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Okay Okay - review

toothpick | Jan 14, 2006 06:24 PM

This diner on Queen East (couple of blocks west of Jones, north side of street on a corner) still bears the name of its previous incarnation "Tony's Restuarant". Armchair Garbageman has a funny piece about the confusion its name caused in the city council session where its application for a patio license was heard. ( - scroll down to Okey Dokey)
Anyway, it's a popular and busy place, clients and staff seem very happy to be there, and there's a cheerful and friendly ambience. The original diner set-up is intact, with a new floor, nice paint work and some whimsical touches added such as multiple ancient small T.V.s broadcasting silently whatever can be received with rabbit ears.
They do what they do VERY well - BUT just know that what they do is seriously retro diner grub - we're talking Wonderbread, and those deep fried frozen hash brown bricks, and Elvis fried peanut butter sandwiches, etc. - the menu also offers eggs benedict and grilled asparagus spears. And a grilled burrito with all kinds of fillings. I just had scrambled eggs, which came with 2 ofthose McCains hash brown bricks and 2 slices of thick Wonderbread toast. 6 bucks I think.
If you prefer the "Bonjour Brioche" type of weekend brunch, don't cross the threshold of Okay Okay - it's not for you. But it's hugely popular, so obviously a vein of nostalgia for trash food has been tapped to the delight of local hipsters.
Personally I won't go back, but that's just because I love bread and don't like the gummy consistency of Wonderbread.
Excellent staff - very hard working and friendly. If it's packed and you need faster service and same type of food you would do better at Coxwell & Danforth Sunset Grill.

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