At the beginning of the year, my friends and I decided to start getting together once a month for a nice dinner. While we do see each other quite frequently, we thought it’d be fun to class it up and try something new other than our regular haunts – and with that Fancy Food Fridays was born.
We meet on the 2nd Friday of every month for dinner. Someone is responsible for nominating 3 restaurants each time and then we vote. Our second FFF is coming up this week so I wanted to write a quick note about our first dinner before I fall too behind.
We went to Fire on the East Side which is located at the corner of Gloucester and Yonge. It’s a great, intimate place with friendly staff and great southern comfort food with a twist. I ordered a side of the Cajun Mac and Cheese to start followed by their crab ravioli. I admit it was a tad Carb heavy, but you just do not pass up Cajun Mac and Cheese! I’d been to FOTES before so I knew what I was getting into… and I regret nothing! You can see my previous review of them here.
After dinner we made our way to a nearby sports bar to watch some NCAAB action and played a few hours of trivia. It was a great night of food and friends – it’s no wonder why FFF is quickly becoming my favourite day of the month.
I heard about this place when it opened and since changing jobs to the city, I’ve walked past it a handful of times. With a clever name as this, I knew I had to try it. I finally decided to stop in yesterday for lunch – a small soup, a grilled cheese sandwich and drink for $7.50. A tad expensive for the description, but I was willing to give it a shot.
The grilled cheese was basic and good (cheddar on white bread) – though I challenge you to mess up a grilled cheese when you have a panini press. I ended up getting the tomato bacon soup because the guy behind the counter said it had a kick to it, and who doesn’t love bacon? He was right – the soup was pretty much all kick and no flavour. You could barely taste the tomato with all the spices mixed in, and when you could taste it, it resembled tomatoes straight from the can. Much too acidic for my liking. The bacon although plentiful also had no flavour. Very disappointing. That being said, I’d probably go back for lunch, but just for the sandwich at a somewhat decent price of $3.50.
Tomato Bacon Soup and Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I am intrigued to come back for their ice cream, which I will probably do when the weather gets nicer. It is a very cute shop and their staff is a big reason why I would return. The guy who helped me was very friendly and personable and he struck up a natural conversation while waiting for my sandwich to grill. For me, in a day of busy people shoving their way to get where they’re going, it’s nice to find a place that is relaxed and friendly. Definitely worth a second chance.
545 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M1
My Yelp Rating: 2/5