Oh My Gyro!

The Bearded Butcher and the Strange Baker often show up to my place with trays of rice or garlic potatoes and gyro meat slathered in garlic and hot sauce from here. The furthest I could manage for food today was half a block from my house, and so I returned home on wobbly, shaking legs …

7 West Cafe

I trudged through the icy wind along the construction-shattered side street to one of Toronto’s glorious all hours (open 365 days a year) hot spots. This was a discovery several years ago, and I don’t get out to 7 West enough, but each time I do, I walk away with a new memory. My first …

Old School

I trailed of beard of hipsters into Old School, a evening bar, cozy day food local, and morning brunch spot decked out in distressed black-painted wood moderately uncomfortable chairs and benches. The Silly Vogelfänger was fast behind me, and together we piled our coats, scarves, and volumous furs upon our seats in efforts to find …

Sunny Morning Breakfast & Lunch

I didn’t realize there was a knock-off Golden Griddle; the idea seems both depressing and preposterous, neither lending themselves to a good breakfast. In fairness, Sunny Morning isn’t trying to explicitly crib off Golden Griddle: they’re going for a Sunset Grill vibe with their large oval plates, remarkably familiar meals, and cozy, hole-in-the-wall, walk-past-the-kitchen-at-the-front, senior’s …

Avenue Open Kitchen

The front window was steamed opaque save an obvious circle where someone had rubbed a hole to see in, like so many Dickensian urchins brimming with curiosity. The Avenue Open Kitchen is a quaint deli tucked down what feels like a side street less than a few blocks away from the highest praised new restaurant …

Double D’s

“It’s not a pizza. It’s a pizza pie. Pie.” The Strange Baker wiggled imposing eyebrows at me as we collected our two Chicago-style pies from Double D’s, a name that reminds me of the now-dead Dangerous Dan’s with gut wrenching pleasure in horror in equal measure. Name aside, Double D’s is an excellent pizzeria with …

Korean Grill House

Dinner with the Opaque Dancer, as those evenings draw to a close. We met at the foot of my building and go for KBBQ, something she’s never had, but she assured me she was very hungry. we shall see. Throughout the hurricane of touting fire and slightly charred metal, we chat and swap stories from …

Otto’s Berlin Döner

Currywurst for me comes from my time in Vienna: a hearty street meat sausage, sliced, juicy and steaming, semmelbrot beside, dusted with curry powder. I have to presume they do this dish different in Berlin, as what arrived to the Opaque Dancer and I was a box loaded with stringy fries and a sausage covered …