The Best Brunch in Toronto
The best brunch in Toronto is the irrefutable remedy to all of those during-the-week woes. Really, there's nothing better than rolling out of bed post-noon with the promise of some freshly made hollandaise, fluffy pancakes, crisp potatoes--okay, now I'm drooling.
Torontonians, myself included, are often fiercely loyal to their brunch de choix. But with so many fantastic options (and irritating friends claiming you 'have' to try their favourite spot), venturing out to see if the spinach omelettes are truly greener on the other side is inevitable. Luckily, there are lots of options to choose from.
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Worth the weekend waits, as long as you're not wearing last night's heels. Aunties and Uncles on the edge of Little Italy near College and Bathurst is famed for its fluffy pancakes and quaint decor. Good prices for the portion sizes and lots of homemade menu options including its breakfast pocket, chickpea salad, and omelette of the day. More »
A Leslieville favourite, Lady Marmalade is known for its Mexican fusion breakfast and health-conscious menu. It uses free-run eggs and organic when possible, organic bread, and has lots of vegetarian options. You can enjoy your "huevos migas" breakfast or "madre tierra" sandwich amid mismatched furniture, unique salt and pepper shakers and play-things for kids. More »
In the heart of Little Portugal, Saving Grace has won the hearts of the Dundas west crowd. With sourdough French toast with caramelized bananas, corncakes and chutney, and waffles and eggs of the day it's not hard to see why. Aside from the regulatory people-watching, you may spot a famous bruncher or two here including Feist, Chris Murphy and Sook-Yin Lee. More »
On Queen West at Roncesvalles, Easy Breakfast is known for its huevos divorciados with eggs on a tortilla, salsa, refried black beans, guacamole (and there's that drooling again). Diner style and extra seating on King Street, Easy's smoothies are to die for and almost as good as the toy soldiers on your toast soldiers meal. More »
This King Street East brunch spot (which also serves dinner) has a pretty hearty mix of classic and unique items, including eggs Florentine with sauteed spinach, apple buttermilk pancakes and a signature breakfast crepe with three kinds of cheese, bacon, eggs, and potatoes. Long and narrow with a bar along the side, prepare for a bit of a wait on weekends. More »
On Queen by Trinity Bellwoods Park, Swan has a retro feel with rows of booths and 1950's decor. Its brunch menu offers an eclectically inspired mix of options that all come in generous portions (good or bad for the morning after?). Swan is known for its omelette of the day and oyster scramble. More »
Prepare for line-ups at this Leslieville destination. The weekend-only brunch menu has all the regular staples but with a twist. French toast stuffed with ricotta and dried apricot, mackerel, onion, and chive scramble, and double smoked bacon, just to name a few. More »
The Drake Cafe has all of the regulation brunch staples such as eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes, but you have the option to add a mimosa to your meal in case you didn't quite have enough the night before. The Drake makes a mean bagel and lox, as well as fresh daily scones and serves chicken and waffles during brunch hours. Bonus is the large patio which is open during warmer months. More »