Every summer in early August Toronto goes Greek with the weekend-long "Taste of the Danforth" street festival that attracts up to a million people. You don't have to wait until August though; you can head for Greektown year-round, and Mezes is in the heart of it, serving traditional Greek cuisine in a bustling, family-friendly atmosphere. The 90-seat restaurant is named for the traditional small Greek dishes that are often shared, and here they include calamari in a crispy batter, grilled octopus, pureed potato and garlic, and a selection of dips to be scooped up with garlicky pita bread. They can be a way to begin your meal, or a meal in themselves. Entrees, from succulent lamb to fresh fish, are served in plentiful portions. A memorable dish: Saganaki (a cheese pancake), which is flambéed at your table. There is an extensive list of Greek wines, a covered 20-seat sidewalk patio, and they even offer a separate gluten-free menu. If the neighborhood looks familiar, some scenes for the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" were shot in shops here.
456 Danforth Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Greektown Hours Mon–Thurs 11am–11pm; Fri–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–11am Transportation Subway: Chester, then walk one block east to Logan Avenue Phone 416/778-5150 Prices Appetizers $7–$14, Entrees $8–$19 Cuisine Type Greek Web site Mezes
Map456 Danforth Ave. Toronto
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