STORY


FON . DA
Noun. Spanish
1. A casual family-owned restaurant, diner, or tavern

Toronto’s Fonda Balam is the reincarnation of Birria Balam, brought to life by Kate Chomyshyn, Julio Guajardo, and Matty Mattheson. The concept evolved through friendship and transpired over the trio’s love for authentic Mexican food.

The inspiration is rooted in Kate and Julio’s many trips back to Julio’s native León, Guanajuato and throughout Mexico. The couple explored its regional ingredients and cooking traditions in hopes of representing that here in Toronto. It underscores the story of Mexican cuisine and culture through home-cooked staples and street food classics.

Fonda Balam is located at the corner of Dundas Street West and Palmerston Avenue, just east of Trinity Bellwoods. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, dinner and everything in between.