Sidecar
Sidecar

Sidecar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sidecarrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 4165367000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Sidecar
Sidecar Bar and Grill emphasizes simple preparation with fresh ingredients and uncomplicated presentations. A small menu helps to ensure freshness and expedite service, elevating the overall dining experience while maintaining a focus on value. Sidecar succeeds in combining a high level of food and service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Sidecar reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (40)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (27)good for groups (22)late-night find (10)notable wine list (10)hot spot (8)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A quaint location for an upper scale meal which did not cost a fortune. It is rare to see a striploin steak for less than $28.00 in a decent restaurant. Wine list was extensive including a moderately priced Amarone. Staff was pleasant and extremely helpful. Timing for each course was perfect - we were never rushed or waiting for the next stage of our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AESLSK
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Every year, for years, a friend and I each invites the other for a birthday dinner, usually to a restaurant we have not visited before. Sidecar was this year's choice -- and we were delighted. Fresh food -- from local farms -- made in house, served with grace and humour, in a stylishly charming bistro that is priced perfectly ($25 prix fix should you choose). From the bread basket and wine, to the steak frites and pan roasted chicken, to the flourless chocolate torte and a velvety creme brule, Sidecar has set a very high bar for our future birthday dinners. In fact, we'll probably stop searching -- and just make this the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the city
    Biggs
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After my second visit to Sidecar I am hoping to make a third one soon. The food is excellent and the service is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    ottawafoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I enjoyed my experience at Sidecar. I ordered their evening's special, which was fish. It was prepared very well and I enjoyed it immensely. I also ordered a cocktail called El Presidenté, which was stronger than anticipated but again it was well prepared. One of the members of the party received a complimentary dessert as it was her birthday, an added nice touch. The one criticism I would have is that the service was a bit slow considering the number of other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the side trip
    Brad
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    very good restaurant, small but varied menu, great specials. Attentive service, very good food. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Dinner
    mudraxe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I chose Sidecar for my birthday dinner. The service was quick in terms of appetizers, however the main course took 40 minutes. Although we were warned, I was not impressed with the wait. The food was amazing; I recommend the scallops! My main disappointment was the failure to complete my special request to do something special for the birthday girl. Overall, a pleasant experience. If you go in the summer, make use of the patio - stunning décor and cozy atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great people, great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a welcoming and well-run spot any time, but especially good value early in the week when their $25 prix fixe is offered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • applefaceVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My first time here. The amuse bouche was a very nice touch - the fig/onion compote on taro chip was a burst of flavour. We definitely enjoyed our Horse(s) with No Name and El Presidente! We were told the incorrect soup de jour and had to change our orders. The caesar salad with the crispy pancetta was a highlight! My steak was perfectly done, but too heavily salted; my frites were suboptimal - got the bottom of the basket as most were too crispy or burnt, and not a piece of fries was longer than an inch. Patrions at table adjacent to us had fries all about 2.5 inches long - dishes not consistent! Dessert was supposed to be upside down pineapple cake, but was not available and substituted. Nice atmosphere; would give Sidecar another try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Oasis
    Gerry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went to Sidecar not expecting much for a Monday night dinner with my wife and a friend. Instead we ended up having a wonderful and completely satisfying dinning experience. The backyard patio was quaint, quiet, and lovely. The service by the entire staff was exceptional...especially from our server Aiden. Best of all the food was outstanding. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fourth Visit.
    Cherry
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this restaurant. I always bring a new a friend. The service is always wonderful, the food is always perfectly cooked and delicious. I will always come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    warren
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is one of my favorite "go to "restaurants in Toronto as well as my neighborhood. Food and service is consistently excellent. And their prix fix menu is attractive and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Sidecar is adequate -- it's fine, it's pleasant, the food is reasonably well-prepared and plainly presented, there are no surprises. But the food needs something -- it was just alright, but that's all. The dessert -- pineapple upside down cake, was very disappointing -- one little piece of pineapple and a tiny drizzle of caramel sauce on a tasteless sponge cake. Steak frites were fine, but just that -- they were fine. Service was pleasant but slow. So the evening was alright, but not memorable, and I would probably suggest somewhere else next time.
