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!

Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

Officially moved in over the weekend! While it was a long 3 days of packing, unpacking, cleaning, dropping things, moving furniture around, and  hanging art up, the place looks pretty great (if I do say so myself). We got to explore the new area a bit over the weekend (we had to eat, after all!) and so far my favourite parts are:

Mmmm croissants for breakfast...

Mmmm croissants for breakfast…

The Brick Street Bakery literally across the street from us. I don’t know how much better it can get than walking outside your house and smelling fresh-baked bread constantly (though I’m a little concerned about what this will mean for my ability to fit into my jeans in a few months…)

Local meats from Rowe Farms and amazing cheese from Leslieville Cheese Market.

Local meats from Rowe Farms and amazing cheese from Leslieville Cheese Market.

On that note, there is also an awesome meat store (Rowe Farms – they have a local selection of delicious meats) and one of my favourite cheese shops within walking distance – I know I need to add some veggies to this mix but, so far, everything I need is a stone’s throw away.

This area is also perfect for taking little strolls. There are a ton of furniture shops around (like Machine Age Modern or Pied a Terre), parks and more than enough bars, restaurants, and brunch spots to satiate any appetite.

riverside

Over the weekend, we had dinner at Riverside Public House – a spot around Queen and Broadview, The kitchen is run by Dustin Gallagher (a former chef at Grace on College and a former Top Chef Canada contestant), and despite having read some mixed reviews, I loved every bite! Between the awesomely fresh oysters, the homemade pate with pickles + mustard + toast, and the mains of a juicy burger with smoked mozzarella + rosemary french fries, as well as the spicy take on fried chicken and buttermilk waffles it was definitely an awesome introductory experience to the neighbourhood cuisine.

This dinner was quickly followed the next morning by brunch at Joy Bistro, which was decent (we were hungry enough that we devoured everything) but I’m really looking forward to trying out Lady Marmalade a few doors over (without fail, there is a lineup there every weekend morning around brunch time so it’s got to be good).

Now that all is settled, we can return to our regularly scheduled programming of decor and bacon. Hope everyone had a great long weekend (and didn’t fall for any April Fools’ jokes).