The best late night eats near Church and Wellesley

 

We’ve all been there. You’re starving but your favourite restaurants are closed. When you’re in the mood for late night food, you need to know where to go! Here are some of the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley. Dig in!

 

 

Credit: The Artful Dodger

Credit: The Artful Dodger

 

 

The Artful Dodger

 

The The Artful Dodger (10 Isabella Street) is not only one of the best spots for late night eats, it’s one of the best pubs near Church & Wellesley. This cozy and authentic British pub will treat you right. Their friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Where else can you get late night Fried Pickles (5 for $5.50) and a Scotch Egg ($6.50). If you’re really hungry, why not tuck into a plate of their famous Bangers and Mash – that’s sausage, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans and caramelized onions ($10). The Artful Dodger is like two pubs for the price of one – they’ve doubled up on everything. There are two bars, two pool tables, two dart boards, two jukeboxes and even two patios, front and back, for when the weather is warm, and two cozy fireplaces for when it’s not! They’re open daily until 2am.

 

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The Keg Mansion

 

A light night meal at the The Keg Mansion (515 Jarvis Street) is a truly unique experience. The historic mansion is stunningly beautiful. It would feel imposing if not for the warm, inviting atmosphere within, not to mention the friendly and welcoming staff. As soon as you step inside you’ll know that this place is impressive, but not pretentious. The Keg is known for it’s high quality steaks and seafood, but they also have some amazing chicken dishes, including their Oven Roasted Chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, bacon-sautéed Brussels sprouts, and chicken demi-glace ($27). Make sure you save room to indulge in their amazing desserts, like their thick and rich Cheesecake, topped with fruit ($7) or the Billy Miner Pie – mocha ice cream on a chocolate crust with hot fudge, caramel and almonds ($6). The Dining Room is open Sunday to Thursday until 10pm, and Friday and Saturday until 11pm. The Lounge is open Sunday to Wednesday until Midnight and Thursday to Saturday until 1am.

 

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7 West

 

You never need to check the time when you’re heading over to 7 West (7 Charles St West). They’re open 24/7 and have been for almost 25 years! It’s the place to be for some great late night comfort food, no matter what your mood. There’s great pizza, pastas and salads, plus substantial sandwiches like the Philly Steak Sandwich (15.95) — a panini stuffed with sliced ribeye steak sauteed with chipotle BBQ sauce, mushrooms, onions, peppers and melted mozzarella cheese. If you’re in the mood for a 3am breakfast, they’ve got you covered with their All The Time Breakfast (14.95) — fried or scrambled eggs, home fries, sausages and toast, with your choice of bacon, ham or smoked turkey.

 

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Fran’s on College

 

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar is a local chain with a classic all-night diner vibe. Francis “Fran” Deck opened the original location at Yonge and St. Clair in 1940. The famous and instantly recognizable location at Yonge & College (20 College Street) is a neighbourhood staple for home-style comfort food at all-hours. You have to try the Legendary Banquet Burger. The Banquet Burger was invented by Fran Deck over 75 years ago! It’s a half-pound burger patty topped with melted Canadian cheddar and bourbon maple bacon. Served with your choice of fries, home fries or tortilla chips and salsa. Finish the night off with Fran’s Original Award Winning Rice and Raisin Pudding, served warm or cold.

 

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Kintaro Izakaya

 

When you’re looking for a cozy spot to curl up in and enjoy some authentic Japanese cuisine, head over to Kintaro Izakaya (459 Church Street). This Japanese tapas bar specializes in small plates, designed to be shared and paired with the perfect drink. Izakaya means “I” (to stay) + “sakaya” (sake house). Come and hang out at this comfy sake house while digging into some yakitori (charcoal grilled skewers), sushi, ramen and familiar Japanese appetizers like Edamame ($4) or Seaweed Salad ($4). If you’re a little overwhelmed by your choices, or what drinks to pair them with, you can easily learn to order like a pro at Kintaro Izakaya.They’re open weekdays until 1am, and Friday and Saturday until 2am.

 

When late night hunger pangs hit, knowing where to go and what to order makes a neighbourhood feel a bit more like home.

 

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Discover Special Moments Child Care Centre

 

Choosing a childcare centre can feel like a daunting task. You’re entrusting someone with the life, wellbeing and development of your young child. It’s important to find the right place with a proven track record, a skilled and caring staff, and an environment that will nurture your child. A centre that will help them socialize and enjoy their most formative years.

