The Bloordale Pantry
Stopped here last night.
Its a really good change for the neighbourhood, I would say its a local place. I wouldn't travel from a different hood, but the food is simple and more than decent.
Had the burger, and the boaca (slow cooked pork with avocado and cheese).
Burger was cooked pink, and had a good beefy flavour and flavour from the grill - the only problem I had was the burger to bun ratio, and that the burger could've used more fatty cuts of beef. They say its 100% ground chuck, but it'd be nice if it was a little juicier. It wasn't dry, but juicier is always better. We topped it with mushrooms which were flavourful and buttery.
The boaca was a panini, with tender pork, and generously filled with cheese and avocado. This was definitely tasty, but needed a tangy sauce or something.
The fries were crispy and hand cut. The coleslaw was vinegar based and exactly the type of slaw I like, fresh but not too tangy.
I thought it was a little expensive for what it was for dinner, (about $12 each) but would definitely make this a lunch spot when they're about $8 or $9.
Also, they have a daily fresh pasta! Didn't try it, but hope to soon.
Great service, super friendly, a very relaxed atmosphere, and a good choice of cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
I live nearby and have been there for dinner (once) and breakfast (twice). They told me today that they are not serving dinner right now, but plan to start it up again in the fall. The breakfast is super good. I had a benedict a few weeks back, and the eggs were perfectly poached. My brunch companion said the same thing about his over easy eggs. The accompanying potato and onion hash is really good. Today, I had the breakfast burger - a homemade sausage patty, a sunny-side-up egg, tomato, lettuce and grainy mustard on a toasted egg bun. It was exactly what I needed. And for $7 with hashbrowns, it's a pretty fantastic deal.
The service is friendly and attentive, and the food comes pretty quickly. It's such a welcomed addition to the neighbourhood.
We also love their bennys, especially because of the homemade grilled scone that they now serve it on. It makes it a little better that the usual stale english muffin you get on most bennys.
I also agree that the accompanying potato-onion hash is divine. They have great lattes and Americanos, too.
While I was walking home from the Value Village on Bloor at Landsdowne, it started to pour. Luckily, I was able to duck into the Bloordale Pantry to escape the rain.
Although it was Sunday (their kitchen closes at 3pm on Sunday), I was still able to order a slice of pie and coffee.
The pie was delicious. I'm a huge fan of pie, so I consider myself a good judge of how it's made. This pie was peach-blueberry and the filling had an excellent texture and was somewhat tart, sweetened only by the natural flavour of the peaches. The crust was also excellent. Although I prefer a flakier crust, this one had a great texture, both moist and flaky, but not mushy. The colour was also beautiful, and they give you a nice large slice.
It probably would have made for the perfect afternoon meal, only I found their coffee to be overly bitter, although, it was nice and strong, which made up for a really poor coffee I bought previously down the street and ended up pouring into a plant on the side of the road.
The Bloordale Pantry
1285 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H, CA
They are now serving dinner here. My wife and I stopped by for a couple of burgers. I am happy to report that they were excellent. My wife had the mushroom melt and I had the homeburger with cheddar added. They were 6oz ground chuck burgers, perfectly cooked medium well to our specifications, juicy and beefy with no filler, on a slightly-toasted sturdy bun, garnished with fresh lettuce, thick ripe tomato and pickle, accompanied by a good handful of perfect frites and a small ramekin of coleslaw. Great value at $9.99 per. This is a really nice little joint, with a wonderfully hospitable wife/owner who runs the front and husband/chef in the kitchen.
I agree, this is a great little spot if you're in the neighbourhood. We went last week and had a lovely dinner. Great service, very effiicent and friendly with good food. I had the brisket sandwich with the whisky fried onions. The bbq sauce was a little sweeter than I normally like but it was still a very tasty sandwich. SO had the homeburger. It was perfectly cooked (medium pink inside). Loved the fries and coleslaw that came with both orders. We really enjoyed the deep fried oreo cookies (came with caramel sauce & whipped cream) for dessert. Will definitely return the next time we're in that neighbourhood.