As part of the run up to March BreACK!, which, for our family, consists of the most amazing staycation imaginable, we thought we’d showcase some of the local places that inspire us.
Grinder on Main
126 Main St.
Toronto, ON M4E 2V8
Kickstarter Campaign: Help Build the Grinder Kitchen: 2015
Grinder on Main is my all-time a-#1 favourite coffee shop and place to be in our East End Toronto neighbourhood. Their Americanos are the best in the city and the breakfast biscuit with pig, cheese and egg is, well, a “dependency.” The kids love the “kids latte” (steamed milk with flavoured syrup) and the soft, giant ginger cookies with candied ginger bits.
More importantly, the people of Grinder are the bomb! The staff, past and present, are amazing. And James and Trish, the owners, are huge supporters of the local community. They show work and host events for upcoming and established visual artists, writers, and musicians (for example, Stefan Berg‘s paintings, Aaron Comeau’s music and Elizaveta Yankelovich’s The Love Book). They support local vendors in the shop, such as Pluck teas (try the Amaretto Chocolate!) and Tiffin Day curries. James and Trish also carry beverages and bites to all sorts of community events (pumpkin parades, movies in the park, winter skates). They also participate in the Fairmount Park Farmer’s Market (Weds, May-October), open up early for weekend bikers in need of a jolt, and help to maintain the community garden at the school across the street.
This March, Grinder on Main is holding a Kickstarter campaign towards the creation of an amped up kitchen space at the shop. This means new additions to the already amazing breakfast and lunch menu and more space for people to congregate and explore the work of local artists. The fact that they’ve neared their modest goal within the first few days of the campaign goes to show how much their community is behind them. At least at the time of this posting, they’ve not quite reached that goal just yet. Why not check out their kickstarter video and help build the Grinder kitchen if you can?
LOVING OUR LOCAL,
The Lunchbox Season