to see the daring cooks throw the dough onto the walls of the volcanic tandoor ovens. <a href="http://www.lahoretikkahouse.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Bar Isabel - Expensive
This Spanish sensation has taken the Toronto food world by storm. And for good reason. News editor Michael Bolen says the octopus is the "single greatest thing" he's eaten all year in Toronto. <a href="http://barisabel.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Cafe Polonez - Medium Priced
According to Business editor Daniel Tencer (Polish by birth), Cafe Polonez is "the best Polish restaurant in Canada, now that <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/mazurka-montr%C3%A9al-2" target="_blank">Mazurka</a> in Montreal is history." <a href="http://cafepolonez.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
King's Noodle House - Low Priced
If News editor Michael Bolen could only eat one thing for the rest of his life it would probably be the BBQ pork from King's Noodle House. Just walk in and grab a pound from the takeout counter. Ridiculously cheap, ridiculously delicious. <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kings-noodle-restaurant-toronto" target="_blank">Website</a>
Guu - Medium Priced
Proof that Japanese is about way more than sushi, Guu has spread from Vancouver to multiple Toronto locations. Cheap, but delicious dishes and a rocking atmosphere explain why. Parentdish editor Kristy Woudstra says "every dish is better than the next and I sort of like people shouting at me in Japanese while I smile at them like a goof." <a href="http://guu-izakaya.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Bitondo - Very Low Priced
Managing editor for News Jen MacMillan votes for this Toronto institution "mostly for the ambience of a 1980s pizza joint." Website (they don't have one, but there's always <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/bitondos-pizzeria-toronto" target="_blank">Yelp</a>.
Hopgood's Foodliner - Expensive
"For a true taste of the East Coast, go with four people and try the whole menu of seafood (and donair) goodness." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://hopgoodsfoodliner.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Bairrada Churrasqueira - Medium To Low Priced
"Lovely backyard patio, my dad is a huge fan of their suckling pig. Also, quite cheap considering how much food you get." - Entertainment editor Chris Jancelewicz <a href="http://www.bairrada.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Acadia - Expensive
"Cajun-inspired art on a plate that looks too delicate to be filling, but it is." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://acadiarestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Tacos El Asador - Low Priced
For Central American fare, it doesn't get much more authentic than Tacos El Asador. A fave of a number of HuffPost editors. Website (no website, but there is always <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/tacos-el-asador-toronto" target="_blank">Yelp</a>)
Richmond Station - Medium To Expensive
HuffPost managing editor Kenny Yum doesn't eat out much, but he's a big fan of Richmond Station's rib-stuffed burger served with their "perfect fries." <a href="http://richmondstation.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Burger's Priest - Low Priced
"Plus one million points for decadence," says HuffPost Business editor Daniel Tencer. Associate editor Emma Prestwich agrees this spot is "worth all the hype," but she prefers the vegetarian "Option," better-known as that "fried mushroom thing." <a href="http://www.theburgerspriest.com/secret-menu/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Barque - Medium Priced
Entertainment editors Chris Jancelewicz thinks Barque is the " best BBQ in the city." Others may disagree, but it's certainly further evidence of a the good things happening with low and slow meats in Toronto. <a href="http://www.barque.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Buca - Expensive
According to acting Living editor Claire Sibonney, Buca provides "artisanal and innovative Italian that never disappoints. They make every single thing on their menu from scratch, and work wonders with seasonal ingredients in unusual and delightful combinations. Oh, and the novelty of getting to cut your own thin-crust pizza with scissors provided at the table never wears off." <a href="http://www.buca.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
JaBistro - Expensive
This one isn't exactly cheap, but the fish is exceptionally fresh, according to more than one HuffPost editor. If you're tired of standard sushi, this is a great place to expand your Japanese horizons. <a href="http://www.jabistro.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Hawker Bar - Medium To Low Priced
Business reporter Sunny Freeman saw legendary Toronto chef Susur Lee and his sons dining at this casual (cardboard menus) Ossington hotspot serving up Singaporean street food, including some of the best Laksa in the city. <a href="http://hawkerbar.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Foxley - Medium To Expensive
"Amazing food without the pretentious atmosphere or service. The menu is interesting because of the flavour pairings, not because the chef uses foam or serves microscopic portions.Time-tested and true." - Blogs editor Angelina Chapin. <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/foxley-bistro-and-bar-toronto" target="_blank">Website</a>
Chinese Traditional Bun - Low Priced
"A grungy basement restaurant and murder scene at Dundas and Spadina. It's also the greatest steam buns and dumplings joint outside of Northern China (and maybe inside, too.)" - Music editor Joshua Ostroff Website (they, unsurprisingly, don't have one, but there is always <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/chinese-traditional-bun-toronto" target="_blank">Yelp</a>)
Ruby Watchco - Expensive
