A large space decked out with exposed brick, retro lighting and antique hand tools, the Oakwood Hardware, with its Parkdale-lite vibe, has found early favour from Oakwood Village’s changing demographic. Owned and operated by Anne Sorrenti, Chopped Canada champ and former Morgans on the Danforth chef, the inviting, five-month-old spot is an outlier on a strip dominated by fading pizza chains and take-out joints. Pains have clearly been made to position the Oakwood as the area’s first hipster haunt, down to its menu of charcuterie boards, tacos and Korean-style fried chicken. Still, the food is well portioned and executed, if slightly lacking in presentation. Fluffy arepas crowned with a black bean chilli and soft queso fresco and crispy, provolone-stuffed arancini paired with a bright tomato sauce both make for great starters. A plate of bone-in braised short ribs come on a bed of belly-warming polenta; they're dragged down only by a side of uninspired steamed vegetables. Former Parts & Labour mixologist Nick Watson builds well-balanced craft cocktails behind the bar, while attentive and friendly servers make you feel like you're with old friends.