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Shanghai Cowgirl, Rock, Rock, Rock n' Roll Diner

Sweet potatoe poutine by candlelight.

Shanghai Cowgirl does a Sweet potatoe poutine.

Ever wonder where the hipsters go past their curfew?  After they are done crowd surfing, finishing off their brews and seeing a live band, then what? They don’t go to bed silly.  Actually, they take their high-top Converse and skinny grey jeans to Shanghai Cowgirl (538 Queen St. West).  What brings them to this rock n’ roll diner?  It’s the Ramones in the background, the no nonsense attitude, the tattooed Betty Boop waitresses and the down-home cheap and cheerful comfort food. 

On Fridays and Saturdays this place stays up until 4am, where you can eat your feelings by tealight flickers.  The crowd is a strange melange of wannabe vampires from Velvet Underground, late night party girls and indie boys from The Horseshoe.  Anything goes.  To kill the hunger pangs, try the Triple Decker Grill Cheese with the best skinny, salty fries.  If I wasn’t a vegetarian, I would order a round of chili fries covered in shredded cheddar.  For Asian fare (Shanghai, get it?), there are noodles.  And if you are craving something sweet, I recommend the apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This place is also packed for brunch since they do the typical diner all-day breakfast.  One word of advice:  Beware former crushes, if you tend to date Queen West hipsters.  

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