"The brainchild of Chef Lynn Crawford serves a menu of Upscale family style meals that change daily." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://rubywatchco.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Gusto - Medium Priced To Expensive
"An amazing kale salad, well-executed Italian classics and $1/oz. wine." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://gusto101.squarespace.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Utopia - Low Priced
Travel editor Brian Trinh likes this low-price student joint because of the "patio in the back, friendly service in the front and good food all around." His favourite? The "killer sweet potato panini." <a href="http://utopiacafe.ca/home" target="_blank">Website</a>
Canoe - Expensive
"Consistently ranked one of Canada's best restos, need we say more?" - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://www.oliverbonacini.com/canoe.aspx" target="_blank">Website</a>
OddSeoul - Medium Priced
"Korean street food that goes way beyond bibimbap. It's loud and fun and reasonably priced, with giant platters of meat and a dish that is a spectacular copy of a Big Mac." - Living editor Rebecca Zamon <a href="http://www.yelp.ca/biz/odd-seoul-toronto" target="_blank">Website</a>
Bent - Medium To Expensive
"Susur Lee and his son's beautiful Fusion tapas resto. Ask for the surprisingly reasonably priced chef's menu and you won't be disappointed. " - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://www.bentrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Sukho Thai - Medium Priced
"For someone who hasn't been to Thailand yet, I'm told this is the real deal. For vegetarians at least, the tofu nuggets, curries and pad Thai dishes are flavourful, spicy incredibly addictive. The restaurant owners have a few other (equally delicious) restos, including the overly-popular Khao San Road and a newer tapas joint, Sabai Sabai." - Associate Living editor Arti Patel <a href="http://www.sukhothaifood.ca/menuSukho.html" target="_blank">Website</a>
Campagnolo - Medium To Expensive
Stylelist editor Sarah Kelsey likes Campagnolo for its "amazing Italian food and bone marrow." Oh, and the "awesome wine selection." <a href="http://campagnolotoronto.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
The Black Hoof - Medium To Expensive
The Black Hoof has long been favourites among Toronto foodies. The hoof will always be Living editor Rebecca Zamon's #1, and not just because they let her bring her 2-week-old son in so she could eat her first cured/raw meat in 10 months. <a href="http://theblackhoof.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Wish - Medium To Expensive
Travel editor Brian Trinh: "Wish is another favourite, though I like it mostly for its clean, intimate atmosphere. Menu changes seasonally (or at least it gives the impression that it does with frequent new additions) and the service is attentive and friendly." <a href="http://wishintoronto.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Enoteca Sociale - Medium To Expensive
"The pasta-focused sister resto to Pizza Libretto offers Roman flare and local ingredients." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://sociale.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Ascari Enoteca - Medium Priced
"This east end cool and modern resto came personally recommended by Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station. Less busy and better food than some of the city's other Italian hotspots." - Business reporter Sunny Freeman <a href="http://www.ascarienoteca.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Ki - Expensive
"Impeccable sushi. Pork belly is ridiculous. A bit overpriced, but you get what you pay for." - Entertainment editor Chris Jancelewicz <a href="http://www.kijapanese.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
THR & Co - Medium To Expensive
"A warm neighbourhood feeling, with amazing cocktails, great music and wonderful locally sourced food. A fave right now." - Walletpop editor Ilona Biro. <a href="http://thrandco.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Udupi Palace - Medium To Low Priced
A top pick for well-priced Indian from Business editor Daniel Tencer. <a href="http://www.udupipalace.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
The Host - Medium Priced
Another top pick for well-priced Indian from Business editor Daniel Tencer. What can we say, the man likes Indian. <a href="http://www.welcometohost.com/" target="_blank">Website</a>
"Simple, hearty and delicious, the food at Union never disappoints. The ingredients are locally sourced, which allows the chef to change the menu every week. The elk sliders are one of the only staples and they are a must. Plus, Union staff mix the best negroni in the city." - Parentdish editor Kristy Woudstra <a href="http://www.union72.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
Bestellen - Expensive
Into practically all-meat meals? Lifestyle managing editor Lisa Yeung thinks Bestellen is the spot for you. Yes, we are aware of the irony of the scallop photo. <a href="http://bestellen.ca/" target="_blank">Website</a>
NEXT: Most Canadian Foods
Poutine — French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds — is a classic Canadian treat that is said to have originated in Quebec in the 1950s. Since then, it has been adapted in many weird and wonderful ways from <a href="http://crownsalts.com/gardemanger/" target="_blank">gourmet versions with lobster</a> and <a href="http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/menu.html" target="_blank">foie gras</a> to —believe it or not — a doughnut version. It's also inspired <a href="http://smokespoutinerie.com/" target="_blank">a crop of trendy "poutineries"</a> and a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/14/doughnut-poutine-psycho-donuts_n_2875921.html" target="_blank">"poutition"</a> to make it Canada's official national dish.
