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The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2009

Posted by Lauren / January 8, 2010

Brunch Restaurants TorontoBrunch in Toronto -- the fork in the road where breakfast meets lunch, where the hungry and/or hung-over turn to satiate their weekend cravings for fat, starch, and caffeine. A little bit of breakfast, with a dash of lunch -- who could ask for a more perfect culinary melding of the minds?

Everyone has their go-to, tested and true, good 'till the last drop Toronto brunch spot. But 2009 has seen some impressive new contenders enter the ring, new slingers of hash who are eager to prove their eggs the benniest, their homefries the tastiest and their pancakes the fluffiest in Toronto.

Some (like Mitzi's on College and The Hoof Cafe) are satellites of already popular restaurants, while the rest are new kids on the block who must prove they're worth their salt.

Here are the 8 best new brunch destinations that opened during 2009.

Previously:

The Best Brunch in Toronto
The Best All Day Breakfast in Toronto
The Best Eggs Benedict in Toronto
15 Killer Brunch Spots on Queen East

Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade

Even Patti LaBelle would approve of this popular Queen East brunch spot. Taking over the former Pulp Kitchen space this past July, Lady Marmalade offers up tasty and organic-where-possible standards like eggs benny, French toast, and yogurt parfaits plus creative originals like the Good Morning Poutine. There are lots of thoughtful vegetarian options (like the Kung Foo Organic Tofu Scramble) too. Expect lineups. More »

Lola's Commissary

Lola's Commissary

This kick-ass girly run resto serves up some kick-ass brunch. Lola’s opened this past summer in an old Victoria church right on Church street, a stone’s throw from the Village. With dishes like cheesecake stuffed French toast, the Kitchen Sink scramble, deceptively delicious multigrain waffles (some of the best I've ever had), and a seasonal variety of weekend specials, the gang at Lola’s really loves brunch. More »

Littlefish

Littlefish

Littlefish is a calm brunch oasis in the Junction where yummy classics like huevos rancheros and French toast are served alongside the popular mac’n’cheese or BLAT (that’s with avocado), all with a distinctly home-cooked vibe. Friendly service and great prices make this sweet new cafe a great place to check out. More »

Starving Artist

Starving Artist

This addition to the Wallace-Emerson ‘hood serves up waffles like you've never seen. Waffles benny, mini waffles, waffle burgers, waffle shaped rice, and waffle desserts. You get the picture. Or you can paint it. Starving Artist aims to be a hub for the artistic community, serving up reasonably priced creative grub while they’re at it. More »

Harlem Underground

Harlem Underground

Like its sister location on Richmond East, the Harlem Underground is a restaurant and lounge inspired by the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. What does that mean for their brunch menu? You can expect all of the classics, many of which have a soulful twist like the French toast filled with rum soaked raisin cream cheese, or the potato hash served with a sunny side up egg, spicy sausage, biscuits and greens. More »