 

Special Moments Child Care Centre has been serving the diverse Davisville neighbourhood since 1986. They provide a safe and supportive environment where your child can develop, learn and grow at their own pace. Their dedicated staff and thoughtful program ensures a balance of social learning and interaction, creativity and play. At Special Moments, learning is achieved through play. Their goal is for each and every child to become a well-rounded, well-mannered, positive, and independent individual.



The centre provides care for children ages 2 ½  to 5 years old. The space itself boasts an indoor classroom and play area, an outdoor playground and an indoor gym. The children take supervised walks together to nearby parks and libraries and make regular visits to the Salvation Army Retirement and Nursing Home. We spoke with Judy Mendez, Operator of Special Moments Child Care Centre, to find out more.


So Judy, what distinguishes Special Moments Child Care Centre from other childcare centres in Toronto?


Our child care centre was established in the late 80’s. One factor that distinguishes us from other centres is that we have worked with our community for such a long period of time. We cater to their needs with affordable fees and dedicated staff who have a passion for children and their development. I have worked here for 18 years now as the Operator. We adapt and embrace new programs set out by the City and the Ministry as they modernize the child care industry.


So the word is out about you then! Wow, that’s nearly a 40 year history in Davisville Village! Do you have a waiting list? If so how long is the wait typically?


Our waiting list ranges from 6 months to 1 year. It really depends on the year. There [are] times when we don’t have a waiting list, right now we have quite a few people in [the program].


Please tell us a little about your philosophy on childcare and education.


We try our very best to give children and their families a positive environment committed to their health and wellbeing. We prepare children to be active participants in our program through exploration, offering a variety of materials, and a demonstration of active imagination alongside staff who support such development through modelling and play interaction with children. Play is learning.


Special Moments Child Care Centre employs both full and part time RECE teachers (certified with the college of ECE Ontario), as well as full and part time ECE assistants. The staff-to-student ratio for preschool is 1:8, and 1:10 for Junior or Senior Kindergarten.


Special Moments Child Care Centre (20 Glebe Rd East) is located within easy walking distance (about 5 minutes) of Davisville Junior Public School, making it a convenient option if your child is (or will be) a student there. Special Moments is proud to serve the Davisville community and to create a safe and supportive environment for your child. They encourage you to come by for a visit!


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Wonderful waffles at Starving Artist

There’s just something wonderful about waffles. What could be better than a fresh, fluffy, hot-off-the iron waffle? How about an Egg Benedict Waffle ($13)? Or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($15) — complete with jalapeno, salsa and sour cream on seasoned waffles? Have you tried Waffle Bacon ($7)? You read that right — waffle battered bacon cooked in a waffle iron! No, you’re not dreaming. There’s a borderline magical place in North Toronto where you can enjoy these weird and wonderful creations. It’s called Starving Artist and it’s everything you hope it will be and more.

 

Starving Artist is an all-day waffle restaurant. It serves all your breakfast favourites on waffles. And they go beyond breakfast — serving sweet waffles, savoury waffles, and waffle sandwiches. You can enjoy a B.L.T ($13), or a Monte Cristo ($17), or mini-waffle Grilled Cheese sandwiches ($6) –all made with waffles instead of bread. You may never eat a traditional sandwich again!

 

You may be wondering why it’s called Starving Artist. This place is part modern waffle house and part modern art gallery. The restaurant supports local artists year round. You can expect to find an array of artwork adorning the walls, and the collection changes frequently. They showcase a new artist every 6 weeks.

 

We caught up with the founder and Chef of Starving Artist, Bryan Jackson, to find out why he opened his amazing restaurant.

Waffle Benny – Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

Bryan, we love your concept! Why waffles?

 

Because everybody loves waffles! Actually, prior to opening Starving Artist, I was an interior designer/event producer, and I was planning on making espresso and waffles for my clients. The idea blossomed from there, and we ended up opening a waffle joint!

 

That’s amazing! We’ve got to know — what is your most popular savory waffle menu item? Same question for sweet menu item?

 

Our most popular savory waffles would be the Benny – 2 potato waffles, topped with caramelized bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise. Can’t go wrong.

