Hunny is a pink-lit evening snack bar by the folks behind Hogtown Vegan and just the spot to curl up with a bowl of vegan carbonara and a daily crossword.
Hogtown co-owners and longtime vegetarian pals Jaclyn Walker and Jillian Krasnicki turned the old Bloorcourt location into a late-night dive.
Hardback chairs have been traded in for upholstered sofas and a relaxed bar vibe is favoured over quick table turnover. The familiar green walls are now pink and hold shelves of vintage knickknacks.
A retro purple-pink hue pouring out the storefront draws people in – the food, drinks and games (make sure to play The Game of Things) are what keep them around until midnight.
The menu, brought to the table along with their crossword of the day, consists of some new Hunny signature meals as well as trusted dishes from the original restaurant. Only the classics have stuck: Caeser salad and mac n' cheez, famous for tapping into a vegan's nostalgic side.
The noodles ($10) are coated with a fairly thick faux cheese sauce and topped with herbed breadcrumbs for a bit of crunch.
Carbonara ($14) also with macaroni does well on mimicking the creamy pasta without any eggs. Bacon made from wheat gluten wouldn't necessarily be mistaken for the real thing but it does add saltiness.
The meatless bacon shares the spotlight with Daiya cheese for the panini grilled cheez ($10). It comes with kettle chips and you'll have to pay an extra $4.50 to $5.50 to upgrade to a side mac n' cheez or Caeser, which feels a bit steep.
The grilled quesadilla ($13) is stuffed with seitan steak, Daiya cheese, sauteed onions and banana peppers that are pickled in-house. Dip it in the chipotle on the side.
Save a bit of room for a slice of homemade lemon coconut bundt cake (served with whipped lemon butter), an espresso brownie or gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread.
Similar to Hogtown, the drink selection includes a few local draft beers and simple, yet tasty cocktails centered around made-in-house syrups.
Lavender Collins ($12) is a spin on your classic Tom Collins and has gin, organic lemon juice, soda and lavender syrup.
If you're feeling more spicy than sour, consider a tajin-rimmed spicy margarita ($14) with tequila blanco, Cointreau, chili syrup and organic lime juice.
Striking an "I'm a princess" pose under the neon sign at the back of the bar feels almost obligatory to commemorate a visit here after you've inevitably spent a good few hours hanging out.