Daily Grind is a compact coffee shop at 426 St. Clarens Ave. This Bloordale café opened in 2018, and since then, it has become a neighbourhood favourite for coffee and brunch. They're open 8am-5pm daily*. Update: Daily Grind has re-released their brunch menu at the end of 2020. Brunch is served Friday-Sunday 9am-3pm.
The Daily Grind definitely has a “no muss, no fuss” vibe with its classic menu. Beverages are $4 and under. Popular drinks to get include lattes and Vietnamese coffee. Don't do dairy? Almond or soy milk can be substituted for $0.50, and oat or macadamia milk can be subbed for $0.75.
The coffee shop also sells a limited selection of house-baked pastries. I'd recommend grabbing a flaky croissant on your visit. Another cool offering? The shop's croissant bread pudding.
If you're visiting Friday-Sunday, you need to try Daily Grind's brunch. The café has become one of my favourite spots in the city to grab brunch, with all items ranging from $10-$19. People have raved about the café's Avocado Toast ($11), but my personal favourites are the French Toast ($13) and The Benny ($15.50). Filling portions, affordable, and tastes really good? I can't recommend it enough.
The Daily Grind serves Hale coffee, a local roaster that is located not far from the café. Along with its espresso being served, the Daily Grind’s coffee cups are also adjourned with turquoise lids – another trait very similar to Hale. What does set the coffee shop apart is its artistic flair.
Although you are unable to sit inside, the café’s interior is still one to marvel at. With exposed brick and a dynamic white & black colour scheme, the café has a unique flair to it. Paired with its outdoor patio mural, Daily Grind can be described nothing short of vibrant.
I hope for a future where I am once again able to sit inside a café and enjoy a cup of coffee. Until then, in order to fulfil this future, it is important to continue supporting the local coffee shops struggling during this time - Daily Grind included. One of the best ways to support this café is to simply come by and purchase from them. It can be as small as purchasing a drip coffee every few days, or splurging on a coffee/pastry run for you and your household. My personal favourite: grabbing weekend brunch from the café every couple of weeks. Stay safe, stay caffeinated, and continue to support your local coffee shops.
*Given the COVID-19 pandemic, hours depicted in this post may be skewed as businesses adapt to better serve its staff, customers, and community.