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The Annex Hodgepodge

Posted by Devon Scoble / Reviewed on July 13, 2009 / review policy

Annex Hodgepodge Toronto The Annex Hodgepodge, a new take-out eatery in, you guessed it, The Annex, encapsulates the spirit of its host neighbourhood perfectly. Serving a mix of high-brow, low-brow, old-world and trendy treats, it has something for any of the motley groups who share this downtown hood: budget-bound students, old-money householders, health-nuts, vegetarians, gourmands and all combinations thereof.

I arrived on a sunny afternoon with two friends, discovering that the service inside was as bright and cheerful as the weather outside. Our server regaled us with delicious soup and coleslaw samples and anecdotes from the menu (the coleslaw recipe is 5 generations old!), teaching us that pretty much everything here is fresh, tasty, and comes with a smile.

We would've liked to have stayed and enjoy the good vibes, but with only a take-out counter and 4-seats on the narrow sidewalk, we left to enjoy our meal on a friend's nearby rooftop instead.

Annex Hodgepodge The meal started well, with a carrot-ginger soup so creamy it belied its vegan origins, and spinach salad topped with cranberry, brie and sugared-pecans. The soup offered a lingering ginger aftertaste and the salad a sweet prelude to the savoury mains. Both dishes were healthy, hearty and flavourful.
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Annex Hodgepodge Two of us ordered rotis, choosing Caribbean and East Indies styles respectively. Served on whole wheat shells, these-ready-made rotis were given a press in the Hodgepodge's grill before being sent home with sides of tangy tamarind sauce. With crispy shells, soft potato and complex spice blends, both rotis exceeded our expectations for a $2.99 ready-made meal. We preferred the spicier Caribbean roti to the pea-laden East Indies version, agreeing that both were enticement enough to return and sample lentil, chickpea and adzuki sesame varieties too.

The biggest hit of our meal is also the Annex Hodgepodge's most popular sandwich, The Madison. Crispy grilled Swiss rectangle provided a welcoming crunch for soft, juicy, chipotle-spiked chicken breast, pungent sun-dried tomatoes and creamy havarti.
Annex Hodgepodge

With healthy treats that can meet the gourmet flavour expectations of the wealthy and the budget requirements of the frugal, the Annex Hodgepodge proves itself to be a little gem that knows only one class: flavour.

Rotis: $2.99/ea or 6 for $15
Curried Carrot and Ginger Soup: $4.49
Spinach Salad (small): $4.49
The Madison: $7.99
Annex Hodgepodge

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4 Comments

sarah hauch / July 13, 2009 at 04:30 pm
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I've been to The Annex Hodgepodge with my boyfriend. We loved the food so much that we ordered seconds. Yum!!

fran replying to a comment from sarah hauch / July 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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I MADE THAT MADISON!!!!!
thanks for the review!!!! You 3 were GREAT customers!
Cheers
Linda Bebe / July 24, 2009 at 01:35 am
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Most definately a place I would visit every time I am in Toronto!
l / April 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm
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I LOVE this place! Luckily it's right by where I work, so I get to have lunch there a lot. Can never decide between the Walmer and the Kendal, both amazing (the Kendal with the vegan chili was one of the best lunches I've had all year). Plus the staff is super friendly.

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