7 West Cafe serves all-day breakfast and pub food 24/7, 365 days a year.
They’ve been doing so for around 30 years in a unique three-level brick walk-up space.
The first floor is the only one fully open 24/7. The hours for the rest of the space are still impressive, the second floor opening at 3 p.m. and closing at 4 a.m.
The third floor is only open for dinner service Monday through Thursday, but operates from morning until last call (about 11 a.m. - 4 a.m.) on Friday and Saturday.
Antipasto platters ($20.95) fan out thick slices of tomato and cucumber piled with red onion, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and soft bocconcini, furls of prosciutto lining the edges of the plate.
The 7 West Sampler ($21.95) is another such option with hummus, roasted red pepper with chevre, pita, bruschetta, bocconcini and olives.
Poutine ($12.95) is a late night favourite here, thick cut steak fries with a viscous, steaming gravy over cheese curds. Nothing fancy, but it’s not cold or congealed, the cheese curds stretchy and squeaky. The fries eventually break down but they’re fat enough to keep soaking up the cheese and gravy, so I can see how this would become a standby.
An All The Time Breakfast ($15.95) is also beloved: fried or scrambled eggs with sausage, toast, home fries and a choice of bacon, smoked turkey or ham. If you liked your fried eggs crispy and bubbly these are the way to go, and the bacon is on the thin and crunchy side but evenly cooked and appropriately greasy.
Virgin Pasta ($15.95 for lunch, $17.95 for dinner) is part of a list of pastas that are a bit simplistic for the price, though they are available all hours of the day. This one dresses spaghetti simply with olive oil and garlic, tossing it with a medley of broccoli, peppers, mushrooms and cauliflower.
Penne Chicken ($17.95/$18.95) is again pricey but hearty, thick penne tubes with an equally thick cream sauce and mushrooms, peppers, onion, grilled chicken, garlic and parmesan.
The Bacon Mushroom Burger ($17.95) follows suit with a humongous patty heaped with sauteed mushrooms, bacon, house sauce, lettuce and tomato, but shell out $3 more for thick slices of aged cheddar.
A French Martini ($12) follows suit with the food in that it’s a high price tag for what’s basically vodka and pineapple, but it’s apparently a more popular cocktail here and there’s a little Chambord in there too as well as a retro dusting of chocolate powder.