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Hank's

Posted by Wendy D / Posted on January 2, 2009

Hank's Cafe TorontoHank's manager Angie just wants people to know their location, that's all. So maybe 9 1/2 Church St is a weird address, but when you're the delightful sidekick to Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, you could go addressless and people would still find you. And anyway, Angie feels it in her bones that Hank's will be one of Toronto's best coffee houses soon enough! Bones that are warmed by Hank's hearty stews, sandwiches, in-house cookies and pastries, *drool* ... but I digress. Where were we?

Hank's DanishOh, yes. So Hank's opened around Thanksgiving, occupying a small space directly beside JK Wine Bar. In fact, open the door to find the washroom and bam! There you are, amongst JK diners. On busy nights (Thurs-Sat), Hank's opens up to JK overflow, serving classy old school cocktails (Manhattan, anyone?) and bar snacks (like roasted almonds or marinated olives, both $3).

Hanks Inside.jpgBut enough about that wine bar, pshaw - this is about Hank's, and their commitment to cafe greatness. With two champion baristas on staff (Samuel was voted one of Toronto's best in Now Magazine), locally sourced foods, free wi-fi and a welcoming atmosphere, the Hank's crew are succeeding in bringing something different yet oh-so-familiar ("simple, good, soulful food") to the neighbourhood. And it's all under $12!

Hank's Green TeaAngie says it feels like the first time this side space has had a soul - and with it comes comforting food "like your mom would make". Daily soup, stew, sandwiches built with St. John's bakery breads, baked goods and meats prepared in house, a straight-forward beverage menu skillfully prepared with Intelligentsia beans. Much thought is put into what they sell, with the goal of appealing to what the Esplanade locals might like. For instance, they'll soon add take-away items like meat pies to the line-up, perfect for condo dwellers around the corner.

Hank's CookiesLet's not forget that Hank's uses Green Shift cups and containers - everything is recyclable (even the straws!). A place with brains and soul - sounds good to me.

Hank's Food Menu

Hank's Drink Menu

Hank's Cafe Toronto

Discussion

59 Comments

Sandy / January 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm
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$3.10 for "organic tea"? Give me a break, that's a single tea bag and some hot water.
scrivener / January 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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lol sandy, so stay home and make tea then

they charge that so they can afford interior designers and elephant teapots, the things that make it a nice place to go to have some tea

that said, i'll be sitting home and having tea too
Chi / January 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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$7.00 for a friggin egg salad sandwich? What do they put in the eggs?
replying to a comment from Chi / January 3, 2009 at 04:12 am
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Love.
James / January 3, 2009 at 09:41 am
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I've gotta say - you actually have to try some of JK's stuff before you get your backs all up about a photo of their price board. Heck, you could even just ask one of the staff what's behind the high cost. Believe me, they're very knowledgeable.
Maybe it's not every day fare (for me it's certainly not) - but you'll certainly never be let down by a $7 egg salad sandwich, should you ever spring for one.
Anonymous / January 3, 2009 at 10:13 am
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Ever buy free-range, locally sourced eggs?
Ever make home-made mayo from free-range, locally sorced eggs?
I worked in the Annex at a place that had 10 dollar egg salad
sandwiches.
This one is probably a bargin.
/ January 3, 2009 at 11:15 am
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The eggs are local organic, the mayo is made from scratch with the same eggs and the greens that go on it are organic and local as well. The sandwich comes with handmade roasted locally sourced root vegetable chips on organic bread. It's actually not a bad price when you know all that goes into it.
eatereater123 replying to a comment from / January 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm
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Food cost is usually about 1/3 of the cost of the item. And it's a JK off-shoot so i expect that high quality ingredients are going into the product. Add rent, add the kitchenstaff time, add marketing costs and this is why it's $7 and not $2.99 like Metro's deli offering.
chenyip / January 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm
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I'm a little on the fence about this. Part of me supports this because Sam is arguably the best barista this side of Lake Ontario (notwithstanding the friendship bias he really is that good - Dude is a coffee lunatic). On the other hand, I hate this place already knowing that all the self-entitled, douchebag yuppies will be frequenting it chirping how "$15 for a latte and an egg salad sandwich is a great deal".

And for all you people rationalizing the high cost of locally sourced, free range, organic, hand massaged, rice pilaf fed, manicured hens: you guys are looped. Just over the holidays in Kitchener, I had an egg, bacon, potatoes and toast breakfast for under $6. Oh and it's all from Mennonite farmers.

Michelle / January 5, 2009 at 02:06 pm
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This review did not position Hanks as a "cheap eats" destination, so I'm not sure why this became a discussion about their prices, nor why all of you are out to slay JK over his prices. And besides, reality check: a sandwich is $7 at Subway. If you don't like/can't afford a $7 sandwich, go somewhere else or eat at home.

Anyhoo, Hanks sounds great, I like the menu, and I'm looking forward to trying it.
chenyip replying to a comment from Michelle / January 6, 2009 at 10:37 am
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Michelle: I think the bone is that Jamie Kennedy has always pushed this rhetoric of good, local, food that is accessible to all (research some of his interviews where he dogmatically states how good food shouldn't be reserved for the rich). Which is complete horseshit. A $7 sandwich is accessible to those who fall in the $50K + income bracket, not for those who's ONLY option is a Subway sandwich.

mookie replying to a comment from chenyip / January 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm
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chenyip: where did you have this breakfast in kitchener? just curious as I'm often in the area...
dowser / January 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm
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Curious, are you guys talking about Sam the barista from Manic Cafe?
replying to a comment from dowser / January 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm
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yep, same Sam. He's awesome!
addict / January 7, 2009 at 11:46 am
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if you've never tried Jamie Kennedy or heard about him, then you won't understand the prices.

these prices are definitely what i'd expect for the quality i'd be getting.
dowser replying to a comment from / January 8, 2009 at 03:13 pm
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wow, I was wondering where he worked now.
Jamie Kennedys is going to clean up if Sam is running the machine there.
/ January 8, 2009 at 04:36 pm
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i are there today and it was really friggin' good! the staff are super-nice and the food was amazing. is it cheap? no. was it worth the money? absolutely.
Anonymous / January 9, 2009 at 11:35 am
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Great food. If I'm going to spens $7 on lunch, this is the place. It's not something I do all the time, but when you want really good food, better than I can make at home, this is where I head for lunch. And you just can't beat the soup/stew at $4/6!
chenyip replying to a comment from mookie / January 9, 2009 at 02:52 pm
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Mookie: Its actually in Listowell (1.5 hrs north of KW). I just said Kitchener because well...I don't think anyone would really know where Listowell is.

Place is called Dina's. Home cooked, farmer's breakfast. God damn it was good.
Aurelle / January 9, 2009 at 05:54 pm
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Somebody from my office was saying how Hanks was the best coffee around...
I just don't see how a sandwich shop can make better coffee than Starbucks or Lettieri, both of which are just around the corner, and by the sounds of it, much cheaper.

I think everybody is being slightly fooled by the prestige of Jamie Kennedy.
It's not like one "barista" can make better coffee than another if they all use the same machine and grinds.

Im sure the sandwiches are great, although it sounds pricey, but I'll stick with my Starbucks.
They are famous for coffee for a reason.
replying to a comment from Aurelle / January 9, 2009 at 11:45 pm
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actually the machines are completely different and the quality of beans are much better. and they both make a world of a difference. Ask any skilled barista and they will tell you the same.

