The Best All Day Breakfast in Toronto
The best all day breakfast in Toronto is a scramble. Making a solid breakfast strikes me as an easy (and fun!) task. It can't be too difficult to make breakfast spectacular, because it's so basic and inherently beautiful: Bread, bacon and eggs! (Or your choice of a vegetarian alternative!) It's so pure and... historical.
Yet, so many places can't properly prepare an egg and seriously skimp on bacon (and don't even get me started on frozen home fries because it's an entirely offensive subject all together). Furthermore, I'm going to need refillable coffee on the double. Here are places that take pride in refilling coffee, preparing an egg and portioning out bacon (or alternatives).
The 12 best all day breakfast restaurants in Toronto. (Or, at least, excellent all day breakfast restaurants)
Photos by Alyssa Bistonath
Boom Breakfast is steady as a rock. There are never any surprises and never any disappointments. They have funny names for their breakfasts, like “Three Some” and “Chocolate Monkey French toast” but my favourite is the “2 Egg Breakfast.” It comes cheap with free coffee on weekday mornings, which always makes me feel thankful that I’m sitting in a breakfast (exclusively breakfast) place on a weekday morning. More »
This place is fantastic if only for the startling early-nineties vibe. I mean, holy cow! The Stone Roses, Nirvana, and what we thought might be The Sneaker Pimps! There’s also something about the lovely wait staff that reminds me of 1994, although I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Dim lighting and nothing but booths are also totally comfortable, and breakfast comes with potato rosti instead of home fries, which, you know, is really nice for a change. More »
Like all those popular bands from 2003, most of their breakfast options are preceded by the word “the” (The Standard, The Massive, The Turbo). They will not charge you extra for peameal bacon, but they will charge you two dollars for half a grapefruit. There is killer music playing, none of it from 2003. More »
Future is a great place for students, or for former-students who want to get nostalgic from time to time. Something about going there for breakfast makes me feel like I’m living life to the fullest…. It’s the bustling atmosphere, perhaps. It’s always busy, even into the wee hours. Their bacon and eggs are cheap and quick (and well portioned), and rumour has it you can swing a discount if you’re still in school. More »
On the weekends, you have to stand in line for about forty-five minutes. Furthermore, you have to stand in line outside by the window, which means you can watch people eating poached eggs (of which they serve many variations) and this amazing looking yogurt and granola with half a bagel. There are no fried eggs here, but you can get eggs benedict with Brie and avocado, which makes up for just about anything. And oh my, they also offer a “Good Morning Poutine,” which no one should get too excited about because some mornings, without warning, it’s unavailable! More »
I’m not saying it’s right, but I had this notion that vegetarian restaurants are always spic and span. Sadie’s liberated me from that particular prejudice, because the tables were sticky and the bright vinyl booths were ripped up. It’s a greasy diner without meat grease, which I find uniquely charming! Veggie bacon and veggie breakfast sausage make appearances, as does the “tofu scramble.” Coffee is served in GIANT mugs and snappy indie tunes abound. More »
One of the best things about this place is that they advertise “an espresso and a puppy” for unattended children, and that’s funny, right? Despite often-mixed reviews on the food and/or service, folks continue to line up out the door for E. Levesque’s weekend brunch of French toast, waffles and latkes and all day breakfasts throughout the week (when open). More »
There are posters of Jack Nicholson on the walls and tons of rough looking, leather-clad customers - Everything I ever wanted in a breakfast place. Also, I really appreciate the home fries in this establishment. They actually look like they are made in a heavy skillet over an open fire from last night’s leftover potatoes, satisfying the very definition of “home fries.” Serious home fries are more rare than you might imagine, but I guess serious business follows Nicholson wherever he goes. More »
It’s located in the Village by the Grange food court, which means it’s really close to OCAD and many of the customers are presumably students of that institution. They probably appreciate the artsy menu done in wacky handwriting and the colourful (pink!) decor. They also appear to appreciate the cheap (in price, not in quality) all-day breakfast that come in take-away containers, because everyone orders with an excited grin. There are plenty of vegan options here (they make a popular soy smoothie, for example) but they want you to know that they do serve bacon. More »
This quiet, sunny, beer-serving breakfast place is apparently the place to go when you’re hung over and want to wait in line for an hour, but on a weekday morning it’s perfectly calm. Straight-up bacon and eggs is reasonably priced and the service is mighty appeasing! Our waiter answered all my requests with a “sure thing” and a prompt delivery. More »