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The Wexford Restaurant

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on February 21, 2013 / review policy

the wexford restaurantThe Wexford Restaurant has been a Scarborough institution for over 50 years. Located near Warden and Lawrence, this family-operated eatery claims to have cracked over 720 million eggs and juiced over 2 billion oranges. And it shows. With an interior that looks like it belongs in a '70s rec room, you can almost smell the smoke stains on the walls.

wexford-juiceEach menu contains the 'legacy' of the restaurant, the brothers who started it, and a sizeable story boasting their egg purchasing power. But no one comes to the Wexford for any sort of prestige. People travel (some in a time machine it appears) from all over to slop up their greasy spoon atmosphere and drink orange juice by the litre ($10.95).

the wexford torontoWhile they are open for lunch and dinner, breakfast is the main meal here, offered all day for those who like their eggs for dinner. And if you like beer with your eggs, they are licensed, but don't expect any fancy cocktails or premium lagers. Domestic reigns supreme here, so embrace your surroundings and grab a Canadian.

the wexford restaurant torontoHot food choices are wide-ranging, and old school throwbacks like baby beef liver or corned beef on rye supplement the dinner menu, but we were sticking to breakfast.

Service is typical diner-style. Most waitresses seem to have worked here all along--they never miss a beat, calling each customer by the obligatory honey/darling moniker, and regulars by their first name--and are swift and sweet in their service.

the wexford restaurant torontoThe celebrated 'Our Famous Breakfast' ($13.95) consisting of three eggs, four pieces of peameal bacon, an ample portion of home fries, and two slices of toast was a pretty standard plate with no frills. Or garnish. Or colour. As far as assembling a meal most of us could do blindfolded and without any special ability, it was nevertheless pretty tasty. Eggs were cooked to a proper over-easy, toast had no burnt corners, and the home fries were salty and satisfying, although a little raw in the middle of some of the bigger chunks.

Cheese, green bell peppers, onions, and diced ham speckled the Western Omelette ($13.50). Also served with a substantial side of home fries and buttered toast, the omelette was massive, and took up half the plate. While whipping up an omelette isn't rocket science, it was delicious comfort food done well.

the wexford restaurant torontoIf cereal is more your thing, the Wexford offers Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies at a choke-worthy $5.25. At least it comes with milk in a plastic cup.

the wexford torontoWheat pancakes ($7.50 off the kids menu) come two to a portion, with a side of bacon rashers. The buttery sweet pancakes were almost comically large, especially since it was supposed to be a child's portion. Fluffy in the outer ridges, but somewhat dense and cakey in the middle, they were not my favourite flapjacks.

the wexford restaurant torontoSaying the prices here are steep is an understatement. I was charged $2.15 for a coffee, which is pricey but not unheard of, until you factor in that there are no free refills. I spent $6.45 total for watery coffee. I'm not sure what's more bitter; the coffee, or the taste in my mouth after getting the bill. Aside from that, if you know what to expect, you can get a decent meal without being gouged. Drink the free water, and share a portion with an extra side.

It should be noted the above prices reflect their holiday menu, which inflates the prices by about 15%. According to staff, the owner passes on the increased price of labour on statutory holidays to the customers. Classy!

the wexford restaurant torontoThe Wexford Restaurant is not wheelchair accessible.

Discussion

44 Comments

joed / July 6, 2009 at 01:01 am
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I used to go to this restsursnt all the time, but this tine was the last. The food was nothing to speak about and it was very expensive. Bacon and eggs plus 1 scrambled egg with coffe and 1 oj was $21.00. In a strip mall this is unspeakable. It has been there a long time and the filthy condition was disgusting. Run away, runaway fast.
Jake / October 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm
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Excellent breakfast, fresh squeezed orange juice, free refills on coffee/tea, service is fast, very friendly, I always visit "The Wexford" when I want breakfast!
This place has character, no fake, plastic people here.
Sam / January 10, 2010 at 10:06 am
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Great food, great atmosphere!
Love this place.
Had Breakfast, bacon & eggs, coffee, juice while my girlfriend had an egg white veggie omlette, green tea, OJ.
We will be back.
Chris / March 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm
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Complete fucking ripoff. The prices are outrageous.
Dave / April 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm
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Best breakfest in Toronto!
William / April 22, 2010 at 02:07 pm
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Total ripoff, wayyy overpriced for basic diner food.
Pete / January 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm
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Breakfast is good but far too expensive as others have mentioned.

They've got some serious problems with their math as well:

820 million eggs equal 44,931 eggs per day for 50 years. At 3 eggs per customer (high estimate), that equals 14,977 customers per day!

