I haven't been blogging in a couple of weeks because I have been busy working 2 jobs for the past month. I just finished a temp job so I will have a bit more time now but I am moving on to working for a Film Festival.
While I was doing my temp job I was working on what is known as Hospital Row on University Ave, north of Dundas. It's not a great area for a foodie to spend time in. A lot of mediocre lunch or hospital food in the are. The bright spot was the weekly farmer's market at Sick Kids Hospital.
I woke up this morning with a free day but after a few weeks of crazy weather / transit and working a couple of jobs I am tired. I woke up feeling hungry and in the mood for a decent breakfast but not in the mood to spend an hour in the kitchen whipping up a great breakfast and then another hour cleaning it all up. I felt like having a saturday brunch meal but didn't want to have to go all the way downtown just to get breakfast/brunch but it seems as though North York/ Willowdale isn't big on being creative with their breakfast menus. I had a copy of the current Issue of Now magazine with their Brunch restaurant list. Nothing in North York. After searching online I realized that there really weren't very many great brunch places in this whole area.
This is what we have:
- Moxie's Grill
- Cafe Mirage (has now closed)
- Wimpy's Diner
Not much for condo land is it? And they are all either chains or very generic or average.
Since I was tired and hungry I chose (now closed) in the mall beside where I live. As you can see from this photo that I took when I walked in at 10:30am, it's not exactly a happening place on a saturday morning. As I sat there in the restaurant by myself I thought what would it take to pack this place on a consistent basis. What I thought immediately is to brighten it up. It looks like a night club lounge so it's not really a wake up and have some brunch kind of environment. I don't think it would take a whole lot to convert this place to a place people from north of 7 and south of Bloor might consider coming to.