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The Happy Hooker

The Happy Hooker

When you visit a place called The Happy Hooker, you better expect to leave pleased. The restaurant used to be a head shop and seems to draw upon the chill vibes that its predecessor possessed. It's a bright blue beach house filled with mismatched decor and old arcade games, sandwiched between the brown and grey buildings of Dundas Street West.

The menu is seafood-based (if you didn't gather that from the restaurant's name), with every dish made of fresh and seasonal ingredients – there isn't even a freezer on the premises. We ordered the Baja Fries ($5) and three of their tacos: GrouperShrimp, and Cali Baja ($3.50 each).

Baja Fries ($5) and Grouper, Shrimp, & Cali Baja Tacos ($3.50 each)

The fries were topped with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, tabasco sauce, and chives. They were like supreme fries on crack: fresh and with a kick. Despite how good they were, they didn't come close to the tacos, which were made of soft tortillas, with either beer-battered grouper, grilled shrimp, or breaded baja, topped with crisp cabbage, chipotle sauce, gaucamole, and sour cream. We're sure no elaboration is necessary to convey how delectable they were.

Eating at The Happy Hooker feels like you've been transported to the beach. We were sitting at a wooden bar table, listening to '90s R&B, and enjoying delicious seafood with air conditioning reminiscent of an ocean breeze... and what's better than that?

Butter Avenue

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Wylie's Pub

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