Story of Multicultural Canada, Told in Humble Strip Mall Eateries

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Toronto became the first Canadian city with its own Michelin guide last year, and has 13 restaurants decorated with Michelin stars

An underappreciated but essential player in the flourishing Toronto’s food scene is the humble, but vanishing, strip mall, a center of immigrant culture and the only place where many first-generation restaurateurs can afford to start out.

“Strip malls were a safe haven, a third space when I was growing up in Scarborough,” Mr. Doss said, describing their disappearance as a “loss of culture.”

Some of Toronto’s best dining options are mom-and-pop shops little known beyond their immigrant patrons, offering dishes that recall tastes from home or fuse new flavors together.

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