Dining at Hipster Restaurants (Life Hacks)

In this post, is a picture of a meal I had this weekend. It was tasty and I couldn’t get enough. Literally. The Queen St W area has been good to me for clothes, hats, shoes and all things fashion. However, the food situation can be scarce when your looking for a good hearty meal. I’m not implying that my intention is to stuff my face every chance I get, but sometimes your body just craves a steak after an amazing workout. This weekend happened to be one of those weekends where I was in search of a good steak (I call it "modern urban" hunting and gathering). I also happened to be in the heart of Toronto's Hipster culture. For those of you not familiar with the Queen St W area, its predominantly known as*cough* cough* a “hipster area”. Hipster restaurants usually consist of a very relaxed dressed code for waiters and waitresses who actually have no dress code, sport sailor tattoos, and opt to take your order at the top of their head as opposed to writing it down. The drink menu usually comes before the food menu and in the background you're listening to 90’s hip hop, 1950’s Motown, and surrounded by ironic pictures of moustaches.

Here’s a brief translation of everyday food into its hipster food form…

Hipster meal: 3oz slice bison ribeye cooked in duck fat with 8 straw potatoes with a little bit of truffle oil, with one withered kale leaf which would be a statement piece which represents the organic farmers market vs the large corporate farmers (if you couldn’t tell, I’m being very sarcastic and over dramatic, but its all in the sake of painting the right picture for you. Oh by the way, the dish is $18.99 and meant to be shared.

Translation: Steak and eggs.

Conclusion: Hipsters are lean because they’re calorie restricted.

Now to the meat of this post. Having become an expert in the hipster dining life, I’ve thought of a couple hacks in order to get the most out of your meal and help you opt for more nutrient dense foods whether your ordering from a hipster menu or taking food from a salad bar that charges by weight.

Tip #1. If protein is your priority (lets say you need to meet your protein macros for the meal), then go for red meat. Usually the steak, bison or whatever red meat option on the menu tends to be larger in portion or at least more fulfilling in terms of sustenance.

Tip #2. Nutrient dense options such as seasonal vegetables are a much better alternative to the bacon pancake or Jack Daniels that are usually served. Also note that when ordering at a “food to go” bar that charges by weight, its always better to choose your protein then compliment it with dark leafy vegetables if your trying to be cost efficient. Options such as kale and spinach are lighter in weight but pack a whole lot of nutrients as opposed to the three bean salad that seems to be stable at these types of things.

Tip #3. Don’t ask the hipster waiter “what has the most meat on the menu”. He’ll probably hate you.

Tip #4. Have your post-workout meal at home.

Don’t get me wrong here. Food is an art and I can definitely appreciate what some of these restaurants do in order to prep and cook their food. In most cases the food is well done and tasty. Food is also a social event and not every meal is meant to be smashed.  However if your trying to meet your macros or just in need of some home cooked food, then your best option is your home.

Till next time,