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The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2010

Posted by Tim / January 5, 2011

Brunch TorontoThe best new brunch restaurants in Toronto are all solid contenders but none have yet captured the buzz like top 2009 picks Hoof Cafe, Lady Marmalade or Mitzi's on College. Instead, this year's offerings come from two sides of the spectrum. On one end are the carnivore delights where meat (and I'm not just talking bacon here) make a big appearance on the menu. These are contrasted with a number of more inclusive restaurants that feature at least a healthy selection of vegan and gluten free options.

Here are the 8 best new brunch destinations that opened during 2010.

See also:

The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2009

Kensington Cornerstone

Kensington Cornerstone

Tucked away on Kensington Avenue just north of Dundas, this bright orange building houses what just might be the ultimate gluten free weekend brunch. The entire menu is celiac-friendly including French toast, pancakes and four different omelets. Best bet is their Big Breakfast bowl ($13), stuffed with marble potato hash, veggies, eggs and mini-pancakes. More »

Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour

Known more for its bar scene and carnivore friendly dinner service, Parkdale's new it spot holds its own when it comes to weekend brunch. 10am might not be the best time to indulge in seared pig ear with fried truffled eggs but the option is there if you want it. Buttermilk pancakes, granola or a full English breakfast also appear on the inventive menu. More »

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

Scott Vivian's restaurant near King and Tecumseth is not the place to go if you're vegan or gluten free. Brunch offerings are heavy on nose to tail dining with duck hearts, beef cheek gravy and pork belly all finding their way into dishes. For a different take on eggs benny, Chef pairs homemade hollandaise with braised rabbit, blackened haddock or house-made pastrami. More »

E.L. Ruddy

E.L. Ruddy

This casual Dundas West eatery is all about healthy comfort food. The Huevos Yelapa ($9) is a tasty combination of fresh salsa, cornbread, refried beans and a choice of eggs or marinated tofu. Or go for the spelt Belgian Waffles ($10) topped with strawberries, whipped cream and maple syrup. More »

Discussion

26 Comments

laurie / January 5, 2011 at 10:17 am
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3 Speed recently started serving brunch and it is excellent.
JT / January 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
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Hold on, am I crazy or are most readers of BlogTO willing to pay $12-16 for a plate of brunch? The prices listed for most of these places seem quite absurdly high for breakfast/brunch. And no offense but places in very sketchy neighbourhoods are also charging about $10 a plate? What?
Andrew / January 5, 2011 at 10:32 am
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There are a ton of amazing brunch spots in the east end. From Bonjour Brioche and Lady Marmalade to Toast Restaurant and Joy Bistro, Leslieville has a stellar roster of brunch hot spots.

Just wondering why none of these were mentioned here?
Alvin replying to a comment from Andrew / January 5, 2011 at 10:37 am
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Yeah. Joy Bistro is great for brunch. Leslieville does have a lot of great places. So does further west. Little Fish and avec Panache to name a few.
Tim replying to a comment from Andrew / January 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
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This list is the best "new" brunch restaurants. All the ones you mentioned pre-dated 2010.
Gloria / January 5, 2011 at 10:40 am
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Let's simmer down now. These are the best *NEW* brunch spots.
And yes, I'd pay $12 for a perfectly executed plate of crispy sweetbreads at Beast.
Sebastian / January 5, 2011 at 11:17 am
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Marben is also amazing, kind of off the beaten path but worth the trek. They are definitely doing the carnivore thing as well, but they are doing it so well and definitely deserve a mention!
Zach / January 5, 2011 at 11:25 am
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Bloordale pantry is awful. Holy Oak has just started doing brunch and is much better.
Sir Crapsalot / January 5, 2011 at 11:36 am
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Irish Embassy Pub does a great brunch, goes down well with my morning shot of Guinness!


Tasty!
Vogue / January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am
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The Bellevue aint got nothing on KOS across the street...YA HEARD!!!
Chris / January 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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How is that so many people can take the time and effort to comment on an article without actually reading it - its Best NEW brunch spots in 2010, as in places that opened in 2010 folks. Seriously - pay attention :)
morga / January 5, 2011 at 01:41 pm
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What? you mean ________ didn't make the list???
The CJM / January 5, 2011 at 01:52 pm
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The new location of La Palette has a great brunch menu which is much more affordable (for me) than their dinner card.
MeowMeow / January 5, 2011 at 02:07 pm
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Bellevue FTW!!! Black beans? Yes please!!
mike replying to a comment from Chris / January 5, 2011 at 02:15 pm
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my favorite is the people who let the ones who didn't read the article and then comment get them so mad.
JS / January 5, 2011 at 02:29 pm
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Zocalo is my favorite from this list, I recommend sharing both the sausage and egg breaking bread platters together with an americano. Love.
liza / January 5, 2011 at 08:17 pm
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Totally agree with Zach. Holy Oak brunch is far superior to Bloordale.
ttraveller replying to a comment from JT / January 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm
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Welcome to Toronto where $15 (plus tax and tip and 5 cents for the takeaway bag) gets you a stingy plate of fancied up diner food served with grudging attitude. And these places are packed. This is our (world class) standard and we're sticking with it.
MC / January 6, 2011 at 04:59 pm
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Not necessarily NEW, but under new ownership, is Big Mammas Boy on Parliament. They do locally grown, organic meats and produce, and cater to gluten-free as well-One of my favorite brunch spots!They also have available the nutritional value of all their dishes, should one be health conscious.
SeamusDDog / January 23, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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@ttraveller Please do us all a favour, then, live up to your fake name, and GTFO, or go open a restaurant that serves organic, local fare for $5 a plate and makes millions of dollars. Or earn a little more, so you can stop complaining.
cee / February 2, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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The Bloordale is fantastic! I had the best brunch of my life there- eggs benedict served on deep fried wild mushroom risotto cakes. Months later and I still think about it, too bad it was a one time special. I've been there 3 times now and each time it was amazing. Definitely my favorite in the 'hood. The food at 3speed is good, but they charge $7 for a bodum of terrible, weak coffee. I still needed caffeine after brunch- not a good thing.
Fraser / March 17, 2011 at 07:55 pm
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I think they are all great, but what about June Harlowe's in the Junction, great food and live music... soon to be patio season, check it out! And in the east end Lady Marmalade - Awesome!
Realist replying to a comment from JT / April 28, 2011 at 08:01 pm
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The prices of gold, oil and groceries are steadily on the incline and people are still griping about the prices for their restaurant meals in an URBAN METROPOLITAN city. You need to open a paper before you open your mouth--or rather your laptop.
Lavender / January 6, 2012 at 11:50 am
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Cardinal Rule at the foot of Roncy - it's fairly new, accomodates a variety of diets and is super yummy. Great ambiance and staff too.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:35 am
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Marben is also amazing, kind of off the beaten path but worth the trek. They are definitely doing the carnivore thing as well, but they are doing it so well and definitely deserve a mention!
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