Some years ago, when it opened, I have to admit to some doubts about The Dime on Commercial Drive. It didn’t seem to fit in well with the groovy easy-going coffee-shop ambience we were all into. Well, I have certainly changed my mind. In fact, for several months now I guess I would have to be called a lunchtime regular; certainly not every day, but often enough that they know what beer I drink.
It is not what I usually like: it is noisy, rowdy even at times, and they play music really loud. All of the staff seem to have more tattoos than the law allows. But service is great and people have fun there — the other day, a whole bar-load of men and women of a certain age were belting out a song and having a grand old time, laughing and slapping backs. You don’t get that in Starbucks.
What’s more, you can get a beer and a more-than-decent lunch for ten bucks — that’s hard to beat these days.
I’m sure this review will scare off as many as it attracts, so I will quickly point out that the street seats in the right half of the place are comparatively quiet, where it is possible to enjoy a meal and a read. Check it out.