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Mitzi's Cafe

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on August 13, 2006 / review policy

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On the quiet, tree-lined Sorauren Avenue, just north of Queen sits Mitzi's, a hugely popular cafe and brunch spot. The best thing about Mitzi's is the spiced potatoes. It's one of the few items that shows up regularly on their menu, scrawled in chalk to reflect that it changes on a daily basis.

On my latest visit I opted for the scrambled eggs (above - $10.99). Mixed with green onion and shredded squash, it was served with their famous potatoes and a small selection of fresh fruit. It tasted great but at that price I'd hope for something a bit more substantial.

Across the table, my girfriend opted for the granola ($7.95) which she insisted compared favourably to the one at Pulp Kitchen.

Mixed in with a latte (for her) and an iced-decaf with soy (for me), the brunch was a winner (taste-wise) across the board. But $30 later we were still left wanting. Perhaps we've gotten used to the bigger portions at Easy Breakfast, or just as likely, maybe our undoing was that we failed to fill up on bread.

The thing with Mitzi's is that they don't give diners a lot of options. First off, their menu is short. There's only five or six options. On this day we got to choose from pancakes, french toast, eggs (benedict, scrambled or an omelette) and granola. Secondly, there's wheat and dairy in pretty much everything. And while they have soy milk and are happy to make any dish dairy free, they don't offer much in the way of substitutions.

I would have liked to swap my sourdough for some spelt or rice bread but they don't offer any. I know I'm in the minority with my dietary preferences but all I'm saying is that it would be great to have the option.

Here's a photo of the outside of the restaurant:
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Mitzi's, 100 Sorauren Ave, 416-588-1234

Discussion

14 Comments

Jack / August 13, 2006 at 07:28 pm
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consider you can get 2 dozens of Omega 3 eggs for less that 4 bucks at T & T, that's very expensive
Pimp C / August 14, 2006 at 02:36 pm
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Every restaurant review you write always includes the phrase "I opted for blank..." opted, opted, opted. Try another word - like ordered, chose, picked, got, had....just sick of the same boring writing. Liven it up BRO.
rotenblog / August 14, 2006 at 06:15 pm
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If only we had more vocabulary nazis, maybe there would finally be peace in the middle east.
Nick / August 15, 2006 at 10:34 am
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I find the real alure of Mitzi's is in going more than once. The "options" are different each time and they are quite creative. After having Boursin scrambled eggs once, I now keep that creamy French herbed and garlic cheese at home for when my non-lactose-intolerant friends come over for brunch.
bh / August 6, 2008 at 05:28 pm
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Mitzi's brunch is my favourite in the city. Yes, they have a smallish menu, but there is definitely enough variety. They always have different types of omelettes, poached eggs, frittata, french toast, pancakes and yougurt and granola. On weekdays they also have sandwiches. I always get the pancakes. They are so good! You get one huge oatmeal buttermilk pancake with different toppings depending on the week (such as mango lime, raspberry with lemon ricotta, chocolate hazelnut or lemon sauce with merguine). My boyfriend always gets the eggs and they always have interesting combinations.
I would take the fresh, always changing menu at Mitzi's over a place with 50 medicore options any day.
sarah / September 7, 2008 at 02:39 pm
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This weekend was my first trip to Mitzi's. I have become a big fan of Mitzi's Sister, so expectations were high. The food was fine (if not slightly pricey), but the service was horrible. We didn't get served for a long time and then it took about 45minutes to get the food. There was no apology for the wait or acknowledgement that this out of the ordinary. My boyfriend had a view of the plating area and noticed that their process was pretty inefficient. So in the glory that is west-side brunch this will be my last visit to Mitzi's.
cv / January 5, 2009 at 11:23 am
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I want to like this place, i do! i live just down the street so it could be so convenient. i've given up. Each time I've been, the food was very over-cooked and cold. The staff have been unfriendly (i gather from being overwhelmed) and the wait was far too long.
Britt / February 3, 2009 at 10:18 am
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Calling someone a nazi shows your immaturity, Grow up!

Tara / March 29, 2009 at 08:43 am
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My family and I have been going to Mitzi's for years. We love the food and find the portions wonderful. I rarely finish my dish. Having small children now, we go when it opens to avoid line-ups (it is very popular and not very large). The items one the menu are basically the same, but each visit provides a completely different twist on them. We love this aspect. We constantly try to figure out what they've done and replicate it at home. It is a bit pricey, so going there is thought of as a treat.
Kel / July 18, 2009 at 10:37 am
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Had admired Mitzi's from afar for quite some time before finally arriving when the tables outside weren't packed. I was a big fan of Mitiz's Sister so I figured the original should be just as (if not better).

I was very disappointed. The home fries were cold and the food was generally bland. I felt as if my money and my time was ill spent.

I won't go back. I'll stick with the better sister instead.
Jean gabin / March 1, 2011 at 01:31 am
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Hi everyone, is this place good for a date (atmosphere...)? Thank you!
Lyla / June 8, 2011 at 02:03 pm
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I like the food at Mitzi's-had a very good jerk chicken with mango chutney sandwich (although the cheddar advertised on the menu was missing).
But DO NOT go there for lunch. We belted over and took our seats at 11:50. Ordered a couple of minutes after, btw, asking another table for their menu. Drank three glasses of water as waited, and waited, and checked watches, and waited. Asked politely. Was told 'everyone arrived at once so the kitchen is trying to make everything at once.' We were the second table of 6 to be seated and ordered sandwiches as usually the ingredients are prepped and just need to be thrown together. Finally it came at 12:23. We had asked for take-away containers by then. How could it take more than 25 minutes to make two sandwiches? Then the waitress said they had been ready for 10 minutes!
I like the food and might consider going back if I had two hours for brunch or lunch, but that was just rude-really bad services. And get a new chef if six tables is overwhelming.
Mitzi's Sister is way better.
Mike / December 24, 2012 at 09:57 am
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We have been been going to Mitzi's for many years now. They never disappoint. It is a neighbourhood institution. Great daily specials, amazing pancakes (voted in the top 10 for Toronto) and awesome french toast. The decor is fun, energetic and eclectic. There is a wait, but that is because it is an un-rushed brunch experience. Endless coffee, great atmosphere and very cool.

We highly recommend it.
Jam4eva / March 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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This is hands down my favourite, go-to, brunch spot. Amazing amazing amazing. Try the jam, its addictive.

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