An unassuming diner with a fancy name serves up Filipino cuisine with its milkshakes.
A Spice City reader recommended that I check out Ritz, an east-end diner at 310 Donlands Avenue, near Cosborne Avenue. It was a wonderful discovery.
As you walk into this tiny restaurant, you feel like you’re leaving Toronto and entering a cowboy-friendly town out West in the 1950s. The place has old-style milkshake glasses, table-side jukeboxes, and a classic diner menu. However, Filipino food is also served at the Ritz.
The Sunday breakfast crowd is a mix of Filipinos and others in the neighbourhood in search of cheap, hearty breakfasts. It’s just $4.95 for a “Canadian” breakfast. Add a Toronto touch to your meal with peameal bacon, and it’ll come to $5.50.
But it’s worth checking out the Filipino breakfasts. You can choose between tapisilog (pieces of marinated beef), dangsilog (marinated fish), and longanisa (a type of sweetened sausage). Each plate is served with a couple of nicely poached eggs and tasty garlic sticky rice.
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