What's the word on the Holy Oak at Bloor and Landsdowne?
I was walking along Bloor to the Dufferin Mall today, and noticed what looks like a licensed café called the Holy Oak. I stopped and peered through the window. It looked kind of nice, which is a shocking thing for the area. Has anyone been there? Does anyone know anything about this place? Could it be that this super seedy strip of Bloor is becoming gentrified? Or at least safe enough to enjoy a cup of coffee in?
It's a very nice little spot for coffee, and certainly the best "gentrified" (that is, non-portuguese cafe) place on Bloor for a long way in either direction (unless you consider what they serve at saving gigi to be coffee) The coffee is good to very good- intelligentsia beans. The quality varies a bit depending on who is making the coffee. The baked goods are delicious and homemade.
I have never had service problems there.
And it was the owner who was breastfeeding.
I love your qualification of the word "gentrified"! It's true that the word largely means white, middle-class, and hip, doesn't it?
I will try the coffee! Who makes a good cup there? Who makes a bad cup? The only other place in the area I've ever really had coffee is Star Café on Bloor just west of Dundas West, and it was nothing to write home about. It was fine but I haven't felt compelled to return.
Gentrified. If you really want a coffee, this is the best place to go in the area. But otherwise I find the food and drink to be not too great.
Also I've had service issues. The first time we waited, and waited for someone until we realized our only option was yelling EXCUSE ME until someone surfaced from the basement. The second time I couldn't get a coffee because one of the workers had broke her arm, and the other was breast-feeding at that moment.