December 7th: Shopping Makes Me Hungry

December 8, 2011 | by glebeadmin

When the rustle of shopping bags turns into the rumble of an empty tummy, it’s time to sit down, have a bite of brunch, and plan your next gift-hunting strategy. Fortunately, the Glebe can satisfy your hunger pangs as easily as we can your shopping desires!

Hmmmmmm—a great cup of coffee and a flakey croissant make an excellent start to a shopping day. Check out the French Baker (801 Bank St.) to find out why readers of La Presse think these croissants are the best! Or plunk down on a tall bar stool in the window of the Wild Oat Bakery (817 Bank St.)  and enjoy some gluten-free goodies while you watch the world rush by outside.

Feeling a little spicy? Try a combo plate of Middle Eastern delights, like hummus, kafta, kebbeh, and baba ganoush over at Jericho Lebanese Food (840 Bank St.) Or get your hips swaying at Alex’s Bread & Deli (873 Bank St.). This popular spot is known for serving up their exotic dishes—like jalapeno muffins and spicy pork ribs—with sultry Latin music on weekends.

Multi-tasking time! That fabulous art you see on the walls of the Urban Pear (151 Second Ave.) was all created by local artists—and it’s all for sale, too. Choose the perfect gift piece while you munch on food made from the freshest local ingredients, like wild nettle and celeriac soup.

Of course brunch classics like eggs benny, crepes, steak, and omelets abound. Von’s Bistro (819 Bank St.) has been dishing up French bistro-style brunches for over 30 years. Got a beer-snob in tow? Lunch at The Clocktower Brew Pub (575 Bank St.) features hearty pub grub with cask-conditioned ales.

Don’t forget—every $20 you spend gets you a stamp on your Glebe-Spree Passport. So make brunch count toward possibly winning that $10,000 spree!