10 Local Toronto Businesses You Can Support From Home
As a member of the Toronto community, I know how important it is to support our small businesses.
I know that more and more small businesses here in Toronto are being affected and to continue to support them as much as we can, I’ve compiled a list of local businesses and restaurants across the city that you can support from home. With an increasing number of small businesses closing, we must come together as a community and find ways to support our local business. NOTE: I RECEIVE NO ENDORSEMENT OR MONETARY VALUE IN THE LIST PROVIDED.
1. Paramount Fine Foods
How You Can Help: By ordering a meal you are can show support for Paramount Fine Foods and their efforts to support Feed Our Heroes, an initiative to support hard-working frontline healthcare workers through meal delivery. All frontline workers at Paramount Fine Foods will receive 50% off the price of staff meals. You can visit their website right here.
- Paramount Fine Foods will donate nearly 2,000 meals to food banks and shelters across the Greater Toronto Area to support the most vulnerable in these uncertain times.
- Paramount Fine Foods will be working with Feed Our Heroes, an initiative to support hard-working frontline healthcare workers through meal delivery.
Who Are They? ..."We use the freshest and finest ingredients, which have been passed down for generations to enjoy. Sharing our culture with others brings us all together in the universal love of great food. With the aroma of freshly baked bread in our wood-burning ovens, charcoal barbecue meats, and handmade sweets, Paramount Fine Foods provides guests with a culinary experience that will not be forgotten."
How You Can Help: Every Wednesday Canada Take Out is encouraging Canadians across the country to order takeout en-masse in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants. Visit their website to find your local restaurant and start your Wednesday Take Out!
Plus, you’re also invited to Canada’s Great Kitchen Party – Home Edition, featuring special Canadian guests including Tessa Virtue, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle & more – all in support of Canada’s restaurants. Happening on Facebook Live each Wednesday in April at 8 PM EST. Hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos.
Who They Are? #TakeoutDay launches on April 7th & continues every Wednesday until the restaurants welcome us back. We are encouraging Canadians across the country to order takeout en-masse in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants. Promoting restaurants across Canada that are still offering takeout options across social media, paid media, collaborations & public relations. Creating a user-generated map to promote restaurants across Canada that are offering takeout & delivery options on an ongoing basis.
3. FarmR 🍽
How You Can Help: Order your next ready-to-heat and serve meal, and indirectly support a local business dedicated to sourcing suppliers who include a local Toronto aquaponics farm for lettuce, a local Ontario quinoa company, all Ontario raised meat, and a vegetable supplier just up the 400 series highway.
You can order from their website here. Orders must be placed Tuesday by 8 pm for Friday delivery or pick-up the same week.
Who Are They? Our Story. We opened our restaurant in 2017 by the St. Lawrence Market to share our passion for local food with the Toronto community. We believe good food should be healthy, delicious and accessible to everyone.
4. Five Doors North 🍽
How You Can Help: They are a proud partner with feedthefrontlines.org. They are currently offering 10% off all takeout orders (including wine and beer!). Takeout orders can be placed over the phone. Delivery is available through DoorDash.
You can order from their website here.
Who Are They? Since 1997. A Yonge & Eglinton staple locally known for its bustling shabby-chic setting for homestyle Italian cuisine, with fresh pasta & plates for sharing. Executive Chef and Owner Vito Rizzuto’s menu offers a wide selection of home-style Southern Italian dishes that are served as small or sharing plates, including their renowned daily pastas.
5. Little Sister Dutch Indo Food Bar 🍽
How You Can Help: They are a proud partner with feedthefrontlines.org. Purchase any of their ready to eat or prepackaged delicious meals to go for your fridge or freezer. They are offering 10% off all Gift Certificates and 10% off all pick up orders.
You can order from their website here.
Who Are They? A Yonge & Eglinton staple locally known for a unique map to the vast Indonesian islands. From traditional satays to nasi goreng and rendang, there’s history and culture spread across our menu. We offer small, street-inspired Indonesian dishes, many that feature our homemade spice blends. Our menu is paired perfectly with incredible craft cocktails, good beers, and premium wines
6. Tabule 🍽
How You Can Help: They are a proud partner with feedthefrontlines.org. They have 4 convenient locations from Riverside, Midtown, Bayview Ave, and Front street downtown. They are offering a 10% discount on all pickup orders or FREE delivery (see website for coverage area). Plus, our alcoholic beverages are already discounted at 50% off.
You can order from their website here.
Who Are They? The Tabule Family of Restaurants is made up of 4 uniquely designed venues specializing in Middle Eastern Cuisine: Tabule Midtown, Tabule Riverside, Tabule Bayview, and the fast-casual Souk Tabule. The first restaurant founded in 2005 by Chef Rony Goraichy and Diana Sideris located in Midtown on Yonge Street, quickly earned its place among the finest Middle Eastern restaurants in Toronto and its popularity rose from there.
2012 saw the launch of Tabule Riverside featuring hip, exotic cocktails and many of the much-loved menu items from the original restaurant, like Chef Rony’s famous Falafels, Fattüish Salad and of course their award-winning house-made hummus.
In 2016 Souk Tabule, a fast-casual venue became an instant hit in the Canary District followed in 2017 by the newest Bayview Village Shop location.
7. Dundas West - Whalen's Gate 🍔 🍺
How You Can Help: Friday & Saturday between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., order from their COVID19 menu from their website
Who Are They? Whelan’s Gate has been around in one form or another since 1992. Whelan’s Gate is now a gastro pub; offering fresh, homemade and locally sourced comfort food with excellent cocktails and a selection of Irish and local micro-brews.
8. Junction Area - Love Chix 🍗
How You Can Help: Don't be a Chicken! Support a local restaurant and Junction area favourite by ordering your takeout or delivery from their website.
Who Are They? We’ve found the perfect match for our fresh naturally raised chickens that have been locally sourced and roasted to perfection.
Free of all antibiotics and hormones, we offer fresh and flavourful side dishes that are sure to make you fall in love at first bite.I am a loving husband, father, and co-worker, and have built a restaurant that showcases that. So come in, have some great food and drinks with the people you want to be with the most.” – Chef Paul Marshall
9. Toronto - Mangia & Bevi 🍕
How You Can Help: Show your support by ordering a meal. They have generously provided a 50% off food discount for all the amazing Front Line Workers who put their lives on the line to help keep us safe.
What you can expect. Buy any 2 combos (pizza-pasta, pizza -pizza, or Pasta-Pasta) + 1 bottle of wine and RECEIVE a $15 gift card towards your next purchase. You can order from their website here
Who Are They: The Venetian People have a reputation for being direct and speaking their minds. For better or worse, you’ll know we're not hiding anything. Our food is the same way. Simple, fresh, honest ingredients combined the way they should be. The recipes come straight from Italy and, if we can’t find the right ones here, so do the ingredients.
10. Leslieville - Eastside Social 🍤🍻
How You Can Help: Buy a dinner kit and support a local east-end business restaurant. If you love seafood and live in the east end of Toronto then you probably know about Eastside Social...and if you don't then I think you should get to know the local Leslieville favourite which has some incredible seafood and pasta options, and during the pandemic, they’re offering pre-order dinner kits for takeout.
You can order from their website here
Who Are They: Eastside Social is a seafood-focused restaurant which brings "coastal fare, bevies and great times" to Toronto's trendy east end in Leslieville.