My wife and I decided to take a break from the snowy weather for a quick lunch out, and thought we would take a quick drive to the Beaches for veal sandwiches at the California Sandwiches. (Last time, we went up to the San Francesco's way up on Donlands, but they don't really have seating there).
As we drove across Queen Street (east of Woodbine), my wife noted how many changes have happened since the summer when we last went. The McDonald's is gone. Some of the other restaurants have changed facades...
. and we couldn't find the California Sandwiches! I'm pretty sure that I knew where it was, but I think that the storefront is currently vacant.
After some quick rethinking, we decided to try Edward Levesque's. We had looked at the menu when we stopped by Queen Pita last month, and kind of decided that it seemed more like a dinner restaurant than a quick lunch. Still, it was close, and I wanted to try someplace new, so we went in.
The restaurant is nicely laid out, and it would be fine to have a business lunch there. The section way at the back wasn't set up, and the front section filled up over lunchtime (which is an achievement for a Thursday lunch in Leslieville).
I ordered the smoked trout with poached egg on toasted challah, which was nice and light. My wife managed to order the Wednesday special -- this was Thursday! -- of meatloaf, which had a surprise egg in the middle of it. Unfortunately, she thought the egg was overcooked, which shouldn't necessarily be a surprise for a reheated day-old. The meatloaf came with salad, but my wife said she wished she has also gotten mashed potatoes. We weren't offered any bread with meatloaf -- my wife sometimes doesn't eat all of the starches served to her -- but remarked that it would have been nice to have some bread. (I guess I'm too much of a husband, and not enough of a gentlement to have asked).
The bill for the two dishes for lunch (and 2 glasses of Lake Ontario water) was $20 plus tip. The food was well prepared and the restaurant was very nice, but in a chowhoundish way, my wife and I both agreed that we might have gone somewhere else. (We're getting spoiled by the frugality of those Indian buffets, or cheap sushi).