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Review of Detour Cafe

Detour Cafe
Ranked #1 of 3 Coffee & Tea in Dundas
Price range: US$5 - US$12
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Our cafe showcases the coffees we source and roast. We also serve amazing food, making all of our sauces, jams, and baked goods from scratch, using locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. We invite you to stop by if you’re ever in the neighbourhood.
Reviewed 20 October 2018

We are in Dundas weekly and always stop into Detour for their fresh bread. We have also had their coffee and their lunches.
The food, bread, coffee is always excellent. The breads and baked goods are very limited in quantity and run out very quickly in the day. The new decor is bright and fresh. The shop is clean and bathrooms are very clean for being so busy. The staff are very nice but service gets backed up when the shop is busy.
The only PROBLEM is the ordering of food. There is no table ordering now. Once you sit there for a while you figure this out. You use a clipboard menu at the til to order as the people back up behind you. Then you have to go fill up your own bottle of water if you want water. Your food may appear at the side counter if you stand there and wait for it while people crowd around you for water, and milk and sugar for their coffee. If you find a place to sit they will deliver your food but the person delivering is not the person who took your order, so the staff wander about for a bit trying to figure out who gets what food.
The outdoor patio is very nice but food ordering has the same problems.
If they can return to table service guests and staff will be much happier. The staff will also receive tips which they do not receive now as the customer has to do all the work.
Let me remind you that the food, bread, and coffee is excellent.

Date of visit: October 2018
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1  Thank BillBynum3
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Had lunch there this past week. Food was good. Grilled cheese and a brisket sandwich. Salad was not a memorable green but fresh. Self serve in placing your order. Numbers given. A lot like Williams Coffee Shop idea. Self serve even your own water.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ellen B
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Love Detour Cafe. Such a nice space, patio and the food and bread is delicious.


Since the reno we've found the ordering process confusing and at times messy. You have to go up to the counter to order which can be a 10 minute process depending on the line. The menus are only next to the counter so you are given little time to choose your dish. After you order you are sometimes waiting for a table to clear.

We've also found that on at least two occasions it has taken 15-25 minutes for the food and drinks (coffee) to come to the table. This would be acceptable in a normal restaurant where you order via a waiter but by going to a counter you are often left wondering, 'Did they forget us?' 'Should we go ask about our status?' There is a lack of communication and it just takes away from an otherwise great experience.

Food is great and you won't be disappointed but be careful who you take and manage their expectations of the experience. This isn't a traditional lunch spot.

Date of visit: September 2018
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2  Thank Waterskic
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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

What a hidden gem! With a fancy patio to boot. Now I understand what all the fuss is about.
Energy feels clear, uplifting and you will defintely tap into a creative vortex.
Coffee delicious, had the flat white with almond coffee cake. YUM.
super friendly and engaging staff. Just go!
New favorite hot spot.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank spiderwoman808
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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

First time review: I love the layout. Pretty patio to the side. Can be crowded inside. Various coffees and teas. Delicious baked goods. Will return.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MB-1WorldTraveler
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