Toronto Restaurant Appreciation Awards: Best pizza and burgers

We round up some of the go-to comfort foods that have been getting us through the ongoing lockdown.

BEST ‘ZA

AMBASSADOR PIZZA CO. 
Ambassador Pizza Co. has introduced Toronto to the unusual but much-loved Windsor-style pie. Signature toppings in the Rose City include canned mushrooms and lots of shredded pepperoni.

GHOST PIZZA
A pivot by West Queen West drinkery Bar Poet, Ghost Pizza features pies finished with creative toppings like shrimp rose with garlic spread, as well as tried-and-true classics like the Margherita.

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Fortunately for fans, this formerly home-based pizza operation will soon be available much more often than a single night per week now that it has found a permanent home in Riverdale for its classic, thin-crust pies.

MEL’S PIZZA
Mel’s self-proclaimed Canadian-style pizza features a thin, crispy yet fluffy crust and high-quality toppings. Mel’s regularly offers “secret pizzas,” which can be ordered using a password accessible on Instagram.

BEST BURGERS

MATTY’S PATTY’S
Chef Matty Matheson’s burger joint features single, double or triple patties made from locally-raised AAA beef. There’s a plant-based Impossible Burger option for vegetarians and flexitarians.

EXTRA BURGER
Specializing in smash burgers before the craze took hold of Toronto, this unfussy joint is known for flat top–cooked burgers doused in a signature sauce, as well as perfectly salty, crinkle-cut fries.

AUNTY LUCY’S
Started as a wildly popular Parkdale pop-up, Aunty Lucy’s now has a permanent home in the Annex Hotel. Their standard burger is the Kumasi, a single smash patty topped with American cheese and Lucy’s Sauce.

HAPPY BURGER
Another simple smash burger done right, Happy’s version is smashed on a griddle and served on a toasted Martin’s potato roll as a basic patty or with added toppings like steamed pastrami.

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