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The Best Huevos Rancheros in Toronto

Posted by Bryce Daigle / February 18, 2010

Huevos Rancheros TorontoThe best huevos rancheros in Toronto takes lovers of the Mexican breakfast staple from Parkdale to Leslieville and points in between. But it's still a rare find in the city with most brunch places preferring to stick to more proven offerings like eggs benedict, pancakes and waffles.

But done correctly, huevos like this really hit the spot. How can you not love a dish that combines the heartiness of eggs and beans with the hangover-subduing power of spicy salsa? Layer in guacamole, fresh tortillas and perhaps even some corn bread and you have something worth waking up early on the weekends for.

For fans of huevos rancheros done the traditional way it's worth noting that most Toronto offerings are characterized by something of a Tex-Mex spin. This might include the substitution of larger flour tortillas or even tortilla chips instead of fresh made corn ones, or scrambled instead of fried or poached eggs.

There's also huevos rancheros' wicked cousin - the huevos divorciados - which makes an appearance at the top of our list in what is without a doubt Toronto's best representation of a mexican-style breakfast.

Here are the 8 best huevos rancheros (or divorciados) in Toronto.

Easy Restaurant

Easy Restaurant

The huevos divorciados at Easy Breakfast handily beat the competition for the title of Toronto’s best, and it’s easy to see why. Smothered with guacamole, ancho chilli jam and pico de gallo, these eggs are the ultimate way to shake off your morning (or afternoon) grogginess. More »

The Universal Grill

The Universal Grill

The Universal Grill is an oasis of tasty food in an otherwise unremarkable spot at Dupont and Shaw. Their generous huevos rancheros are attractively plated, with a spicy kick and crispy tortilla strips that add crunchy textural contrast. More »

The Senator

The Senator

Nothing about the decor of Senator implies anything even remotely Mexican. This is as classic a diner as you’re likely to find in town but their huevos rancheros are absolutely top notch. Delicious corn bread muffins and chorizo sausage give the dish some added variety, but the eggs, super fresh and perfectly cooked, are clearly the stars here. More »

El Trompo

El Trompo

El Trompo’s huevos rancheros are a bit more minimalist than some of the other restaurants on this list, but the elements (eggs, salsa verde, pico de gallo, avocado and refried beans) are fresh, delicious and served with extra tortillas (to mop up all that eggy goodness) and Mexican coffee. More »

Mitzi's Sister

Mitzi's Sister

Mitzi’s Sister mixes things up a bit by scrambling their huevos. The fluffy eggs are served in a flour tortilla with a dollop of sour cream and a full roster of accompaniments including refried beans, fresh salsa, guacamole, excellent home fries and fruit wedges (ignore them, they’ll just distract you from the eggs). More »

Sneaky Dee's

Sneaky Dee's

There may be more ranchero than huevo in the Sneaky Dee’s interpretation of the dish, but the single fried egg is served with enough refried beans, green pepper, ham, cheese and deep fried tortilla to keep you from even glancing at food for the rest of the day. Guacamole isn’t included with the dish, but is worth the side order surcharge. More »

Sadie's Diner

Sadie's Diner

Vegans rejoice! Sadie’s Diner serves a tasty standard version of huevos rancheros with refried beans, salsa, cheese and a corn tortilla but deserves special mention for also serving a vegan version of the dish, with scrambled tofu subbing in for the eggs and cheese. More »

Discussion

41 Comments

laurel / February 18, 2010 at 10:30 am
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easy definitely deserves the number one spot! a bit pricey, but so worth it.
Maria / February 18, 2010 at 10:40 am
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OMG, yellow cheese on the huevos rancheros?? (Sadie's) Scandalous!
The version at El Trompo is the real one, you call it minimalist, Mexicans call it authentic.
J / February 18, 2010 at 11:29 am
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No Lady Marmalade?!
Missing / February 18, 2010 at 11:42 am
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Cool Hand of a Girl should be in the list.

Probably around one of the top 3 spots.
Jen replying to a comment from Missing / February 18, 2010 at 11:45 am
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ya how is Sadie's in this list and not Cool Hand?
geg / February 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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My favourite is probably Dr. Generosity's.. they have hollandaise on theirs :O
jerry / February 18, 2010 at 02:34 pm
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super article
AV / February 18, 2010 at 02:41 pm
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Coll Hand of Girl in the Junction is a SHIT HOLE. Terrible, rubbery, under or over-cooked garbage. Terrible.
AV / February 18, 2010 at 02:41 pm
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Cool not Coll
nope replying to a comment from AV / February 18, 2010 at 02:48 pm
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wrong.
Ben / February 18, 2010 at 03:21 pm
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For my money, Sadie's is the best in town, and better than anything I have had in Texas to boot.

toxique / February 18, 2010 at 03:21 pm
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cool hand should definitely be on the list. swan also makes a pretty mean huevos.
Tom / February 18, 2010 at 03:35 pm
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love huevos
sw / February 18, 2010 at 03:52 pm
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Beans beans good for the heart, the more you eat the more you fart.

