Most Beachers I know (and respect) will admit that while the nabe is awesome when it comes to walks, coffee options, views and kid-friendly everything, the local restaurants aren't all that good. I would be curious to know what east-enders consider a GOOD restaurant in the hood. I wonder if this is an area packed with people who really don't care about quality chow or if we're missing decent eats by driving out of the area.
Your thoughts on this random mix of positions:
Why do the servers at Mersini try to behave as if they're serving a 5-star meal downtown? The food is over-priced and the coffee is HIDEOUS, yet Beachers continue to flock: same goes for the Beacher Cafe, where undercooked food is an ongoing (scary) problem...I will NEVER eat there again, especially since complaining about said scary meal was met with a shrug and zero attempt to make us return...They must just know they can count on the locals for brunch biz...We always head for Leslieville for brunch now.
Your vote for the best sushi place out this way: we now have LOTS but Akane-Ya was always my fave.
I have heard mixed reviews of Eric's Kitchen (jerk strudel appeals to my sensibilities), yet see it packed every week-end for breakfast. I've been told the front of house is problematic while the chef has his heart in the right place--his stomach! I have to admit that my dislike for too-crowded rooms with no apparent atmosphere prevents me from jumping in. I tend to hit The Goof because the staff there give me suggestions about what to have and I have never had a bad meal there: Jackie is bossy as hell but he's the menu-man for sure. OK: I lie: the non home-made burger there is truly awful...I hate to say so, as I eat there weekly...but I did say so to the owner so...
The West-Beach offerings, especially the over-rated, nasty-smelling Whitlocks amaze me when they remain in business. For some reason the mixed aromas of wet carpet and spilled VQA wine don't make me hungry...
Also: please direct me to a decent old-fashioned burger in the Beach if you can. I have never once eaten at Lick's without feeling ill (not sure why), so other options are what I'm after.
Anyone been brave enough to hit Happy Sailor for a burrito and if so, what's your opinion?