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  • Excellent as always
    TheBestorNeverAgain
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Prix fixe was very, very good. Although desert was excellent, I would like a choice or two.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was all good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    What a pleasant surprise. This restaurant is obviously not hot (at least not on a Tuesday night), but everything was close to perfect. The steak was a little underdone and a bit chewy, but very tasty. And the prix fixe menu is a great deal. You could do much worse for twice the price. Also, the service was impeccable...which may also be due to the Tuesday factor. Nevertheless, I'd come back again and go through the rest of the menu, although I might just stay with the steak frites on account of the frites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new chef, new menu
    MUSHYSPAPPYVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Especially enjoyed the rack of lamb, new to the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    LiveFreeOrDineHard
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went to Sidecar for a special event and it was great. I had the steak and it was cooked perfect medium-rare, my girlfriend had the chicken and loved her meal as well. When it came time to desert it did take a little longer to arrive compared to the rest of the meal which was fast. Even then it didn't feel long and compared to other restaurants I'm sure it wasn't but the host brought us complimentary drinks which was very nice. The waiters were wonderful and I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice quiet place with good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Clark007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Second time to Sidecar and this time for son's Birthday treat. We had a wonderful evening on the patio at the back of resturant. It was such a Lovely experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Hadn't been for about 18 months and decided to give it a try. Food was tasty, though I did leave still hungry. Portions (especially crab cakes) were quite small, however I was particularly hungry so on other nights may not have been an issue. You cant beat the price - terrific value for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    CodyHunter
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner and Sidecar. It was our first visit, but it had been highly recommended by family. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great patio, great food
    Cody
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We celebrated a double birthday at Sidecar. The food was wonderfully prepared, very tasty and seasoned just right. Everyone enjoyed their dinner but personally, I loved the rack of lamb. YUM! The service was outstanding - personable, attentive and professional. The weather totally cooperated that night and we enjoyed dinner on the spacious patio. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    your food is great. the ambiance is good....your kitchen seems disorganized when busy. last two times we experienced extended wait for our food. first time we were compensated with no charge. (waited over an hour after salads) last time similiar time wait. had to ask server three times for bread......got very frustrating...said it was because of power outage which is reasonable...but this is second time it happened, so not sure what to think. will give it a third (and last try) if there is an extended wait for main.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed, again
    EllenB
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    A very nice meal once again and had a friendly, attentive waiter. Would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice time and great food
    NewtoTO
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Went with a small group of friends for a Birthday dinner, got a poorly located table in the back where it was hot and busy with the pickup window, but they quickly accommodated our request to be moved to the beautiful patio in the back without any fuss. Everyone's dish was excellent (Steak Frites X3, Shrimp Risotto, Duck Confit Gnocchi), appetizers and soup just as good. (The seared Ahi tuna was a little salty, but still much to my liking). Overall service was very good as well, professional and friendly. Two areas for improvement, (but still good): Pouring the wine & forgot the bread after asking us if we wanted some. As a nice subtle accent for the birthday they added a small candle to the dessert dish which was a perfect touch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice patio
    MouseJuniorVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I must say the patio at the back is pretty nice. Food is not bad either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lgg011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    they have a very committed owner who ensures that consistent service and food are delivered every time great place to visit
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sidecar in the summer
    Gayle
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The patio at Sidecar is lovely - serene and comfortable. Service is very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great. Excellent steak frites and lamb shank on the menu. Nice selection on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simple & Consistent
    DJpj
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This restaurant has outlasted a lot of its neighbours in the Little Italy strip of College Street, in large part because of its low key approach to simple, delicious food, understated ambience, very affordable pricing, and excellent table service. It remains one of my favourite local destinations, in particular for entertaining out-of-towners, due to the consistency of all these factors. It doesn't alienate less adventurous palettes, nor does it disappoint. The creative cocktail list doesn't hurt either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Vaughan1
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    As usual, the food at Sidecar was excellent. Notable this time was the duck gnocci. What made the meal outstanding was the service. We ate outside on a rainy day and the server physically moved our table to avoid any chance of us getting sprinkled with water. She described the entrée choices eloquently, and as it turned out, correctly. For example the gnocci was described as "pillows of flavour". Her timing as to when and when not to visit our table was professional. For both the food and the service, my partner declared Sidecar to be her new favourite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • llee82
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great service and ambiance. The patio in the back is really lovely. Been a few times and the food is consistently good (not outstanding) and not overly expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Sara
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We loved our dinner. The servers were attentive but not intrusive and everyone made us feel very welcome, comfortable and well informed about the menu. The food was great; delicious, fresh, and thoughtfully composed. We especially liked the duck confit gnocchi with fresh peas and we really enjoyed sharing a cheese plate for dessert. The cocktails were superlative. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous all around!
