323 Spadina, at St Andrew, 416-977-1128
The Chowhound cognoscenti may quibble, but if the inevitable queues out front most mornings are any indication, this always packed Cantonese cantina is certainly downtown's most popular. That's where early birds flock for budget-priced dim sum - sticky rice in lotus leaf, turnip cake and shrimp har gow - and the late-night crowd tucks into the retro likes of lemon chicken and moo shu pork. Rushed-off-their-feet servers guarantee a frantic pace.
Lee Garden Restaurant
331 Spadina, 416-593-9524, leegarden.ca