There are some snacks that define a nation, but not many that taste good to only those who live there. What do we love? The fact they leave our fingers dyed red after we've had a whole bag. Ketchup has never tasted so salty, non-tomatoey and outright good. Our U.S. friends may go nutty over Doritos, but we love our ketchup chips. Did you know that <a href="http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/02/28/heres_why_you_cant_buy_chicken_and_waffle_chips_in_canada.html" target="_hplink"> Lay's dill pickle and Munchies snack mix are also exclusively Canadian?</a>
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolize Canada and its national pride? Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, accounting for about 75 to 80 percent of the supply. Maple syrup — <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1372549/Maple-syrup-joins-ranks-broccoli-blueberries-new-stop-shop-superfood.html" target="_blank">recently elevated to "superfood" status</a> — is a classic sweet topping on pancakes and waffles. Still, that hasn't stopped some people from thinking of surprising savoury pairings such as <a href="http://www.toromagazine.com/lifestyle/food/toro-tv/c3df4a2e-74ba-c154-9172-99d497567a76/Caplanskys-Maple-Bacon-Donuts/" target="_blank">maple-bacon doughnuts</a>.
It's no secret that Canadians are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/15/tim-hortons-new-bacon-taste-test_n_2884834.html" target="_blank">obsessed with bacon</a>. The delicious cured pork product can be made oh so many ways, including ever popular strip bacon and peameal bacon, often referred to as "Canadian bacon" abroad. In fact, Canadians are so passionate about their favourite food that <a href="http://bacontoday.com/the-people-of-canada-choose-bacon-over-sex/" target="_blank">many would probably choose it over sex.</a>
A butter tart is a classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup and eggs — filled in a buttery (yes, more grease) pastry shell, and often includes either raisins or nuts. They can be runny or firm — so it's hard to mess them up when you're baking. <a href="http://www.canadianliving.com/food/baking_and_desserts/best_butter_tarts.php" target="_blank">Also, they never seem to go out of style.</a>
BeaverTails, or <em>Queues de Castor</em> in French, is a famous trademarked treat made by a <a href="http://www.beavertailsinc.com/" target="_blank">Canadian-based chain of pastry stands</a>. The fried-dough treats are shaped to resemble real beaver tails and are often topped with chocolate, candy, and fruit. These Canadian delicacies go hand in hand with skiing, and even <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/17/beavertail-at-inauguration_n_2495957.html" target="_blank">gained White House recognition during U.S. President Barack Obama's 2009 trip to Ottawa.</a>
These legendary Canadian no-bake treats originated in (surprise!) <a href="http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/visitors/NanaimoBars.html" target="_blank">Nanaimo, B.C.,</a> and are typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard and chocolate. Need we say more? Common variations include peanut butter and mint chocolate.
No one likes to think of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as dinner, but game meat is abundant in Canada and can be found in butchers, restaurants and homes across the country. Among other popular Canadian game is boar, bison, venison, caribou and rabbit.
B.C. Pacific salmon — commercially fished or farmed — includes many different species such as Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, Cutthroat, Steelhead and Pink. They can vary in colour and taste from Atlantic salmon, and are found in fishmongers and restaurants across Canada.