3.3 billion oranges squeezed is even more ridiculous. That's a whopping 180,822 oranges per day! At 3 oranges per 6 oz glass of orange juice, that's 60,273 customers having a glass of orange juice per day!
Gus Handelson / February 8, 2011 at 08:58 pm
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Great food, great place. Been here over 20 times and always loved it. Peter at the cash is the funniest guy I've ever met. He look like an old 70s rocker. Can't go wrong with the Wexford.
Darryn / February 8, 2011 at 09:03 pm
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5/5 for me. The fresh squeezed orange juice is the best iv'e ever tasted. Sure the bathrooms could use a better cleaning, but show me a diner that has pristine bathrooms. This place has been around for over 50 years for a reason.
Christo / July 1, 2011 at 01:45 pm
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Over priced for a basic, tasteless breakfast. The Valleyfield, about a Km west, is a hundred times better for a third the price.
David S. replying to a comment from Pete / September 15, 2011 at 10:11 am
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I've been wanting to do that math for years. Glad you beat me to it! ;-)
Michael / January 13, 2012 at 06:28 pm
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I love this place! Real fresh squeezed orange juice. Nothing microwaved here. Portions are large.
Peameal bacon and eggs, this is the standard in this city, since 1955! Atmosphere is like Cheers, everybody talks to everyone. I will always visit The Wexford. Imitators can not reproduce this classic.
Always leave feeling full and happy.
What else can I ask for in a breakfast place.
abdul farook / January 14, 2012 at 06:31 pm
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How about some lamb bacon for those who don't want to eat dirty pork?
Mai / April 22, 2012 at 01:05 pm
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Awesome breakfast. My 2 kids, husband and I were in the the mood for a golden griddle breakfast. Unfortunately it's closed down in our area. Wexford restaurant was great. It's one of those old fashion diners in the 50's with comfy booths everywhere. The best part is the freshly squeezed orange juice, so much better than Tropicana. My kids had pancakes, we enjoyed peameal bacon, eggs and hash browns, toasts. The service is fantastic. Love the little 'old' ladies (meant that with alot of respect) in white shirts, friendly smile like your grandma serving you breakfasts in her own kitchen. Great time and very nostalgic comfort food. We'll come back soon. Thanks Wexford Restaurant.
jorge replying to a comment from Sam / June 24, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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Have not been there for several years, definetely over priced.
I have only had the breakfast its average as is the service.
Its greasy breakfast and not rocket science. However, everyone thinks their food is the bestg, wake up! I just don't go there because I am not in the area and it is too expensive. We all vote with our dollars and they do not get my vote. If your comment regarding having family working for the owner, that might explain the high costs because he is paying his family higher salaries than market value. They must own the building otherwise they could not afford the rent because if the landlord saw their menu he would jack their rent upon lease renewal.
Scott / October 9, 2012 at 06:59 am
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I have been to Wexford and I found it pricey but the food was good. Vallyfield? really? The salad there was the worst I ever had in my life. The seating is terrible and the customer service for new customers was crap, they serve only their regular customers first. Fish and chips there, taste like it came from a food bank that had closed down 30 years prior.
Robert / February 21, 2013 at 09:47 am
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How do they justify prices like that? I can get similar diner food with bottomless coffee for ~$15 total at a myriad of other places around town. If I were to go here, it would definitely be for the litre of fresh-squeezed orange juice
Andrew L. / February 21, 2013 at 10:21 am
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Wexford used to be great, when it had to face competition from the nearby Colony Restaurant (nearby as in the strip mall on the west side of Warden). Colony closed up shop several years ago, and now the only other real competition Wexford faces is, in my opinion, the far superior Valleyfields closer to the Parkway. I haven't been back to Wexford in a couple of years.
Rob replying to a comment from Robert / February 21, 2013 at 11:26 am
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I could make that exact breakfast at home for four people for less than that.
Danica / February 21, 2013 at 01:28 pm
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Thanks for confirming suspicions. I used to go there for the obligatory Sunday-morning hangover fix. Their prices used to be pretty decent. Crazy stuff. And now jacking them up to cover long weekends? Really?

