Les­lieville

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This for­mer in­dus­trial area gen­tri­fied rapidly at the start of the 21st cen­tury. To­day, many for­mer fac­tory build­ings are chic con­dos, but the main strip on Queen Street re­tains a vil­lage-like feel.

MID­DLE EAST­ERN IN­FLU­ENCE

Hailed Cof­fee fuses western style with east­ern in­flu­ences: while the dé­cor is min­i­mal­ist and Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired, the cof­fee is steeped in Ara­bic cus­toms. Lo­cally-roasted beans are in­fused with car­damom, which makes it more aro­matic and gives it a smoother taste. Sea­sonal of­fer­ings like ajwa, mab­room, and sukkari hon­our the Mid­dle East­ern rit­ual of savour­ing sweet dates while sip­ping cof­fee. 801 Ger­rard St. E., hailed.ca

WA­TER­ING HOLE

Named for the bar­tender in

The Shin­ing, Lloyd’s on Queen is a small and cozy bar serv­ing up clas­sic cock­tails, beer, and bar snacks like burgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheese. The eclec­tic dé­cor in­cludes a mix of still im­ages of Jack Nicholson from the afore­men­tioned

1980 hor­ror flick, as well as photos of the Toronto Blue

Jays in ac­tion. 1298 Queen St. E., lloyd­son­queen.ca

ON-TREND SHOP­PING

Housed in a con­verted bun­ga­low, Good Neigh­bour is a lo­cal cu­ra­tor of all things cool and hip. The “gen­eral store” stocks ap­parel, denim, and footwear for the en­tire fam­ily from the likes of Cit­i­zens of Hu­man­ity, New Bal­ance, Tiger of Swe­den, Na­tive Shoes, and Sundry, as well as ac­ces­sories, house­wares, toi­letries, gift­ware, books, and more. There’s an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of Her­schel Sup­ply Co. back­packs, lunch bags, and pen­cil cases, too.

935 Queen St. E., goodnbr.com

GRAB A SLICE

Hail­ing it­self as the first Detroit-style pizze­ria in the city, De­scen­dant Pizza has a cult fol­low­ing—most days pies sell out. The pizza, which is square in shape, is also char­ac­ter­ized

by its thick, chewy crust and tomato sauce that’s la­dled over the top­pings—hence its nick­name as an “up­side down pizza.” You could opt for the clas­sic pep­per­oni, but there’s also The Mex­i­can with chorizo, pick­led goathorn pep­pers, and sour cream; or the Elec­tric Av­enue with jerk chicken, pineap­ple, hot sauce, cur­ried lime aioli, green onions, and pep­pers. 1168 Queen St. E., de­scen­dantdsp.com

SHOP FOR TOTS

Par­ents or par­ents-to-be love Baby on the Hip, which also has a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in the west end. The prod­ucts in this shop are cho­sen for their over­all qual­ity, as well as sus­tain­abil­ity and non-tox­i­c­ity. Any­thing and ev­ery­thing that ba­bies need can be found here, from big items like glid­ers and strollers to smaller goods like sleep sacs and sham­poo. 969 Queen St. E., baby­on­the­hip.com

CALL­ING ALL CAR­NI­VORES

At this butcher shop and restau­rant, owner/chef/ butcher Cameron Nel­son brings in a sin­gle cow at a time and breaks it down in house, which means that the meat se­lec­tion at M’Eat Resto Butcher changes of­ten. Lunch sees hearty sand­wiches, steak frittes, a coun­try stew with beef hip, or a lasagna made with ground chuck bolog­nese, while din­ner might en­tail a butcher block with daily se­lec­tions or a raw bar with meat of­fered in tartare, tataki, and carpac­cio form. Ve­g­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans aren’t for­got­ten—co-owner Danielle Brown was a vege­tar­ian for 25 years—with non-meat of­fer­ings in­clud­ing mush­rooms, corn, and smashed pota­toes. 806 Queen St. E., meatresto­butcher.com

SU­PER­HERO HAN­GOUT

A hy­brid cof­fee shop/comic book store, The Side­kick is a cozy spot to sip on a small-batch pour-over from a Spi­der-Man or Su­per­man mug while read­ing up on the lat­est es­capades of Lu­cifer, Lum­ber­janes, Descen­der, and Un­beat­able Squir­rel Girl. There are baked goods from two lo­cal shops, Des­mond & Beatrice, as well as ve­gan-friendly Tori’s Bakeshop. 1374 Queen St. E., theside­kick­comics.com

Hailed Cof­fee

de­scen­dant Pizza

M’Eat Resto Butcher

Baby on the Hip

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