and if you have ever been by to try the food, you would not think of it as just another sandwich shop. check it out at least once and see for yourself. I was convinced my first visit, and now I'm hooked!
/ January 10, 2009 at 10:52 am
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Hey Aurelle,
your right about the coffee and probably nobody makes a better burger than mcdonalds. Think about it.
replying to a comment from / January 10, 2009 at 11:56 am
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wow you need to get out more if you think no one makes a better burger than Mcdonald's.
/ January 12, 2009 at 06:00 pm
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The burger comment was sarcasam. Sad part of typing, lack of intenation.
Anita Man replying to a comment from / January 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm
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Aurelle you are a moron. You clearly don't know much about the different levels of quality food. Also have you been to Hanks to actually compare??? Let me break it down for you so maybe you can understand. Starbucks and Lettieri are like Urban Behavior, Bluenotes type stores. Blends in with all the other stores and cheap. And Hanks it would be like a Holt Renfrew. High quality but you have to pay a little more for it.
MR. T / January 14, 2009 at 07:03 pm
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Wow. I wish I could meet all of you who complain ANONYMOUSLY on these blogs. Who are you? What do you do for a living? Are you unhappy with your life? Work under florescent lights perhaps? How could the fact that a sandwich cost $7.00 bother someone so much that they have to go on a blog and write about it? Someone who hasn't even been to the cafe? JK has done so much for this cities food scene. So much for the Slow food movement, So many good things, yet, it all gets erased because all we want to do is complain. Why don't you try to embrace the good things this city has to offer? It sounds so stupid to complain about the price of a sandwich. Don't you have anything better to do? JK, I'm not sure if you read this stuff or not, but please ignore these silly people. Personally I can only afford to eat at your restaurant maybe once a year but I love what you are doing and I have a lot of respect for what you do, and what you offer this city. Aurelle, please tell me you are just kidding around and trying to get a rise out of people. Please. If you are for real, you shouldn't be allowed to drink coffee. Your comment,"it's not like one "barista" can make better coffee than another if they all use the same machine and grinds." Really? For real? What do you do for a living? Does everyone do your job exactly the same? It's embarrassing to even hear people sound so stupid.
dizzy / January 15, 2009 at 08:13 am
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I'm with all the sensible people on this blog, JK and Hanks are great, worth every penny and more places should be attempting to reach the standard they put forth in quality! As for the person who thinks that Starbucks is a better choice because all they do is make coffee, maybe you should actually try the coffee at Hanks before you assume is all the same thing. It a ridiculous statement that is entirely unfounded. Are you brainwashed or something? Starbucks is big chain, Walmart quality, over roasted, stale and watery crap, and you are trying to compare it to coffee you've obviously not even tried!? As for the barista's role in the coffee prep, well yes they can be quite different. At Starbucks it's not different because the machine is grinding and spitting the coffee out automatically, at the push of a button. The machine that Hanks, and so many other independent coffee houses in Toronto use are manual, they require skill and attention from the barista in order to make a great cup of coffee. Ever go to the same restaurant, order the same meal but think it's just not as good the second time around? Well, perhaps there was a different chef on staff, same recipe, same ingredients, not the same quality. Stick with your Starbucks Aurelle, and you will continue to have the exact same crap you always drink, because you don't understand the difference.
Joe Rizzla / January 18, 2009 at 01:55 pm
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Hank's is a great spot... delicious latte's and cookies. Their stews and sandwiches are top notch as well. I've been there about a dozen times and enjoyed everything, except for the roasted chicken sandwich, which I thought was kinda gross (however, a friend also had it and thought it was great, to each their own).

Starbux and Second Crap do not have good cookies or coffee (or food in general). Hank's delivers on all fronts. The St. Lawrence Mrkt area has been lacking in the coffee/cookie/sandwich department for A LONG TIME. For me, Hank's is a much-welcomed addition to the 'hood. Best meal so far was the corned beef stew, which is sublime goodness on a cold winters day.

The staff are genuinely nice too, which is rare these days.

If you think $7 for an organic sandwich is expensive, you should not go to Hank's, you will likely not appreciate what they are trying to do. Stick to crappy Dempsters sandwiches, trans-fat laden cookies and run-of-the-mill coffee. Whatever floats your boat.



replying to a comment from Joe Rizzla / January 20, 2009 at 08:18 pm
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JOE- just wondering what you didn't enjoy about the roasted chicken sandwich?
I wanted to give that a whirl, it sounds yummy.
Hank (not THE Hank) / January 24, 2009 at 02:53 pm
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Just went to Hanks today to seek out their coffee. Outstanding...happened to meet Samuel and had a great conversation about coffee cafes across Canada. So I have to agree with Joe's comments on the staff...made the experience that much better. I will definitely go back.
Blackpearl / January 24, 2009 at 07:55 pm
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I MUST agree with Joe that Hank's is ABSOLUTELY what was missing in our neighborhood - took my baby sister for breaky yesterday - it's calm, clean, offers different and fresh food, and all of you try the granola and blueberry and one of those lattes and then tell me that it wasn't worth it. And of course there are beautiful wines... And all that food made with such passion and love. I went when it just opened. I returned 2.5 months later and was greeted with a "Did you have the opportunity to try that restaurant I recommended in Montreal..." I did not even remember having that conversation so... I was just STUNNED.

