The Nook

January21

Have you driven down Sherbrooke St. recently on a weekend morning? If you have, you are likely to have seen the line ups at The Tallest Poppy and Stella’s. Another place that is a less trendy spot but just as good is called The Nook. The latter has been around long before the area became gentrified; thirty years in fact. Originally a Salisbury House, the corner spot was once known only to staff at the Misrecordia Hospital but more recently, the place draws a varied crowd. On this day, my sister and I were meeting for a quick lunch. I was concerned that we might not be able to get a seat (by a window) without a wait, but arriving just before noon, meant that we had no concern.

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I selected a spinach and feta omelet from their extensive menu. The eggs were perfectly cooked (i.e. not “overcooked” which often happens with omelets) and the stuffing was plentiful. Served with a side of toast, it was a satisfying lunch.

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My sister was on the spinach trail too and opted for a spinach salad with grated mozzarella, hard cooked eggs and side bacon. You could tell the latter was not the lesser ingredient of bacon “bits” as the entire crispy strip crowned the top of the dish. The hot dressing which accompanied the salad was made from what we thought were the bacon drippings and provided a savoury treat. Athina emailed me after my Canstar piece was published to clarify that this is not the case. She indicated that her vegan customers were upset. The result is a hearty salad absolutely packed with satisfyingly salty flavours.

I have it on good authority that their burgers, chicken fingers and perogies are all tasty too.

Proprietors Athina and Bill Parasidis know the formula to keep their guests coming back, sometimes many times per week: fresh ingredients, expertly prepared and served with efficiency and courtesy.

The Nook Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quote: “Fortunately I am not one of those beings who when they smile are apt to expose remnants, however small, of horrible and degrading spinach clinging to their teeth.”-Salvador Dali,

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Love -that is all.


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