June 2, 2012
I am munching away at a pear, onion and brie sandwich which came with a side of plain chips. The sandwich is nice and warm and the fillings are tasty and generous. The bread is good, but has a tendency to fall apart a bit. Good thing the melted brie is acting as a binder, holding the whole thing together. Somehow it works, and I am pretty satisfied with my lunch, despite the fact that it took a little long to make. The flavours are really nicely balanced. Not too much onion, just enough pear and lots of brie.
From my understanding, this place is fairly new. To me, it looks like it is experiencing a slight identity crisis, which might smooth itself over time. They have this indy-cool vibe and serve up beer and live music in the evenings. They also have all-day breakfast. And a tex-mex section in their menu. And a kid table with drawing supplies. All good things, but evidence of multiple personalities. I am wondering how this will work out in the long run. Maybe people will love it. Or, maybe it is trying too hard to please everyone, and it will end up pleasing very few. For my part, I hope it works out! I will be back for the excellent music and wifi, surely. Plus, I want to try some of their sweets and meet some fellow gluten-avoiders.
As for the service, it was really friendly and attentive, but I was asked to settle my bill in the middle of my meal because of a changing shift. The same happened to the table across from me. It was a bit annoying. I would have preferred to pay upfront or have the option of waiting until I was finished. Nonetheless, I think this place is worth a try and I recommend a visit if you're in the area.
The Daily Grind
601 Somerset Street W.