Front Street Foods, the outdoor eatery flanking Front Street between York and Bay has opened as of this morning, greeting Bay Street bankers, commuters and curious onlookers to a bevy of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or cocktails from Wednesday to Saturday).
The project is a part of the revitalization of this important transportation hub of Toronto- more than 250,000 people pass through these doors daily, with the renovation taking years (and costing upwards of $800 million). While construction will continue for the next few years (still?) the exterior portion has opened Front Street up, beautifying the area and giving tourists a view of the city that is not only vastly improved but also easier to navigate.
The Union Station market- Front Street Foods, celebrates this, and brings some of Toronto’s most sought after vendors together for an epic 8 week long popup. Colourful chairs dot the courtyard setting, with 30 food and beverage purveyors providing quality eats and treats (no more dreaded street meat in sight).
Most vendors will open for 11am, but a few will be open each morning at 7am weekdays. So if you’re hankering for a burger first thing in the AM, fear not, they’ve got you covered.
Healthier options are also highlighted throughout, with juice bars, teas and cold pressed coffees on hand for grab and go refreshment.
Foodies will flock to the slim line ups at Uncle Tetsu’s pop up- their legendary cheesecakes usually come along with a minimum one hour queue, while here, it’s a picnic grabbing a cake (or madeline) to bring back to the office.
Those looking for fresh seafood will have plenty of options from like Little Fin and Fresh off the Boat, while carnivores can rejoice with offerings from Bacon Nation, Caplansky’s (joining August 3rd) and the aforementioned Holy Chuck Burgers. HotBunzz Street Cuisine has a nifty menu of their tasty stuffed buns for grab and go affairs, and those who are craving carnival type food choices like those from the upcoming CNE will love the The Mighty Cob, Jamie’s Cracked Corn, or Jedd’s Frozen Custard (yay!).
The promenade like area is perfect for noshing, with live music set up for lunches during the week, and farmers markets popping up on Wednesday’s. Weekends will see more family oriented programming, including a movie night in July courtesy of TIFF Kids.
Front Street Foods will be open until August 30th. Weekday hours start at 7am until 9pm, 11am- 9pm Saturdays and 11am-6pm Sundays. What are you most excited to check out?