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I’ve been to Mexico before, but it was only after visiting Mexico City that I truly began to appreciate everything the culture had to offer. From the architecture and art to the street vendors and friendly faces, it wasn’t what I’d expected at all. But I loved it all.

The food was one of the things that stood out the most. So when I was invited to sample Fonda Lola’s lunch menu in Toronto, I was 100% down. The newly opened Mexican restaurant might have some surprises up its sleeves, but it looked more authentic than most with its mismatched furniture, subtle but still vibrant colors and welcoming atmosphere.

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For the lunch menu, the owner essentially turned some of the most beloved dishes into incredible sandwiches and even added a few unexpected options diverse Torontonians would appreciate. This included a Filipino-inspired sandwich of adobo chicken and rice. Yes, it was stuffed with rice.

Although the food is enough to keep people coming, the atmosphere and service is just as noteworthy, making the entire experience great from beginning to end. I can’t wait to check out Fonda Lola for its weekend brunch, especially now that the weather’s getting nicer and strolling along Queen West is always a great way to spend a weekend morning.

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