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Poor John’s Cafe On Queen West

December 5th, 2011 | City LivingRestaurantsQueen West

Today has been one of those blustery wet rainy days that, while seasonally-warm for the month of December in Toronto, still sent a slight chill to the bone that quickly had us yearning to be indoors with a hot cup of coffee and some comfort food to nosh on.  So after my associate James and I popped by the Robert Watson Lofts on Sorauren Avenue in Roncesvalles Village, we headed to Poor John's Cafe at 1610 Queen West to get cosy with a meal. After all, who says you have to have a business meeting in a boardroom?

First, are you familiar with Robert Watson Lofts? 

The Robert Watson Lofts is a former confectioners manufacturing plant dating from the 1900's that was converted to hard lofts in 2007, with a second newly constructed concrete and glass loft mid rise constructed behind the original factory. Located on Sorauren Avenue and totalling 153 units, the complex is a mix of authentic lofts in its 5-storey original portion which feature exposed brick and soaring wood ceilings, and the modern 6-storey annex constructed of poured concrete with a curtain wall of glass. The buildings share a lush landscaped courtyard, green roof garden, parking, storage lockers and a stylish amenity space. Click HERE for one of our past listings in the complex called Cube With A View! Here's a pic of the courtyard. Isn't it gorgeous?


Robert Watson Lofts


James has always loved Poor John's Cafe, and it appears the rest of its patrons do too. Open since 2006, a quick Google search reveals 93% of the 29 persons surveyed on the website 'liked it'. And guess what? I'm one of those people! This cafe is modest yet comfortable, has the warmth and patina of wood floors, exposed brick and an open concept kitchen. There's an ever-rotating wall of art, a great simple inexpensive menu and attentive service.    

poor johns

poor johns

poor johns

James enjoyed the Pacific Breakfast Sandwich with egg, smoked salmon, brie and dill on marble rye with salad and roast potatoes, while I had the Breakwich Sandwhich of scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese. If you're a reader of this blog, you may recall I have an affinity to these. Click HERE to see the one they serve at The Drake Hotel. 

For those seeking some Yum! on a budget (it was $25 for lunch for 2), this is an entrepreneur worth supporting!

Poor John's Cafe is at 1610 Queen West. Click HERE for their engaging website!

~ Steven

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