If you call Liberty Village home, you know that this young neighbourhood has been flourishing not only in terms of residential real estate but with new shops and eateries popping up on the local streets, giving it a cool neighbourhood vibe. One of these eateries and latest additions to the ‘hood is Local Public Eatery located at the corner of East Liberty Street and Hanna Avenue, in the former Origin Liberty space.
This 120-seat restaurant is the eastern outpost of a Vancouver-based restaurant chain. One might think that in Toronto foodie culture, what seems to be a "big-box" restaurant would not have much of a chance, but with any establishment the recipe for success is simple - tasty food, attentive service and an engaging atmosphere. Local Public Eatery checks all these boxes, in our opinion.
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As we arrive the place with buzzing with the lunchtime crowd, mostly folks who work in the area, and despite the line up at the door the staff was quickly able to accommodate us. The space fits right in with the industrial character of the area, with a large bar in the centre of the room surrounded with metal bar stools, with several tables further out and comfy booths lining the walls. Much like a laid-back rec room, there are large screen TVs for the sports fans, while a split-flat display board (much like in a train station) advertises current brews on the seven rotating taps and updates the list each time a keg sells out. And for those that prefer something a little stronger, at least two kinds of whiskey are served from tap.
But the day is still young and it’s a bit early for taps and kegs, so as we scan the lunch menu we settle on the crispy chicken sandwich. It arrives served on a portuguese bun with coleslaw and BBQ mustard sauce, with a generous side of thin, crispy fries. We love that although this spot offers pub-favourites like hamburgers and fish n’ chips, there are also healthier options like a variety of well crafted salads as well as small share plates.
After an hour or so here, we completely get why this eatery is a popular spot in the neighbourhood. With its friendly vibe and delicious food is definitely worthy of its name - LOCAL. Definitely a great place to meet up with old friends and make new ones, too.
Local Public Eatery
171 East Liberty Street
Monday - Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am;
Thursday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am;
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Sunday - 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Along with Balzac's Coffee, Local Public Eatery is yet another fun spot worth checking out in Liberty Village neighbourhood. How fantastic would it be to have this local pub only steps from your home? Check out this urban-cool loft —> Fun and Function at The Toy Factory Lofts in Liberty Village. Now SOLD!
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