George Street Diner

George Street Diner

George Street Diner is one of Toronto's classic diners with true old school appeal, easily spotted by its bright red brick exterior and street-facing kitchen picture window.

Expect Irish breakfasts and soda bread, along with diner classics unwilling to compromise on quality when it comes to local, organic ingredients to a surprising level. A sign at the front informs diners cash and debit are the only payment methods, to keep costs down.

George Street Diner Toronto

The F Word was actually filmed here, and the long, narrow space with booths on one side and bar stools facing a long bar and open kitchen on the other certainly have an iconic appeal.

george street dinerSo much so, not only that but a Shawn Mendes video was filmed here too.

George Street Diner TorontoThe light and easy breakfast ($10.95) features two of the organic eggs that are the highlight of breakfast here: free run from Ontario, the yolks are a golden orange that belies their rich taste.

George Street Diner Toronto

This plate comes with a fruit salad, seared tomato, and your choice of challah, wheat, or rye, or you can go for unique Irish soda bread for a dollar extra.

George Street Diner Toronto

The soda bread is grilled and buttery on both sides, giving the simple, mealy taste extra oomph. It’s made in house, a traditional Irish bread that’s extremely quick and easy to make, unlike pretty much all other bread. $3 for a side of soda bread with house marmalade and fruit.

George Street Diner Toronto

Buttermilk blueberry pancakes ($10.50) are studded with tiny, tart little berries, served with a seasonal fruit compote (today it’s apple rhubarb made from ingredients a cook brought from the farm) and local Ontario maple syrup made by Harry Kessels.

George Street Diner Toronto

The Irish Breakfast ($9.95) plates up two organic eggs with sausage, ham or peameal (we go sausage), a seared tomato, beans, slightly spicy home fries and Irish soda bread.

George Street Diner Toronto

Add a coffee for a buck, and ask about subbing avocado for meat in both the Irish and Canadian breakfasts.

George Street Diner Toronto

Owner Ash Farrelly is often stationed at the booth by the front door, gazing at a laptop. She’s had this place for over a decade, a waitress before eventually deciding to open up a spot of her own.

George Street Diner Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez and Jesse Milns


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