Mad Dog Cafe. Part cafe? Part diner? Whatever it is, it is a staple hub in the stretch of what was pretty much a dead area for lively commercial activity since it opened its doors in 2011. Even on a Saturday morning when nearby shops have yet to open, it was packed full of people chowing down on breakfast and sipping on coffee. Perhaps it was the long weekend, but The Jens and I waited for maybe 15 minutes for a table when we did not anticipate a wait.
When we finally got a table, it was right by the large front window, which on a sunny day was, in our opinion, one of the best seat in the house (there was another table behind us by the window).
Both Jennt and myself got the Mad Dog Breakfast, which for $7.95 is quite a filling breakfast. Consisting of two eggs (your way), a choice of either bacon or sausage, hashbrowns (only available during the weekends, home fries on weekdays), multi-grain toast and grilled tomatoes (a substitution for baked beans). Although were some burn bits, it was a good breakfast.
While I am bias when it comes to the potato-egg-sauasge kind of breakfast (twice the love if there was no burnt bits), I can see why Mad Dog Cafe is one of the favourites in the Riverdale community, it’s kid-friendly; majority of the ingredients, coffee and baked goods are sourced from local vendors; you can go in for just a cup of java, and if you’re feeling hungry, you can get some pretty good sustenance. Aside from the food, I wished that there was better ventilation as I came home smelling like a deep fryer.
Mad Dog Cafe
817 Gerrard St. E.