Our most popular sweet waffles would definitely be our Waffle Bacon starter. It’s like bacon being hugged by a waffle. Served with icing sugar and maple syrup. It’s a crowd-pleaser.

Waffle Bacon – Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

You had us at bacon! What’s your busiest day of the week, and the slowest?

 

Weekends are always packed. We have a line-up out the door every weekend between 10am and 2pm. If you want to avoid a wait, visit us during the week. On Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday you won’t have to wait.

 

Good to know! Please tell us about the art mission of Starving Artist.

 

We look to provide a contemporary artistic atmosphere with the best of breakfast food all served on waffles. We support local artists by switching up the art on our walls every 6 weeks, and strive to serve reasonably priced food, with great service resulting in a fun experience for all of our customers.

 

Starving Artist opened it’s original location, back in June of 2009 at 584 Lansdowne. Next came, 1078 St. Clair Avenue West, then 810 College. The original location has since been shuttered, which is actually good news for those who call the Davisville neighbourhood home, as a third location was opened at 505 Mount Pleasant Road (close to Davisville Village greenrock). All locations are open daily from 9am to 6pm. Come on in and support your waffle habit and support your local art community at the same time. Bryan Jackson and Starving Artist have elevated the waffle game to an artform.

Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to your community so you can get a taste of all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

Amazing burritos at Burrito Bandidos

 

 

You may have noticed the burrito battle that’s been happening in Toronto over the past decade or so. Everywhere you look there seems to be a new burrito joint trying to get in on the action. You can thank Burrito Bandidos for igniting the fuse that lead to the gourmet burrito explosion.

 

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Burrito Bandidos opened its original location in downtown Toronto in 2003. Back then, it was something of a novelty for a restaurant to focus solely on serving the perfect burrito. It caught on. At first, the Entertainment District location catered mostly to the apres club scene — burritos do make the ideal late night snack. Since then, they have opened 3 other Toronto locations and one in Hamilton. For burritos in The Beach, head to 1614 Queen St. East, there’s an Annex location at 2 Walmer Road and downtown, your source for burrito goodness (very close to Village Green) is at 2 Grosvenor Street (Yonge and College).

 

What sets Burrito Bandidos apart from the competition may be the fact that these locations are not franchises. Founder and Chef Ian Angus, along with his family and friends, own and operate all the locations. This helps to keep quality control consistent. We spoke with Taz, Manager of the Yonge and College location to find out more.

Courtesy Burrito Bandidos

 

 

So Taz, what makes your burritos so special?

 

We are not a franchise restaurant. We keep our food quality consistent. Our customers are very loyal. Everyone is a regular customer. People like our food and price wise, we’re pretty reasonable.

 

Sounds like a formula for success! You opened in 2003, since then a lot of other burrito places have opened up across the city. How do you stay popular with so much competition?

 

That’s true, yes. We were one of the originals. What sets us apart is how we serve our food and how tasty it is. Some people go for price but some want the best tasting burrito.

 

How do you prepare your food? Do you make everything from scratch?

 

Yes, we create everything ourselves — except for some bulk items, like chili powder and things like that. We make everything else ourselves.

 

Tell us, what is your best selling burrito?

 

Our most popular burrito is our chicken burrito. It’s very popular. Also the shrimp and chicken or halibut.

 

Do you have a favourite burrito?

 

I like the halibut. We do it deep fried or pan fried. I like it breaded and deep fried. It’s so good!

 

Taz is right. It is so good. Sometimes, nothing but a burrito will do. In a crowded marketplace, making the right choice can be complicated. Burrito Bandidos makes it simple. The quality is consistent, the ingredients are fresh, and it tastes great every time. You can always count on getting just what you’re craving. That doesn’t mean that you have to have the same burrito every time though. The choose-your-own-topping station makes customizing your experience easy. Spice it up, or tone it down. Everything is made to order, which means you may have to wait a few minutes during peak meal times. Once they hand you that slim brown paper bag and you feel the warm, substantial heft of the hot and fresh burrito within the tight and precise foil wrapping – you know that you’ve made the right choice, even before you take your first bite.

Courtesy Burrito Bandidos

 

 

That first bite will definitely not be your last! You’ll be back. The menu is streamlined, but there are enough options to keep you occupied. Rather than a regular Chicken Burrito (Sm-$8.23,  L-$10.27, Bowl-$8.85) try the Mango Chicken (Sm-$9.12, L-$11.15, Bowl $9.73), with fresh mango! Cutting back on carbs? Go for a Burrito Bowl – all the same great flavour, without the wrap. They also have a good selection of quesadillas to keep things from feeling flat.

