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.
The area is made-up of a super funky mix of Greek restaurants, trendy shopping, outdoor patios, and lovely neighbourhoods.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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!!
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.
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.
Hence, why most of my dining party ordered the souvlaki as the main course.
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.
Question: What is your favourite Greek dish? You already know mine!