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Lakeview Storehouse

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 20, 2011

Lakeview StorehouseThe Lakeview Storehouse is a grocery store and take-out spot that feels like an old-school pantry. Old wooden crates propped on their sides house an eclectic mix of sauces, jams, sides and other dry goods, along with the odd vintage box of Corn Flakes or Ritz crackers, thrown in for a little extra nostalgia. And old blue grocery cart invites you to pick up a can of pop (2/$1.00) and wooden framed chalkboards list the produce (much of which is local) and refrigerated goods of the day.

Opened by the owners of the Lakeview Restaurant and right next door by no coincidence, the Lakeview Storehouse doubles as a prep kitchen for the restaurant and take-out counter, as well as a place for neighbours to pick up their milk and eggs.

Lakeview StorehouseBut the buzz about Lakeview Storehouse is certainly not limited to its milk and eggs. Rather, the shop has quickly become known as a place to find the odd edible novelty. So, I walked in the space on Dundas and Ossington on a mission: I was looking for the Baconnaise. I strode right past the Ontario peaches, broccoli bunches, and bulk bins of nuts, seeds, and spices, in search of the famed bacon-flavoured spread. But alas, all I found was an empty space on a shelf with a futile $5.75 label.

Lakeview Storehouse"Sorry," Connor, a Lakeview staffer, says when he sees the woeful look in my eyes. "Surprisingly, we sold out of that pretty fast."

Lakeview StorehouseLuckily, aside from the Baconnaise (which, I learn is actually both vegetarian and Kosher) the Lakeview Storehouse has other bacon-flavoured products including bacon salt and bacon-flavoured popcorn. But the fun doesn't stop there. I roam around the little shop and come across interesting finds including Lego candy (and immediately my jaw starts to hurt), something called Road Kill Grill Seasoning ($4.25), which, it's alleged, "makes all critters taste great," hot mustard in a mini beer mug ($5.25), and spam ($2.75) because, why not?

Lakeview StorehouseBut some other items are less unusual than unlikely to be found in a major grocery store. I'm thinking of stock such as the Honey and Queen clover honey ($6.75) Covered Bridge chips ($1.25) in flavours such as cinnamon and brown sugar, and Zatoun soaps ($12) and extra virgin olive oils ($16), the proceeds of which are donated to Palestinian children and farmers.

Lakeview StorehouseThe back counter is Lakeview's takeout spot, offering its signature Cornflake Chicken ($10), Lakeview Burger ($13), and Pulled Pork Poutine ($10) until 4 a.m.

Lakeview StorehousePhotos by Jesse Milns.

Discussion

11 Comments

Jeff / July 20, 2011 at 09:51 am
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So are you saying that the store is open until 4am if they offer take out until 4am??

Or just the takeout counter and there is some way to close down the rest of the store?

Yes! / July 20, 2011 at 10:32 am
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finally a place I can buy Bacon Salt in Toronto!
having to order online has been annoying and costly.
Jeff / July 20, 2011 at 10:33 am
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OK, ignore my last message. I see it posted on the main site now and the headline says "where to buy .... at 4am" so I guess it is open 24 hours (otherwise, if it closes at 4am you arne't going to be buying anything at 4am... maybe 3:50am).
James / July 20, 2011 at 02:32 pm
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Weird. I saw baconnaise at my regular grocery store a few weeks ago. Thought it seemed trashy and wondered who would buy it. Seems it's now a 'thing.'

Can't wait until cheese in a can becomes a 'thing.'
um / July 20, 2011 at 02:32 pm
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Shouldn't the owners of the Lakeview master running a restaurant prior to opening other ventures?
Derek / July 20, 2011 at 02:34 pm
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This place will be a drunken shit show at 3am on a Saturday night.
um x 2 replying to a comment from um / July 20, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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for serious, it boggles the mind how anyone can eat there and i have really low standards.
LMIH replying to a comment from um / July 20, 2011 at 03:35 pm
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I couldn't have said it better myself.
P replying to a comment from James / July 20, 2011 at 04:43 pm
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Oh man, you're so ahead of the times.
Margot / July 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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I really like the Lakeview & this is a good addition to the hood.
jordan / July 21, 2011 at 08:20 am
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Only four bacon mentions in a review for a store at Dundas/Ossington? Are you sure you met your quota?

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