To all of you skeptics and ESPECIALLY those who like Starbucks, MANY THANKS for making Hank's a great place to go for those of us foodies who really do appreciate. I am not saying anything other than if you don't like either the food or the price... just stay home and have your own tea or egg sandwich :o))) This is a little gem and I am scared that one day there will be a line up so PLEASE do not force yourself to go SIGH.
Matt / January 25, 2009 at 09:03 pm
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They have probably the best barista in the city, don't knock it till you've tried it.
I'm not to fussed about the food, I'm a coffee guy and Hanks is fantastic.
Dupont / January 26, 2009 at 12:56 am
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Samuel is definitely the best barista in the city, possibly the country.
I've lived between Vancouver and Toronto on and off for the past 6 years and have rarely been served consistently perfect coffee from anybody but Samuel.
That's saying a lot, Vancouver is probably the coffee capitol of Canada, and home to many champion baristas.

To put it plainly, Samuel is the Jamie Kennedy of coffee.

Samuel James / January 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm
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Hey everybody, this is Samuel from Hanks.

Thank you to everybody for the kind words and support of our food and coffee at Hanks, and to the unbelievers, we would love to get the chance to change your minds.

I'm glad to see that people appreciate my coffee, however I can't accept the comparison to Chef JK.
To compare would be egregious.
Jamie Kennedy has been a chef and culinary visionaire for as long as I've been breathing oxygen, so I think I have a long way to go before being compared to the accomplishments of JK.

There are baristas in the city doing exactly the same things I'm doing every day.
I have great shots nearly every time I go to Crema, Lit, Darkhorse, Mercury, Bisogno, Wild Thing (sorely missed), and of course Manic. I'm sure there are so many more, I just frequent the ones mentioned.
But really, making good espresso is tedious work, it just does not compare to the demands and knowledge of a chefs work.


helloe / January 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm
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samuel pls hang in there with the teduim, i'm heading over today at lunch to check out the spresso:)
Dane / January 29, 2009 at 03:27 pm
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having been one of sam's coffee students, i can say it was quite the honor to learn from such a skilled barista. For those who don;t understand coffee, i suggest you get eductaed before you compare starcraps and places alike to a real coffee shop that uses manual machines and requires the professionalism of someone who truly has a passion for quality espresso. Sam is a champion for a reason, because he simply makes the best coffee around and takes some serious pride in making the perfect tasting cup..if you get the chance to make it over to hank's i highly reccommend doing so to get a taste of what real coffee should be like. Sam, keep up the good work and passion for coffee because the people who know you and understand your work truly appreciate it.
Tony / January 29, 2009 at 11:10 pm
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Sam is one of the best Baristas out there in the world of coffee. He is an individual who makes a perfect espresso everytime. For people who know coffee (those starbucks lovers obviously dont) understand that making a perfect espresso takes pride and dedication. Starbucks is good at smiling to customers but does not make the customer smile after they sip their espresso. Everything they do is automatic and with a push of a button. It is like driving an automatic car, its a bad way to drive and not fun at all. Using manuel machines and using a proper tamper, grinder etc are just one of the many steps on getting started to making a good shot.(Never cheap out)

I drove 4 hours to take a coffee course through the Canadian Barista Academy and it was well worth the drive and the money. For those who think they know coffee and think starbucks is better than anything please take this course... you will find some valuable lessons that will stick with you for a looooong time. Sam keep up the good work bro...I just wish that more people understood what it takes to make a good shot...

PS>>>>> Tim Hortons is the WORST coffee in the world,


Tony
chenyip / February 5, 2009 at 10:19 am
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I'll admit, I was a doubter at first. If you scroll up, you'll see some of my posts questioning the price point of Hanks.

