right in the middle.

last monday i headed into the heart of Kensington (one of my favourite inner city neighbourhoods) to the one year anniversary party for Midtown Kitchen & Bar.

my lovely date for the night was my social media darling Kelsey, better known as @lubeyisms for those on twitter.

midtown anniversay

we had a pretty romantic night, which included catching up over a glass of champagne, delicious appetizers, and our posed engagement portrait.midtown kitchen

when i first moved to the city, the space was a Greek restaurant that i never thought was open; it was always empty. what a shame for such prime real estate in the eclectic little neighbourhood.

when it was recreated as Midtown Kitchen & Bar, my craft beer-loving coworkers turned me on to it and their pountine burger (it’s exactly what you think. poutine on a burger. talk about decadent, and no i haven’t tried it).


Midtown’s mission? eat local.

the food is created in house with ingredients by local producers – Alberta/BC – and seafood from the Canadian shores. to top it off they offer small batch craft produced wines, beers (like their featured Village cask that evening, infused with bacon vodka) and spirits.

Midtown Kitchen

i was pleasantly surprised by the space, the menu and the atmosphere. it would make a great date spot, since there is a nice mixture of elegant with their casual…plus, oysters.

Midtown Bar and Oysters

happy one-year anniversary, Midtown! here’s to many more.

what’s your favourite hidden gem restaurant in your town?

photos courtesy of Mike Bailey.