The Ace on Roncesvalles Offers a Retro Diner Vibe for Toronto Foodies

In the heart of Toronto’s Polish neighbourhood you’ll find The Ace, a petite restaurant housed in a 1950s diner. On weekends hungry locals are known for lining up on Roncesvalles for the restaurants buzzed about brunch but it’s on a sunny weekday, just as the sun begins to set across the horizon, when I tuck in to a table here for a family feast.

A handful of my Virtue cousins (that’s the mothers side of things) huddled around The Ace’s coveted table out front, which sits overlooking the bustling street and offers a perfect perch for people watching.

It was back in 2011 when The Ace experienced a rebirth after almost two decades of lying dormant. The new owners kept all of the original fixtures, including the pagoda adorned wallpaper from its past life. Step into the dining room and you’ll find classic red vinyl diner stools lined up under the bar and a series of intimate booths for two. Tables are set with mismatched antique cups and plates, perfectly complimented by vintage jazz which sings softly through the space.

Finger your way through the menu and you’ll find elevated takes on blue-collar standards. Highlights from the kitchen include housemade fettuccine tossed in fresh pesto with a side of garlic bread (it seems I had forgotten the comfort one finds in butter and garlic slathered baguette), a steaming bowl of PEI mussels, and a munchie-tastic plate of Country-Fried Chicken resting on collard greens, cornbread and slathered in sweet ham gravy.

Regulars in the know chirp at their servers to see if the Christmas Burger is available (you won’t find it printed on the menu). Everyone loves indulging in a restaurants secret and I can confirm the plump sandwich will have you squirming with glee. Smushed between two toasted buns you’ll find festive revelry where garlic aioli muddles with cranberry compote and the start of the show, a holiday stuffing filled turkey burger, makes the rest of your table drool with envy.

Housemade Fettuccine | basil and pine nut pesto, grape tomato confit, parmesan, garlic and herb toasted baguette

White Wine- Steamed PEI Mussels | garlic, herbs, roma tomatoes

Ace Country-Fried Chicken | collard greens, cornbread, ham gravy

Christmas Burger | hayter farm turkey burger with a stuffing centre, cranberry compote, arugula, garlic aioli, hand-cut fries


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One Response to “The Ace on Roncesvalles Offers a Retro Diner Vibe for Toronto Foodies”

  1. Susan
    August 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    Great picture of the cuzzies. Food looks good, too;-)