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Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West

There’s a new general store, and a new place for coffee and snacks, in our neighborhood. Dundas General Store just opened today at 1239 Dundas Street West, and it’s half-cafe/half store.

1239 Dundas Street West

The new coffee shop/store is located on the south side of Dundas Street between Grove and Dovercourt. 1239 Dundas West is a new condo building called Abacus Lofts. This streetfront space used to be a dispensary, and is next door to Lust for Lashes, and across the street from the LCBO.

Dundas General Store

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Dundas General Store exterior

Now open everyday except Mondays, this new retailer will provide a multitude of services. A café with coffee and espresso beverages – they also sell Toronto based Hale Coffee to go. In the morning, you can complement that coffee with pastries and croissant sandwiches. On weekends, they’ll be serving up cinnamon rolls and sticky dulce de leche rolls, so keep that in mind this Saturday. Continue reading Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West

Roywoods Jerk Chicken Moving Into 198 Ossington

We got some answers after our post yesterday about the mysterious signage at 198 Ossington. It turns out that Cityplace favorite Roywoods is expanding to Ossington.

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The team behind Roywoods at Cityplace is bringing their Caribbean cooking to Ossington Avenue. The flagship spot is a quick take-out style joint. Their specialty dish, jerk chicken, ranks #3 on the list of best jerk chickens in the city. The menu also includes oxtail, BBQ chicken and catfish and pork. Sandwiches and plates are available. This is all based on the menu at the original location. We will have to wait and see precisely what dishes the kitchen brings to the Ossington location. We can expect some Caribbean cuisine at 198 Ossington. This is a cuisine that doesn’t currently exist in the neighborhood, so it’s a welcome addition.

Roywoods Jerk Chicken

Roywoods Sandwich, courtesy roywoods.ca

Here’s a photo of the Roywoods jerk chicken from Cityplace.

We’ll keep you posted when it’s available on Ossington, because when it opens, we’ll be there!

Ossington Village Food News and Events: April 2017

Local restaurants are busy hosting events and making changes. Springtime appears to also be time for Ossington Village food news. We’ve got a round-up of some of the opportunities for good eating in the weeks ahead.

Kungfu Dawg at The Garrison

Tonight is the launch party for Kungfu Dawg‘s hot dogs on the menu at The Garrison. Even if you can’t make it tonight, their veggie, corn and meat dogs are now available Tuesday-Saturday nights from 6pm at the venue on Dundas West.

Kungfu Dawg Menu

Kungfu Dawg Menu at The Garrison


New Menu at MoTo Snack Bar

Dundas West’s delicious Italian snack bar just announced their new spring menu which they’re already serving nightly. Don’t worry, the sardine is not going anywhere.

Moto Snack Bar Menu

 

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Dundas General Store Coming March 2017

Dundas General Store logoThe prime retail space on the ground floor of Abacus Lofts at 1239 Dundas West is going to be a general store/cafe called Dundas General Store.  A general store and gourmet food market is much more welcome than a previous tenant: the short-lived dispensary Twisted Smoke, one of several dispensaries in the area.

The sign on the door at 1239 Dundas West, and a website, both which aim for an opening in March 2017.

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Dundas General Store exterior at 1239 Dundas West

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Sign Announcing Dundas General

 

 

 

Ossington Businesses Awarded “Best in Toronto”

Now Toronto released their annual readers’ choice lists of top businesses in Toronto, and lots of local businesses ranked high. Here’s a recap of the bars, stores, restaurants and people to be voted best by Toronto locals. Congratulations to all!

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Toronto Cityscape

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
  • Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor

Shopping and Services

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MoTo Snack Bar Now Open on Dundas West

themotogoDundas West has a new snack bar. Called MoTo Coffee and Snack Bar, it’s a new business in the space formerly occupied by Porter House and Brockton General at 1321 Dundas West. That Instagram account is their online presence.

There are a lot of restaurants serving snacks around these parts, but MoTo stands out with a menu of predominantly Italian snack food, with many ingredients imported straight from Italy. The chef, Wes Hains, has experience at big name Italian restaurants in the city like Gusto and Piano Piano.

MoTo Snack Bar opened earlier this month, but we just stopped in last night. It wasn’t the best time for them; they were having a private function, so we haven’t tried the food yet. The opportunities to taste Italian snacks are pretty good, however: MoTo is open and serving food every night but Sundays starting at 6pm. In addition, they’ve got Italian wines, craft beers and coffee on offer.

