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The Best Cheap Breakfast in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 13, 2012

Cheap Breakfast TorontoThe best cheap breakfast in Toronto is, of course, a greasy spoon specialty. Forget about your fantasies of herb aioli, aged cheddar, or local greens on these breakfast plates; here it's bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee (drip too &mash;the horror!). Probably some homefries too. These breakfasts are classic, unpretentious, tasty, and cheap, and definitely hit the spot without breaking the bank. Try not to think about your cholesterol level in 20 years, and just fish a few dollars out of your pocket.

Here is the list of the best cheap breakfast in Toronto.

See also:

The best all day breakfast in Toronto
The best brunch in Toronto
The best breakfast sandwiches in Toronto
The best eggs benedict in Toronto
The best pancakes in Toronto
The best French toast in Toronto

Avenue Open Kitchen

Avenue Open Kitchen

Cash only can sometimes be a problem when your bill enters the doubles digits. Not here. Avenue Open Kitchen is a beloved greasy spoon (in the truest sense of the word), offering a complete three-egg, toast, homefries, and coffee breakfast for four dollars and change. Low-cal dieters beware; this is your old-school diner breakfast, and cheap enough to pay for with gutter change to boot. More »

New York Cafe

New York Cafe

A Broadview favourite despite its name, New York Café does a classic two-egg breakfast with toast, homefries, and your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage starting at $4.25 during the week. If you're really counting your pennies (or else, your carnivorous consumption) you can nix the meat and save an additional $0.30, or go the pancakes or French toast for $4.25 and $4.45 respectively. More »

Hazel’s Diner

Hazel’s Diner

Hazel’s Diner is all about careful selection. If you’re not paying attention, you might end up ordering a $13 Mexican Benny and a $5 juice! But those in pursuit of a delicious cheap breakfast know to arrive between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., when Hazel’s revered all-day breakfast of two eggs, toast, bacon and homefries is priced at a respectable $4.99. Sleep in, however, and you’ll have to fork over an extra two bucks. More »

Average Joe’s Cafe

Average Joe’s Cafe

Don’t sell yourself short, Joe. (That said, feel free to leave your prices as is.) This breakfast is certainly above average in terms of quality, with a plate of eggs, toast, a grilled tomato, a potato patty, and chicken bacon all for just $5.50 plus tax. And for those who bemoan the supposedly inferior pseudo-forms of bacon; just try Average Joe’s. It actually is pretty good. Above average, you might even say. Smaller (and even cheaper) breakfast options include bagel combos starting at $2.50. More »

Sneaky Dee’s

Sneaky Dee’s

Yes, your favourite Thursday night nacho and margarita joint also offers a pretty cheap (and tasty) breakfast for the morning after. Try to forget about the pricier huevos rancheros; the steals on this menu three-egg omelettes for $3.95, plus French toast for $4.35, and the classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, ham, or sausage, homefries and toast for an unbelievable $3.50. Those are weekday prices, mind you, but it’s almost worth taking the morning off. More »

The Tulip

The Tulip

Leslieville’s least-posh steakhouse, The Tulip has been around for more than 80 years, and all the while has let its prices lag behind. If it’s a little too early for that 24-oz porter house, save a few bucks and go with the eggs, homefries and toast for $4.50, or spring for a side of bacon or sausage for an extra dollar. And just because this is a steakhouse, you can get an order of chopped steak and eggs, too, though expect to pay twice as much as a basic breakfast (which, granted, still isn’t that much). More »

Markham Station

Markham Station

Cheap breakfast at any time of day! Though the best deal to be had at Markham Station is between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. when a plate of three eggs, toast, homefries or rice, and bacon, ham or sausage is just $4.99. But if you’ve got a hankering for something morning-esque at 4 a.m, the same plate is available for an extra $0.80, or else you can opts for pancakes or French toast for an equally affable $6.79. More »

Motorama

Motorama

The sign has changed but the breakfast, thankfully, has not. Another unapologetic greasy spoon, Motorama offers a breakfast special that includes either bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs along with toast, homefries, and coffee (included before 11 a.m.) for $5.75. It’s the homefries that especially distinguish this plate from the rest, and if you keep your eyes on your plate, you might not miss the charming old sign. More »

