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Disgraceland

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on November 12, 2008 / review policy

DisgracelandDisgraceland 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).

Disgraceland Toronto
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.


Disgraceland Restaurant
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.


Disgraceland Brunch


Disgraceland Cocktails


Disgraceland Menu

Discussion

44 Comments

Tony / October 17, 2008 at 03:00 pm
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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. Big time. The food was mediocre at best, super (SUPER!) greasy, and barely warm. The hash browns were greasy little cubes. My boyfriend's brunch had a big hair in it and there was lipstick all over his coffee mug. I love Disgraceland as a place to drink a beer and chill - the owner seems super nice and cool, the vibe is great - but brunch was not good at all.
Inkygirl / November 12, 2008 at 09:54 am
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Great review, and love the pics. The Strawberry Mimosa sounds especially intriguing; I'll have to give this restaurant a try!

Debbie
Ryan L. / November 12, 2008 at 10:18 am
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Tony, being super greasy is what I look for in a place like this. For some people that's an upside and not a downside.
keven / November 12, 2008 at 10:47 am
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I LOVE eggs benny (thanks for the reviews last month blogTO, I'm so busy trying to get to these places now lol)
and would normally say that veggie eggs benny are blasphemy but damn that looks good!

Even as a carnivore, I could be easily persauded to eat that!

And yea, no grease, I don't go. Brunch is usually the cure for self-inflicted sunday morning headaches ;)
Matt / November 12, 2008 at 10:49 am
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The Heart Attack Benny is one of the great creations of modern cooking. Way to go Disgraceland.
Ryan L. / November 12, 2008 at 11:30 am
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I really need to find a place like this in the east end. Toronto doesn't stop at Coxwell. I've seen Whitlock's in the directory, but there isn't much info on it. Does anybody know if this place is any good, or of any other good brunch places in the area?
kd / November 12, 2008 at 11:36 am
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Tanja: Do they do brunch on Saturday too?

Sometimes you need a good fix of grease and, unfortunately, lots of places only do brunch menus on Sundays...
Tanja / November 12, 2008 at 11:40 am
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@kd - i'm almost positive its both days.
ryth / November 12, 2008 at 11:54 am
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Disagree bigtime here!

Coffee cup - lipstick all over it
Coffee - Tasted like hot water with coffee flavour added.
Caesar - Super "clammy" very little/no spice or flavour.

Heart-Attack breakfast while interesting was lacklustre at best. Chipotle "hollandaise" was certainly not actual hollandaise, and was COLD. Eggs were overcooked, and the homefries were cold as well.

Service while adequate was about as warm as the homefries.

In no way was this meal worth the $20 + tip it cost. At these prices I'd say go have brunch at Brassai or something, which has amazing eggs benny (although I haven't been in a while) for cheaper than anything on this menu. You'll get better service, better food, and better atmosphere.

(nb: before anyone says anything, I appreciate a greasy casual breakfast as much as the next person (i'm still mourning the Stem), but this place is just bad!)
Laura Bee / November 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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Ryan L.: Whitlock's is great for brunch. Especially if you can get the coveted window seat and people watch on a Sunday morning. Down the street on Queen East, the Sunset Grill has a pretty mean breakfast menu as well. I know it's a bit of a chain, but this place has great hashbrowns and is better then any other Sunset Grill I've been to.

