PADDINGTON'S PUMP (91 Front St. E.)
THE BAND: Chris, Ryan, Emmy & Rocio
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: NO
COFFEE INCLUDED: NO
FREE REFILLS: YES
LICENSED: YES (full bar)
HP SAUCE: YES
So there's this little place tucked inside the St. Lawrence Market (the old stompin' ground) that took me a move to the opposite side of town to eventually visit. The name is Paddington's Pump and it's a cozy little bar and restaurant that can be accessed by both the street and the market. If you find yourself in the mood to sip a caesar, gorge on bacon and eggs and pick up some caribbean jerk sausages all in the same place, this is the spot for you. The meal I went with this time around was dubbed the French Connection...
THE FRENCH CONNECTION:
2 strips of bacon
2 french toast
homefries and a slice of tomato
THE FOOD: It wasn't the best breakfast I've ever had, but was far from the worst. All in all, it was fairly generic and for the most part what you'd expect from a pub breakfast. Quantity-wise, you'd be lucky to finish it, god knows I couldn't.
Rocio Side-Note: The hollandaise was too tart and the benny was smothered beyond repair.
THE PRICE: Nothing to really complain about here. At $7.20 each for the big boys (the French Connection and Grand Slam), you're looking at more food than you'll know what to do with. As far as the basic 3 eggs & bacon goes, the $5.55 price-tag isn't the cheapest i've ever seen, but is also far from expensive and more than reasonable. All together, not a single breakfast on the menu will force you to break more than a John A.
THE SERVICE: Great as always. Breakfast served with a little Spanish flair. Very courteous, quick on the refills and even asked if Rocio wanted the her Benny soft, medium or hard. Did manage to forget my water, but water's overrated as it is.
THE AMBIANCE: It's a pub, plain and simple. Lit by bar lights and and the tv in the corner. Dim and cozy, which is usually what I'm looking for after a night of hard drinking at 804.
Overall, this place is definately a hangover hideout. It's dimly lit, serves mass quantities of greasy grub and starts slingin' caesars at 11 o'clock. If you're looking for amazing food there's definately better joints in the immediate area, but hey, you can mow down and take care of all your grocery shopping needs without having to step outside.