Mad Dog Cafe
There are still plenty of hardware stores on this Eastern stretch of Gerrard, and Mad Dog has some vestiges of one as well - a large paint and hardware sign.
NOSE & SWIRL
Duct-taped banquette is one way to start the experience, however, it is not a positive one, though. It was surprisingly idle for a Sunday morning. Walking up from Queen Street with hoards of people waiting outside.
With a hand-painted, hardware sign hanging on the welcoming brick beige wall, a warm industrial mood was set, enhanced by the live-edged tables. Turns out the sign was donated by a nearby hardware shop - a worthwhile attempt to preserve some of the neighbourhoods history and character.
There was a wide variety of chairs matching by tables were up for grabs. Our very friendly waitress, Marie, was very sweet throughout our experience, taking immaculate care of us.
With a garage roll-up door opening up to the patio in the summer, we thought that we should be back soon to experience the buzz of Gerard adding to the vibe.
We ordered a Mad Dog breakfast sandwich, the Open Faced Guac Sandwich and a stack of buttermilk pancakes with a blueberry compote.
The Open Faced Guac Sandwich - a very simple and fresh dish with guacamole, onion, and tomato on a multi-grain toast, topped with two poached eggs (as we picked). The more flavourful part was the side of hash-browns along with onion and a bitter burnt smell - a very pleasant addition.
The Mad Dog Classic Sandwich dish was on the heavier side and altogether a dry meal - panini pressed bread filled with 2 eggs, beans, bacon - a typical diner dish, if you may. Lots of bread, not that much content and we’d say that it needed some mayo or dijon to add in some flavour.
Give their teas a try - they have a wide selection of herbal ones. Ma Cherie enjoyed the Lemongrass Citrus one (lemongrass, lemon peel, orange and orange peel).
The pancakes made up for any other shortcomings - soft and moist, we appreciated them for not being the regular fluffy look, but dry on the inside. The side of blueberry compote and powdered sugar made the the dish even better.
When we saw our food, we realized that the pancakes could have easily been a side instead. There was a bit too much food for us, but all was well priced and of a high quality.