 

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Who knows how many burrito chains Toronto can support? When the burrito mood strikes, head to the place that gave birth to the trend and blazed the burrito trail. Make Burrito Bandidos your burrito shop!

 

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The best indoor playgrounds in Toronto

 

Winter may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to say goodbye to the playground. There are many great options for indoor playgrounds in Toronto, so the good times never get snowed out. Indoor playgrounds also make ideal locations for hassle-free birthday parties. Here are some of the best indoor playgrounds in Toronto.

 

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Kidnasium (745 Mt Pleasant Road)

 

Kidnasium is your friendly, neighbourhood source for indoor fun. They offer drop-in, unsupervised play in the gymnastics gym and activity room. When you need a little time to yourself, take advantage of their Me Time, Play Time. Parents can choose to stay at the facility in the Parents Room where they can read, work or just relax. If you need to run a few errands, catch up with a friend, or enjoy some quiet time to yourself, Kidnasium’s coaches and activity specialists will provide your child with fun activities and supervise free play.

 

You can also register now for winter programs for kids aged 4 months to 11 years old. Choose from Gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, Fitness, Play & Discovery and more!



Kidville (3420 Yonge Street)


Kidville is a membership based program and playspace where kids from newborn to six years old can play, create and have fun. The playspace hours vary by semester. You can check with the front desk to see if the space can be opened during non-scheduled hours. Socks are required for the Big Muscle Gym and theatre, and indoor shoes are needed for the Sports Gym. Socks are available at the front desk for just $2.00 if you forgot them at home. Kidville is a great spot for birthdays and they offer an array of fun and enriching programs, including dance, art and music.


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Playground Paradise (150 Grenoble Drive)

 

Operated by the city of Toronto at the Flemington Community Centre, Playground Paradise  offers two-stories of playtime fun. Ride the spiral slide, climb the “cargo elevator”, play in the ball pit and much more, all for only $2.50 per child for 2 hours! Best of all, accompanying adults are free! Socks are required to enter. It’s open to kids up to 12 years of age. They often reach capacity though, so you may want to call ahead. Party bookings are also available.


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Extreme Fun Kids Indoor Playground (186 Bartley Drive)

 

The fun never ends at Extreme Fun Kids Indoor Playground. You can drop by for daily public play, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The space is designed for children ages 1 to 10 and encourages exercise, fun, self-awareness and confidence. There is so much to do, it’s silly! The space features a 15 foot high play structure, a giant jumping castle, a dress-up corner, air hockey and foosball tables, basketball nets and more. There is over 5500 square feet of fun, in a safe and clean environment, where adults can interact with their children and other parents. Parents can join in the fun on the playground, or join each other for a coffee in their cozy cafe.


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Kids Fun City (150 Lesmill Road)


Kids Fun City is a can’t-miss spot for kids of all ages. Kids will love climbing up the play structure and riding down the slides, bouncing about on the inflatable bouncer, playing mini-golf, arcade games or the immersive and interactive Atomic Rush experience. Take on the thrilling challenge of the amazing lazer maze! There is even a separate toddler’s area for kids ages 1 to 3. The onsite snack bar means you don’t have to call off the fun when snack time rolls around.

 

Oh, to be a kid again! Where were all these great indoor fun factories when we were growing up? You’ll have fun too, whether you choose to join them on the playground or not, when you see their little faces light up with pure joy and happiness. Stay safe, stay active and have fun, with the best indoor playgrounds in Toronto.


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Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival

 

Toronto’s only free-of-charge community film festival, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns from November 15th to 18th to celebrate 15 years of storytelling. The Festival is held at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) building.

 

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Expect a great line-up of thought provoking feature length and short films from 26 Toronto-based filmmakers — including four hyperlocal filmmakers from Regent Park. There will also be interactive and informative workshops, panels and virtual reality projects to explore. The festival is a showcase of culturally diverse stories from communities around the globe. It is designed to be accessible to all. The festival is proudly free-of-charge and even includes complimentary child care for attendees.

