Get to know a street: Coxwell Avenue
Coxwell Avenue, in my mind, has always been the best street to take to get to Woodbine Park. But, believe it not, there is a Coxwell Avenue north of Danforth, and a very charming one, indeed. I'm referring specifically to the block of Coxwell just south of O'Connor Drive, which hosts a collection of mom and pops and other small businesses, collectively known as Olde East York Village.
There's parking right on Coxwell (diagonal--I should add) and the 70 bus from Coxwell Station will take you right to mom and pops' front stoop. Just look for the--uhh--giant LCBO. (Every neighbourhood has to have one, right?) Here are some places to check out on Coxwell.
Beverley's Café is known for its butter tarts and meat pies. "Some of the best in Toronto!" the woman behind the counter tells me. The epitome of Olde East York mom and pop, Beverley's offers more than just baked treats, offering Panini, wraps, soups in the fall and winter, and a $3.99 breakfast special served every day before 11:30 a.m.
Free Topping Pizza
Free Topping Pizza is that typical pizza joint around the corner. Painted bright yellow outside and advertising its $7.99 large pepperoni special, Free Topping Pizza also offers sandwiches and subs, to be enjoyed on a bar stool--sorry, no tables here.
Karma Kafe is the resident indie coffee shop, offering fair trade organic coffee along with little baked treats. The wicker furniture is comfortable and homey, great for making use of Karma's free WiFi. The café is open every day of the week, but closes early (4p.m.) Monday to Thursday.
Remarks Bar & Grill
Remarks Bar & Grill has an awesome raised patio, surely perfect for its weekend brunch (when kids' pancakes are free!). The interior is surprisingly sprawling with lots of dark booths and wooden tables. Live entertainment is rare, the bartender tells me, but it does happen. Eight-dollar lunch specials, on the other hand, are every day.
Little Coxwell Restaurant
Little Coxwell Restaurant is a Vietnamese and Thai restaurants characterized by its curious 'chef-in-a-bowl-of-soup' logo. In any case, there's lots of seating inside (I reckon those are Ikea tables and chairs) and offers curries, noodle soups, rice dishes and more. Little Coxwell Restaurant also offers free delivery to the surrounding area.
Lickadee Split is a recent Olde East York Village arrival, bringing ice cream and milkshakes to the Coxwell community. The sidewalk is lined with full-sized and colourful kiddie patio chairs, to be inhabited after grabbing a scoop of Birthday Cake or S'mores ice cream inside. There's also indoor seating and a colouring wall for those rainy summer days.
San Francesco's Foods
San Francesco's Foods does brisk business at its Clinton Street location but here on Coxwell regulars also flock here for its authentic Italian fare including its famous veal sandwiches. And just so that you don't miss the idea, San Francesco's sign is in the shape and colour of the Italian flag, its caricature chef is wearing an Italian flag hat, and its window is framed in red, white, and green. Pizza slices start at just $1.75.
Kouzina Eatery sounds Greek, but it actually offers a little bit of everything. It's empty when I walk in, so the couple behind the bar walk me through their offerings. There's the $3.95 burger, the $6.95 corned beef on a bun, and "souvlaki, souvlaki!" as the older gentleman put it. The all-day breakfast is also a big draw.
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