Passion and incredible food is what you’ll find at Outhouse Panini and Espresso Bar. Located at 393 Jane Street, this kid friendly community cafe is owned by William Ashman, the most enthusiastic cafe owner that I’ve ever met. Buzzing with verve and vitality, William opened Outhouse in February 2011, and it has quickly become a local favourite for moms and kids. Yes, the name inspires images of an outdoor washroom, but it also piques people’s interest. Ask William about the moniker, and he’ll tell you that Nigella Lawson and other famous foodies actually use the term Outhouse to describe an outdoor pantry.
The Outhouse Loves Moms
Wanting to create a community cafe that would combine fabulous food and a great meeting spot, William has made the Outhouse comfortable and unpretentious. Filled with moms and kids of all ages (in fact, he leaves the front area empty of furniture so moms can park their strollers), there is a small basket available of colouring books and toys. Breastfeeding-friendly, the Outhouse is a place where the struggles of balancing life and children are checked at the door.
Hearty Food for Big Eaters
A simple chalkboard menu describes the cleverly-named hot and cold paninis on offer for the day. Fare such as: The Big Boy, grilled veggies, cheddar and bourbon BBQ sauce, The Castro, smoked ham, salami, hot mustard, mozzarella and tomato, and cold sandwiches like The Party Boy, smoked turkey, salami, dijon, mayo, tomato, lettuce, and a pickle await the hungry customers. And the espresso bar is unbelievable. A few sips of the delicious “Lawsuit”, a vanilla latte with caramel drizzle, and I was practically doing cartwheels around the cafe.
Though the Outhouse doesn’t have highchairs or booster seats (William happily accepts donations), it doesn’t seem to matter. This community cafe is the place for moms to hang out and soak up some of the passion William exudes with every sandwich, coffee and word.
Get the Kids Cooking
William strongly believes in developing the relationship kids have with food. “Just Like William”, based on the television game show “Just Like Mom”, which I watched as a kid, his pizza making classes are for children 4 and older. His love of food and life will make any child want to help out in the kitchen more often. Understanding how busy moms are between working and taking care of their families, he will make you a take home pizza and sauce from scratch. The Outhouse also offers adult cooking classes.
There is a kid-friendly brunch on weekdays and weekends, and the Outhouse offers catering, private dinners, and nut-free custom-made cakes for all occassions. Bring cash with you because the Outhouse doesn’t accept plastic. Community-centred, mom friendly and delicious, visit the Outhouse Panini and Espresso Bar for a well-deserved break from your busy life.
Outhouse Panini and Espresso Bar
393 Jane Street West, Toronto, 647-708-2952