The Happy Hooker 647.769.4243 http://www.happyhookerfish.ca/ open daily lunch & dinner, closed mon Cash Only Unlicensed
Among a sea of browns and beiges, The Happy Hookers stands out like a sore thumb. Once inside the calming aroma of freshly cut wood and unique decor sends out a different message: its all about the food. After ordering at the counter, we find a nice table overlooking the trendy Trinity Bellwoods stretch of Dundas Street West. After a few short moments the lovely, lone server delivers the first up from our order.
The buttermilk oyster slider is plump and juicy breaded with a light dusting of cornmeal, nestled with greens, mayo, pickled onions, cheddar cheese, and lemon aioli between the most perfect spongy bun from Golden Wheat Bakery. Fish and chips are hit and miss; the grouper incased in a wonderful golden crust is moist and flaky, sadly the scorched chips are a disappointment. I did, however, enjoy the housemade Adobe sauce made from Chipotle peppers which start with heat and slowly fades into smoky sweet.
Today’s menu includes three colourful and tasty tacos. The Baja Taco is earthy, topped with guacamole, diced tomatoes, lettuce, cool sour cream and creamy cheddar. Batter fried grouper with diced onions, pickled red cabbage, and cilantro is a delight. My favorite out of the trio is the grilled, lightly charcoaled shrimp taco drizzled with chipotle hot sauce, diced tomatoes and thinly sliced white cabbage.