Aris Place

Aris Place

Breakfast is all day at this Roncy stop, but arrive before 11 a.m. and coffee or tea is included in your meal. Your basic breakfast with eggs, bacon, homefries et al. starts at about five bucks, and most likely actually leave you feeling full. (Read; great portions.) The place is super casual and homey, meaning no one will look twice at the ketchup stain on your pants, but be prepared for a crowd if you arrive on the weekend. More »

The Goof

The Goof

Also known as the Garden Gate Restaurant, The Goof in the Beaches is all about cheap Chinese fare and a whole variety of breakfast plates that mostly ring under $6. The weekday egg breakfast special is front and central for the menu, but the homemade pancakes, French toast, and specialty omelettes have, too, found their loyal followings. And just so that you don’t pay more than you have to, The Goof has defined prices for one-, two-, and three-egg plates. More »

Jim’s Best Western

Jim’s Best Western

Pancakes? Whatever. If you’ve sauntered over to Jim’s for some early morning eats, you have to opt for the Western sandwich, of course. Priced at just $4.25, this diner indulgence is made with ham, onions, and really, whatever else you want, folding into two eggs and stuffed into a sandwich. The breakfast special offers great value, too, at $5.50 at any time of day for eggs, homefries, ham, sausage, or bacon, and your choice of coffee or tea. More »

UFO Restaurant

UFO Restaurant

Just pay no attention to the stack of Mr. Clean bottles behind your table. While UFO Restaurant might, indeed, operate from inside a convenience store, ambiance (or lack thereof) is a small price to pay when you’re paying such small prices. Here you’ll find pancakes for $3.95, omelettes for $5.50, and your classic two egg breakfast with homefries, sausage or bacon, toast and coffee or tea for $4.95 before 11 a.m. Makes eating breakfast in the cleaning supplies aisle totally worth it. More »

Discussion

74 Comments

Grant / December 13, 2012 at 01:29 pm
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The Coach House at 574 Yonge near Wellesley should have made this list.
Bird replying to a comment from Grant / December 13, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Love that place.
Steven / December 13, 2012 at 01:39 pm
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Aris Grill, Roncesvalles, Big Breakfast, Boom!
pre / December 13, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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Billy's Souvlaki dovercourt @ bloor.
Tanya / December 13, 2012 at 02:20 pm
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Motomuffins are to die for. I love Motorama.
AV replying to a comment from pre / December 13, 2012 at 02:38 pm
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2nd Billy's. Local legend and a great place for your greasy fix
Kevin / December 13, 2012 at 03:10 pm
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I've been to Hazel's a few times. The food is quite good, but the "Breakfast Special" does not include coffee which costs an extra $2.75. So, all considered, the breakfast is not as cheap as it appears.
Valerie / December 13, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Avenue Open Kitchen really is the best greasy spoon. And really nice people working there - obviously a family business (which I always love to support).

Loved going there on weekend when I lived in the Entertainment District!
beod / December 13, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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Sort of a diner, but not really, but have to throw it in the cheap eats options - Hadley's at College and Dovercourt. $7 breaky = 2 eggs (even perfectly poached), a hashbrown/potatoe rosti delight, choice of meats (pullled pork is my go to option), baked beans, 2 pieces of toast, and a fruit salad that I actually eat...none of this melon overdose nonsense.
Rich replying to a comment from beod / December 13, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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Went to hadleys once... toast was burnt, over easy eggs were brought out well done, and the hashbrowns were charred and gross. Pass
cerealz / December 13, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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Good Breakfast - parliament south of carleton. $4.50 3eggs/meat/toast/taters. classic diner feel, simple and fast.
mike in parkdale / December 13, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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great list - now I'm hungry.

