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The decor is classy but the name turned me off. I tried the club sandwich which is definitive. Very solid club sandwich.

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  1. Saw this place driving by but this is the first thing I've heard about it. Can you give any more info: decor? menu? vibe?

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    1. re: EarlyDrive

      Here is their website and a not too favourable review from NOW
      http://fannychadwicks.com/
      http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

      1. re: Cheez Whiz

        I'll echo the NOW review. We went on their first Saturday evening for a burger and a beer to support the local establishment, expecting a few bumps in the service. Place was ~75% full when we arrived and filled up shortly thereafter. 90 (yes 90) minutes after ordering two burgers, we get two club sandwiches brought to our table.

        Waiter was nice/apologetic, but I think I'll wait a few more months for them to get their **** together.

    2. Looks like they have a good list of drafts, including Waupoos cider and something called Flying Monkeys which makes me curious....I would try for beers alone.

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      1. re: Arcadiaseeker

        Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion is a great APA/IPA. Hoppy but not too much.

      2. I was there for Brunch.
        Food was solid - the pancakes were very good, rivalling the best I've had in Toronto.
        However, portion size was small and I had to ask for the syrup. And price was higher than I expected for this neighbourhood. Certainly they've put some work into the premises upgrade, but that has meant higher overhead and hence prices.

        Didn't rush back (because of sticker shock) and the regular menu was 'safe' rather than exciting. But I might stroll over for another brunch sometime - the quality could potentially persuade me.

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        1. re: estufarian

          I really like this place. We've had brunch twice so far and have found that they pay attention to the little details that bespeak of excellence.

          We like their homemade Canadian bacon, more like a delicious ham with a citrusy spicy crust. Their salad dressings are light and well-balanced.

          The buckwheat pancakes were nicely spread out and tender. Their french toast was like a creamy cloud of bread pudding. Even the maple syrup had a 'medium' intensity.

          The space is cozy, light-filled and inviting. Prices are higher than the neighbourhood standard (average $12 brunch main) but it's worth it.

          1. re: Wench Foraday

            My wife and I stopped in for brunch Sunday at 11.30 and had an excellent meal. The Bloody Caesars were perfect. She had the omlette, and I had the corned beef hash with eggs, cooked as ordered (over medium). We both commented on the quaility of the ingredients, and have no issues paying a bit more for organic or local ingredients.
            The service was quick and friendly, though the place was quite busy. If we lived in the area, I would be a regular !

        2. We had lunch there mid-week recently. Interesting selection of simple and less usual food well executed but at a higher price ticket than one would expect for the locale. (See website above), Popular at the moment, so service is not speedy.

          1. We had brunch there yesterday, (Saturday), only brunch was on offer, but it still took over half an hour from the point of sitting down for the food to actually appear. The food was indifferent, although the Canadian bacon was tasty, Service was friendly. However, not a good experience. The noise level was high also.

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            1. re: AzulH

              My friend and I tried to go to Fanny's for lunch last Friday around 1:00. The place was less than half full. We were shown to a table for 2 slotted between a half wall and a group of Very Entitled Ladies whose bags, coats and paraphernalia took up the bench half of our seats. The V.E.L.'s did not move a thing. Since we could not actually sit down, we were shown to the table for 2 on the other side of this same group of V.E.L's, who somehow managed to have even more stuff and baggage taking up the bench on that side as well. With a perfunctory wave at a purse - a pretence of movement which changed nothing - the Ladies sniffed and continued picking at their food. My friend and I managed to squeeze out a bit of space to sit down, but after debating between grilled cheese and some salads, we decided we were much too uncomfortable to stay. While the rude and aloof manner of the V.E.L's was not Fanny's fault, I do believe it was the staff's responsibility to seat us somewhere manageable. In my opinion, since the restaurant had so many empty tables, there were certainly other options. Our option was to leave, go down the street to Diverso by Ferraro [www.diversobyferraro.com] and enjoy thin crust pizza, a huge salad, very comfortable surroundings and friendly attentive service. A lovely lunch indeed!

              1. re: b.craftie

                Why didn't you ask to be moved?

                1. re: Herb

                  That's a good point. We had moved from that first impossible table to the second one. Would you have changed to a third table ? Do you think it would have been worth explaining to the greeter that the seats were "taken" by those V.E.Ladies' things and that they wouldn't move any of their stuff to make room for us? I believe we should not have been shown to those tables in the first place. It was obvious that the large group had their things spread out everywhere. I believe the staff were clueless. And I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out.

            2. anyone have thoughts on dinner? burger? mac and cheese?

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              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Three of us went for dinner about a week ago. Fairly decent crowd, mostly on the younger end of professional, with the Annex blend of artsy types. Service was attentive and knowledgeable, as well as enthusiastic. The fish and chips looked to be very nice, with good crisp texture on chips. and nice sear on the roasted (not fried) fish. The chorizo had a nice texture and spice to it, served on a bed of potatoes and kale with a savoury meat jus.. I expected a creamy mac and cheese from the description, but what showed up was mac and cheese with whipped cream on top.Freaked out my otherwise worldly 12 year old. Generally good impression, though.

              2. We just went. Lovely room - lot's of light, perfect for brunch. Not full just before noon, although filled up as we ate. Very friendly service. Knowledgeable waiter (Andrew). Nice - groover vibe, as expected, but we got great service despite being middle-aged and from north of Lawrence Ave.

                Excellent espresso (beans from Ezra's Pound down the street. Best sticky bun ever, which sounds like damning with faint praise, but this item is genuinely in a class by itself.

                Steelhead trout gravlax (cured in-house) was gorgeous. Poached eggs appropriately runny. South African-style sausage really nice.

                American (strip) bacon slightly underdone, salad meh.

                Brunch normally bores the hell out of me, but Mrs. Champ loves bacon and eggs. We both left happy.

                I don't know if it's expensive for the neighborhood, but we left stuffed, and the bill was $37 before tip. Not unusual at all in most parts of the city. I genuinely don't know who could say the portions are small; maybe they've adjusted since some earlier posts?

                We'll go back.

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                Ezra's Pound
                238 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V7, CA

                1. Today I accompanied two friends who were looking forward to trying Fanny Chadwick's, and although I had low expectations I was very pleasantly surprised: Really good service and really good food. One of us was quite hungry and ordered the Club Sandwich with side salad. When it arrived she was happily concerned that there was so much she might not be able to finish it. No worries: she enjoyed every bite. Our other companion had the warm Ham Sandwich which she thought might be better suited for a winter's day because it seemed a bit heavy for a summer afternoon, but the taste won her over. Big chunks of beets brightened their side salads, and the poppyseed dressing was tasty and light. I'm vegetarian, and although my choices were limited I decided to try the Big Salad after a sincere recommendation from our waiter. This salad is truly big. I had to request a side plate so I could eat it without spilling ingredients all over myself. Piled high on a bed of fresh greens were beets, asparagus, beans, cucumber, sprouts, a perfectly hard-boiled egg, so much blue cheese the three of us could not have finished it, home-made croutons [those I kept for myself - yum!] all topped with a cluster of nuts covered in an intriguingly spiced coating. Since I don't eat nuts, my friends shared them at the end of the meal and found them quite appealing. We lingered over an iced latte and coffee, relishing the airconditioning and the friendly atmosphere. I'd definitely go back.

                  1. We've been for brunch several times and I finally went for dinner to try the burger. Generally I find the portions to be large and the pricing fair. Some dishes are really good and others are average, I haven't had anything I consider to be bad. The eggs bene and pancakes are the stars at brunch. I wouldn't re-order the oatmeal which was bland and had a lot of cream.
                    At dinner, I doubt anyone would love their caesar salad which consisted of too many tough outer leaves, no garlic and barely any anchovies. The burger on the other hand is rave worthy. Classic burger on a sesame bun with the usual tomato, onion, and lettuce. The bacon and the patty are both very flavourful. I'm a big fan of the burger at the Harbord room but this very, very close. The Harbord room is very juicy and with the soft egg bun the whole thing melts in your mouth. But Fanny's is much more falvourful. The ketchup for the fries is homemade and very good.
                    Every time we've been the service has been excellent. Worth the trip.

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                    Harbord
                    147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

                    1. has anyone checked out their dinner lately? I'm going on Saturday and wondering what is best to pick.

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                      1. re: hungryabbey

                        I'm wondering if there is convenient place nearby to park?