I know. It's organic, locally sourced food by trained professionals. Sure, sure. I get it. I'm in marketing as a profession. I get packaging things up, sugar coating it and selling it.

At the end of the day though, $9 for a small sandwich is still expensive no matter how you slice it (no pun intended). Whether it's organically made by Mennonite martians or churned out on a listeria infected production line it's still $9 for bread and stuff.

But here's where my tuned turned.

JK actually responded to the public's opinion and adjusted his price point. In my eyes, that's great business sense and it's the reason why JK's been in business for a hot minute. And that's enough to persuade me to go back.

Don't get me wrong, the food is going to be top notch if it comes from the Kennedy kitchen. And the coffee, well, i won't even get into that. Bias aside (Sam's a good friend), I can honestly and objectively say that he pours the best coffee in the city. Hand's down.

I'll be going back.
jwb / February 16, 2009 at 09:29 am
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With all the talk of 'exhorbenant' prices, I don't think anyone has mentioned the fact that Hanks uses Intelligentsia beans and green shift cups, etc. Intelligentsia pays their farmers 25% more than fair trade and has excellent social/environmental policies. Not to mention their beans are fantastic. So, they cost a little more. As do the green shift containers. Personally, I'm willing to pay for that.

And did I hear that Starbucks was cheap? They don't call it Fivebucks for nothing. From the board pic, it looks as though their latte price is on par, and the vast majority of Starbucks coffee isn't even fair trade.

Looking forward to eating a $7 egg sandwich next week and 'chirping like a yuppie'!
Marsha Lecour / March 7, 2009 at 09:39 pm
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I personally know Jamie Kennedy. This gentleman walks his talk. He is VERY PASSIONATE about making a difference in Toronto, in Canada, and in the world about the quality of the food that he and his staff source, prepare and serve to his customers. He has integrity. Yes, he's a businessman, but at the same time, every food item is carefully chosen by him and/or the people working with him. I would much rather pay a little more for food that I know has been prepared from scratch, is organic (when possible), etc. You are what you eat. Would I prefer a Starbuck's vegetarian sandwich or a vegetarian sandwich from Jamie Kennedy - really, there is no decision here - it's simply a no-brainer.
angela replying to a comment from Aurelle / March 28, 2009 at 07:11 pm
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You have got to be kidding me! Starbucks? Famous for a reason?
They are famous because they have the backing for advertising and can constantly be in your face. They have money to take over an entire street corner. They are famous in the same sense that Bush is famous.

Please do yourself a favour and at least check out Hank's and many other small cafés offering organic/locally grown and good for the environment items.
Glenn / April 6, 2009 at 01:13 am
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Dropped into Hank's for lunch mid March while on a March Break excursion. My daughter recommended we do lunch there.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meatloaf sandwich, beets,(loved the beets) local beer and great coffee. I was buying for 4 and we all enjoyed a hearty lunch.
I went to the washroom and could not believe the fancy bathrooms these Toronto cafes enjoy!
We all had a wonderful relaxed lunch, and I remember the good food, drinks and friendly staff and the good company I was enjoying. I don't remember the price, it wasn't an issue.
I am not a high paid yuppie, just a retired maritimer enjoying your great city. I couldn't understand the complaining I was reading here.
You are lucky to have a gem like Hank's.
Sam replying to a comment from Chi / May 6, 2009 at 02:42 pm
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chickens..... each egg would potentially be a full roasted chicken cheep for the price.....
Bon replying to a comment from Aurelle / May 9, 2009 at 02:53 pm
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Have you tasted anything organic or local?
There is no comparison. To be honest I was a non believer but after tasting locally grown oraganic strawberries and tomatoes I am a big believer.

Starbucks? Are you joking me?I am guessing you never had a really good cup of coffee than. Your better off going to Timmies at least there coffee is cheap.

To everyone out there: a MacDonalds combo is easily $7 and they don't use anything real.
Bon / May 9, 2009 at 03:10 pm
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I am yet to go here but I am quite excited too.

There is so much talk about the price. Have anyone considered the fact that a normal MacDonalds combo comes to $7?