That is all.
Steve / February 18, 2010 at 04:26 pm
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Dr. G's in Bloor West Village!!

C'mon...I thought this was a "best of" listing...well, you missed one!
HHH replying to a comment from Steve / February 18, 2010 at 05:55 pm
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Totally agree with Steve. Dr. G keeps on getting left off of these "best" lists. BlogTO has to take a trip past highpark. Hands down, the best brunch place in TO.
-- / February 18, 2010 at 07:16 pm
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no Grapefruit Moon? so good!
Rachel / February 18, 2010 at 07:46 pm
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Thank you so, so, so much for this list.
Huevo / February 18, 2010 at 08:10 pm
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Tacos El Asador. 'Nuff said.
leeeah / February 18, 2010 at 08:15 pm
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Every time a Best Of list is posted, commenters accuse BlogTO of purposefully forgetting a place or being downtown centric - mainly because these people don't know these Best Of's are chosen by the readers.

Perhaps the site should rename its "best of" to "Your Choice For Best <insert item here.>" ?
David / February 18, 2010 at 09:49 pm
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Where is the Huevos from Cocina Lucero at Yonge & Maitland? It is so good. Authentic Mexican, NOT Tex-Mex. They have both Rancheros and Divociados.
Colin / February 19, 2010 at 09:00 am
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I think Mitzi's Sister was robbed, their Rancheros are far better than Easy. It makes me question the accuracy of the whole list. Cadillac Lounge also has better Ranceros than Easy...
ummm replying to a comment from leeeah / February 19, 2010 at 10:25 am
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I am sorry, but where and when exactly was this reader poll held?
SiL / February 19, 2010 at 02:05 pm
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Can't say I've sampled all the others on the list but I've had the divorciados at Easy many times and I happily travel across town each time to get them. So delicious and great value. My only fear is that after this article they'll be a little harder to get. BEST.HANGOVER.REMEDY.EVER.
Kathleen replying to a comment from ummm / February 22, 2010 at 02:40 pm
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Preeeeeeecisely. Advertise your polls, people! Because they so seldom show what the majority of your readers think. It's ridiculous, the lack of diversity in these polls. Maybe it should be changed to blogDowntownTO.
Carmen / February 22, 2010 at 03:07 pm
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Dr. Generosity, FTW!!
M / February 24, 2010 at 07:08 pm
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grapefruit moon and gladstone hotel! yum!!!!
Ariel / March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am
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How can you consid this a credible list and not have Mildred's Temple Kitchen on here?
Ramenfan / May 3, 2010 at 02:23 pm
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No mildred's huevos on here? Is this even written by a Torontonian? Next time anyone is in liberty it's the best I've had....guac and creme fraiche mmmmmmm
Diane / July 15, 2010 at 03:01 am
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Barrio is awesome, their whole menu is great :)
Name / October 10, 2010 at 03:12 pm
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I just came from trying Mitzi's Sister and was appalled. How someone could thing it was anything good is indicative of how futile BlogTO's Best of Toronto is.

It was plain vanilla scrambled eggs on offensively bland, dry and boring toasted pita bread. wtf.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm
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My favourite is probably Dr. Generosity's.. they have hollandaise on theirs :O
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hillary / December 28, 2013 at 09:21 am
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sadies hadthe WORST huevos rancheros i've ever had. clearly the moron who compiled this list only has 4 senses.
mr hood / December 28, 2013 at 09:21 am
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the beet in the junction also makes a great version of this dish..
clivia_gardens / December 28, 2013 at 09:42 am
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You missed Melanie's Bistro on the Danforth and El Catrin in the Distillery. Both unique and wonderfully filling for brunch.
Cam / December 28, 2013 at 09:46 am
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Dr. Generosity. And from the deadpool, all time favourite has to be Retro Cafe.
Reets1010 / December 28, 2013 at 10:58 am
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OMG you overlooked the best. Swan!
Sergio / December 28, 2013 at 01:41 pm
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The Huevos Rancheros at Playa Cabana revived me after many a sloppy night. Do yourselves a favour and go try their inspiring combination of egg, chorizo, cheese and love!
Kneets / December 28, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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My fav is Lola's kitchen hands down!
jkm / January 5, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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I'm surprised Senator is on the list. So bland. Pretty but bland. And i'm equally surprised Smith is not on the list. After Universal Grill, Smith has amazing Huevos Rancheros

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