10/10/2013 02:36 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST

A Foodie You Should Know: Ivy Knight


Ivy Knight knows where to eat, drink and party in Toronto. She sat down with me to dish on the best spots the city has to offer.

Favourite Restaurant for a Celebration

Valdez is a fun spot. It has a really good party celebratory vibe and I love Steve Gonzalez's food!

Best Cheap Eats

I'm wary of cheap eats -- McDonald's is cheap right?

Best Food Truck

I love all food trucks but I really love lobster rolls -- so Buster's Sea Cove is tops for me. Worst food truck -- the one parked by Nathan Phillips Square. They don't even bother using curds on their stupid poutine -- they use cheap grated mozzarella. They are a disgrace to this city and to all Canadians.

Best Small Grocery Store

Fiesta Farms isn't small but it is independently owned by the Virgona family. Every time I shop there I run into chefs I know, that's always a good sign.

Best Burger

The Drake Hotel has the best burger in the city. To read more about my burger love go here.

Best Brunch

Dim sum with carts!

Best Doughnuts

I live down the street from Glory Hole and I love them. I also love Dough by Rachelle, she sells them out of Beast Restaurant and I've also spotted them at Sanagan's Meat Locker.

Best Outdoor Spot

The patio at Cold Tea on a Sunday afternoon.

Best Coffee Shop

I don't drink coffee but I like the location of White Squirrel across from Trinity Bellwoods, I also like the name.

Best Spot to Spend An Afternoon

I'm a freelance writer so I work all the time, but I also take a lot of afternoons off and when I do I go to the patio at Cold Tea and drink cider or head to the Drake for a burger and a bourbon.

Best Street in Toronto

I live on Fuller Avenue in Parkdale. We're just off Queen Street West, but once you enter Fuller, it's like your in a quaint little town. Leafy and quiet, it's a beautiful street.

What are your favourite foodie spots in Toronto?