I can’t remember how many times I have passed Hue’s Kitchen over the last few years. It is one of the restaurants you simply walk by, think – oh, how cute, but never go in.
Well, I finally decided to venture in. Especially because I was in a search of a good Pho.
First off, it’s a really comfortable, modern and cute restaurant. Their patio is also super cute and filled with plants. The menu is simple, the prices are cheap, the portions are big, the staff is friendly and the food is great!
I ordered their large pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), which is only a dollar more from the small portion. Perfect for a cold day and enough to take home. The broth was filled with ginger, lemongrass, garlic and perfectly tender noodles and grilled chicken. I must say, the soup was pretty good and I would order it again. I just wish it had more vegetables.
I’m not sure about their other dishes but if you are a big fan of pho and in the Yonge-Bloor area, I definitely recommend Hue’s Kitchen.
774 Yonge St, Toronto
I have done quite a few Pedestrian Sundays at the Kensington Market over the last few years. Every one of them brings something new and unique. The spontaneity of it all is one of those things that makes it so much fun.
There must have been something in the air or just the realization that this was the second last Pedestrian Sunday of the year and people were out really soaking up the vibe. Bands of every genre on the corner of every block and not one were without a throng of watchers enjoying their music.
Against the Grain patio – picture taken from their website.
Sugar Beach is a great quiet place in the city to just unwind and relax. There is nothing better than biking down to the lake, stretching out a blanket and take a couple of hours to catch up on some reading and have a nice little picnic or check out this great restaurant called Against the Grain, which is located right in the center of the Sugar Beach.
One of the highlights for me is their patio – it’s beautiful, huge, comfortable and great for just sitting back and enjoying the view of the lake. Service while a little slow is friendly and worth the wait because their food is amazing.
Their 8oz burger with bacon and 4 year old cheddar was excellent. Not an American griddle smashed style but a heavy thick burger cooked a nice medium. It came with a salad and a side of fries. Usually I don’t comment on a house salad but this was so fresh and had the lightest yet tasty vinaigrette dressing. The fries were good too.
So next time you’re at the Sugar Beach, visit Against the Grain. It’s well worth it!
25 Dockside Dr.
I recently had the chance to go visit the famed Golden Star burger joint. I’m not the biggest burger fan but I know a good one from a bad one.
Golden Star has been an institution since 1964. Just north of Steeles it straddles the border of North York and Thornhill. Walking in is a throw back in history with melmac, plastic baskets for food and cash only. The only thing they are missing are the styrofoam cups.