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The Homeway

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on January 7, 2013 / review policy

The Homeway TorontoThe Homeway has been a North Toronto staple for more than half a century. At the corner of Erskine and Mt. Pleasant, the restaurant is hardly recognizable to our group who all attended high school just a block away. The space was completely gutted in 2006, now barely resembling our memory of the former greasy spoon relic.

The Homeway TorontoShowing up just before noon on a Thursday, we nearly had our pick of tables. Passing the small bar with high top seats and open kitchen, we found our spot under some unevenly hung canvases, showcasing a local artist.

The Homeway TorontoDespite the updated digs the menu remains true to our memory, now re-branded as "upscale comfort food". The waitress patiently answered our questions and helped us deliberate our tough lunch decisions.

The Homeway TorontoThe "not-so traditional club" ($12) was the recommended option amongst the sandwiches. A well-seasoned and still juicy chicken breast was served between a half-baguette with double smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and the usual club trimmings. Served with fresh-cut fries, this hearty sandwich was deserving of its recommendation.

The Homeway TorontoWe were disappointed by the French Toast ($10), made with three pieces of fresh challah and served with four pieces of charred bacon. A healthy dousing of table-syrup was needed to give this bland dish much flavour.

There was no lack of flavour for the Eggs Madeline ($12.95). Two poached eggs with a healthy portion of smoked salmon, sat atop a warm English muffin. Their buttery, homemade Hollandaise was matched well by the smoked flavour of the fish. Along with some extremely greasy homefries, this meal sat heavy in the stomach.

The Homeway TorontoTheir burger ($11) tasted like an old throwback from The Homeway's former self. The homemade patty was topped two inches high with just the classic condiments. Opting for the side Caesar (additional $1.50) we were taken aback by the overpowering anchovy flavour.

The Homeway TorontoThe Homeway remains a neighborhood hangout; many regulars (on a first name basis with the waitress) along with a few couples and young families filled the restaurant by the time we settled up.

The Homeway TorontoDespite a nice dose of nostalgia, we likely won't go out of our way to make a return trip. However, for those in the Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton area who haven't already been, The Homeway is certainly a decent option for breakfast or brunch.

The Homeway TorontoWriting by Josh Wise / photos by Marni Wolf

Discussion

14 Comments

Jon Eatsalot Rubin / January 7, 2013 at 10:01 am
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A foody fusion of poetry and prose. And those pictures make me want to take a bite out of my monitor!
dubs / January 7, 2013 at 11:38 am
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This was the best place to skip class, get stoned and eat way too much in high school. Glad to see its doing well.
Sadie / January 7, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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I went here on a Sunday morning for brunch with two friends. There was a 45 minute wait, but we were starving so we decided to wait it out. Despite the fact that it was a chilly winter morning, it was the busy Sunday brunch rush, and we had to stand in the freezing, windy doorway until we were seated.

When we were finally brought to our table, our server essentially threw the menus at us, slammed a couple waters on the table (even though there were three of us) and didn't come back to take our order for 15 minutes. I get that it's a busy place, particularly on a Sunday at noon, but she barely even looked at us.

We finally ordered - I had the cheese omelette with brie... But it may as well have been just a boring, bland egg omelette. I could barely find even a speck of brie.

All in all, a pretty lack-luster, disappointing experience. We won't be making a return trip here.
Rob / January 7, 2013 at 04:23 pm
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I've been curious about this place for a while. I live a block away, but I've never been inside... and these pictures kind of summed up my worst fears-- it's loaded with old people. I get it, I know it's Mt. Pleasant and there's old people everywhere and they're generally awesome, but when they're eating at the same restaurant as you, that usually means the food is bland and there's no rush service/service is slow for those who don't like to linger.
Lola replying to a comment from Rob / January 7, 2013 at 04:41 pm
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Don't worry Rob! The staff here went on a Thursday morning- any breakfast joint midweek will likely be filled with a more elderly crowd.
I live in the area too and am there quite a bit, and on weekends it's full of 20-somethings and young families. I've even seen Dallas Green there on multiple occasions!

FYI- the Hangover Helper is the greatest breakfast option on this planet (bold statement)
n / January 7, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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nobody makes breakfast anymore? for $10 i can have dozen eggs and bacon, probably organic too.
Big E / January 8, 2013 at 10:46 am
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Go Red Knights.
Betty replying to a comment from Mike Trollfield / January 10, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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"probally" not smart?

way to go, buddy.
Betty replying to a comment from Mike Trollfield / January 10, 2013 at 04:23 pm
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oh God, even worse than I thought: "probally not the smart..."

Good grief.
hmmm / January 18, 2013 at 11:54 am
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i don't know why everything looks burnt - burger and bacon.
Lisa / February 12, 2013 at 09:19 pm
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I love the Homeway!!! It's been my breakfast place for years! Try the pancakes or the Eggs Benedict. I hear the dinners are pretty decent too.
R / March 29, 2013 at 06:24 pm
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I've been here twice, both times on the weekend and while it does get busy later on, they are able to manage it quite well. I ordered the eggs benny with salmon once and the eggs benny with peameal the second time (not sure why, just really felt like eggs benny both times i guess...) and it was quite good. i liked the eggs benny with salmon a lot more, there was much more flavour and goodness in that. the staff are very nice and welcoming...and it's not all old people, maybe it was just the day. it's just a neighbourhood, family type of place. i'd go back
Doru / March 23, 2014 at 08:30 am
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The most disgusting brunch I ever had in the last 10 years. Serious. I had the Hangover and everything was wrong: eggs-ordered over easy and were almost raw; potatoes were burned; sausages were way overcooked. The service was ok even if we've waited for 40 minutes for the food to come and they forgot the eggs?? Stay away from this place.
Roctop replying to a comment from mooj / May 5, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Maybe they will start offering grilled shark steak sandwiches on the menu soon.

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