With a name like Belly, Parkdale's newest cafe alludes to more than caffeine-laced beverages. In fact, there's plenty of goodness to fill a hungry stomach here including a crave-worthy turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo and stuffing; and freshly baked zucchini cake with cream cheese icing ($3.95).
While Belly opened back in October, creating delectable food is not a new venture for the staff. Owner Nicole Kruzick has been running a successful catering business for years, Belly Catering , but is now getting a warm response from her new neighbours on Queen who stream in here for sandwiches (peameal bacon and cheese is also on the menu), soup (roasted sweet potato and garlic) and range of hot and cold drinks.
Stopping by for a brief reprieve from the winter cold last week, I kept things simple with a soy latte ($3.25). Damn, it was good. Bonus points for Belly too as the beans are fair trade trade and they didn't ding me extra coin for the soy.
If it weren't for the limited seating Belly would be a destination for many a laptop accessorized Parkdale blogger in search of fast WiFi. But there are only a few stools to perch oneself near the light-drenched front window so camping out here for extensive periods or with a larger group isn't really that feasible.
But for good coffee and tasty food Belly is a nice Parkdale option. Here's a look at their chalk boards which highlight some of the other drinks they offer. But there's also more snacky and baked stuff too, as I've tried to capture in the photos below.
They stock fresh bread from Fred's Bread:
The zucchini cake:
Spring rolls and potato patties:
Inside and outside Belly: