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The Good Neighbor - Junction

Has anyone been to a place called The Good Neighbor in the Junction? I think it might be on Annette.

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  1. It's only minutes away from Crema. Found a (very short) review here: http://breakingprojects.com/junctione...

    1. Judging by the picture of the place I drove past there yesterday and they seemed to have a good crowd.

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      1. re: Davwud

        Dropped by for a coffee - it's ok, not as good as crema or some of the other espresso bars in town (sam james, manic, te aro, dark horse). They went with the usual out-of-town beans, but no real point of difference. Good for this end of town i suppose. And will get there with more training behind their machine.

        1. re: Davwud

          Also, should start a new string, but who's been to new crema???

          1. re: jwhitereview

            I've been there twice. I had high hopes but wasn't so impressed. On the first visit, I had an americano - crema looked good at first but 10 seconds later, it was half-gone and by the time I added my cream, all gone. Coffee tasted thin. On the second visit, I had a decent cappuccino - not wow but pretty good. It's also kind of a weird vibe - Crema is tucked into a corner in the front and both times I was there, all the Freshii customers walked right past it to get their food and I was the only Crema customer. I'm sure that will change a bit with time but for the moment, I don't see a lot of overlap with their clientele so I'm not so sure the marriage will work.

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            Crema
            3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

            1. re: peppermint pate

              Completely agree - had high hopes, but feeling disappointed. Just not great coffee.
              I'll have to go check out the new crema, I'm sure it will just take time for it to catch on.

              1. re: jwhitereview

                sorry, where is the new Crema (and I am assuming that you mean a different location from Dundas & Quebec)?

                1. re: jwhitereview

                  Just to clarify jwhitereview, my lacklustre report was on the new Crema location, not The Good Neighbour, which I've yet to try.

                  Lazar, the new Crema opened a couple of weeks ago inside a Freshii - south side of Bloor, just east of Yonge.

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                  Crema
                  3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    Remember when "Freshi" referred to a powdered drink mix? Kinda like Kool-Aid?.....holy sweet mother of crap I am old.....anyhooo....

                    Paté, I posted a "review" if you could call in another topic

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5082...

                    Basically, I like the place and the people. The coffee was very tasty, but if truth be told, it was just as good as Crema or Manic. I guess I was a little over-exuberant about my coffee because the staff was friendly, and I have thing about neat little neighbourhood places.

                    I do hope they do well

                    1. re: Lazar

                      Happy to say that you must be older than me Lazar as I have NO IDEA about the Freshi drink you refer to...:)

                      Yes, I saw your review and made note of it. I am all about friendly, neat little neighbourhood spots and I make regular treks across the city to check out indie coffee shops in particular. Vibe-wise, I love Rooster, Dark Horse, Sam James, etc. But I still find it tough to find a consistently great spot for americanos - apart from great flavour, I want my crema to last long enough for me to a) admire it; b) pour a little cream in; and c) take at least the first 3 sips. The list of great latte and capp spots is longer. Anyway, The Good Neighbour (with its yummy Jules pastries) and the original Crema are both on my "to do" list. Oh and please, call me Peppermint...:)

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                      Crema
                      3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

                      1. re: peppermint pate

                        oh peppermint...that was unkind...that icy blade that cleft my heart is not so easily wrenched free..... ah whatever, if you don't remember Freshi, mores the better, it tasted odd, had way too much colouring and gave me heart palpitations...but we aren't supposed to be talking about Freshi here are we....

                        I will never say that i am an afficianado, but thus far, I have never found an americano in this city that "wowed" me. Sadly the best americano I can remember was when I was in Madrid.

                        However, that is not to say that they don't try there best on this side of the pond. And thus far I have found Crema & TGN to be some of the better places in the city (particularly in the west end). Also, there is a new place opening soon (or it may already be open) on Bloor west called Cafe Novo on Bloor just west of Quebec....perhaps an Quebec St. Americano Triathalon is in order?

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                        Crema
                        3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA