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Distillery District - Worth mentionings?

.alias Apr 23, 2011 03:20 PM

I'm heading to the distilerry district on monday and probably dropping by Soma and Sweet Escape.. What are some good places to check out in the District?

Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

Sweet Escape
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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  1. ekim256 RE: .alias Apr 23, 2011 05:40 PM

    My friend bikes way out of her way and juggles a piping hot coffee because she swears by Balzac's. I like wandering around Found Objects because of the fun and pretty accessories...but not really affordable for me just yet :P
    I haven't been all too impressed with the dinners in the area. However, a popular suggestion on this board for the area is Weezies!


    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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      .alias RE: ekim256 Apr 23, 2011 06:00 PM

      Found Objects sounds fun! I have never been to the district, and I'm going with my girlfriend on monday. If we need some coffee, I think we'll drop by Balzacs too!

      There seems like a lot to do, will it keep us busy for a whole afternoon?

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        TorontoJo RE: .alias Apr 23, 2011 06:06 PM

        A stop at Brick Street Bakery is a must if you are hungry. Amazing sandwiches, savoury pies and such. Lunch from Brick Street, coffee from Balzacs and chocolate/gelato/Mayan hot chocolate shot/Bicerin from Soma is pretty much perfect day at the Distillery. Throw in some beer samples at Mill St. Brewery for a pick me up. :)

        Brick Street Bakery
        55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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          ekim256 RE: TorontoJo Apr 25, 2011 04:13 PM

          I second BSB's sammies!
          I can't wait for the summer to roll around for Distillery District brunches and music :)

          Distillery District
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    2. prima RE: .alias Apr 23, 2011 06:05 PM

      Brick Street Bakery's eccles cakes.

      A Taste of Quebec's delicious cheeses + cured meats, as well as some interesting maple products. http://atasteofquebec.com/

      Balzac's Coffee- nice atmosphere and good coffee. http://www.balzacscoffee.com/

      Haven't been too impressed by anything from Sweet Escapes. Does anyone have recs for what Sweet Escapes does best? I'm not a cupcake person.

      Brick Street Bakery
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      1. justsayn RE: .alias Apr 23, 2011 06:50 PM

        I heard there is a cafe/resto serving buster rhino sandwiches somewhere in the district. Anybody with the 411 on this? Thanks!

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          bytepusher RE: justsayn Apr 23, 2011 07:24 PM

          Sweet Escapes Bakery, already mentioned, has had Buster Rhino's sandwiches in the past. Not 100% sure they are still doing that.

          Sweet Escape
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          Buster Rhino's
          2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

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            justsayn RE: bytepusher Apr 24, 2011 12:35 PM


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          ylsf RE: .alias Apr 24, 2011 05:37 AM

          Gilead Cafe, Jamie Kennedy's spot, is right next to Distillery. I say it is worth a stop

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            Gary RE: .alias Apr 24, 2011 11:49 AM

            For coffee, a new worthy addition to the Distillery is Caffe Furbo, located in the lane immediately behind Balzac's. Furbo has only been open a month or so but is has a more relaxing vibe and great tasting coffee that's always consistent, because the owner himself seems to work 24/7! Their pastries are also fresh and good. http://www.caffefurbo.com/

            Balzac's is definitely located in a more stunningly historic building, but to my tastebuds their coffee is over-roasted and inconsistent, the baked goods are too often stale, and the staff are usually too run off their feet handling the lineups to really pay attention to details. Getting a seat most days is like winning the lotto.

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              DB2001 RE: Gary Apr 24, 2011 11:57 AM

              just what the distillery needs, another cafe!
              allias, you may want to reconsider your monday trip, the majority of the district will be closed

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                pescatarian RE: Gary Apr 24, 2011 03:55 PM

                Caffe Furbo looks like a beautiful space, based on the website.

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                  jmeggs RE: pescatarian Apr 25, 2011 01:32 PM

                  Caffe Furbo is fantastic. Excellent espresso, great atmosphere, and the owner is very friendly and talented (has a bunch of original artwork hanging). Just note that they don't do brewed coffee... for that, you're still better off with Balzac's.

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                    soytoy RE: jmeggs Apr 25, 2011 08:48 PM

                    I just visited Caffe Furbo's website and was surprised. It's so... white. And shiny! I can't say I am liking my initial Internet impression of it. I'll give it an in-person visit anyways, if the coffee really is good. I like Balzac's interior and coffee, but prefer buying the coffee by the lb to enjoy at home, since whenever I go there, it's always super busy.

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                      jmeggs RE: soytoy Apr 26, 2011 11:04 AM

                      It's definitely a smaller and, yes, whiter space than Balzac's, and while I love Balzac's, I think this place is really neat and has fantastic espresso. If you don't like the ambiance, you can always take your drink to-go.

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                        pinstripeprincess RE: soytoy Apr 26, 2011 11:49 AM

                        i'm curious about the atmosphere they're trying to create... apparently wine and cheese boards are on the way and tables were shortened to offer a more relaxed lounging feel.

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                  NegativeSleep RE: .alias Apr 26, 2011 07:32 PM

                  Toronto's first sake brewery to open this weekend at the Distillery District:

                  Distillery District
                  55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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