Nestled behind beloved Beechwood Village food purveyor Red Door Provisions, mobile ice cream and coffee truck Iris is your next food crush. With a massive treat menu and service from four kind souls, 613 summers just got better.
Pandemic business closures and reduced store hours left Beechwood residents lacking options for snacks. Insightful Red Door owner Lauren Power imagined Iris shortly thereafter. Now, anyone wanting nighttime coffees and cool sweets or weekend treats can swing by Iris’s meticulously designed, charming home base. The outdoor space also has lovingly cared-for plants, four picnic tables, and a handwritten multicolour bill of fare to complete what feels like a familiar, welcoming backyard.
The locally-focused menu will stop you in your tracks. Presently, the ice cream is provided by Kawartha, Chapman’s, and Moo Shu. There are vegan selections, kid sizing, cup, regular or waffle cones available, and eco-friendly packaging.
Other delicacies on offer: affogatos, blackberry-lime slushies (with ice cream float option, though the one I had triumphed alone, with a syrup base made from boiled-down fruit and secret flavourings), Buchipop kombucha, milkshakes, and more. Guests will have to make tough choices, but with a delicious end result.
Currently, fan faves are the ice cream sammies—two real cookies made at Red Door’s Sheffield kitchen plus a generous serving of ice cream in between, and the nitro cold brew float from Artery Community Roasters.
The two-hour nightly coffee window Iris fills after local Beechwood shops close offers an expertly selected menu that’s creating a stir. Try an espresso from Kevin at Lulo or coffee stracciatella. Stop by to see their other offerings.
Iris keeps things basic, ingredient- and combination-wise, but their offerings are anything but simple. You’ll be wowed and immediately booking your return trip. I left ecstatic after sampling just one treat, and found myself daydreaming about what delight to try next. Come by to discover what’s scooping, treat yourself to dairy or vegan ice cream or a cool drink, and see the countless personal touches firsthand. Be prepared for kind, sincere service and big-league flavour.