208 Queen Street West
Known by locals just as the ‘Queen Mum’, this eclectic cafe has been delivering the goods since it was first established in 1978. Diners at this Toronto favourite can expect the unexpected: traditional cafe-style fare is served alongside Lao-Thai cuisine along with a selection of tempting cakes and desserts.
The café has an atmosphere of “old world charm” according to Toronto Life, with an intimate and cozy interior featuring comfortable booths, wooden tables, and large windows looking onto Queen Street. Though the summer months may be over, patrons still have some time to enjoy the gorgeous garden patio in the rear of the café.
The Queen Mother specializes in lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch – even offering a ‘nite bites’ menu until 1am! Items on the brunch menu range from the classic warm Montreal bagel with cream cheese ($3) or eggs benedict with a choice of peameal bacon, spinach, or smoked salmon ($11.50), to the decadent stuffed challah French toast with berries and toasted pecans ($10.50). Dinner and lunch selections include starters like the quinoa salad ($9.95) or dim dum quartet ($8.50). Entrees are extremely varied, from the curry vegetable roti ($14.95), to the Miami style beef short ribs ($18.95) or the much-loved Pad Thai ($13.95). If you’re craving something suite, there is a tantalizing display of freshly-made cakes to choose from.
With this amazing selection, living near the Queen Mother Café means that you can try something new every time you go! Indeed, this café boasts a unique character and a range of delicious dishes to suit any taste. Check it out soon!