AVENUE OPEN KITCHEN
(7 Camden Ave.)
THE HE-MAN WOMEN HATERS CLUB: Chris, Tomas & Paul
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: NO
COFFEE INCLUDED: NO
FREE REFILLS: YES
HP SAUCE: YES
...so then l was like, "Ughhh. Breakfast." and then Paul was like, "Mmm. Breakfast." and then I was like, "Where to?" and then Paul was like, "Lets check out that deli place I was telling you about." and then I was like, "Where's it at? and then Paul was like, "Around Spadina and Adelaide." and I was like, "What's it called?" and then Paul was like, "I dunno...it's named after the street or some shit." and then I was like, "I'm down."
And that's the story of how we ended up at Avenue Open Kitchen, located a few doors west of Spadina on the south side of Camden Street. Word.
$5.75+tx. ($4.40 from 6-11 am)
THE FOOD: The f'in food! Avenue dished out more than I could have expected. 6 streaky rashers a piece (thats limey lingo for bacon), Tomas ending up with 7! The potatoes were gold. The eggs were tasty, however, not up to Rocio's standards (too squiggly). Everything taken into account, the breakfast was solid and well deserving of praise.
Tomas: "I like this bacon cause I keep eating it and it's not finishing."
Paul: "It's magic bacon!"
THE PRICE: Too the blind eye, the price may seem like nothing special, however, taking into consideration the quality and price to grub ratio, it was phenomenal. Also, if you're unlike myself and find yourself out and about downtown between the hours of 6 and 11, you can knock $1.55 off your tally.
Ps- Whether you're getting bacon and eggs, french toast or a western omelette, all the breakfasts are equally priced.
THE SERVICE: Not a complaint. I had a water and a coffee in front of me virtually as soon as I sat down which is pretty much all a not too picky hungover chap like myself could ask for. Breaky was served up prompt and refills needed no requisition.
THE AMBIANCE: What is it with places called Avenue? Just as the Avenue Diner before it, Avenue Open Kitchen is a classic diner through and through. You'd almost expect to find this place down the street from the post office in Millbrook, Indiana. The place has custom labeled (on the back of a bill slip at that) squeeze bottles of HP and an aesthetic straight out of A History of Violence, sans ruthless killer attempting to off the waitress.
Johnny Bower endorsed and a solid 4 across the boards, this place is so good I'll bet you a thousand million dollars (Paul: "Incase you didn't know, that's a billion.") that Avenue Open Kitchen will find it's way into your top 5 list of Toronto breakfast joints. For serious.