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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Grey Dog

When you step inside The Grey Dog, your first reaction may be to step out. This place will most likely be teeming with people, have a line for for placing orders, few if any tables available and loud. Why should you stay and why would I recommend it? Because the food is very good. And once you've settled in, the mayhem recedes as you focus on your meal. You start thinking - this place is not that bad once you staked out your territory. What was annoying starts feeling like exuberant festiveness. Everyone seems happy, and life is good.
Finding casual places to eat with no table service and good food is not easy anywhere. The Grey Dog is technically a coffeehouse, and they are known for their coffee. However, the food menu is quite extensive - ideal for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, but I have had dinner here as well. The prices may appear a tad high for the type of place, but the portions are large, typically with sides and made with high quality ingredients. The atmosphere is cozy, woodsy, New England with nautical accents - oars above the windows and a row of buoys outdoors below the front window. More photos here. When the weather is warm, the front windows are open and a table there is quite pleasant. A wooden bench outdoors provides a place for customers as well as passersby to rest or eat, a good spot for dog spotting.
Don't be daunted by the lines - they move more quickly than expected. Place your order at the counter, grab a table, and when your order is ready, someone will come out, call your name, and deliver your food. And through some miracle, you always seem to get a seat...

NOTE: The Grey Dog was created in 1996. It was named after Moose and Goose, the owners' two labrador retrievers - one white, the other black. The location in the photo is the original at 33 Carmine Street in the Village. A second location recently opened at 90 University Place.


Chuck Pefley said...

First impressions can so often be wrong. Thanks for the reminder ... and the very interesting view inside.

Michael said...

Gotta love the grey dog. Brunch is the best!

"alice" said...

i am beyond thrilled to have found this blog....a healthy AND inspiring new addiction! your photos and words are making the move back to the city one that i'm looking forward to more than ever now!



Anne Corrons said...

I love the Grey Dog. I'm used to going to the one that is on University.The food is really good!

Brian said...

The food is much better than typical "fast food" or cafe/bar snacks. I wish there were more places like this.

Greg said...

These posts you do about little eateries and watering holes and other "not obvious" places around the city are among my very favourites!

I wish I had an easy way to keep track of these, it would make a great visitors guide for those coming back who had already done the "obvious" touristy things-you should do a book!!

Thanks, Brian.