Chinatown: we’ve all heard its call, and walked between those beautiful, towering gates in search of some Oriental sustenance... only to be paralyzed by choice. It’s like food roulette. There are so many options, and they all kinda look like the same thing in a different dress, but take it from us, they are NOT. This street has the full gamut; the delicious highs, the stodgy lows, the finger-licking middles, and we’ve broken them all down for you.
A brief note before we begin: yes, when we say “Chinatown,” what we mean is “Gerrard St,” otherwise this article would be about six times longer. We’re starting our stroll at the Northeast end (by that gate) and working our way down, then back up along the other side.
The vibe: Family-style. The ground floor is mainly for tourists, while the Chinese eat in the basement. They also have two different menus -- black for novice, and red for expert. You want the basement if possible, and always get the red menu.
What to get: Sichuan hot pot. Chillies are king here.
Anything to avoid? Dim sum is not their strongest point.