Disgraceland opened earlier this year on Bloor West and quickly won over local fans for its weekend brunch lineup.
Having heard glowing reviews from friends but mixed reviews in the local papers, I was eager to get over there and check it out for myself. Ready for anything, I walked over bright and early, settled into a seat by the window with a couple friends and ordered up the Veggy Benny, Green Eggs & Ham, a round of coffees and one Strawberry Mimosa ('cause hell, we're up before noon on a Sunday).
Service is laid back but never lacking. Hot coffees arrive in no time, and the cocktail soon after.
While I'm not generally one to start off my day with a boozey kick, this strange and pretty Strawberry Mimosa could become a habit. A mix of 'muddled strawberries, orange juice and champagne', it wakes the senses right up with the blend of citrus and sparkle.
That said, it's merely one from a whole list of cocktails. I've posted the full list below.
The food arrives and we dig in... and... it's great!
No, this isn't the mimosa speaking when I say that the Veggy Benny is quite possibly my favourite eggs benny in town. Pictured at the top, two poached eggs are served over a stack of spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and thick fried green tomatoes instead of a bun -- genius. A generous helping of Hollandaise doesn't hurt things either.
Green Eggs & Ham, stars basil spinach pesto in the role of green and Virgina ham as itself. I wouldn't trade my benny for it, but between the pesto and chipotle hollandaise, it was really tangy and different. The side of hash browns we'd half-expected to be so greasy were the complete opposite - crispy outside and fluffy in. The King'd be mighty proud.
Since that morning, I've already been back to Disgraceland and would return again. Anyone who had doubts needs to give this spot another try.