Now, if only someone could recommend a great breakfast place east of Victoria Park. Finding a great place to eat in Scarborough is an extra challenge.
Sean / November 12, 2008 at 01:28 pm
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If you're looking for a GREAT breakfast place in the east end, try Marvellous Edibles. It's on Laird, just south of Eglinton. Reasonably sized protions, delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice, and all the standards, with some fabulous specialties!
Ryan L. / November 12, 2008 at 02:47 pm
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Thanks for the East End suggestions. Laird might be a little too central to make it worth the trip however.
Suzette / November 12, 2008 at 03:11 pm
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In Scarborough try Amazing Ted's (in Highland Creek Village), The Wexford (at Warden and Lawrence), Bo Peep (on Kingston Road near Midland), and Markham Station (Markham and Sheppard).
laura / November 24, 2008 at 11:41 am
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the place was GREAT. we got there a little before 12 on sunday and was a little apprehensive, but once it filled up, it was obvious this was the place to be. The heart attack benny was YUMMERS and my friend got the green eggs and ham. definately greasy (not as greasy as Maggies tho), but not enough to make me not eat dinner (a good thing).
Food was a tad cold tho, I think beacause it was winter and we sat near the window.
morbidmiss / November 24, 2008 at 11:49 am
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I am happy to have Disgraceland in my neighbourhood, however, the are always out of something or there is always a problem when I go there. The blueberry mojitos won my heart a couple months ago, and I wanted to try brunch there this weekend. We were warned upon sitting down that food was going to take an hour and they were out of a good chunk of the menu. No strawberries for the mimosa either.

That and I hope they get their cider on tap soon. Otherwise, Disgraceland is really hit-or-miss.
Me / January 27, 2009 at 04:12 pm
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Simply put, this bar is just not good. It's a terrible attempt at being a divish, trendy spot, and is a major dissapointment for such a potentially up and coming area. Food is terrible. Service is terrible. Music is the same as the bar next door, except the bar next door has the right crowd for it. Such a shame...poorly run...poorly planned. It's just a cheap attempt to reopen as the place it was before. I live very close by...I love my Ted's collision on College and my Ronnie's in Kensington..they have true character...but Disgraceland is a HUGE dissapointment. You can't try to be trendy, either you are or your aren't. Also...get a Credit/Debit machine...people pay a fee to eat terrible food in a boring atmosphere? brutal. In going for cheap and trendy only genuine 'cheapness' was achieved. I've tried, I've been there numerous times...I don't recognize one of the pictures above...
Homeslice Robinson / February 22, 2009 at 09:51 pm
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WTF.

Disgraceland has likely been my biggest disappointment of the 21st century. Let me clarify...

- Right around the corner; only really potentially interesting place on that stretch of Bloor... unless you wanna count Long & McQuade = +
- Looks kind of cool from the outside = +
- Occasionally has a night where some dude DJ's only metal = +

Went in for brunch today.

- THE SERVERS ARE TOTAL FUCKING IDIOTS
- COMPLETELY NEGLECTED TO NOTICE THAT MY GIRLFRIEND AND I WERE WAITING @ THE DOOR FOR A TABLE FOR 10 MINUTES (we eventually sat down on our own)
- NEW GROUP OF PPL WALK IN... THEY ARE SEATED IMMEDIATELY AND BROUGHT COFFEE UPON SITTING DOWN

So we walked out...
But not without informing the waitress that what just happened was beyond inexcusable.

Bottom line... Disgraceland is the retarded cousin of all things enjoyable.

I give it another 6 months...

Sue / April 12, 2009 at 04:19 pm
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Food was COLD COLD COLD! Sent the Benny back and it still came back COLD! Coffee and service was brutal. Coffee cream comes in a tiny plastic shot glass?! You can find much better spots in Toronto.
disgracelandsucks / August 8, 2009 at 06:13 pm
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Food wise, this has to be one of the most disappointing experiences I ever had. This really is saying something especially when I walked in with especially low expectations from a bad service experience here to begin with...

Amazingly, they ruined poor expectations by reaching bigger lows, not by service, but simply by the food. Two orders, both an English Breakfast... bangers, beans, hashbrowns, brown toast... 2 eggs over easy on a saturday afternoon (2ish?) when the place is deadsville.

Both orders yielded 2 orders with rubbery eggs as a puck, white toast and homefries... the hard burnt "toast" couldn't even penetrate the rubbery mess of egg.

So we mention something to the server, who mentions it to the cook, and he fires up more eggs and toast.

This time he gets the toast right, but we end up getting eggs which were twice as rubbery, to such a point that the previously burnt toast was able to stand upright in a small hole I made in the rubbery mess of egg puck he concocted in his Frankenstein kitchen.

