Diner Deluxe -
Tremendous. Must be the best Monday-Friday breakfast in the city. Real Hollandaise. Service has been very good, and the cafe late stands out of the generally poor breakfast coffee crowd. Prices are low.
Big Catch -
Soft shell crab sandwich, on artisan bread. With real tomato's and mixed greens (the ones with flavour). And boar bacon. Served with yam fries. They should charge 20 something for this, but it's only 14. Also had some flour dredged anchovies with a little fennel slaw. Excellent service and ridiculous value.
Urban Baker -
Butter tart done right. After the sadness I felt at Charlie's Bakery with it's failed desserts, I am redeemed at the UB. The bread has been very good and you can get some wicked sandwichs done on it at the Vue Cafe.
In the old Cat and Fiddle building off 16th. The food was really quite good. Lychee martinis were a kick. Still didn't much like being the only people in there on a Friday night.
Trongh Khan (Centre Street)-
I thought the Vietnamese food explosion might have hurt the old stand-outs. They still have wicked ticket times and great flavour. Why can't I live next door to them instead of Pho-An?
I've been across the board happy with restaurants owned by the VC/Albert crew. They are single handedly changing the character of that neighbourhood for the better. I don't mean in some gentrification way either. The food is really legit and the ingredients are the best available.