Rose City Kitchen, hidden in a hole-in-the-wall on Queen West (near Spadina), belies its royal heritage. Prices are cheap, though most adults will need more than 2 sandwiches to feel full. Order the Egyptian topping (eggplant, chickpeas, dates, and more) on top of perfect falafel. If you’ve never grilled sliced halloumi at home, RCK is the best place to try the squeaky sheep cheese.
Overall: best in the neighbourhood, good value, moderate wait time, 4 eat-in tables. Helpful staff problem-solve any dietary need (GF, vegan). Garlic warning: if you’re on a date, stick to the Moroccan topping. Unless you’re on a date with King Abdullah II – because the menu at this Jordanian restaurant is fit for Queen Street.