I had a rare chance today to spend a couple of hours just “hanging out” on a Monday afternoon downtown. I had been trying to connect with my niece for a while and it just so happened she had an afternoon break while at a school event nearby. I scooted out to pick her up and wondered where I could take her for a lunch treat and a bit of conversation. I am always on the lookout for a different kind of place to take my nieces, somewhere where the ambience, food or experience is a little cool, different or ethnic. Where to go? We had three hours to kill downtown on a freezing cold Monday afternoon and I came up with the perfect place.
I have been having a bit of a love affair with the 24 hour diner at the Thompson Hotel lately. A couple of 1 a.m. runs for triple- decker grilled cheese and an impeccable martini (one night actually in pyjamas) have made this place a repeat destination.
We came across it one night when we were at a swanky private party next door. Crowded wall to wall, super loud and a deep line-up to get to the bar, we decided to duck out and stumbled upon the diner next door. We’ve been hooked ever since.
Great ambience, character filled design, and a perfectly contemporary diner-esque menu that has something for everyone, all at very reasonable prices. The diner was pretty empty at this time, a perfect moment to make ourselves at home by curling up in a street side booth and basking in the floor to ceiling sunshine.
The servers here are very friendly and do a great job, although lunch took a quite a bit of time today. We started off with a strawberry shake that was sublime and gave just a tease of summer around the corner.
To follow a great Smoked Turkey and Avocado Sandwich and a yummy Chicken Harvest Salad.
Light fare today, but I was still drooling over the triple mac and cheese and lusting after the grilled cheese burger (hint: one burger, two grilled cheese sandwiches, I will leave the rest to you.) I will have to leave those to another day, but I’m sure we’ll be back.
Check out my pics from lunch and make sure to check this place out. If you have the nerve and order the grilled cheese burger, let us know and tell us what you think. If not, there is a lot of variety on the menu. You can also call ahead and just pick-up – awesome!