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Introducing: Camp, a new camping-themed Junction café from the former owner of the Beaver

(Image: Natalie Swiercz)

Megan Whiten, former owner of the Queen West’s The Beaver Café, loves camping. She also loves double-entendres, which is why she decided to renovate the ground floor her Baby Point Gates (i.e., west Junction) home and turn it into a Muskoka-inspired restaurant called Camp, complete with plenty of, yes, campy decor, like a sign from a Girl Guide campsite, faux-log flowerboxes and Muskoka chairs. More elegant touches include refurbished wood tables and art by Clint Griffin, Bud Fujikawa and Whiten’s mother, the noted sculptor Colette Whiten, which elevate the room from mere campsite kitsch to a more chic country vibe.

Whiten, making do like any good camper, is currently working around the fact that she doesn’t have a cook top. Her eggs l’espresso, a take on the traditional scramble, are steamed (Whiten uses her Ferrari-red Sibilla espresso machine and steams the egg mixture as though it were a cappuccino). She uses the same technique to prepare the eggs for the breakfast burrito ($8), which is made with veggie chili, cheddar and avocado, and served with a healthy dollop of sour cream and a side of tangy homemade tomato chutney (the chutney recipe was Whiten’s grandfather’s). For those averse to steamed eggs, there are baked options such as daily quiches ($7.95), as well as camp-style French toast ($7)—customers can choose classic, chocolate or almond croissants, which are smothered in a mixture of whisked eggs, cream, vanilla and brown sugar and then baked.

Almost everything at Camp is made in-house save the bread, the sweet gluten-free treats (made by DeFloured), and the quiche shells and croissants (made by Patachou). For now, Camp is offering up primarily brunch and lunch options like salads ($5–$8.50), customizable paninis ($5.50), veggie chili ($6.50) and sandwiches such as Reubens, tuna melts and BLTs ($7). Whiten recently got her liquor licence and is planning to extend business hours into the evening soon, offering tapas such as oysters from Oyster Boy, ceviche and sturgeon caviar.

Camp, 244 Jane St., 647-346-2267

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  • Karen

    West Junction?

  • Megan Whiten

    CAMP Restaurant is located in the area referred to as Baby Point Gates, North of the Bloor West Village

  • Katherine

    We enjoyed a reallly nice brunch here one Saturday. The service is friendly, the food good, the vibe cool. More spots like this on Jane please!

  • Shopper

    Agree. This is nowhere near the Junction. Looking forward to trying it though. The Jane and Annette area has a lot of potential, although several interesting businesses have tried and closed in recent years, particularly after the bike lanes that reduced available parking were added on Annette. Hope more try and succeed, especially restaurants, since there is such a dearth of eating options in BWV. Roncesvalles, on the other hand, seems to have an interesting new eatery opening up every other week. Wish BWV could attract the same, but maybe this corner can do it through lower rents…

  • A.R.

    In response to Shopper, Baby Point isn’t far from The Junction. It’s a short bike ride away from Runnymede, The Junction’s traditional western boundary. “West Junction” is a meaningless place name in reference to this area. I like the Annette bike lane–it’s great way to get to the area safely, and the Humber River parkland if you bike through the Baby Point neighbourhood. I hope the business area centred on Jane and Annette can be revitalized. Sustainable transportation options may be key. There’s one area that is part of The Junction but sometimes forgotten, the area north of the Canadian Pacific railway tracks where Toronto’s meatpacking district was located for a good part of the 20th century: the Stock Yards.

  • Megan Whiten

    Camp Restaurant is now open 7 days a week at 9am (excluding holidays).
    Monday-Wednesday till 4pm.
    Dinner hours are Thursday through Saturday 4:30-10pm and Sunday 4:30-9pm

  • Megan Whiten

    For dinner reservations call 647-346-CAMP(2267)

 

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