I discovered Finch's, located at the corner of West Pender and Richards, in 2007 and it's been a favourite ever since. I used to be able to spend a leisurely Saturday morning/afternoon reading my book, sipping on a steamed soy milk with maple syrup, and picking away at a delicious sandwich, but now it's so busy you can't get in the door a lot of the time - which is really my only complaint. NO, I do not mind that it takes a long time for my food to be made. It is fresh, carefully crafted, and always delicious. If you're in a rush, this isn't the place for you and the food isn't meant to be enjoyed quickly anyway!
I highly recommend the Pear Baguette (prosciutto, pears and blue brie, with walnuts and olive oil), but also really enjoy the Applewood Smoked Cheddar baguette (filled with fresh lettuces, cucumber and tomato and liberally sprinkled with salt and pepper). The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie is my favourite (beware: it has raisins), but somehow the cookies are always magically warm and gooey. The decor here is also charming, cozy and non-pretentious. Great for breakfast too. While it may not look like much from the outside, Finch's is a great place to have a meal or spend time with friends.
The Smoked Applewood Cheddar Baguette.
The Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip cookies. Somehow always magically warm.
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