Nestled in a second floor storefront on Bloor, a haven of warm wood, screenprinted posters, and scrummy sammies welcomes hungry Wilco fans. The Sky Blue Sky Sandwich Company is crafting culinary creations named after your favourite Wilco songs-and doin’ it well. Taking refuge on a rainy afternoon, the bright, spacious restaurant, with lots of cozy seating, a fireplace, and a shelf of paperbacks for dining solo, instantly warms me up. The owner, Chad, gives me a smile and a menu, saying he can make any alterations to the sandwiches I want. He recommends his favourites, all the while slicing up home-baked bread and home-made pickles for the eager customers lounging by the window. I settle on the Red-Eyed and Blue, with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and wasabi mayonnaise, and while he whips it up to strains of The Shins we talk indie-rock shop: that is, a pizza place in North Carolina that pays tribute to Ryan Adams, and how Chad loves to experiment in the kitchen. I walk out with one Red-Eyed and Blue for myself, a Dreamer in My Dreams (roast beef, caramalized onions, sharp cheddar) for my boss, and a pumpkin cookie, wrapped cozily in wax paper and a brown bag. Sky Blue Sky is the perfect place to munch on a sandwich while engaged in your favourite book or amazing conversation. We’re going back soon for breakfast (A Shot in the Arm: MTL smoked meat, fried egg, and mushrooms on a country muffin.).
605 Bloor St. W.