I didn't eat a lot there--just a blueberry scone, but it was quite good. Served grilled in a panini press, dripping with melted butter & accompanied by an orange slice. My cup of tea was just just run-of-the-mill bagged Earl Grey, but if you're a coffee drinker, I hear they brew a good cup of java. My friend's breakfast sandwich looked really good & she enjoyed it.
Tandem Bike Cafe is in an old-school shop in the front of an old house in a fairly quiet, mainly residential neighbourhood. I loved the relaxed ambiance & the eclectic decor. This is the kind of place I'd love to hang out in more often. Many of the seats are old public bus benches & there are a few funky old bikes hanging near the ceiling. The worn, painted patchwork wood floor & bike related doodads everywhere It wasn't busy when we were there--a Friday late morning--so Bronte had free run of the place.
The prices are good & the staff are friendly. You could hang out for a while. Which you might want to do if you've brought your bike for service there. Yup, you can get your bike fixed up & have a latte all in the same place. Clint, one of the owners of the cafe, mans the bike shop end of the business. While I was talking to him, I realized that I'd met him before in a local park our kids were playing at. I was asking him about his cargo bike--a Cetma that comes apart in the middle of the frame. By the way, if you're interested in longjohn style front-loader cargo bikes, Tandem is a Cetma dealer.
We'll definitely be going back to Tandem Bike Cafe to hang out & investigate the menu further. All in the name of research, right? ;)
Check out Tandem Bike Cafe in person--3195 Heather Street at 16th Ave--or online www.tandembikecafe.com
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