 

The festival has been a joyful place for art and community for 15 years. This is no simple feat, and a testament to the strength of Regent Park and the universality of the stories a community like this inspire. – Ananya Ohri, Executive Director

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

The festival kicks things off with the Emerging Directors’ Spotlight & Pitch Event on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 pm. It all starts with a conversation with an esteemed panel of female producers and directors. They will discuss how they got their start in the industry. It will be followed by a presentation of some of Canada’s best new talent as they compete for a $1000 cash prize. Seven female directors – all under 26, will screen their short films and pitch future projects to the panel.

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FEATURE FILMS

 

The feature film screenings will begin on Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm with Who’s Streets? — a documentary about the events that led up to the Ferguson protests in 2014. It will be followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Desmond Cole. At 8:30 pm, catch the drama Werewolf — a film about a young couple attempting to deal with the realities of love and addiction. It will be followed by a discussion with director Ashley McKenzie.

 

The Friday night film is a documentary called Unarmed Verses. The film gives a voice to a 12 year old girl who’s Toronto community, Villaways, faces imposed relocation. It’s followed by a Q&A with director Charles Officer, and producer Lea Marin.

 

On Saturday, November 18th, wake up to Breakfast & A Movie. A complimentary breakfast courtesy of Bombay Street Foods will be served prior to the screening of Window Horses.

 

The Closing Night film this year is the coming-of-age comedy Signature Move from director Jennifer Reeder. The screening will begin at 8 pm and will be followed by an awards ceremony.

 

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

 

In addition to the festival’s feature film and short film screenings, the Regent Park Film Festival will be offering an array of workshops and events to inform and educate, as well as entertain. Workshops are free to attend, however space is limited. A brief online application must be completed to attend. Learn How to Keep Making Films from industry professionals, What Funders Want, or get an Introduction to Virtual Reality.

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

 

As the only free-of-charge community film festival in Toronto, The Regent Park Film Festival relies on the commitment and efforts of a group of dedicated community residents and volunteers. Through talent, time and will, the festival has managed to grow into a 4-day event with film screenings, school programs and workshops year-round.. The festival strives to celebrate diversity, while uniting the community. All screenings and events are held in the heart of the community at the Daniels Spectrum building.

 

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The top 5 home decor shops in Toronto

 

What makes your home, home? Without your personality and personal touches, an apartment is just empty space. Pure potential.  Every item you possess, use and display, says something about you. When it comes to finding new (or vintage) pieces to add to your home decor, you have many options. Rather than simply filling up space, it’s about expressing who you are and how you feel about your space. To help you connect with retailers who understand this, here are the top 5 home decor shops in Toronto.

 

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EQ3

 

EQ3 offers mid-century modern furniture suitable for stylish urban living. The clean lines and streamlined look may feel a little like Ikea at first glance. The aesthetics may be similar but there is a big difference in quality. EQ3 is in the middle of the market. That means quality pieces without the price tag trauma associated with some high end home decor stores.  All of EQ3’s upholstered furniture is made in Canada – Winnepeg to be exact. This allows for more quality control and full customization options that can still be delivered within a few weeks, for a reasonable price. In their overseas production facilities — whether it’s Indonesia, where their solid wood pieces are made, rugs from India, or lighting from China, there are teams and offices on the ground to ensure their standards of quality are met. You can create a stylish space, with pieces designed to last. There are 2 Toronto locations to choose, 3- 51 Hanna Avenue in Liberty Village, and 222 King Street East (at Sherbourne Street).

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Hopson Grace

 

Your home can be an extension of your personality. Hopson Grace (1120 Yonge Street) can help set the table and the tone for your space, with the perfect piece of decor that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the city – or the world! Owners Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm have made it their mission to provide a retail space dedicated to originality and individuality. Their HG Originals line offers a wide range of items and a wide range of prices. Find anything from whimsical, decorative story tiles ($45), all the way up to handmade designer wood bowls ($1750) and everything in between.

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Urban Barn

 

You owe it to yourself and your home to make a trip to Urban Barn (610 Queen Street W). The store features a tasteful selection of pieces for every room in your home. From living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, to wall décor, accessories, rugs and drapery. Best of all, you can design and plan your room online. See how it looks before making any decisions with the Urban Barn Room Planner. Once you’ve created your new virtual space, you can save it, email it, or print it to use as a shopping list.

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Absolutely Inc.