Thanks for saving me and my family a small fortune!
Adam Sobolak / February 21, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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No mention of Ted's in Highland Creek Village?
Donna / February 21, 2013 at 09:19 pm
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I used to live in the area and visited this restaurant many a Sunday morning with my Mom. I watched the prices increase while the quality decreased and finally, my husband and I just said forget it and went to the Sunset Grill instead. You could not pay me to go back to the Wexford now.
Brad / February 23, 2013 at 08:20 pm
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I used to be a regular at the Wexford, but the service kept getting worse, and the food smaller, while the prices kept going up.
I gave up on them a while ago.
Chris on Bay St / February 23, 2013 at 09:39 pm
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I visited once in 2004 when I first moved to Toronto. Quite possibly the worst breakfast I've ever paid money for.
SCOTT HIGHET / February 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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I mostly like chain restaurants
Andrew / February 25, 2013 at 02:09 pm
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Was the shit. Is shit.
Debbie / February 28, 2013 at 06:40 pm
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No surprises on comments above. It was pretty good about 15 years ago. If you're in Scarborough, go to Terry's at Bellamy & Ellesmere. Willing to drive further East? Hope on the 401 to Ajax and go to Angelique's. Huge amounts of food about 30% cheaper.
Ken / March 2, 2013 at 05:58 pm
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Have lived in Wexford since the Wexford restaurant was built
back in the early 1950's.The Kirk family started it, and still run it. The family always worked hard, were a part of the community, and prospered. I can recall Mrs K serving serving take out via the back door laneway of the restaurant,mostly to truckers, police , etc....WAY BEFORE the era of the drive through. The Kirks now own that plaza, another plaza, and an industrial plaza to the south. All through honest hard work!
Tony is, and always was, a supporter of the community.
I have to agree that prices are rather steep, but it is my belief that the restaurant is only kept open to honour the memory, history, and hard work of the family founder. This kind of restaurant isn't the gold mine of the past.
Jason / March 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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I love coming here for the food and great atmosphere.
The generous portions are fresh, best Peameal bacon in the city.
Love the fresh squeezed OJ and the friendly staff.
I usually order the breakfast, never disappoints.
Coffee is good, service is excellent.
Just a great place to chill for all day breakfast.
JT replying to a comment from jorge / March 4, 2013 at 05:17 pm
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I used to live right by here and went often as the hubby liked it, I stuck with the not-so-greasy western. The prices went up, and kept up, after smoking inside was banned by the city. As for the family owning the plaza...they own most of what is between Pharmacy and Birchmount.
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John / April 7, 2013 at 10:53 am
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1billion eggs is a LIE! They are not cracking average of 50k eggs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. False advertising
Jeff / April 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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Love the Wexford!
Always good food, fast and friendly service
Ample portions, fresh squeezed OJ and free refills of coffee.
Great atmosphere, never disappoints.
Great for large groups
Jackal / April 22, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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The Wexford is truly legendary in my book. LOVE their breakfast, service, orange juice, food in general, and atmosphere. Recently gave their Banquet burger a try and wow - that was the best dang burger I can remember having EVER. A very pleasant surprise. Especially seeing as so many burger joints are SO disappointing these days! I think i'm due for a visit soon... :)
Lisa B. / April 24, 2013 at 03:17 pm
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My Dad first took me to the Wexford when I was about 5 years old? He knew the original owners, and they knew our family very well. My Dad met my Step Mum at the Wexford, when she would take her coffee break from the A&P store. I grew up in Scarborough, and now live in Phoenix, AZ. But, when I go home for a visit, I always make a stop here for breakfast, or at least a Peameal on toast with french fries and gravy! A Canadian staple for sure.
cold / June 26, 2013 at 03:50 pm
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i work there! love the food especially the bacon
Chef edward k / October 28, 2013 at 11:16 am
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$13.83 what are they thinking for a breakfast special ! This is not the king edward hotel.... I can go to the mandarin for a full buffet at lunch time for $ 13.00. After 55 years in business time to shut the doors. Your prices don,t match your service or food level anymore...
William / October 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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I love this place!
What a great place to enjoy a meal.
Friendly staff and great atmosphere.
Plenty of food, love the REAL fresh squeezed Orange Juice. I had the peameal bacon and eggs and my girl friend had an egg white omelette.
We will definitely be back with friends.
Terry Albright / January 28, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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Haven't been there since 2001 but loved it and going back there next week on a visit from NB.

My husband and I ate there every morning whenever we went to Toronto.

The food was top quality and worth every penny.

My husband has since died and I am now dating a Greek restauranteur here! wanted the family surname so I could see if he knew Peter and his brother and father.

See you guys mid Feb. Save me some of that fantastic pea meal bacon!!!!
Jim Ford / July 20, 2014 at 09:17 pm
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Drop by recently for breakfast. Outrageously high prices for a greasy spoon. The two guys behind the counter were so full of themselves it was sickening. Turns out this restaurant is just operating to give the rich owner's kids something to do while they wait for the reading of the wills. Avoid at all costs.
Tim Reynolds / July 20, 2014 at 09:24 pm
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If you truly want good food, at a great price, with good service, then go to Valley Fields restaurant on Lawrence Ave East at Curlew Dr just east of the Don Valley Parkway on the North side in a small plaza. It's far far superior to the Wexford.
Christian Esfart / July 23, 2014 at 09:09 pm
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I love going the the Wexford they make me feel at home. I go there every morning without fail. It's not like have anything better to do. The guys behind the counter understand me, I laugh at their funny stories. I don't have any real family so I guess their kinda my family. I know one of these days there going to give me a free breakfast.
Peggy Kourika / July 24, 2014 at 06:58 am
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The Wexford can be summed up in one quick sentence. " a place to go to over spend and put in the pockets of the cheapest people to ever own a greasy spoon".

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