To someone that said Starbucks is famous for a reason. That reason is money and marketing. Your better of going to Timmies at least they are cheap. Please go to any of the local wonderful coffee shops in toronto they are much better quality and around the same price as your beloved starbucks.

I was non believer when it came to local & organic food more expensive for what reason I thought. But after trying local and organic strawberries I was shocked how good it was.

I guess I am talking about more than Hanks. I just want to encourage people to try local and organic food. You tongue will take you for it.

well update after my visit to hanks today~
Bon / May 20, 2009 at 04:27 pm
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Really Good latte, Good Clean well organized space, Nice and friendly staff.

Egg Salad sandwich - not worth it's price although it got reduced from 7 bucks.
Meat Stew I think it changes everday, mine was lamb and barley - Very good although little salty for my taste - Bowl is good for light lunch.
Spiced Almonds 3 bucks - you can make better at home
Pork Terrine 3 bucks - Good to try although I don't think it goes with coffee.

If your in the area, go have a latte it's nice.
anonymous replying to a comment from Aurelle / June 29, 2009 at 09:04 am
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Marketing can easily be a reason.
Arby / July 8, 2009 at 03:07 am
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Well, Hanks is interesting. The barista who served me was female. The cup was perfect. When I asked her what it was, she said Black Cat, and was going to say more but I said "Ahhh. That was great. Thanks," which she clearly appreciated. I only had an espresso and a macaroon./ The place was busy and, for me, not comfortable. You've got to be with someone in here. It's just that way. Even if it was dead, there really isn't any ambience. It's all business. It's odd. The one possiblity for making the space work like a coffee shop (which, I guess, may not have been the intention) would be to have windows that allow folks to see the life outside, rather than windows blocked by machines and servers and counters, as Hanks does./ And when I popped in, sort of, one night after 7:00pm - everything else good closes - I was too shy to enter even though the door was open. The place sounded like it was hopping and the lights were down low. It was very intimidating. I believe that it's currently being used as overflow for the attached Wine Bar. I didn't want to make a fool of myself walking into a situation where everyone is into a fine dining experience and there I am looking for coffee. Really, How does that work?/ Maybe the answer is: 'Not for long'. The Star reported that Jamie Kennedy is facing some challenges these days and may want to sell some properties, including Hanks. We'll see.
Carrie replying to a comment from Chi / July 9, 2009 at 03:39 pm
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It's not Tim Hortons! It's called an upscale cafe... get over it.
Carrie replying to a comment from Aurelle / July 9, 2009 at 03:45 pm
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Starbucks is famous because they have good marketing skills and uniformity throughout there 10354695435 stores in the world. Reality check.

You clearly know nothing about coffee if you think that every place that can serve up a hot cup uses the same machines, the same grind, and the same quality coffee. If that is what you believe, then why don't you save yourself some money and go to Tim Horton's or make your own instead of spending $3 on a brand.
Carrie replying to a comment from Aurelle / July 9, 2009 at 03:45 pm
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**Error: their
Marsha Lecour / July 10, 2009 at 10:32 am
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I last posted here on March 7. I have been to Hank's a few times since then. I quite enjoy going to Hank's just to "hang out" with a book or a newspaper. The staff is always friendly, the food is delicious and well-prepared, and the prices are right. I support Jamie Kennedy fully in his efforts to access local and organic foods. I always feel totally comfortable at Hank's or the Wine Bar. One time I ordered fries - these are not served at Hank's. So I just went to the Wine Bar next door, sat at the bar and ate my delicious fries. Life is good!
Arby / July 10, 2009 at 10:57 am
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I don't even know whether the comments following mine are directed at me, but I might add a word or two in case they are. They don't make sense if they are.

I would agree that Hank's is upscale. My criticisms, which were not harsh (intentionally), had nothing to do with the quality of anything. I stated that the coffee was perfect. The barista knew her stuff. And I stated that all I ate was a macaroon. But I have no doubt that the food at Hank's is up to snuff. I'm a fan of Jaimie Kennedy, big time. I'm a foodie. Half my working life has been in restos. I didn't cook (just a fair bit of prep and lots of dishwashing) and I came late to an appreciation for food, informed by politics, but I have it. I have chef friends. I've been into the wine bar with one of them. We both loved it, although $35 for a glass of wine is exorbitant. And I work at a site where there are two wine merchant businesses.