The space looks great. They’ve reconfigured it so the bar is not all the way in the back of the place; it’s alongside the west wall, with some tables and chairs up front, and seating at the bar. This gives the room a more welcoming feel, and the people we met last night added to that welcome.

 

A couple of photos are below. Let us know if you’ve been to MoTo Snack Bar.

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Ossington Closures and Changes

We have news of some more changes on Ossington: A beloved, albeit short-lived, pop-up is closing up shop, and another one is moving to more permanent digs, just around the corner.

HD Cafe To Close

HD Cafe Closing

The opening of the HD Cafe made news all over town and beyond at the beginning of the summer. We knew from the start this cafe at 96 Ossington was only a pop-up shop. But people fell in love with the vibe, the great coffee, and the free wifi, not to mention the vintage motorcycles. So this Saturday is the last day to enjoy all of it. Get out today or sometime this week, or you’ll have to head east to get the coffee itself at Fahrenheit Coffee.

Fitzroy Boutique Opening a Permanent Shop on Dundas West

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Fashion “pop-up” Fitzroy Boutique has been located at 98 Ossington (right next to HD Cafe) for a few months. They started with cute clothes and candles, and soon branched out into renting dresses for special occasions. This great idea seems to have taken off and now the ladies behind Fitzroy are moving around the corner with a permanent space for dress rentals!  1227 Dundas Street West, 2nd floor, is the new spot for trying on a dress for that party, wedding or night on the town. It looks like it’s on the south side of the street between Ossington and Dovercourt, so they are definitely staying in the hood. Look for the new opening on October 3rd.

Ossington Village Patio Guide

Summer is finally here and with it, patio season! We in Toronto love spending this warm season outside, enjoying a beverage – or two – and food. Ossington Village has a wide range of choices for you to eat and/or drink in the fresh air.

We’ve summarized all the Ossington Village patios and the highlights of each. Share your faves with us on our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram.

Bellwoods Brewery

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Recently anointed one of the best patios in the city, Bellwoods Brewery can’t get any busier. Get there early or be prepared to wait in line. The reward will be tasty snacks and their award winning beer.


Boehmer

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There are only a few tables on the front patio at Boehmer, but they offer good people watching, especially of the Bang Bang Ice Cream line. Plus, high quality food and drinks.


BQM

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BQM‘s side patio at Ossington and Rolyat is a hot draw in the summer. It gets lots of sun and is open for both lunch and dinner and offers great people watching on the strip.


Crafted by Te Aro

craftedpatioThe backyard at Crafted allows you to enjoy your coffee in a quiet garden. It’s not a big space, but it rarely seems to fill up. If you can’t get a seat out back,  the front is also nice when the big garage doors are open. You’ll still get some fresh air with your coffee and snack!


Churchill

churchillpatChurchill, at Dundas West and Lakeview, has a nice side patio that fills up early. You can have some cocktails and bao while listening to DJs spin, but the party does have to end at a reasonable hour. They close the patio well before last call to keep from bothering the residents with noise.


Enoteca Sociale

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Enjoy delicious Italian food and wine while dining on the shady side patio at Enoteca Sociale on Dundas West and Coolmine. This is a top restaurant, so try to get a reservation for prime times.


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The fenced off back patio at Tom Thai’s South Asian bistro is a lovely oasis in the summertime. The fusion food is among the best in the city too. Foxley does not take reservations, so expect a bit of a wait, but they’ll call you when your table is ready, so you can explore more of the neighborhood and even enjoy a beverage.


Golden Turtle

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Rua Vang Golden Turtle is probably the winner in the Ossington pho wars for the patio alone. The side space, on Argyle Street, fills up all summer long with diners enjoying the cheap pho, and other Vietnamese specialties, along with some cold beverages.


Ideal Coffee/ Bobbie Sue’s Mac & Cheese

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The side patio at Ideal, on the corner of Ossington and Foxley, is a popular spot in the summer months. During the day, enjoy the company of locals over a coffee and pastry, and in the evening, join others enjoying their Bobbie Sue’s comfort food al fresco on the next door patio.


Julie’s Cuban

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Over on Dovercourt, Julie’s Cuban has been packing their front garden for decades. Make a reservation and have a romantic date over Cuban cocktails and tapas.


Lakeview Restaurant

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Popular all year round and at all hours, The Lakeview has a prime patio on Dundas West. If you don’t mind the traffic and the lines of people waiting for a table during weekend brunch, you’ll enjoy the wide menu selection and people watching.


