Black Cat Espresso Bar
Black Cat Espresso Bar is a cafe at College and Dufferin that's taken over the space formerly occupied by Runway Hair Studio. It's got a menu chock-full of food and drink offerings. But that's not all. This cozy little spot has a liquor license too.
At this cafe with an indie-rock vibe, I find owner Justin Manuel behind the barista bar carefully making drinks with the concentration of a hawk.
The cafe has garnered an impressive reputation - ironically, not for its coffee but rather for its beloved Breakfast Sandwich. Within minutes, Manuel makes mention of this menu item that boasts "secret ingredients" on the chalkboard overhead.
"Our Breakfast English Muffin sandwich is very popular," Manuel says. Rest assured, this breakfast sandwich is served all-day long, and is only $4.75.
There's also pastries on offer. With the exception of the croissants ($3) and the Bourbon Pecan Butter Tarts ($3), both made by Circles + Squares, everything is made in-house.
Manuel uses his grandmother's recipes to make goodies like the Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie ($2.75) made with oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chip and a dash of sea salt.
For those craving coffee, Black Cat serves a specialty blend made by Social . Priced a little cheaper than the average cafe, this menu packs a punch for chintzy coffee connoisseurs. Customers can choose from a wide selection of espresso-based drinks ($2.50), mochas ($4.25), chai lattes ($3.75), London Fogs ($4) and more.
But that's not all. If there's one thing that patrons are coming back for, it's the Baileys Latte ($7.50), a creamy, whisky-imbued pick-me-up for customers looking for something soothing.
If you feel like indulging in some after-work (or daytime) boozing, here you'll find a handful of bourbons ($8), wines ($4), scotches ($7), Brickworks's Batch 1904 cider ($7.50), and beers including Great Lakes Brewery's lager ($7), Longslice's Hopsta La Vista ($11) and Liberty Village Goosebuster ($8.75). Beer snobs rejoice!
Boasting the best breakfast sandwich near Dufferin Grove, and a killer drinks menu to boot, Black Cat doesn't disappoint.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.