I mentioned the price of the wine in restaurants to the daughter of one of those merchant owners and she just knowingly stated that she never drinks wine in restaurants because it's ridiculously marked up. I say that before someone jumps on me for that little comment, which would be the only thing I might say against the wine bar by way of criticism.

Perhaps posters should be a little more thoughtful and clear when they post. Maybe I wasn't the object of the hostility expressed. Especially if your post is going to be hostile toward another poster, be clear about who and why, would be my suggestion.
Arby / July 10, 2009 at 10:58 am
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P.S. I don't know why my posts don't show the paragraph breaks I insert. I'll try two spaces on this end, with this, and see whether that works. Sorry for the eysore.

This is what shows.
Arby / July 10, 2009 at 11:09 am
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Well, That's strange. I did a post that didn't appear. Then I noticed that my paragraph breaks don't show in my posts here, even though other posters' comments look fine, and so I posted the above tester. That post showed up and my post before that, in response to some others who seemed to be talking about me, didn't. Was it flagged and held back? For very mild criticism that wasn't really criticism?

I just wanted to say that if the posts, following my review of Hank's, were directed at me, then they made no sense. I 'agree' that Hank's is upscale. I didn't even comment on the food or the prices, which I'm sure is good. (I happen to avoid meat, so I wouldn't be eating much that's on the menu.) I only ate a macaroon. I also noted that the coffee was perfect. And I happen to think that the barista, who I had read about before venturing into Hank's, knew her stuff.

I'm a big fan of Jaimie Kennedy. I like what he's doing. I've been into his wine bar with a chef friend (half of my working life has been in restos) and we both liked it fine. The wine was pricey, but as someone in the wine business noted to me, wine in restaurants is highly marked up. (I work on a site where there are two wine merchant companies and I can ask anyone questions about wine anytime, and do.)

Posters, especially if they are going to post something negative about someone else, ought to be clear about who they are complaining about and why, would be my suggestion.

Later...
Jackie / November 7, 2009 at 12:09 am
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I spent five hours at Hanks today and I have to say from the early afternoon lunch rush to the winding down of a late afternoon tea, Hanks was a splendid and relaxing experience. Everything you want to order is either written out on a chalk board or spread out on the counter in all its glory, gleaming from the sun peering through the window panes. The food is fresh, comforting and quick- all which is essential for the lunch drop in. They even wrap your to-go's in Hanks own diner style doggie bags. It's not cheap fare but you're paying for good home made style eats. They even make their own nutella spread. I stayed for awhile working on business with a friend and we made our way from lunch to late afternoon snacks and tea. I had the potato leek soup which was hearty and aromatic. My friend ordered the egg salad sandwich which had a punch of dill. For snacks I got an oatmeal cookie, which the barrista raved about as the best (not the best but still tasty) and I paired it with a tea which sounded like it would be on the menu of an Asian bathhouse but in retrospect was elegant and perfumed with jasmine and green tea leaves. It also came served in the belly of a white elephant...what a fun way to drink tea. The service wasn't bad either. I was a little thrown off by the main barrista at first but a friendly server was attentive and helpful in making our stay comfortable. There is free internet which was really nice. The ambience is inviting through the light decorative colors adorned throughout the cafe and warm from the sun trickling in through the windows. Overall, Hanks is definitely worth the spending some time and money in -it's a nice change from overcrowded, ordinary lack-lustre cafe and lunch spots.
Alice replying to a comment from / February 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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All messages from Anonymous sound like he/she actually works there. Do you get paid for the PR you give?
Alice replying to a comment from Anita Man / February 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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Holt Renfrew? I've been there many times and they're not always good.
Suzanne / February 22, 2010 at 02:57 pm
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Was just at Hank's for lunch with my mate. Had to say I was impressed with how much thought and effort went into making my Smoked Turkey sandwich. It was REAL turkey that was actually smoked old-school style. The multi-grain bread of course was amamzing and delish. My partner ordered the mushroom sandwich and was pleased with it. My only complaint: How about a side of some greens with the sandwiches?

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