If you’re into Dim Sum snacks, you’ll love that there is now a Mean Bao restaurant up the street from Minto Westside! This little gem started as a food court restaurant in Village on the Grange at Dundas and St. Patrick, and now has its own street-front restaurant at 167 Bathurst Street, just south of Queen. The Bathurst Street location is primarily a pick-up restaurant, but there are a few stools for those that want to perch in the little restaurant to devour their bao as soon as they get their hands on it. Bao are Chinese-style snacks, a type of steamed bread filled with various meats, veggies, and sauces. Some of Mean Bao’s most famous baos are the barbeque chicken with pickled daikon, or the house-braised porked belly with peanuts and black sugar sprinkled on top. As well as the bao, Mean Bao also offers a menu of steamed dumplings. The thin sticky wrappers of their dumplings are made from scratch, a labour of love at Mean Bao. And for those looking for a full meal, there’s the Mean Bowl, made up of an assortment of meat/tofu, vegetables, and quinoa. These simple yet extraordinary treats will leave your stomachs satisfied and your pockets still full – all items on the menu range from $3.45 – $6.50, making Mean Bao a great place to pop in for an affordable, filling meal. Want to learn more about living in the lively Minto Westside neighbourhood? Check out our website or visit us at our sales centre, opening in early 2015.