Leslieville: The First Food Tour

We are now on month 3 of living in Leslieville, and both my boyfriend and I agree that it’s such an amazing neighbourhood. Certainly lively and full of surprises. Now that we have had a chance to try out some great food spots in the area (with, admittedly, still so many left to try), I wanted to share my Top 5 Food Spots in Leslieville (for now).

1. Lady Marmalade: I don’t need to rehash how amazing this place truly is. So worth the wait. But just in case you forgot…

Baked french toast is the cat's pyjamas...

2. Ed’s Real Scoop & Bobbette and Belle:

Both of these spots make me all sorts of happy when it comes to dessert/snacks. Grabbing ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop has now become my favourite passtime on warm summer nights (maybe a little too much…dangerous stuff!), and Bobbette & Belle makes nothing short of incredible desserts. My recommendation? Get a macaroon from them, pair it with the cookies ‘n creme ice cream from Ed’s, and call it a day.

3. Rashers & Leslieville Pumps:

I talked about the amazingness of Rashers way before I even lived down the street from it. Their sandwiches are still delicious. A new favourite we recently learned about is the Leslieville Pumps – on its face, this spot is merely a run of the mill gas station. But inside you will find more than just candy bars and chips. They have sandwiches with smoked meat, BLTs, pulled pork, poutine, coleslaw and deep fried pickels. Yum! Perfect hangover or late night food (while Rashers closes at 8pm, The Pumps is open 24h!)

Simple grilled cheese? Not these sandwiches!

Rashers’ goodness…

4. Paulette’s Chicken and Doughnuts:

Freshly made doughnuts (like, my favourite, the s’mores doughnut) + fried chicken + your choice of sauce makes this place a fun spot to have an unhealthy but utterly delicious snack. We recently tried their deep-fried macaroni ‘n cheese balls, too…can’t say you would be wrong in doing the same. I love this spot because it’s one-of-a-kind in the area and offers a fun alternative to fast food. If you’re feeling like something bad for you, but oh-so-good, this place delivers.

5. Prohibition Gastropub & Riverside Public House:

Riverside was the first place we tried upon moving in. And Prohibition has now become the “go-to” when meeting friends for a drink. They have great beers on tap, a fantastic happy hour, prime location at Queen and Broadview plus their food is  pretty damn good. My favourite dish that I’ve  had so far is their “Pulled Pork Grilled Fromage” – exactly what it sounds like: pulled pork +grilled cheese. But the kicker is that it comes with fries and a slightly tangy raspberry flavoured dipping sauce. It shouldn’t work, but it certainly does. Definitely work a try.

We fully intend on trying more places this summer (like Ruby Watchco/Ruby Eats, “The Nose”, Swirl Wine Bar, among others), and I will be sure to get more on he list.

The new 'hood!

The new ‘hood!

Loving…

Not to be a cliché or anything, but can you believe it’s June 1st tomorrow!? We are almost halfway through the year. I guess the old saying of “time flies when you’re having fun” rings true. Now that I was able to crack out my first skirt/t-shirt combo of the season, I’m finally starting to get excited about summer. There will be a lot going on over the next couple of months, not least of all my upcoming birthday (disclaimer: it’s still about a month and a half away, but I like to start the countdown early).

Listening:

Without fail, this song is always in my top 5 favourites. The ups and downs, and Eddie Vedder’s voice, make it such a dynamic track – I can listen to it on repeat for hours.

Reading:

Anything and everything I can about gardening. I tried to plant the indoor mini-herb garden I got as a housewarming gift and it’s been 48 hours, with nothing sprouting. Either I did it wrong or I just don’t know how long sprouting should take. Thus, trying to educate myself.

There should be a question mark here...

There should be a question mark here…

Craving:

Macaroons from Bobbette & Belle. Oh, and their cupcakes, too.

b&b macaroons

Planning:

To get some things done around the house this weekend. And finally try Ed’s Real Scoop – how  have I not yet tried the ice cream that is literally around corner from me!? Something about summer makes me want to eat dessert, which kind of goes against the whole “bathing suit season” mentality. Go figure.

Happy June, everyone!