The Church and Wellesley area is affectionately known as the "Gay Village" and is one of Toronto's biggest tourist attractions.
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Max_Tor Review of Boystown Eats On Church Street between Isabella to the north and Carlton to the south you will find more restaurants than just about anywhere in the city in a comparable distance (comparable to Greektown). The key here is that you are eating as part of a larger plan to be out with friends for drinks, socializing, dancing and debauchery. You won't find any Bymark, Rain or Canoe class munchies here, but that's not what you came for, right? Here are a few words about them, going from north to south
Church Street Diner - cheap, basic, high calorie, "home cooked" meals Slack's - Grrl-run. Newly licensed. food is part of larger bar / socializing. Simple stuff. Pizza Pizza - no surprises Ginger - asian fast food. can be tasty but high calorie. Byzantium - the "see and be seen" 'tude restaurant and bar. Overpriced. Not what it once was, but still the destination for that first date, a smart little cocktail or introducing the straight family to the village. Il Fornello - huge investment in a very New York room (nice). Too bad they did not invest equally in the food. Poor slow service is the norm (based on 3 visits over 2 months). Waaaaaaaaay overpriced for what you get. PJ Mellons - serviceable food. Lub - trendy little snacks with your trendy little drinks before dancing Cafe California - been there longer than anyone else. Extremely popular. Dependable, if unexciting menu. Great staff. Just Thai - best part is food flexibility. They will make it any way you like, from mild to molten. Fun staff. O'Grady's - Irish pub grub. big summer patio. Churchmouse & Firkin - English pub grub across the street. small summer patio. Trattoria Al Forno - another longstanding presence. Simple Italian. popular. Good service generally. Hair of the Dog - Overpriced pubgrub. Very good natchos.
Another Review The restaurants often suffer in tourist districts, this is no exception. If you have to eat here, the take-out often beats sit-down, and you get to walk. Several good "sub" joints north of Wellesley on Church.