Discussion

27 Comments

west side dweller / January 8, 2010 at 11:16 am
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unfortunately my initial excitement over mitzi's opening on college waned after a couple of visits - a disappointing pricy shadow of its sister restaurants. i'd rather head down the street to brass taps for a cheaper and tastier brunch (being able to partake in a 'hair of the dog' doesn't hurt either).
Ryan L. / January 8, 2010 at 11:29 am
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It's a shame that these lists always stay west of Coxwell (or Greenwood for that matter) as the Beach is a brunch lovers paradise. Vi Vetha, Sunset Grill, Cafe Florentin, Il Fornello, Beacher Cafe, etc
Tim replying to a comment from Ryan L. / January 8, 2010 at 11:36 am
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Is there a new brunch place that opened east of Coxwell during 2009 that should have been on here? If so, please name it. The ones you mentioned have all been around for years.
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Tim / January 8, 2010 at 11:59 am
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Sorry, that was more a response to the 4 previous Brunch lists mentioned that have excluded Beach eateries and not directed at this list in particular. The ones listed here certainly do look scrumptious
lily / January 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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Yay, Calico!!!! So yummy, if you haven't already tried it!
Rhonda / January 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Yay, The Starve is on there!! The potato waffle benny at The Starving Artist are to die for! Also, they can do vegan waffles for you. When I asked for some water, it came with a delicious hint of fresh fruit and citrus. My best friend and I were admiring the interesting photographs, drawings and paintings that adorn the wall. Love it - get there early though.
dvc replying to a comment from Ryan L. / January 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm
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The list states 'The BEST NEW Brunch Restaurants, not ol' "brunch lovers paradise's" in the used and abused franchised Beach restaurants from circa 80's and 90's. Let's face it, the Beaches will never be more than anything it is now. It's a smalltown in the suburbs of the city.
DS replying to a comment from Ryan L. / January 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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As an ex-beacher and an east ender still, I can say with confidence that the food in the Beaches is for the most part, crap. Don't believe me? Chowhounders also agree.

jack / January 8, 2010 at 02:23 pm
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where are the dim sum restaurants?
Suzanne / January 8, 2010 at 03:35 pm
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Really happy that Pico is on the list. Their brunch is is amazing, and there are always line-ups.
frank replying to a comment from DS / January 8, 2010 at 03:58 pm
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they have their own category.
QUESTION! / January 8, 2010 at 06:01 pm
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HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO'S BEHIND THE BLUEBERRY CREATION ON THE FAR LEFT OF THE INTRO PHOTO!?!?!?
sakura replying to a comment from QUESTION! / January 8, 2010 at 06:33 pm
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That's Mitzi's, but don't go expecting to find it on the menu. The pancake toppings constantly change up based on what's in season.
red / January 9, 2010 at 07:41 am
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yonge and bloor area is really lacking in good restaurants and I love going out for a good breakfast ...
foja / January 9, 2010 at 10:14 am
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What everyone says about the beach...1) traffic is horrible; 2) it is really busy; 3) restaurants are sub-par; 4) it is cold in the winter and so on and so on. And I hardly hear anyone say anything good about the area. YET, prices there are amongst the highest in the city. Hmmm.....why would Torontonians bid prices up so high in the beach when it is such a crummy place to live????

Tim / January 9, 2010 at 01:51 pm
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I went by Pico today and a sign on the door said it just closed "due to circumstances beyond our control"....Since it's now Deadpooled it has been removed from this list.
franks / January 9, 2010 at 04:25 pm
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Pico is closed? Wild. That's very surprising, they are busy on a regular basis.
mick replying to a comment from sakura / January 9, 2010 at 09:47 pm
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RE: west side dweller & sakura on MITZI'S

Next to the steep rates (for meagre portions) and the WAY too kid-friendly atmosphere (Ma'am...I can't hear my coffee over your four squalling brats), my biggest beef with Mitzi's is their eratic menu. Gah!

Don't get me wrong...I still love the first two Mitzi's and frequent them often. But I shun the newest location like the plague.
burnttoast / January 10, 2010 at 08:19 pm
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i love how the french toast is utterly burnt in that picture.
jack / January 11, 2010 at 03:24 pm
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sad to see that's all we can offer in this city.. boring food
Jen C replying to a comment from Tim / January 15, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Tim,

According to the Chowhounders, Pico is only closed for vacation until January 16th. If it's not entered the deadpool, it should be added back to the list.
S2tm replying to a comment from DS / September 26, 2010 at 11:33 am
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... followed by the right hook and the Beach is down for the count.
Natalie / November 1, 2010 at 02:43 pm
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I definitely think that the Lakeview should be on this list. It's open 24-hours and always packed for lunch. It's delish!!!
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:36 am
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Sorry, that was more a response to the 4 previous Brunch lists mentioned that have excluded Beach eateries and not directed at this list in particular. The ones listed here certainly do look scrumptious
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