If you asked me to dream up my own version of a perfect cafe/restaurant, it would probably look and feel something like OX - a new joint in downtown Guelph. OX is located on Quebec Street and attached to The Bookshelf bookstore. The cafe has a coffee bistro/bakery at the front of the house, and a rustic newly finished dining room in the back of the house. The place sparkles with a mix of freshness and character. Here's a little peak - but expect to see more of this place around here.
I have never seen a place cater to both students (with its affordable specials and comfy cafe) and upscale clientele so effortlessly.Needless to say, I will be hanging out here a lot from now on.*see more of OX here
The first time I went, I couldn't resist buying a black olive & rosemary loaf of bread for olive oil dipping. The second time I went, I couldnt resist a chocolate croissant (evidence: empty plate above). The third time I go in, I just might have to take the plunge and try one of their pizzas or "sammies" sandwich or even a cheese board with wine. Baby steps.