We found ourselves shopping in the King and Bathurst area with no plans for lunch. Uh oh. But lucky for us, we stumbled upon WVRST and happily discovered a family-friendly spot. What kid can say no to hotdogs and fries?

This bright second-floor resto has a hip vibe with minimal modern decor and beer hall seating. Essentially it’s a high-end fast-food experience: line up, browse all the delicious options on the menu, choose your sausage and toppings, and it’s delivered to your table in these fantastic cookie sheet-sized platters. (So perfect for little hands demanding lots of ketchup.) No kids menu, but the sure pleaser for any eater is the Danger Dog (all natural beef wiener wrapped with bacon; $7). Bacon can be served on the side – just ask. 

And not that we promote running around in restaurants, but there is a lot of space. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are touted as “great for families,” so no one should mind too much if little ones get a bit antsy after devouring their ‘dogs.


Getting there: driving, paid street parking ($2.50/hr) and a number of Green P‘s and lots nearby. Easy on TTC with the 504 King or 511 Bathurst streetcars.

Baby-friendly: yes high chairs (but no baby change tables in bathroom.)

Veg-friendly and gluten-free: meat sausages are gluten-free and the WVRST original vegetarian sausage is vegan and gluten-free. The Belgian-style fries are veg or duck.

Strollers: sufficient room to park ’em though you need to carry them up one flight of stairs.

Bring your own entertainment (if needed): but there is a lot to see — a busy kitchen and a really cool octopus mural that is sure to catch the little ones’ eyes. Plans are in the works for a once-a-month family-friendly event.

Go as a group: there is a large square table in the corner sectioned off with low walls.

Go without Kids in TOw: Mondays are $5 craft beer pints after 5pm and Thursdays are with resident DJ. Check out the beer list.

In the hood: If you want to make it a day outing, check out Fort York National Historic Site at Bathurst and Lakeshore Dr. It’s on our to-do list. A new Visitor Centre is scheduled to open this year.


609 King St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 1M5