An homage to authentic New York slices, Ah Beetz pampers unbleached sourdough crusts, leavened with wild yeast and fresh ingredients. The 14” Di Fara pizza ($18) sauces a crispy discus with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, fior de latte, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and parmigiano-reggiano before hurling it mouthward and medalward. Other specialty pies boast appealing amalgamations including ham and pineapple or capicola and jalapeños (prices start at $13 for a 14”). Appetite architects can build their own pizzas using a plethora of meats, veggies, cheeses, and the tears of a wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy.
The coffee-drinking cultures of Seattle and Old World Europe intertwine at The Wired Monk. Baristas swirl steamed milk into organic, fair-trade coffee drinks, which guests sip beside hand-painted art and a roaring fireplace. Meanwhile, the scent of cinnamon rolls wafts from the bakery case, past aromatic tea leaves by Zhena Gypsy and Mighty Leaf. Red espresso, a roobois tea from the mountains of South Africa, fills caffeine-free lattes with flavours as bold and smooth as a saxophone’s pick-up lines. Healthy treats such as fruit smoothies and gluten-free muffins round out the menu with a touch of sweetness. The sound of tapping toes fills the shop on Thursday nights, when artists such as Harma White and Vaughan McKay flaunt their rock ’n’ roll chops. Large-screen TVs draw sports fans to the couches on game days, and drink specials lure wine lovers on Wednesday nights.
Ann Marie’s, a '50s-style eatery, hushes hunger with classic diner favourites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The menu showcases six varietals of eggs benedict ($8.99–$10.69) and homemade muffins, granting fuzzy-brained morning eaters the recommended daily bacon necessary for neural activity. Burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches such as the pulled-pork sandwich sate overeager salivary glands ($10.29). Enjoy two complimentary cups of coffee while selecting a dessert or brunch-hour palate cleanser, such as a milkshake ($4.99) or ice-cream sundae ($5.69). A black-and-white checkerboard floor evokes a bygone era, and diners dissatisfied with modern-day buggies will appreciate the classic-car theme imbued throughout the restaurant.
Champions of adhering to traditional recipes and culinary practices, a father-and-son team serves as both the owners and head chefs of New Passage to India. Their kitchen staff whips up dishes native to a variety of Indian regions, granting diners a taste of the subcontinent without the paper cuts that come from eating maps. They handcraft ingredients such as house-made paneer cheese, garden-fresh mushrooms, and fresh lamb with pinches of hand-ground spices. Sensitive to varied tolerances of piquancy, the chefs customize the heat levels of many of their creations to individual preferences. Affable servers wend from table to table within the dining room’s deep-green walls and wooden columns.
As visitors approach the rustic 1927 heritage farmhouse, they're greeted with the familiar aroma of homemade country-style classics. Little Farmhouse in the City welcomes travellers, diners, and lost Girl Scout Cookie salesgirls alike with first-class bed-and-breakfast suites as well as a full-service restaurant. Within the dining room, plates of hearty breakfast omelettes are soon replaced by homemade pastries and scones served at high tea, followed at dinner by entrees of hearty homemade soups, perogies, and shepherd's pies. An on-site gift shop peddles cards, chocolates, and artwork as well more than 150 fine teas.