Over the past few months, I’ve been visiting the Leslieville area more often than I ever have previously. I get my eyebrows done at The Brow House (see my earlier post), we were Curling at the Curl for Something event (see that post), one of the best raw food restaurants is in the area: Belmonte Raw (and another post), and it’s a great in-between spot to meet up with some girlfriends who live in the Beaches area. I have since discovered a number of other great spots which deserve a shout out.
The Roy Public House (894 Queen St. East, west of Logan) is a cozy Irish pub that offers great food and ambiance. I had the Butter Chicken and was absolutely surprised with how good it tasted. Apparently they source their products from Rowe Farms which is a bonus. Decent list of beers on draught. Great service. Love the booth at the back of the pub!
Hooked (888 Queen St. East, west of Logan) sells sustainable seafood such as fish, shellfish, and other specialty items. The owners are professional cooks, so know quality products and can offer great advice to customers on cooking, etc. In fact, they have a teaching kitchen and offer classes (click above link for more information).
Rowe Farms (912 Queen St. East, east of Logan) is a great shop for all of your local produce and vegetable needs. All animals are raised without any antibiotics or growth hormones. I love that you can also pick up other items like fruits, vegetables, condiments along with your meat – a one stop shop for conscientiously farmed produce! Check their website (click above link) for other locations.
Te Aro (983 Queen St. East, west of Pape) is an artisanal coffee boutique and roaster named after the owners’ homeland in New Zealand. The location used to be a garage, and has likely inspired a decor that is cool, contemporary and sleek. Lots of space inside with a large outdoor patio. Unfortunately they don’t have almond milk here, but I really enjoyed their skim milk latte.
Steeped & Infused (1258 Queen St. East, east of Leslie) is a haven for all tea lovers. I have never seen so many different types of loose teas before – I guess I’m a newbie – and their display wall makes it easier for you to make your selection.
So the next time you’re in the Leslieville area, I recommend you check these out!