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The Best French Toast in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 28, 2014

best french toast torontoThe best French toast in Toronto is a staple on brunch menus citywide, appealing to sweet tooths looking to satisfy morning cravings with eggy bread and our most prized and essential local commodity, maple syrup. This is a breakfast dish so classic, it's no wonder that kitchens like to get inventive with combinations of fruit, candies, creams, and even duck confit.

Here is the best French toast in Toronto.

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Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade

At this Leslieville brunch venue, the French toast ($11.50) is baked in the style of bread pudding and served up with maple syrup and berry coulis. Savoury this is not, but if you like your breakfast sweet, this is the ticket. More »

School

School

This Liberty Village bakery and cafe rolls slabs of egg soaked bread in Rice Krispies for extra breakfast-y crunch. French toast ($13) is served with orange marmalade and a dusting of confection sugar. More »

Aunties and Uncles

Aunties and Uncles

This ultra popular week-round brunch destination near Bathurst and College can tame morning (er, midday) hunger pangs, provided you can withstand the queue. While the breakfast pockets tend to get all the glory, the cinnamon French toast ($7.50) is a pretty sweet deal. More »

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

Homestyle French toast ($13) at this casual St Clair spot starts with white bread studded with blueberries, soaked in custard and then griddle-fried. Making it even more decedent, the whole thing is topped with maple, whipped cream, and served with sides of whipped honey, butter and syrup. More »

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

Tucked away on Tecumseth, this haven for carnivores tops its challah French toast ($13) with a delectable combination of savoury duck confit and sweet cranberry mostarda, whipped creme fraiche and maple. More »

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu

In Hillcrest Village, this French bakery makes its namesake dish ($7.95) with thick slabs of bread soaked in creme anglaise, browned golden in butter and then dressed with berry coulis and fresh fruit on the side. More »

Le Petit Dejeuner

Le Petit Dejeuner

This King East spot celebrates breakfast all day with eggy fried bread ($12) doused with maple syrup, and loaded up with caramelized bananas and chantily cream. More »

White Brick Kitchen

White Brick Kitchen

This Koreatown spot excels at brunch-time comfort foods like the satisfyingly sweet, chocolate chip banana bread French toast ($11) loaded up with caramelized bananas and deep-coloured caramel. More »

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche

This Queen East bakery-cafe is a perpetually busy brunch spot that's favourited for generous plates of baked French toast ($9.50) with sides of fresh fruit and maple syrup. Sometimes simple is best. More »

Littlefish

Littlefish

The menu at this Junction brunch spot has been known to include thick-sliced French toast ($12) smothered with bananas or seasonal fruit compotes. A dollop of whipped cream on top and some maple syrup for supplementary sweetness finishes it off. More »

The Saint

The Saint

Located on Ossington this tavern upgrades familiar brunch favourites. The French toast ($14) has got a little snap, crackle and pop and is dressed up with Nutella mousse and fruit compote. More »

Wallace & Co.

Wallace & Co.

Walking the line between brunch and dessert, the banana bread French toast ($11) at this old-school diner revival comes loaded with apple caramel, whipped creme fraiche, berries and crumble topping. More »

Discussion

22 Comments

Matt / March 28, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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You ain't had french toast til you had it at the New Yorker deli on Bay St. Best ever, by far.
bellaluna replying to a comment from Matt / March 28, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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Agreed! I voted for New Yorker Deli's french toast when the poll was going on. It is a must try! It's simple, and delicious!
Jane / March 28, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Voodoo Child's french toast is amazingly rich and indulgent, and deserves a spot on this list. Their brunch is expensive, but go there if you want to treat yo self.
bro / March 28, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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I can't believe you guys missed Niche, it is hands down THE best french toast in Toronto
puts all others to shame!
Mar / March 28, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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The French toast here isn't real French toast. I lived in Paris for two weeks so I should know.
Alison / March 28, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Lola's cheesecake-stuffed french toast covered in fruit is the best (and yes, I have had most of the others on the list, and yes I voted)
Rick / March 28, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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Same people that give 2 $hits about french toast are probably the same idiots that drink chocolate milk while eating a quality steak - True numbskulls.
Sandman / March 28, 2014 at 03:54 pm
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I have to add Easy Restaurant (Parkdale) and Coffee Tree (Bloor Street West) to my list.
Molly / March 28, 2014 at 04:11 pm
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The french toast at Choco Crepe on Queen West was my favourite. But what the heck happen to that restaurant? It's been freaking close for renovation for few months now!
Bruce / March 28, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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Niche on Queen West!!!! Great french toast, super friendly service.
grace / March 28, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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this list is missing french toast's saving grace in toronto
Foo Dee / March 28, 2014 at 08:09 pm
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I am not so interested in French Toast, but I would love to replace every donut shop in Toronto (okay we could leave the best ones) with fine French bakeries.
Stand Up / March 29, 2014 at 10:27 am
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I have to agree with Mar....this is not real French Toast. I know because last winter I went to Montreal for a 2 day mini-vacation and saw someone eating French toast at a restaurant. I did not try it myself but I just know!

On a serious note, I can't wait to try Lady Marmalade's. I've heard great things about this place.
B Stewart / March 29, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Did you know that before WW2 french toast was called german toast.
pat / March 31, 2014 at 09:46 am
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chococrepe on Queen W has/had the best that I've eaten. I think they are closed right now for renovations though.
Mayor Dodge replying to a comment from Rick / March 31, 2014 at 10:42 am
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Yeah, and I'll bet you are the kind of smarty that pours PBR on his cornflakes in the morning to start his day. SHEESH.
Maureen replying to a comment from B Stewart / March 31, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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But before that it was called pain perdu, and even (ready?) Eggy Bread and Gypsy Toast.
Jenny's Fur replying to a comment from Stand Up / March 31, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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Sit down. This dish was actually came about in early 18th century America. The name “French” came from the chef who first made it, Joseph French. So unless you have a time machine, you ain't seen nuthin' real. You may leave now.
Sadie / April 1, 2014 at 01:29 pm
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Surprisingly, Hey Lucy makes a delicious french toast. It's cheesy and strawberry-y, and absolutely delicious. This is coming from a savoury breakfast lover!
James / April 15, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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There are that many in Toronto better than the Beacher Cafe on Queen E? I better loosen my belt, have a lot of french toast to try! :)
Keith / May 3, 2014 at 10:43 am
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It's already been said, but Niche has fantastic French toast. Definitely the best I've ever had (not that I've tried many of these other places).
EDGK replying to a comment from B Stewart / June 1, 2014 at 09:00 am
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And after WW2, the Germans were called toast.

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