Opera Bob’s

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It’s just a few seats out front, but you can technically say Opera Bob’s has a patio. If you aren’t watching the Jays or English football, watch the Dundas West locals with a beer in your hand.


Reposado

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The back patio at Reposado has lots of seating and you can get friendly with others while enjoying a wide selection of tequilas and tapas. Look for special pop-up barbecues on summer weekends.


Sweaty Betty’s

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Sweaty Betty’s, an Ossington institution – it’s been open for almost 12 years – has a great patio tucked in the back. Bring your friends, order some cheap drinks, and spend some time enjoying the night air and the antics of the dive bar’s many customers.


Union

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Not only can you get a top quality meal at Union, including weekend brunch, the backyard is a lovely oasis for your feast!


Rashers

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So Rashers just installed seats out front. If you choose, eat your bacon sandwich on Ossington.


We also have to mention two local favourites whose patios are in limbo.

  • The Crooked Star has been closed since December. We have seen some work going on inside, but don’t know when the renovated space will be open. That side patio is a popular one on summer nights and weekends, so here’s hoping it will be operational soon.
  • The Red Light is another story, one which we are still investigating. This hip bar with friendly staff serves craft beer and a great selection of whiskey, especially bourbon. The back patio was a really fun place on Dundas West until it was unceremoniously shut down 3 years ago. It costs a lot of money to get approvals to reopen. Stay tuned for more details from us and let’s all hope the patio can reopen soon.

None of these places are secret, so definitely plan ahead or arrive early to ensure a good seat. Have a great summer and let us know your favorite local spot to hang outside!

 

Harley Davidson Cafe on Ossington

A Harley Davidson Cafe is opening on Ossington tomorrow, June 17. They’ve taken over the space under the Lower Ossington Theatre, at 96 Ossington.  It is now filled with motorcycles and signage for Harley Davidson Cafes.

A quick google search for this name in Toronto brings up a placeholder for “1903: A Harley Davidson Cafe.” 1903 is the year Harley Davidson was founded, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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There’s a Harley Davidson Cafe in Vegas, which is similar to a Hard Rock Cafe, only with motorcycles as decor. In this case, their twitter account  presents as a coffee shop than a burger joint.  They plan to be open 7 days a week starting at 7am and will be serving all the typical cafe fare. The idea is for customers to have an espresso while admiring the assortment of bikes on display. UPDATE: the coffee is from Toronto’s Fahrenheit Coffee.

Here’s a shot from their twitter account:

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And a photo of the exterior:

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With Town Moto just up the street, maybe some of those motorcycle aficionados will check out the space for the coffee and conversation. UPDATE: We stopped in a took more photos so make sure you’re following our Facebook.

Rashers Serving Your Bacon Needs on Ossington

RashersYou thought Ossington already had all the food you need? Think again! Rashers, newly opened at 182 Ossington, reminds us that we didn’t have nearly enough bacon sandwiches. Problem solved.

If you love bacon, you probably already know about Rashers. If not, let me explain:

Rashers has been open on the east end of Toronto for about 4 years, and east enders have been enjoying their bacon sandwiches all this time. Well, now it’s our turn! And thanks to Rashers, we have so many choices! Peameal, strip bacon, with maple or smoke or neither, plus extras including egg, cheeses, veggies, condiments. The first time I walked in I just marvelled at the menu selections because every choice looks so good.

The ordering process is similar to La Cubana down the street, you order and pay at the counter and pick up your food when it’s ready. There are a few cozy booths and some window seats for the dine-in option. The turn-around is pretty quick, but you won’t mind waiting either, because there is a very detailed and fun wall mural with a lot of Toronto icons enjoying bacon which will entertain you and your friends. Today was a gorgeous day, so a lot of people were ordering to go. This adds to your list of options for park picnics this summer!

Once they ramp up at the new location, you’ll probably be able to order Rashers for delivery downtown. And we all know, bacon travels very well.

Rashers is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Today, while sampling sandwiches, I ran into a lot of locals, all of whom are very excited for this new addition to Ossington! Lots of photos of the offerings and the space below:

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Order up!

 

Rashers Brie and Bacon with curly fries

Rashers Brie and Bacon with curly fries

 

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Rashers Apple & Maple Grilled Cheese

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Rashers Hogtown Peameal bacon with egg and cheese

 

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A small segment of the wall mural – the Ossington part 🙂

 

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Watch Ossington traffic from the window seats