Our highly subjective ranking of the best places to eat and drink right now:

 

Comfort Food
No one serves up comfort food like the folks at Woodlot do. The acoustics aren’t good, but the food more than makes up for the competing cackles. Woodlot, 293 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, 647-342-6307, www.woodlotrestaurant.com

 

Thai with Twist
Trust me, the Pad Thai at this place is so much better than anything you’ll eat on the Khao San Road in Bangkok. Khao San Road, 326 Adelaide St. W., Toronto,  647-352-5773, www.khaosanroad.ca

La Famiglia
The Terroni family does it again with another smashing hit, this time in tony Rosedale. Terroni, 1095 Yonge St., Toronto, 416-504-1992, www.terroni.com

Southern Belle
The homemade cornbread with sweet potato butter alone was worth the visit to this Little Italy gem. Acadia, 50 Clinton St., Toronto, 416-792-6002, www.acadiarestaurant.com

Mambo King
Ever since Jamie Oliver named Buca one of his favourite eats of the year, it’s become impossible to get a table. If you ever do, order the pappardelle al burro. Simply, divine. Buca, 602 King St. W., Toronto, 416-865-1600, www.buca.ca

To-Die-For-Taco
With Grand Electric, ex-Black Hoof-ers Colin Tooke and Ian McGrenaghan are doing wonders for our Mexican food scene. Bring a thermos and a good book. Lineups are long. Grand Electric, 1330 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-627-3459, www.grandelectricbar.com

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
I’ve only tried the vegan versions, but my husband visits thrice weekly, so let’s take his word for it when he says that all the meatballs are really good. Hey Meatball, 719 College St., Toronto, 416-546-1483, www.heymeatball.ca

Cocktail Hour

The food is always great here, and the desserts are the icing on the cake. Dave Mitton’s cocktails always shake things up too. The Harrd Room, 89 Harbord St.,  Toronto, 416-962-8989, www.theharbordroom.com

Guerilla Dining
Leading Toronto’s burgeoning pop-up restaurant scene is La Carnita, a temporary taco stand that created quite the buzz last fall. We’ve heard rumours of a permanent La Carnita in the old Briscola location on College St. La Carnita, www.lacarnita.com

Best Sammy
This is the best luxe sandwich bar in town, dishing out fried chicken sarnis smothered in chutney and greens. I wish I drank bourbon and talked with a drawl. The County General, 936 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-531-4447, www.thecountygeneral.ca —Athena Tsavliris