bacon bacon bacon
scottd / December 13, 2012 at 04:20 pm
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At home.
Sarah / December 13, 2012 at 05:03 pm
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Mad Dog Cafe has delicious brunch on the weekends and is really affordable- bacon, hash brown, organic toast, and beans! Yummy coffee too.
lol / December 13, 2012 at 05:16 pm
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Bellwoods Diner..... 6.95 for 6 eggs, like 4 pieces of toast and a ton of ham... oh and like 3 full potatos of hashbrowns can easily feed 2 people
Alex replying to a comment from scottd / December 13, 2012 at 05:26 pm
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Word! I make a better eggs benny than the crummy restaurants I've tried. Also, I can control cost better. $13 for 3 poached eggs on bread w/ some veggies and hollandaise? I can make triple that portion for less than $10.
Steve / December 13, 2012 at 05:49 pm
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DSG (Dundas Street Grill) > everything else
Ryan / December 13, 2012 at 06:14 pm
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Kind of surprised that Wimpy's isn't on this list. $10.49 got me 4 eggs, 4 bacon, 4 sausauge, home fries and toast. Not only cheap but tasty.
Michael Polo / December 13, 2012 at 07:08 pm
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I keep wanting to try Gale's (at Eastern and Pape). They only open at noon on Saturdays, which is strange. I've heard they have crazy low prices.

Has anyone been?

P replying to a comment from Alex / December 13, 2012 at 07:29 pm
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But that is the nature of going to restaurants and eating out. We all know that cooking things at home will be cheaper.
StevieC replying to a comment from Grant / December 13, 2012 at 07:46 pm
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+1 to the Coach House at Yonge and Wellesley.
Adam Sobolak / December 13, 2012 at 08:03 pm
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When it comes to the Danforth, Motorama and no Bus Terminal? (Or go *really* far east to Ted's in Highland Creek Village)
Adam / December 13, 2012 at 08:30 pm
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Where's the Grenadier restaurant in High Park? On weekdays from 7am-11am, breakfast is $2.99. 3 eggs, bacon/ham/sausage, toast, hashbrowns.
Linda Egan / December 13, 2012 at 09:27 pm
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How about actual addresses for these restaurants?

And 3 Star UFO is a great cheap breakfast restaurant. When you are hungry, who notices the items in the next aisle?
Gabe replying to a comment from Grant / December 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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Coach House I agree. Classic Breakfast on Yonge St. Coach House is classic and awesome, from the menu, to the prices, to the decor...
Steven Hertzog / December 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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How about The Bloor Jane restaurant. Don't know actual address but it's at Bloor and Jane. The real deal surrounded by trendy wannabe upscale chain joints.
Za-Moon-Da / December 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm
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Not sure about Markham Station, that shit made me ill! Canadiana Diner on Lakeshore has decent BLTs.
Brad / December 14, 2012 at 12:32 am
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stay far away from Markham Station, bad bad food
Andrew / December 14, 2012 at 08:44 am
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The Mars on College isn't on here? It's been the best forever!
AV replying to a comment from Adam / December 14, 2012 at 09:48 am
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Grenadier is one of THE worst breakfasts in the city. They could give it away free and I'd still pass!
JohnO / December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am
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Ikea do $1+tax breakfasts. Monkeys optional.
Moi / December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am
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LOL the BEST CHEAP BREAKY is Gale's Snack Bar!
By far the cheapest, coolest, retro pricing in town.
And Generous portions. WHOOP!
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/galessnackbar
Anna F. / December 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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Good list. I also like the Coach House (as mentioned by another commenter), and Good Bite on Yonge north of Eglinton.
Anna F. replying to a comment from Anna F. / December 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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Oh, and the Bloor Jane Restaurant.
lister / December 14, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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I miss our Saturday morning breakfasts at Avenue. :-(

They brought it back briefly in September but cancelled it likely due to not enough customers. I think they needed to get the word out more.

