550 Wellington St W, Toronto, 416-601-3533
DRINKS: Full Bar.
SERVING: Dinner; open 24-hours.
PRICE RANGE: $$$
NEIGHBORHOOD: King West.
Located in the Thompson Hotel and formerly called The Counter, this 24-hour retro-style diner offers a menu of typical diner fare. Comfort food rules here like giant plates of fried chicken and mac n cheese. One of the favorites: Buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar-mashed potatoes.
The site of the Mercat Cross (and of the town’s last public hanging in 1826) is marked out on the setts (rectangular cobbles).
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Tolbooth Street, behind the Steeple, makes the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest street in Britain. Halfway along the High Street turn up through an arch to reach the solid old Faw Kirk (now Trinity Church) with its octagonal Adam tower, and, in the grounds, one of the oldest historical tombs in Scotland, that of a Graeme killed at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. The church was rebuilt in 1771, and again in 1860 when the arched crown of Gothic ironwork was added, though the tower is earlier, and the site goes back to the start of historical time. The grounds were cleared of gravestones in 1962, except for a few historical ones, like Sir John de Graeme’s. There are tombs to victims of the 1746 Battle of Falkirk too: William Edmonstone and Munro of Foulis and his doctor brother. Foulis must have been a paragon; ‘His death was universally regretted. Even by those who slew him’. There are some impressive civic buildings; showing good Victorian confidence as so often. The Jacobean sheriff court was completed in 1868, but when the first Sheriff was appointed in 1834 everyone, perforce, had to use the ballroom of the Red Lion.