COOL HAND OF A GIRL
(2804 Dundas St. W.)
HANK AND MIKE v2.0: Chris & Tomas
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: YES
COFFEE INCLUDED: NO
FREE REFILLS: NO
HP SAUCE: NO
As the world enters what many view as the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression, many contributing factors are beginning to interfere with the daily grind of those from every walk of life. Economic turmoil is resulting in large layoffs, cutbacks and market volatility as well as rapid fluctuations in fuel prices and the cost of staple products and services. Foreclosure and unemployment rates are increasing nationally at an alarming rate and the credit crunch is effecting millions. Worst of all, however, our current economic slump seems to be affecting one of my favorite past times: ALL-DAY BREAKFAST! Aside from our being broke, many independently owned and operated restaurants and cafés are dropping like flies which in turn sent Tomas and I on a wild goose chase from Bloor West Village, throughout Etobicoke, full circle to The Junction before we could finally find a decent place to catch up over a couple of eggs and a cup of joe.
2 scrambled free-range eggs
organic multi-grain toast
coleslaw or roast potatoes
spicy chicken sausage (1.99)
toast (.99/ slice)
1/2 avocado (2.50)
toasted almonds (1.50)
braised tofu (1.99)
organic jam, peanut butter or honey (.50)
THE FOOD: Unlike most breakfast joints, Cool Hand Of A Girl's fare doesn't leave you feeling guilty for having gone out for breakfast in the first place. Not for the hungover in need of aid; the portions are more fulfilling than filling, leaving you feeling content rather than crammed. The scrambled free-range eggs are done to perfection. The potatoes, lightly seasoned, are complimented wonderfully by the homemade tomato-based hot sauce. The organic multi-grain toast was crunchy and wholesome. The curry/honey mustard coleslaw with it's toasted pumpkin seeds was a nice change of pace and the spicy chicken sausage left me wondering where I could buy a few links.
THE PRICE: If the food wasn't so healthy and didn't leave you feeling so goddamn great, it'd be much harder to justify spending over $15 on such humble portions. Not a place to frequent if you're on a budget, but if the recession isn't hitting you too hard yet and you can still afford to drop good coin on a good breakfast you'll be left feeling...good.
THE SERVICE: Minimal yet attentive. We ordered at the cash off a large blackboard and weren't checked in on at any point, however, what contact we did have with our server and the assumed owner was quite pleasant.
THE AMBIANCE: An unexpected establishment in a fairly wild and woolly neighborhood, Cool Hand Of A Girl is a pretty standard kitschy café in the same camp as the original Mitzi's, Aunties and Uncles, Yasi's Place and Saving Grace. With it's mix-matched retro furniture and walls adorned with local art it's nothing we haven't seen before but always a welcome addition to the mix. On a side-note, if it's good enough for Hank and Mike it's good enough for me.
Where most places try to reel in canvas bag toting wannabe-conscious eco-chic douchebags with trendy catchphrases like organic, fat-free, free-range and fair trade; Cool Hand sells the sizzle not the steak. In a partially-gentrified, low income neighborhood like The Junction, these catchphrases come across as being much more genuine than they might in Yorkville or Forest Hill for example. All in all, Cool Hand Of A Girl is definitely worth checking out if you find yourself famished and fancy some food to facilitate feeling in fine feather. (Fuckin' eh.)