A fork­ful of Toronto a Thai lunch

Where this startup ge­nius would dine for a day

Thornhill Post - - Food - by Katie Bridges

For our new food col­umn, we’re ask­ing no­table Toron­to­ni­ans where they would dine for a fi­nal day in Toronto if for some crazy rea­son they de­cided to leave town.

First up is Tyler Han­d­ley, co­founder of Inkbox, the world’s first ever semi-per­ma­nent tat­too com­pany. With lit­tle ac­cess to cap­i­tal, Inkbox earned $275,000 through a Kick­starter cam­paign, and later raised $1 mil­lion in seed fund­ing, al­low­ing them to cre­ate a tem­po­rary tat­too that lasts for now — as in eight to 18 days — not for­ever.

For his hy­po­thet­i­cal last meal, we’re ship­ping the startup su­per­star off to Sil­i­con Val­ley. Here are his food picks for his last 24 hours in Toronto.

hole-in-the-wall break­fast

I like to go to this clas­sic, hole-inthe-wall, fam­ily-run break­fast joint, called Av­enue Open Kitchen [7 Cam­den St.] It’s the kind of place where you still get the small, lit­tle white cups of cof­fee. I would get a western omelette with pep­pers, mush­rooms, onions and cheese with home fries on the side.

I was look­ing for a greasy spoon, and a friend of mine who had been there for lunch told me about it. It’s old school and it re­minds me of my child­hood — some­where my par­ents would take me after hockey prac­tice on a Sun­day. I would ei­ther go to Pai [18 Dun­can St.] or head to Roy­woods on lower Bathurst [121 Fort York Blvd.] Roy­woods is kind of an unas­sum­ing place. You don’t re­ally know what to ex­pect, but they do a mean jerk chicken sand­wich on this re­ally fresh co­conut bun with coleslaw on the side. I’d also get a grape­fruit “Ting.”

If I went to Pai, I’d get the pad gra prow. It’s pretty sim­ple — a rice-based dish with ground beef on top, some chopped onions, fish sauce, chilies, an egg on top and some sliced cu­cum­bers on the side. To go with it, I’d grab a Singha beer. I like to use the mar­ket, which has a pickup area, so you can avoid the line­ups.

clas­sic drinks

I would go to Bar Hop [391 King St. W.] for their ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of beers be­cause I love try­ing new ones. They have a great se­lec­tion of lo­cal beers, in­ter­na­tional beers and just re­ally in­ter­est­ing unique and sour beers. It’s a clas­sic bar where you just sit at an old, dirty ta­ble.

If I wanted cock­tails, I re­ally like the vibe at Rush Lane [563 Queen St.W.] I would get a twist on an old-fash­ioned or any sort of Bour­bon-based cock­tail that they do there. There’s a cool lit­tle nook they have where you can play Mario and there’s a fish tank be­hind you.

my last sup­per

Op­tion one: I would go to Lee [601 King St. W.] and get the Sin­ga­porean-style slaw. I think I’d have to get a fancy cock­tail of the day. There are some re­ally in­ter­est­ing op­tions on their drink cart. They do a re­ally good job of mak­ing it feel ro­man­tic whilst also be­ing very open at the same time. You never re­ally feel like you’re cramped to­gether be­cause the room has brick walls with floorto-ceil­ing win­dows.

Al­ter­na­tively, I would head to Khao San Road [11 Char­lotte St.] and get the Three Flavours Pad Thai — the best pad Thai I’ve ever had. Hon­estly, I just go there for the food, but the vibe up­stairs at the bar is re­ally cool.

The thing I would miss the most about the Toronto food scene is the amaz­ing va­ri­ety of restau­rants.

Clock­wise from left: Inkbox’s Han­d­ley is all about chef Susur Lee’s slaw, Rush Lane’s bour­bon cock­tails and jerk chicken san­dos from Roy­woods

Tyler Han­d­ley

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