                        1. re: Herne

                          Not necessarily, but we did find a spot on Dupont just maybe a block and a half down.
                          So 6 of us went for dinner on saturday night. Service was friendly, but a little disorganized and slow. The restaurant probably had about 4-7 tables sat at all times, and only one chef in the tiny kitchen. There wasn't even anyone helping assemble salads or other simple dishes. He did a pretty damn good job, considering, but still, one chef is really not enough to get food out for larger parties at a good pace.
                          So with regards to food/drink.. I got a [massive] Caesar, as they told me their clamato was made in house. Loved the garnish (amazing housemade pickle and beet- yummmm) but the drink itself was very bland. It tasted a bit like water with some pepper in it. No tomato, no acidity, and [thankfully] no alcohol, because alcohol with pepper in it sounds even worst to me.
                          Amongst the six of us, tried the following dishes with some repeats (and I'm only going to comment on what I put in my mouth):
                          Fanny Salad: Roasted baby beets, heirloom carrots with arugula, sliced leeks and black pepper malt vinegar gastrique- Found the salad a little awkward to eat because the carrots and beets were so large. It would have been nicer had they been smaller and more plentiful throughout the salad. The "gastrique" was drizzled over the salad and had a good flavour but the rest of the salad was underdressed.

                          Waldorf Salad- Nice and crunchy with delicious buttery pecans instead of the traditional walnuts. Surprisingly (for something thats mayo-based), I found the salad really underseasoned.

                          Mixed Greens with Poppyseed dressing

                          Country Terrine Plate with frisee and radish salad, mustard, pickles and bread- I ordered this mainly because I saw the word "bread" and it was my first night eating bread after Passover ha. The salad was really delicious and fresh (it is not an easy feat to get frisee without any pink on it) and was perfectly dressed (with a bright acidic dressing, that is my preference). The terrine was fine, but nothing special and maybe a touch under seasoned. And the bread? Well, I was happy to have bread, but this was just basic sandwich bread. Not so exciting.

                          Fries-Very very delicious crispy fries. Probably better than the ones I had on friday at Sidecar, and I was pretty happy with those ones, so these were winners for sure.

                          Housemade Sausage with braised cabbage and mashed potatoes

                          Pan-Seared Fish and Chips with hand cut fries, house slaw and house tartar

                          Classic Mac and Cheese with aged cheddar, toasted croutons, served with mixed greens and shallot vinaigrette- I loved the cheesy creamy sauce, and an incredibly crunchy buttery topping with the croutons (and there were a LOT of croutons!) However, there was a strange flavour that I couldn't completely put my finger on. I think it was probably just a bit too much grainy mustard, but it left a mild skunky flavour in the dish. Nothing that ketchup couldn't mask, so after a bit of everyone's favourite condiment, it was a very enjoyable dish.

                          Shepherds Pie with braised lamb shoulder, leeks, mashed potato, served with seasonal vegetables- This pie was really just pulled lamb with potatoes on top. The lamb itself was really nicely cooked, and perfectly tender, however, it was a little too gamey and also a bit underseasoned. Actually, it tasted like mutton, and there were no veggies or even a nice savoury gravy to cut that gamey flavour.

                          Buttermilk Fried Chicken with mashed potato, seasonal vegetables and gravy- This was probably the winner dish (at least that I tried). The potatoes were really delicious, fluffy and creamy, and the chicken was super crispy crunchy and juicy inside. A nice portion, too.

                          "Smores Dessert"- This had chocolate sauce on the bottom, and a "burnt" marshmallow on top with a big chocolate cookie for dunking. I didn't try it (as you all know, I don't often do chocolate), but the birthday girl was raving.

                          Apple and Rhubarb Pop tart and vanilla bean ice cream- They only had two dessert offerings, and this is what I went with. It was essentially a turnover-type pastry with a sweet filling and a light spread of icing on top. The puff pastry was tender and flaky, and the filling was a nice combination of tart and sweet, I only wish there was more of it (ha, but I guess if they're going for authenticity, the real poptarts only give you a tablespoon of fruit filling). And much like with the real poptarts, my favourite part of the whole dessert was the icing on top. It had these teeny little coloured/flavoured sugar crystals that provided a nice crunch component. Ice cream was good, though I only really got 2 tbsp of it. I would have done a fruit sauce over a chocolate drizzle, but I think I am now taking this poptart thing WAY too seriously.

                          So for the 6 of us (4 apps, 4 mains, 2 glasses of wine, 4 pints of beer, 4 desserts, 3 cappuccinos, and 3 regular coffees), the bill came to ~$300. Pretty good for 6 people, but still, not a spot I'd rush back to anytime soon. Not for dinner, at least.Seems like they probably are better at brunch so I would probably only consider returning for that.

                          www.abbeyskitchen.com