The top 10 kid friendly brunch restaurants in Toronto
Brunch with kids and the family in Toronto. It's an idyllic (or necessary) scenario for those with kids (Mommy needs a mimosa, OK?) and a potential horror show for those without. Either way this is bound to be a useful list whether you're in need of a resource for where to find cheap, cheerful and kid-friendly eats, or doing your best to avoid the toddler set before noon.
Here are my picks for the top restaurants to brunch with kids in Toronto.
Uncle Betty's Diner
Children up to 13 years are entitled to cheap and cheerful selections like the "kid's all day breakfast" ($4.50), featuring one egg, one slice of toast and a choice of bacon, sausage or peameal, and fluffy pancakes ($5.50) with blueberries or chocolate chips. High chairs, booster seats, crayons and colouring sheets are all available too.
This sunny cafe at Lansdowne and Wallace is equipt with stroller parking, boosters, high chairs and change tables. The menu offers a customizable kids plate for $6 where kids can assemble their own brunch from a choice of any three; eggs, sausage, bacon, avocado, sweet potato mash, toast, yogurt, fruit or pancakes. Toys and activities are there to entertain little ones so that adults can get that first coffee fix of the day in relative peace.
Bring your ninos to this Cuban diner on Roncy for brunch served on weekends from 10am to 3pm. Let the little ones enjoy a mini Cuban breakfast ($8) complete with pork, rice, beans, tostones and a poached egg, or let 'em opt for the pressed cubano ($6) with plantain chips, or french toast ($6) served with maple syrup and bananas.
The Good Fork
Munchkins can brunch for just $7 at this neighbourhood spot in Bloor West Village where high chairs, boosters and colouring sheets are on hand for family dining. Kid meals include juice or milk and choices like mini pancakes, cheddar omelette, one egg breakfasts, french toast, grilled cheese or a mini-burger with fries.
The kids menu at this waffle house lists mini waffles with fruit ($5), hot dogs and baked beans ($6),or waffles turned into a grilled cheese ($4). Go to the St. Clair outpost, it's large enough to fit more strollers and roomy enough to pull-up a high chair.
Kiddies under 10 eat free with an accompanying adult at this Riverside restaurant. Here a portion of the menu is dedicated to little ones featuring options like scrambled eggs, french toast, mac and cheese or pizza. They also offer free balloons, colouring pages, cartoons on TV, plus the essentials like high chairs, booster seats and even stroller parking. Don't worry if kids out number the adults at you table either, every item on the kids menu is priced at just $4.
Parents like the "build your own brunch option" at this Dundas West locale because almost every component is priced at under $1.50 - little tummies can order up just one egg or one strip of bacon at a time. Bringing your own booster seating is recommended if required, though you'll find a couple high chairs on site. Instead of colouring sheets, here they've got classic '80s board games like Jenga and Battleship, plus pinball arcade games.
Windup Bird Cafe
The brunch menu for ages 12 and under at this College St. cafe was developed by kids for kids at the Kidchen Confidential cooking club. The morning menu features tested and approved recipes including a breakfast sandwich ($5), grilled cheese sandwich ($4), and banana chocolate parfait ($5). The casual spot is outfitted with the essentials (high chairs and booster seats), and while they don't do colouring sheets on Saturday mornings at brunch there's a live magic show.
Vi Pei Bistro (Cliffside)
Parents in the know like this Eurpoean bistro with three locations in the North and East Toronto because it's casual and accomodating to families. The brunch-time menu features reasonably priced staples that'll satisfy the whole family while little ones can choose from $6 options like pancakes, eggs or omlettes with bacon or sausage, french toast drizzled with caramel sauce or potato latkahs with apple sauce and sour cream.
Start the day off at this bustling breakfast nook near Yonge and St. Clair where families can fuel up with out worrying too much about noise levels. A casual kid-approved menu offers pancakes or french toast with a fruit cup ($4-$4.50), scrambled eggs with bacon, toast and homefries ($5.29), and grilled cheese ($4.49). Colouring sheets are well stocked, but the midtown location is outfitted with only one high chair and one booster seat, so it might be wise to bring your own.
What did I miss? Add your favourite brunch spot for kids in the comments.