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Ella's Uncle

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on June 13, 2010

Ella's UncleElla's Uncle is understated cool with its retro black and white tiles, lime green walls and scribbled chalkboard menu. While the cafe has been on Dundas West for more than four years, they haven't lost their appeal. The space is modest and regulars come in droves, popping in and out and chatting it up with staff. There's also free WiFi, wicker baskets of newspapers and a leather bar stool type seating arrangement.

Ella's UncleTheir coffee is an eight-blend brew from Classic Gourmet that is a mix of Brazilian, Columbian, Indian, Mexican and Peruvian beans. I tried a single espresso macchiato ($2.25) and Stefania ordered the Ella, ($4.50) which is a double small cappuccino with a hint of maple syrup.

Other choices include an Ovaltine latte ($3.50) or organic loose-leaf teas ($1.75). There's a ($.50) extra charge for specialty milk. For those who want to beat the heat, all coffee options are available on ice.

Ella's UncleBoth brews were satisfying and went well with our treats. We tried the chocolate toffee oatmeal cookie that owner Jennifer Hedley deemed, "The Crack Cookie" ($2.00) and it was worthy of its name.

Ella's UncleWe also tried a blueberry blackberry scone ($2.25) that tasted like fluffy blueberry pancakes, and "The Hermit" ($1.75) cookie that Hedley deemed the healthier choice. It was filled with dates, raisins and chopped nuts and it tasted a little bit like trail mix, but had a lot of sweetness to make it indulgent. They also have savory Parmesan cheddar scones and banana bread.

Ella's UncleHedley is spunky and outgoing and explains that she knows most of her customers by name. Co-owner Mike Craig, who wasn't around is actually the real Ella's uncle as his niece is the cafe's namesake.

Ella's UncleElla's UncleElla's Uncle is open Monday to Friday 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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11 Comments

Sarah / September 9, 2008 at 11:42 am
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Their Berry Scones are awesome and so are the "Crack Cookies" - thin, crisp and super buttery. My boyfriend picked up some date/walnut cookies the other day that were beyond explanation.

And yes, the Ovalatte is fantastic.
A / January 27, 2009 at 08:56 pm
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The service could be a whole lot friendlier. Very good coffee but what's up with the standoffish tude?
replying to a comment from A / February 25, 2009 at 06:02 pm
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really? what happened? are you ok?
mr / April 3, 2009 at 02:24 pm
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I really like this place! Delicious americano's, great bench out front and amazing service!! Actually, every time I go in there the tall girl is working and she is super nice and friendly.

oh and the bake goods are to die for. mmmmmmmm....best cookies
sparkdale / May 12, 2009 at 09:49 am
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I've been to this place a number of times and never had an attitude problem from anyone there. They're always friendly, and the atmosphere is always neighbourly. A really great place.
marty / June 7, 2009 at 05:44 pm
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ella's is the best! The service is fantastic, the coffee is excellent. Just a lovely spot.
Brooks / March 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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Best coffee shop in the city. I just wish I still lived nearby so I could go more often.
L Fuentes / March 13, 2010 at 06:08 pm
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I love this little coffee nook on Dundas. They are always so welcoming and chill. The coffee is very good, I don't know where they get it from. Also, they make amazing scones and sometimes the smell of freshly baked cookies even gets me to indulge in those too!
Jeremy / October 27, 2010 at 08:33 am
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Coffee was okay. Not as strong as I might have liked. I wish the service had been friendlier. If it had been, I might have considered going back someday. I guess not everyone can be as warm as the saving gigi folks.
Brittany / May 18, 2011 at 02:54 pm
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Went there today. Lovely home baked banana bread and nice soy latte. Unfortunately no bathrooms!!! Any coffee drinker knows that it makes you have to pee! That was a big downfall for me as I do not live in the area and had no washroom to run to.
footscory / February 11, 2012 at 05:43 am
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you will like knock off coach purses and get big save

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