    Allison
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband and I were visiting from out of town and stumbled on this gem. It was 9:30 sun night so was quiet inside, a few people outside. We sat in the lovely back yard garden, where we got to enjoy a delicious appetizer salad (creamy oregano dressing yum). My husband had the steak.. Loved the garlic aioli, and I had the pumpkin risotto -- also fabulous. Even the coconut cake (included with the prix fixe) was great. And to top it all off, the service was divine! You won't regret eating here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too busy to be excellent
    DP1000
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had an 8:00pm Saturday reservation and were fortunate to be seated on the outdoor patio. It was a lovely evening and the patio was full as were many tables indoors. The food was excellent as usual at Sidecar and the serving staff attentive and friendly. The problem was the wait time for each of the food courses. We finished our drinks and waited and waited for our appetizers and then waited even longer for our main courses. Our server apologized for the delays but it took much of the pleasure from the evening. We have been to Sidecar several times but have decided in the future we'll go early and on weekdays.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 635 reviews are from the Sidecar reviews archive.
  • SideCar Salad
    newjicamafan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Delicious food! One of the best salads I have ever had, introduced me to Jicama. So delicious although the serving size is way too small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone downhill.,
    Dinner4twoVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Sadly, our meal was horrible from start to finish. I've always enjoyed this restaurant in the past. Hopefully a "one off".
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  • Always fabulous!
    FireMonkey56
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Sidecar is one of my favorite restaurants for dinner with my special friends. The servers are attentive, friendly, polite, sophisticated - its obvious that they love their work. I usually order my favorite, steak frites and its perfect every time. Plus I love their cocktails. Definitely will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service made the rxperience
    HappyDays
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Coming from the restaurant industry I find myself constantly finding myself thinking...we would be having more fun if I hosted dinner... Or... What is this servers problem, I don't care if they're having a bad day... But I found myself in the moment, enjoying every inure of my conversation with my friend but also my server. Shout out to her! Beautiful girl with that being said with the proper definition of the word. The food was fantastic. The pesto on the buffalo mozzarella app was incredible! I have since told many people since being there and that was two days ago. Great job team!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The steak was cooked to perfection, though a touch salty. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Great neighbourhood spot for dinner or drinks. Excellent for client entertainment if you need a place you can still have a conversation that isn't drowned out by loud music or a chattery crowd.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great!
    hungryjennVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I always enjoy dining at Sidecar. Food, drink and service is fantastic - I always enjoy nights out here! Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic night out at Sidecar.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Outstanding service, excellent food and wonderful atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A delightful find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I guess that Sidecar has been around for quite a time, but not actually living in T.O., I'm not on top of the whole restaurant scene. But for us, this first occasion at Sidecar was a delight in every sense. The food, across all courses, was great, subtly creative and very much more accessibly priced than most spots that we have been to recently. The service was simply perfect - cordial, attentive, unobtrusive and insightful. Our group of four were unanimous in our appreciation and enjoyment. We will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.