Honestly, what are you doing even opening a kitchen if you can't even do a corrected order of eggs over easy properly...

ased / October 31, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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food was good, but service was really slow and unattentive.
they do not provide any drink list and our drink (mimosa) was overpriced.
Bad_Self / November 17, 2009 at 11:26 am
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Restaurant Name Fail.
Josh / November 17, 2009 at 07:08 pm
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It's not a terrible bar, just not a very good bar. The owner, although he seems like a nice guy doesn't appear to have much of a vision. First off, the drinks are way overpriced, most of the people who attend this bar and live in the area are students and the recently graduated, if they wanted to give these people a real hang out like Ronnies or the Bistro they wouldn't charge $8 for a double jack and coke and neglect to mention the double is automatic. The food is pub grub, over priced and not a single good deal on the menu, $8 bucks for frozen tater tots and eggs, come on, give us one 5 dollar option!

Disgraceland may have made a profit when they where the only option in the area for the under 20 crowd but now that the area is attracting new buissnesses I can't see it lasting long.
M / November 18, 2009 at 07:58 pm
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If you've seen the state of their kitchen, you'd never want to eat there anymore. It's pretty visible from the pool table area. Last time there was food/dirty dishes lying everywhere, and cooking utensils were lying on the floor.
liza / November 19, 2009 at 09:12 pm
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Have to agree with several others that this place is really crappy wanna-be-hip-but-failing-miserably. (Also had some food there once, and yep, it was really gross.) I've lived in Bloorcourt for 12 years and was looking forward to a new decent bar close to home - but the combination of seriously bad service and bad food and expensive drinks was not very attractive.
For cute, nice staff plus delicious Ethiopian food, go to Nazareth two doors down. For crummy but real bar nearby, stick with Hurricane's. For hip bar with great music and food, walk a few blocks west to the delightful Three Speed!
G.N. / December 7, 2009 at 11:57 am
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I was there for brunch yesterday and let me tell you that the public bathrooms at yonge station is cleaner than that place. The food was overpriced and the cups, cutlery, and plates looked as if it was not washed between use. They have had prior infractions for improper sanitation. I'm not a germophobe but this place is ridiculous. Read for youself:

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10301248
Jenneen / January 20, 2010 at 07:23 pm
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I'm so confused! How can a place that does not open until 6pm everyday do a brunch?!?!?!? I went to Disgraceland with the intention of having brunch and was disappointed that the review did not mention that it opens late.
Tanja replying to a comment from Jenneen / January 20, 2010 at 07:25 pm
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When we last reviewed Disgraceland, it was open early on the weekend for brunch. If that's changed, let us know.
Tammy / February 2, 2010 at 01:58 pm
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They open at 10am on saturday and sunday.
margo / May 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm
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has always been 11 on weekends.
Nadine / September 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm
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This place was terrible. My boyfriend and I gave it TWO tries. The first time we waited an HOUR for breakfast and it was burnt and awful. The second time the service was quicker but the food was still awful and I got food poisoning that night - was throwing up all night into the next day.

Give it a try at your own risk - but we're never going back. Ever.
Steven / October 19, 2010 at 05:57 pm
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I feel like this place used to have potential, but it just keeps getting dirtier and crappier. Staff used to be great, and what the kitchen lacked in efficiency the servers made up for in smiles and beer. You'd think after being open so long there would be some kind of improvement but the place is disgusting. It seems as though there's a high turnover of staff and I've witnessed the guy who I think is the owner being totally rude to his staff right in front of customers. Ugh. Not worth the potential salmonella.
barb / May 7, 2011 at 02:46 am
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this place is dodgy,the waitress kept trying to sneak extra shots of tequila on our bill. i hate tequilla so i know i did not order it, make sure they dont do this eo you its really sneaky. look your tour bill closely
Sad / May 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm
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This is the worst restaurant for service in all of Toronto. After 1 hour of waiting for food, on a non-busy night, we asked the servers politely how long it would take, and the waitress told us "we like to cook our food before we serve it. Or else it doesn't taste good" then walked away. We received our poutine 15 minutes later by two snide servers with grins that suggested a tampered poutine.

