The Best Greek Restaurant in Toronto – Mezes on the Danforth

by torontogirlwest on August 13, 2012

One of the things I love best about visiting Toronto is being able to return to favourite haunts. Sometimes, however, those visits can meet with disappointing results . . . but that has never been the case with the best Greek food I have ever had!

Mezes is a small family owned restaurant located along the Danforth, in the middle of Toronto’s bustling Greek Town.

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The area is made-up of a super funky mix of Greek restaurants, trendy shopping, outdoor patios, and lovely neighbourhoods.

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In fact, if I were ever to return to Toronto, the Danforth is one area in which I would consider living! I guess you could say I love the Danforth – especially because it’s home to a restaurant that has never let me down.

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I was first introduced to Mezes by a friend from High School – she raved about it until I finally visited; and lo and behold, I was seriously impressed by the quality of their food. But my respect and admiration for Mezes increased massively when I approached them for a donation years later.

When I was in undergrad, I was on the executive of a rather large community services organization (W.A.T.C.H.). Our mandate included running around the clock tutoring in inner-city schools, organizing after school programs in disadvantaged communities, and operating a soup kitchen. But by far, our biggest and most fun event was the annual Christmas Banquet we hosted for about 400 inner-city kids and their families.

The banquet was held in the Great Hall of Hart House at the University of Toronto – a grand place (think of something out of Harry Potter) perfect for such an important celebration. All of the children we worked with looked forward to the banquet every year because they knew they would have a feast and receive wonderful presents. And that’s where Mezes comes in . . . you see, everything for the banquet was donated. Including the food.

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I will always remember phoning Mezes and asking them for a donation. Something small. Anything really. They told me to stop by because they would indeed be able to contribute. On the day of the banquet a group of us attended the restaurant to pick up the food, and were absolutely stunned to be given a massive amount of potatoes, salads, meats, rice……..everything we could ever want!!!

The owners of the restaurant were so incredibly generous!!! I can honestly say it touched my heart and that’s one of the reasons I have always returned to Mezes!

But the other reason is their glorious food . . .

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Mezes specializes in small tapas-like dishes of food; and if you do visit that’s what I recommend you get . . . order a bunch of small plates to share amongst a group and prepare to feast!!

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Just make sure that amongst your many dishes you order the fried calamari. Mark my words, you will NEVER have better!!!!!

The calamari at Mezes are fresh, perfectly cooked, never chewy, incredibly soft, crispy, and utterly delicious. If I could only eat one thing at Mezes this would be it . . . do yourself a favour and try them! You can thank me later.

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Or course, like any respectable Greek restaurant Mezes cooks up a mean souvlaki.

Unfortunately, however, the souvlaki are no longer served on the pillowy soft pitas of years past but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fantastic.

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Hence, why most of my dining party ordered the souvlaki as the main course.

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If there is one thing that makes me sad about Mezes it is the fact that it’s so very far away from Vancouver but in the end that’s okay too . . . because it makes my visits home all the more memorable!

Bottom line? Head to Mezes for what is easily the best Greek food in Toronto. And while you’re feasting on their glorious calamari, remember that you’re supporting a restaurant that not only serves delicious food but has a heart of gold, as well.

 

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Question: What is your favourite Greek dish? You already know mine!Β 

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janetha August 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

Gorgeous photos! And I absolutely love Greek food, this all looks amazing! (too bad I am not allowed into Canada ;) still need to ask your hub about that!)
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torontogirlwest August 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

lol I think you should work on that whole thing! Besides, anyone who did so much for one of our own (I’m talking about Susan here) should be allowed up! ;)

And thanks for the compliments on the photos!

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Kristen August 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I love Greek food and I’m always searching for good greek food…there is so much “utility” greek food out there that is so disappointing. A really good grilled calamari makes me smile and so does a good stuffed grape leaf. Now I’m craving greek food. (and also really curious as to why janetha isn’t allowed into canada)
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torontogirlwest August 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

You’re right – utility Greek places are a dime a dozen!!! The great places are few and far in between!!

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Carolyn August 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Gah! I’m so out of the loop! I hope you had a wonderful visit! I’ll catch you next time for sure. I love Mezes, too!

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Toronto Girl West August 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

I DID have a wonderful time!!! I plan to make it a lot shorter between visits too – nearly two years was much too long.

BTW, I caught up with Jennifer (sans child). It had been probably seven years since I saw her last. It was really nice!

Oh and I LOVE that you love Mezes too!! :)

Hope your summer stint is treating you well!!!
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Bela August 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Are you in Toronto? How long are you here for? A meetup is needed!
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Toronto Girl West August 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I was in Toronto but I left on Friday! :( But next time I come back we’ll definitely have to plan one – we can invite some other Toronto area bloggers too!!
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Bela August 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

:( Okay next time you are in town we need to get up a blogger meetup!
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Helene @healthyfrenchie August 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

I just realized I have never been in a Greek restaurant! There was a couple in my home town in france but htey had a bad reputation and there was none in Scotland or here in Fernie :( Nextthing on my list though! Because I do enjoy cooking greek inspired food at home

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Toronto Girl West August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

If you find yourself in the neighbourhood, there is a really good Greek restaurant in Golden (Apostoles right on their main street)! Their stuff is super delicious but as is typical of the Golden Gouge, some of the dishes can be slightly overpriced. If you order well though, it’s all pretty reasonable! :)
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