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Tea Tree Cafe on the Danforth - vegetarian etc.

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julesrules Jan 5, 2010 06:50 AM

There's a nice new spot on the Danforth near Jones, in the old Sakawaya location. They specialize in vegetarian with some vegan and gluten free options. I only had a looseleaf tea yesterday, but plan to go back soon for the grilled brie and honey baked apple sandwich. There was a nice looking quiche and some homey baked goods - my small daughter devoured her raspberry cake, somehow she didn't understand that I needed a taste test for chowhound purposes ;). Never mind the free wifi, I don't want the place taken over by the laptop crowd (double wink - if you can keep the place going, please come by, our hood needs it!)

http://teatreecafeandeatery.blogspot....

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    Pincus Mar 11, 2010 09:10 AM

    Went there a while back and had their vegan chil and cornbread and some coffee. Very relaxing vibe there, food had that homemade quaility to it, and the cornbread was suprisingly moist (surprisingly because I always associate vegan baking with sacrifice). Then I had a chocolate chip cookie which was harder than I liked, but I've had cookies of similar density in bakeries which weren't vegan, so it's just my preference for a softer cookie, and the taste was certainly delicious.

    Free wifi worked. :)

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      jmk60 Mar 11, 2010 09:53 AM

      I like Tree Tree a lot. Erin is really friendly with everyone and her baking is different than anything I've seen in other similar places. Like clementine cake, and chocolate black bean cake. Good teas, good prices. Not so crazy about the coffee, but then hey, its a tea house. My wife liked the soup. I didn't try it.

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        jmk60 Mar 11, 2010 09:54 AM

        I liked Tree Tree. Erin is really friendly with everyone and her baking is different than anything I've seen in other similar places. Like clementine cake, and chocolate black bean cake. Good teas, good prices. Not so crazy about the coffee, but then hey, its a tea house. My wife liked the soup. I didn't try it.

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          Pincus Mar 11, 2010 10:48 AM

          Yes, forgot to mention all service there was super friendly and pleasant.

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            julesrules Mar 11, 2010 10:53 AM

            Agree with all the positive comments. We've become semi-regulars. I love the Rooibos latte. Haven't felt the need to repost because they seem to be doing just fine, often full at lunchtime in fact.

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              earthmomma Dec 5, 2010 08:02 AM

              She seems to be doing really well -- it gets busier every time I go. Some things are hit and miss, but overall the food has been satisfying and delicious. I appreciate how much work she puts in to making everything from scratch. Her sandwiches are great, and so is the black bean burger & quiches. Her bagels are awesome but she doesn't always have them. Her soups tend to be under salted and lacking a bit in depth & flavour, but they are healthy and clean. I didn't enjoy a cupcake I once hand (I found it oddly dense), but maybe it was an off day. All her gluten-free treats are fabulous. Service is great unless Erin is there alone on a busy day and it slows down quite a bit. Tried a macaroon the other day and it was the best I've ever had.

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          Pincus Jan 5, 2010 06:54 AM

          Thanks for the tip, will definitely stop in this week some time for the free wi-fi. ;) Be interested to see what kind of sandwiches make it to the final menu.

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            castra Jan 9, 2010 03:52 PM

            This place is really nice, I was there with a friend a couple of nights ago, great staff and great prices...we didn't have anything to eat but just 2 loose leaf teas that came to only $4 (for organic specialty teas) I really liked the atmosphere as well and the music was great!
            Great little local place a definite for those in the area.

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              jcoop Jan 10, 2010 01:24 PM

              I checked out this place on the weekend. I had the hummus sandwich and my partner had the tomato melt. They were really good with nice chunky vegetables and home made bread. Great lunch spot.

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