This restaurant was one of the first to start drawing diners to the now-popular Leslieville neighborhood. You may spot owner Edward Levesque working intensely in the open kitchen as you enter this 55-seat bistro. There's an emphasis on local organic foods. In fact, Levesque farms land 90 minutes west of the city to supply his restaurant with fresh ingredients. Steak frites is the most popular menu item, burgers with large salad are a favorite, and in cool weather more comfort foods are added to the menu, from chicken pot pie to meatloaf. In the evening there are candles on the tables. Weekend brunches draw a loyal crowd, so be prepared for lines (it doesn't take reservations). Fluffy omelets with whole-grain toast, poached eggs with corn bread, banana pancakes, and French toast filled with dried fruit are popular choices. The breads and pastries are homemade. Wash everything down with strawberry lemonade. Levesque is known for his turkey feasts during holidays. There is a full bar and free Wi-Fi.
Edward Levesque's Kitchen
1290 Queen St. East
Our Rating Neighborhood Leslieville Hours Tues–Sat 5:30–10pm, Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, Sat–Sun 9am–3pm; summer closed Tues after long weekends, and week before and after Labour Day Transportation Streetcar: Queen east to Leslie Street Phone 416/465-3600 Prices Entrees $20–$26 Web site Edward Levesque's Kitchen