It’s a debate as old as time itself: Is it best in the west? Or is the east where it’s at? Torontonians can agree on a lot of things — the miserable state of the TTC, too much construction in the summer, too much traffic all the time — but when it comes to the east end versus the west, the city remains firmly divided into two camps. Yonge Street is the no man’s land slicing Toronto in two.

There’s no denying that each side has some of the best restaurants in the city, and last year’s Michelin Guide recommendations were spattered across the map. But the question remains, does summer in the Beaches outrank West Queen West? Can the quirky Kensington Market go toe to toe with the charming Distillery District?

Here, we’ve put it to you to decide. For every awesome spot that we love in the west, we’ve found one in the east that could give it a run for its money, and vice versa. All that’s left is for you to decide, who’s doing it best?

East vs West: Who has the best rooftop patio with a view?

The Rooftop at the Broadview Hotel
Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel Toronto

Who has the best patio with a view?

East vs West: Who has the best pizza?

Slicing a Double Trouble pizza at Slowhand Sourdough Pizza
A slice of pizza at Pizzeria Badiali

Who has the best pizza?

East vs West: Who has the best barbecue?

A sandwich from Beach Hill Smokehouse
A barbecue platter at Smoque N’ Bones

Who has the best barbecue?

East vs West: Who has the best bar?

Cracking open a can at Pinkerton’s Snack Bar
A cocktail at Cocktail Bar

Who has the best bar?

East vs West: Who has the best burger?

A burger from The Comrade
A burger from Danny’s Pizza Tavern

Who has the best burger?

East vs West: Who has the best cold noodles?

Mool Naengmyun at Cho Sun OK Korean Restaurant
Jaja Udon from Raku

Who has the best cold noodles?

East vs West: Who has the best dog-friendly brewery?

A dog in front of barrels at Left Field Brewery
A flight of beer at Something in the Water

Who has the best dog-friendly brewery?


East vs West: Who has the best ice cream?

Ice cream from Good Behaviour
An ice cream sandwich at Honey’s

Who has the best ice cream?