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White Lily Diner
678 Queen St. E.,
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1G8
43.658812 -79.351177
He’s got 20 years and six kitchens under his apron strings, but with his newest venture, chef Ben Denham is keeping it small and simple. The focus is on southern classics done up in surprising ways, and made with is local meats and produce. Golden rosti-like hash browns come topped with malt mayo and green onion, and charred broccoli, dusted with shaved aged ricotta, swims in a naughty-but-nice sausage gravy. Delicately smoked salmon and tuna arrive with greens and a surprisingly well-matched asiago and lemon dip. Of a list of four patty melts, the Reuben stacks house-made rye with (also house-made) sauerkraut, a pink-in-the-middle beef patty, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese. Desserts are all made on the premises, too: butter tarts hide maple- and bourbon-plumped raisins, and perfect yeast doughnuts, including one glazed with chocolate and finished with a sprinkling of Maldon sea salt. Service is super-friendly and diner-fast.
White Lily Diner


Neighbourhood: South Riverdale

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: No

Kitchen open late: No

Outdoor dining: No

Private/bookable room: No

Delivery: No

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: No

Caters: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Good for: Kids, Groups, Business

Serves: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday