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Hipster restaurants?

justxpete | | Apr 25, 2013 06:04 PM

After reading this brief article/op-ed in the G&M (, wondering what everyone's thoughts are. Now, I'm not in my 50's, or 60's, or even 40's, but I think the article makes a mountain out of a molehill, by implying all trendy restaurants these days are obnoxious.

To me, in Toronto's dining scene, there is only - what, maybe 10 (or less) restaurants that can be considered 'hipster' locales, that define themselves by offering "eardrum-perforating ambience, unchewable house-cured offal" (along with some other attributes). I generally avoid them, and I don't think it's as much of an epidemic as this writer would like to pretend.

I also think there's a lot of 'trendy' restaurants that aren't what I would consider to be obnoxious and/or pretentious, that I'm very comfortable in, for I too, despise deafeningly loud music while eating, or menus featuring 20 different preparations of offal. What is everyone else's opinion?

Which restaurants does everyone think matches this description? For me, it's places like Black Hoof, Grand Electric, Rock Lobster... Which others am I missing? Is it more an epidemic than I'm aware?