Needless to say it was almost a dine and dash, but as good citizens we paid. But no tip, due to the horrible service. So if you like servers who hate their job and the customers, go to disgraceland. If not, avoid at all costs
Mabel / July 23, 2011 at 04:32 pm
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How can the blogger do a fairly good review and then all the comments be so bad. Who should we believe?
Kevin replying to a comment from Mabel / September 9, 2011 at 05:11 pm
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Mabel, this review was posted years ago. The chef who designed this menu left, one of the owners left, and the place has a high turnover rate of employees who don't care about the place. It used to be good, now it sucks.
Ana / December 1, 2011 at 12:19 am
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I am a server at Disgraceland. I really enjoy my job, as well as all of the neighbourhood customers who come in. But I also won't make excuses for anyone else.

However, I would like to apologize for any ill experiences anyone has ever had here. All I can say is I hope to see some of your faces around, and I really hope I can turn your opinion around, even if it is just a little. :)
BIG BRAINS / May 25, 2012 at 08:17 pm
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Went for brunch. Coffee arrives lukewarm, and there were bits of dust or dirt or something floating on top of the little pitcher of milk brought out with the coffee. We pointed this out to the server and she nonchalantly replied that this was probably because the milk is kept underneath the coffee grinder (?). I mean, she brought out fresh milk, and I appreciate that she didn't have an attitude about it, but it gave me the impression that the place is not very well organized. The food was decent, but too expensive for what it was. You can get better and significantly cheaper food of a similar style at Nirvana or Sneaky Dee's (though you could probably also do worse).
colin / June 26, 2012 at 05:05 pm
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Read the article about great nachos in Toronto, I disagree. The nachos are the greasiest chips I have ever had. I take it the cook took the chips out of the deep fryer and then loaded them up with the toppings. The result is an oil slick... way better Nachos in Toronto exist. So far Utopia, Sneeky Dee's Hacienda make the grade in that order. This place is well named and really should only be a watering hole at the most.
jenn replying to a comment from Nadine / July 1, 2012 at 08:09 pm
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To Nadine.... Food poisioning takes about 24 hours to show side effects. I don't believe that it was the food there; it may have been the alcohol that made you sick.
blushous / October 20, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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Ive been here a few times as it's just down the street from my house. The food and service is usually pretty good....until today. Our (myself and 2others) brunch was awful the service was slow. The table of 4 next to us were also disappointed and complaining about the horrible over cooked eggs, the teaspoon serving of Benny sauce and slow service. When we finally spoke to our waitress her response was " well remind us next time your in and we'll like, give you free stuff". Im not going back and neither are the people I came in with....the group table (of 4) next to us also commented on how they'd never come back. Disgraceland just lost 7 regular brunch customers.
Concord / October 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Just awful. I have been living in the area for 5 years, and the food has steadily gone downhill. Last weekend, I went for brunch and was given eggs benny with literally hard boiled eggs on it. Fire your "chef". Not to mention, gross hairs stuck to the lid of the ketchup we were given and an 45 minute wait (even though it was empty). They actually just don't give a f*ck. The servers we too busy chatting at the bar and going out for smokes. You've lost another local.
Delaware Dave / June 10, 2013 at 10:27 am
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What a sh*thole.
Jose / November 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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This place sucks. There are some creative menue items, but the food and Service are awful.
Eric / February 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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Went a couple months back with about a dozen friends. Servers were nice, but holy heck you guys kinda sucked. Several of our orders didn't come at first, so we asked the waitress about it. Forty minutes later they still didn't come. What the heck guys? I can give you lenience for asking once, because shit happens, it was a big group I understand. Twice is too much.

Can't comment much on food, I was aiming mostly for the alright priced pitchers. I dunno, the salad with goat cheese and spinach I had was good, but I also just really like goat cheese and that's a hard screw up combo.

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