Barn on Queen St W, north side, just west of Bathurst has an okay breakfast. The clientel is interesting at times...
me replying to a comment from Moi / December 14, 2012 at 09:50 pm
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shhhhh!
Moi replying to a comment from Anna F. / December 15, 2012 at 01:19 am
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Oh yeah. forgot about the Bloor/Jane Restaurant
I haven't been there in years. AND they have that old cash register tooooooo :)
Moi replying to a comment from me / December 15, 2012 at 01:20 am
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"were hunting wabbits"
slice / December 15, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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Karine's in Village by the Grange is awesome. 5 bucks for bacon, 2 eggs, potato, toast, fresh fruit and salad. Yeah its in a food court but the family that owns it is awesome. They even put table cloths on their near by seating area. They also have lots of vegetarian/vegan options. Its the best fast/cheap/delicious breaky I've had in TO.
Brian / December 16, 2012 at 05:54 pm
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don't forget that place inside high park. It has the worst breakfast in town, a real shame for such a great location. Would love to see an article on how ownership of that monopoly works, cause it ain't the chef's talents.
Shawn replying to a comment from Alex / December 17, 2012 at 09:50 am
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So what time should we all be there?
Sadie / December 17, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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I second that Markham Station is AWFUL. It's definitely cheap, but I'd be willing to pay a little extra to avoid horrific fluorescent lights and whirling ceiling fans, or to skip out on a dead cockroach under my pancake (that happened).

On a brighter and more delicious note, Windfield's at Leslie and York Mills is great. Super cheap and huge portions, complete with friendly staff, and a tacky horse-racing decor motif.
The Lonely Troll / December 20, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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Tom's on Queen across from CAMH. Try the Canadian.
Sandman replying to a comment from Anna F. / December 29, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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I second and third the Bloor Jane! Great all-day breakfast (w/ coffee)
AA / January 2, 2013 at 09:19 am
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Jim's finally makes a list. Nice!

Detroit Eatery at Chester Station could have made this list, too. It makes a better breakfast than Motorama (listed here at # 8) which is just a few blocks east of Detroit.
Iza replying to a comment from pre / January 4, 2013 at 12:31 am
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Billy's? Great choice!
steve0baby / January 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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I'm a simple man who likes pretty dark haired women and breakfast food, with that being said I second the recommendation of Karines in Village by the Grange. Thought it was pretty good food for the price. Not a lot places mentioned were in the Western part of TO but its to see Bloor Jane Restaurant being mentioned, it always been my favourite breakfast spot. If your in the Westend and your hungover it's the place to go. Extremely fast service too
Misha / January 14, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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The Ritz, owned and run by a very nice Phillipino family, located on Donlands one block north of Cosburn has a good breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon or sausage, salad, toast and coffee for around $ 5. In addition, they have also Phillipino brekkies at a slightly higher cost.
Misha / January 14, 2013 at 01:40 pm
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Patrons of brekkie establishments should be aware that many restaurants/greasy spoons charge extra for coffee which really adds up on your bill. I prefer places where the coffee is included in the price cause some charge $ 2.79 or $ 2.99 for coffee alone which really is a rip off. This is similar to people who travel where the price is low yet when the taxes are worked in it becomes astronomically high.
Andrew L. / October 13, 2013 at 10:37 am
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No love for Valley Fields? The portions are massive (four-egg omelettes) and the price is reasonable. Lawrence East at Curlew (east of the DVP).
Debb / October 13, 2013 at 02:15 pm
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I hit the Tulip about once a week as I live really close. I usually have an omelette, comes with home fries and toast and is more than enough food. Always tasty and fantastic staff. The owner is funny and always friendly with her customers. :)
Debb / October 13, 2013 at 02:20 pm
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Andrew not sure who told you 4 egg omelettes but I worked there and it's 3 egg, like most places. If you have bacon and eggs it's 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon. I think breakfast places are best if it's where you're most comfy regardless of quantity/price. Just makes you feel good..lol :)
RS replying to a comment from beod / October 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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Hadley's closed down a few months ago. :(
RS replying to a comment from Brian / October 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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Grenadier? Used to work there. Breakfast was never the strongest item on the menu. Their club sandwiches and burgers though were faboo.

