Fran’s Restaurant & Bar
20 College Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 2B3
Fran’s is the place to eat if you are looking for the quintessential Canadian diner experience in the busy downtown Toronto scene. Located near the corner of College Street and Yonge Street, this restaurant is nestled underneath several office and retail buildings and conveniently located right in front of the Carlton Streetcar, the #506. Half of the streetcar route runs on Carlton street, while the other half runs on College Street. The route is divided right down the middle by Yonge Street, a small but bustling downtown Toronto Street that runs all the way north into the York Region. There is subway service on the Yonge-University-Spadina (YUS) line, otherwise known as Line 1, at the College station nearby. There is also bus service on Yonge Street, the #97 Yonge line, and on nearby Bay Street via the #6 Bay line.
There is a wide range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, but their breakfast and Italian dinner options are my favorite. They use a great tasting sauce and there are fairly large portions. Dessert is very sweet and smooth but not too sweet if sugar is not your thing. Regardless, this is one establishment that tastes American but with Canadian hospitality. Not bad for a restaurant whose owner was born in upstate New York…Buffalo to be exact! The neighborhood is a mix of downtown office buildings, retail stores, and trendy restaurants with all different types of cuisine. Fran’s is still there after 40+ years at the same address, regardless of the neighborhood around it changing.