Hungry Jo’s 5 Local Gems!
Markham residents are passionate about supporting local businesses, and have unique insight into local neighbourhoods and eateries.
HungryJo is a local Markham resident and “OG” Instagram Foodie.
With local influencers, Jo has helped promote local businesses on Instagram. During the pandemic, when they were not able to do normal media tasting events, local influencers gathered together to promote the restaurants virtually.
She believes it is really important to support businesses in the area. So on Instagram she has a platform called events with jo she uses to help support local businesses and restaurants.
During these unprecedented times, she has also hosted and has been part of many virtual events! From “Live” virtual events featuring our local restaurants, promoting takeout and curbside pickup, and also participating in events that mesh food and art together, Hungry Jo inspires us at Destination Markham with her dedication in supporting our local community!
We had a great opportunity to sit and chat with her about some of her experiences, and also get some foodie recommendations! From brunch style cafes to takeout dim sum, she has something for everyone.
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Jo is an advocate for local businesses, and she has 3 tips on how we can support our restaurants!
- Order Takeout!
- Dine in whenever possible!
- Post about your favourite restaurant and share what you ordered!
We asked Jo: What are 5 local gems you recommend?
A Corner Cafe
Corner Cafe is a great place for brunch items such as the Fried Chicken Eggs Beny & Blueberry Pancakes. They offer great noodle bowls and pastas for lunch. They have Asian snacks such as their signature Fried Chicken Wings with Salted Egg Yolk. Great place for refreshing drinks, specialty coffees and teas. They opened April 2019 and are located across from Markville Shopping Centre. Order like Jo!
Benny Chicken; Blueberry Pancakes; Signature Fried Chicken Wings with Salted Egg Yolk; Orange Yakult Soda.
This is an iconic place in Markham considered one of the first AYCE Japanese Sushi restaurants in Markham. They are located on 4262 Hwy 7 and have been there at this same location for 19 years. With covid, they are no longer doing AYCE (All You Can Eat) but are open for takeout offering a great selection of sushi combos with vegetarian options. Since my recent post, many Markham influencers have commented about this place and how it was one of their favorite go to spots for sushi!! And that I’ve just reminded them to go back to this place cause they are still around! Order like Jo!
Address: 4261 Hwy 7, Unionville, ON L3R 9W6
Yang’s Sushi; Salmon Lovers; Torched Sushi; Soft Crab Shell Maki.
If you are craving for Dim Sum….this is THE place and you can get takeout here! They are also a great place for classic Chinese dishes and seafood. They have adjusted their dim sum meal for takeout! They also have a freezer so customers can buy frozen dim sum to heat up at home. Known for their premium dim sum, the portions are generous and the quality is unlike your typical dim sum house. Order like Jo!
Har Gow; Siu Mai; Fried Shrimp Balls with Almond; Fried Meat Dumpling; Steamed Octopus
HK BBQ House
This place is one of the food stalls in the food court located right inside First Markham Place. It’s been there since the food court opened up… guessing been around about 20 years. They are a traditional barbecue house and they have the best Roasted Pork, Roasted Duck, Steamed or Soya Sauce Chicken and Barbecue Pork around. You can buy everything by the pound and have everything chopped and sliced for you. They also have a really great deal on Rice combos with your choices of Barbecue items. Order like Jo!
Address: 3255 Hwy 7 #258fc, Markham, ON L3R 3P9
Roasted Crispy Pork and Roast Duck
Miss Lin’s Cafe
It’s all about the specialty drinks here!! I recently tried their new drinks…..and they are refreshing, If you want something a little different, try the Avocado Nectar or there’s Dark Night for something that’s more coffee based.
Miss Lin Cafe is so cozy with a comfy couch where you can chill with friends. It also has a great space where you can bring your laptop and set up to study over delicious Taiwanese snacks refreshing fruit drinks and specialty coffees or teas. Order like Jo!
Sweet Potato Fries; Taiwanese Sausages; Salt + Pepper Chicken; Mango Coconut Milkshake and Dark Night; Matcha Pudding with Taro Ball, Red Bean and coconut jelly; Oreo Cake.
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