 

Absolutely Inc. (1132 and 1236 Yonge Street) is a pair of boutique shops located four blocks apart from each other on the Rosedale strip of Yonge Street. Paying them a visit is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find, but you know it will be amazing. Find unique items that you just have to have, likeTibetan Lamb Pillows ($249), Coral Brain Specimens ($669) or a Peace Sign Ring Holder ($18). They also carry high end furniture, lighting and more.

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GUFF

 

Owner John Jakeman started out as a buyer for stores along the antique row of Queen Street East. He stepped up his game and opened his own shop called GUFFat 1 Davies Avenue in Leslieville. It stands for Great Used Furniture Finds and it lives up to its name. This is the home of all things vintage, with prices that are easily 10 to 30 percent less expensive than other stores in the city. With new items constantly coming in, it’s never the same store twice. If you need to make some room in your space before adding anything new, sell your stuff to GUFF. The shop is always on the lookout for interesting pieces so you don’t have to be. Just stop by and see their collection for yourself. Keep in mind, because it’s a vintage store, all sales are final.

 

Your personality can’t be summed up by the things that you purchase. However, the right items can help you transform your living space into a home.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street55 Maitland Street), please visit our website. Welcome home.

Eat well at Scaddabush!

 

When you live in Church and Wellesley Village in Toronto, you have seemingly endless options for great places to eat nearby. The area is full of unique, one-of-a-kind bistros and restaurants. SCADDABUSH Italian Kitchen is a popular chain with locations across Toronto, but their Yonge Street spot is pretty special.

 

SCADDABUSH is Italian slang for “a little bit of everything”. The concept is simple — tables crowded with friends, family and excellent Italian food. They use fresh, quality ingredients and make many of their dishes completely from scratch, in house — including their Charity Bread. This hot oven-baked bread is slathered with garlic butter and all proceeds go to local charities. The Yonge and Gerrard location’s charity of choice is the SickKids Hospital. You won’t feel guilty about filling up on bread here!

 

We spoke with Charlotte, Service Manager at SCADDABUSH at Yonge and Gerrard (382 Yonge Street Unit #7) to find out more about the restaurant, what to order, and when to visit.

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So, Charlotte since SCADDABUSH is a chain, is there anything that sets your location apart from the others?

 

Yes, absolutely! I mean, we all have the same brand story, but every location has a bit of a different culture. We have so much value in our team and each team member has a different personality, which gives it a bit of different vibe, apart from say — Front Street or Scarborough.

 

What would you say is you most popular appetizer, main course and dessert?  

 

Our most popular appetizer is absolutely our mozzarella. We hand stretch it and it’s made to order. It is very, very popular. In terms of our mains, I would say probably our spaghetti and meatballs. We make our meatballs fresh, in house and they are rated number 1 in Toronto. They are made with AAA Angus beef and they’re a half a pound each! They’re just huge!

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We also make our pasta fresh, in house – so the spaghetti and meatballs, together is probably the most popular entree. Our dessert, that one is a tricky question – because all of our desserts are very popular. I would have to say, our cheesecake is probably the most popular. It’s a Mascarpone cheesecake.

 

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Well that all sounds delicious! Its rare and refreshing to see a chain put so much love into their food! We noticed that you have gluten-free options. What is the most popular gluten-free menu item?

 

For gluten-free, I’d say our pasta is the best. We have gluten-free pasta, but it’s offered only in penne noodles. Gluten-free options for [people with] Celiac disease is limited as there is gluten in some our sauces.

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Good to know! What would you say is the typical demographic of your guests? Is it the professional crowd?

 

Primarily, we attract young professionals. Anywhere from 20’s to 40’s, tends to be our general demographic. We definitely have other demographics come in, but the young professionals — we tend to be one of their favourite [places].

 

So it’s a great place to stop after work, got it. Is there a ‘best night of the week’ to visit?

 

It depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a ‘girls night’ – Tuesday is the best night to come. We have a great promotion where you can get 4 appetizers and a pitcher of Sangria — I personally love that night! But if you’re looking for a very fun, busy atmosphere, Friday and Saturday are the nights to come, it’s just lined up out the door!

 

If you’re looking for high quality Italian cuisine in the neighbourhood, look no further than SCADDABUSH! You can taste their passion in the food and the environment they’ve created is warm and inviting. We highly recommend reservations as it is a very busy restaurant, especially on weekends!

 

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