256 Crawford St., Dundas West
Tampered Press is one of those cute spots outfitted with book-lined shelves and board games, while mismatched chairs and stools surround tables of various sizes. All the treats are organic (the coconut loaf and macaroons are standouts). This café is a family business, run primarily by Caitlyn Zannoni, who also happens to be a nutritionist and hosts talks and seminars on healthy living on Sundays for regulars in the neighborhood.
The Black Hoof (Closed)
928 Dundas St., Dundas West
The Black Hoof was the first restaurant offering from the Toronto food scene's reigning restaurateur Jen Agg (also of Grey Gardens), a modern gastropub specializing in all things meat complemented by a stellar cocktail program. The lighting is low, the is music pumping, and food-wise, everything—including the charcuterie—is made in-house. Photo: @caciopapi.