Their book-keeping had a lot to be desired too. No complaints about my manager (she was awesome), but the family matriarch that did the books tried to stiff me out of $200 on my final paycheque. And I was hired by a friend of the family that owns the place. Not cool.
Krys / November 10, 2013 at 09:53 am
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How did Queen Star at Queen and Dovercourt not make this list?
Mike / November 10, 2013 at 09:53 am
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Where's Sunset Grill in The Beach?!? Will have to check out some of these other spots... but c'mon... all 10 of these can't be better than the Grill!!!
Paul / November 10, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Detroit Eatery on Danforth.
Agata / November 10, 2013 at 10:24 am
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What about Tasty Corner Restaurant in Kensington Market, on Augusta? It's SUPER cheap, but also colourful, quirky, and the food is actually hearty. A Breakfast Special gets you eggs, sausages, hash-browns, fruits, a salad, AND THE BEST FRENCH TOAST I EVER HAD. This place is amazing and I'm so surprised that no one ever writes about it, given its bustling location.

Also Mars Food, located across from Sneaks, is cheap and good (for carb lovers). Plus they do breakfast all day so you can eat it at 2am or 2pm.
el jay / November 10, 2013 at 11:23 am
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glad to see Avg. Joes there, the man makes a mean espresso too.
Richard replying to a comment from Sandman / November 13, 2013 at 09:31 am
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Totally agree about Bloor-Jane restaurant. Also try Zupa's on Adelaide in the Entertainment district.
George / December 14, 2013 at 10:30 am
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I swear by GOOD BITE, family run greasy spoon on Yonge north of Eglinton. Been there for decades and the breakfast is super!!!
Phil / December 15, 2013 at 05:14 am
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These Articles are horrible! and there is nothing to do about it!. blog To is great, but they need to know how to hire people that arent completely new in this world... please.... good ideas but hard to read... blog to... please pay your writers a higher minimum standard otherwise I wont read anything that comes from this source. Horrible writers....
Kate / April 11, 2014 at 09:32 am
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time to update!
Joseph / April 11, 2014 at 03:23 pm
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I don't know if it's still true, but Steak Queen used to have $3 breakfast specials like ten years ago. Ate there every Sunday morning.
John Mason / May 23, 2014 at 08:38 am
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New York Cafe is no longer cheap....you cant get out of there for less than 20 bucks anymore. They added another egg and some fruit to the place and doubled the prices. I'll miss them. Detroit has an awesome greasy breakfast...and its still cheap
Matt / May 23, 2014 at 09:05 am
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Johnny G's in Cabbagetown is hands down the best value of ANY breakfast in Toronto. $6.99 gets you three eggs,bacon or ham or sausage, hashbrowns, toast (multi, rye, white), OJ, and bottomless coffee.
Stick / May 23, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Avg Joe's prices are up now btw, more like 7.50, though still fair + delicious
Surster / May 23, 2014 at 11:14 am
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You also missed P & M Restaurant up in Weston which has line-ups almost every day to get in. So popular, they bought a larger location which they will move into this summer. Omelets there can feed 3 people!!! Yum...
rick / May 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Rosemary & Thyme is by far the best all day breakfast I've eaten in any country ever. I don't know where they get their bacon from, but it's unbelievably good, and they don't seem to count how many slices they give you. A little way from downtown (Victoria Park and Sheppard), but totally worth it.
Alan / May 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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The breakfast special at the New York Cafe hasn't been 4.25 in almost a year, the early bird is now $5.95
Anna / May 23, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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Best all day breakfast and lunch is at Era Diner 369 Roncessvalles, TO, sooo good!
Elizabeth / July 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm
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I've never ate breakfast out (I eat breakfast at home). I've, however, walked past one of two KOS (which is pronounced "chaos") restaurants in Toronto - the one at the edge of Kensington Market a stone's throw from the Toronto Western Hospital - the other is on Bathurst Street a few blocks north of Bloor Street. I've seen people stop over at KOS, order and eat an eggs and bacon meal for either breakfast or brunch.
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Wit Dickman / September 5, 2014 at 09:56 am
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Coach House @ Yonge and Wellesley should be on this list.

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