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The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2012

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 11, 2013

brunch torontoThe best new brunch restaurants in Toronto is a bumper crop of impressive new destinations that are ready to serve the hungry and hungover. Perhaps it was the Olympics or all the naked Royals, but Torontonians woke up this past year with a taste for greasy British breakfasts, turning 2012 into the year where comforting classics reigned supreme. The elevated brunch also saw no signs of slowing down, with many of the below adding luxurious (for the wallet and the waistline) accents to beloved brunch staples.

Here is the list of the best new brunch restaurants in Toronto in 2012.

See also:

The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2011
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2010
The best brunch in Toronto

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

This charming bakery cafe pays tribute to Canadian comfort food all day long and brunch-time is no exception. The menu boasts classic weekend fare highlighting house baked breads and Beretta meats that are cured in house. The crispy griddled red skin potatoes are the standard which all brunch spots should aspire to, and are reason enough to venture out to St. Clair and Dufferin. More »

The Saint

The Saint

On booming Ossington Avenue, The Saint takes brunch to a whole new level with a menu complete with starters, mains and cocktails. For impatient morning types like myself, the ingenious remedy is promptly served small sharing plates like cinnamon sugar doughnuts and salmon cream cheese crostini. More »

Whippoorwhill Restaurant and Tavern

Whippoorwhill Restaurant and Tavern

Like the Bloordale Pantry that came before it, this 2-month-old eatery has already attracted hungry weekend queues for a brunch menu starring $5 cocktails and solid brunch staples like maple buttered apple pancakes, and soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers. More »

Rose and Sons

Rose and Sons

Be prepared to wait for a table at this 25-seat, greasy spoon turned upscale diner that's helmed by ex-Drake Hotel chef, Anthony Rose. Drawing inspiration from the classics, recent menu highlights have included wild blueberry-topped bread pudding, and fried eggs over schmaltz hash with toast and bacon, sausage, or a pork chop. More »

The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve

Situated on Dundas West, the menu at The Federal lists a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches highlighting thoughtful combinations of fresh ingredients. The expected brunch-time essentials are all here, too (eggs, bacon, and potato rösti), though you may be easily tempted by more indulgent offerings like the french toast and foie gras with bacon, dates, almond butter and maple syrup. More »

Quinta

Quinta

Set in the heart of Little Portugal, Quinta offers west-enders a cozy, casual setting in which to enjoy unique offerings like the charcuterie sandwich and customizable eggs bennys, that require challenging pre-coffee decision-making between pork belly, bacon, smoke salmon and brie variations. More »

Farmhouse Tavern

Farmhouse Tavern

Boasting that it's "a little country, a lot rock and roll," this charming, rustic dining room features a chalkboard menu composed of farm fresh ingredients du jour. Expect to find a tailored selection of hearty offerings including sugarstack pancakes, the ploughmans platter and the barnyard burger. More »

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child

Part coffee shop, part cocktail bar, Voodoo Child offers a small selection of ever-changing weekend options to satisfy the fevered College Street brunch crowd. Expect to find lovingly prepared and generously portioned plates of french toast infused with seasonal flavours and pancake specials peppered with thick sliced bacon. More »

Camp Restaurant

Camp Restaurant

Tucked away on a quiet stretch of Jane Street north of Bloor, Camp caters to hungry locals by offering a cozy destination in which to savour breakfast burritos stuffed with steamed scrambled eggs, vegetarian chili and sour cream, or custom ordered paninis. More »

The Oxley

The Oxley

Upgrading the full English breakfast, the brunch menu at The Oxley offers an inventive take on classics from across the pond. Served in the luxe interior of a historic Yorkville Victorian, the menu includes Scotch woodcock (scrambled eggs on toast), as well as a glorious eggs benedict on cheese scone, and optional sides of grilled grapefruit. More »

The White Brick Kitchen

The White Brick Kitchen

This new addition to Koreatown divides its Sunday-only brunch menu into savoury or sweet, and stars hearty favourites like the egg-topped, beef bacon hash or caramel-covered banana bread French toast. Everything here is made in house, from the freshly baked English muffins to the house-cured hickory bacon, all offering impressive value for unexpectedly high quality plates. More »

Discussion

31 Comments

Brandon / January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am
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White Brick should be higher on that list. Their sage sausage, beef bacon, and banana bread french toast are all incredible!
meh / January 11, 2013 at 11:45 am
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I don't really like the saint. feels pretentious and the chairs are SOOOOOO uncomfortable (just what you need when nursing a hangover at brunch). the food is decent but pricey. meh. meh i say!
Collin / January 11, 2013 at 11:52 am
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where is the sandwich in the leading picture from
Julie / January 11, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Moving East (Leslieville), Glas Wine Bar has a stellar new brunch service.
CheriePiccadilly / January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Thought for a minute that the lead photo was the Rise n' Shine breakfast sandwich from Lazy Daisy's Cafe....served exactly the same way on a buttermilk biscuit from Knead bakery stacked with cheddar cheese, smoked Mennonite bacon and free run egg. Also served with orange slices and fruit on the side.
kelly / January 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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I second the brunch at Glas Wine Bar! They offer a simple menu, outstanding food and very friendly service. I recommend the salmon.
DJ / January 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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I'm pretty sure that lead photo is the breakfast sandwich from Emma's Country Kitchen. It has egg, house cured bacon, cheddar on an in-house baked biscuit, and it's incredible.
magdmartin replying to a comment from Collin / January 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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Looks like Emma kitchen sandwich. They do they own butter cake.
Chris / January 11, 2013 at 01:11 pm
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From the list... Rose & Sons, The Saint and The Oxley are all great brunch spots. All are pretty accommodating with modfications as well.
Eric / January 11, 2013 at 05:21 pm
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I'd like to see Parkette on the list, they recently changed chef's and the brunch is amazing. The polenta with ham hock is everything you could want to soak up all the booze from the night/morning before.
Bill / January 11, 2013 at 05:53 pm
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TIL : nobody eats brunch east of yonge street.
Alex replying to a comment from Bill / January 11, 2013 at 06:48 pm
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I hope that was weak sarcasm. I eat brunch east of Yonge. Figs for one is spectacular, minus the owner. She's explosively angry all the time. I can name a few more places but they weren't that tasty. Fran's is a solid staple and it's east of yonge. Tons of people eat brunch there.
/ January 12, 2013 at 12:31 am
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Very energetic post, I liked that bit. Will
there be a part 2?
AA / January 12, 2013 at 08:49 am
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every single place on this list is west of Yonge.

come on
RC replying to a comment from AA / January 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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The Brunch scene east of Yonge is thriving. There's already a line-up every weekend at nearly every brunch spot along Queen East. I for one, don't need to see those line ups get longer. Let the West have this one.
east replying to a comment from RC / January 13, 2013 at 01:12 pm
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I agree. Although it sucks when the East doesn't get credit, do I really want a bunch of west-enders coming my way? No. No I don't.
george replying to a comment from Alex / January 13, 2013 at 04:28 pm
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Why in the world would you support an establishment where the owner is "explosively angry all the time?"
Jax / January 14, 2013 at 12:07 am
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Is this article really written by someone named Liora Ipsum or are you just hilarious Blog TO?!
thesaint / January 14, 2013 at 10:27 am
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The Saint is awful
ActualPublisher / January 14, 2013 at 10:45 am
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Dear BlogTO,

For the sake of your readers, whenever you do a list like this, in addition to showing the name of the restaurant ALWAYS hint at it's location. Don't force us to click through.

Have a look at how Timeout does it:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/food-drink/cheap-breakfast-dishes-and-bargain-brunches-in-nyc?package_id=43688

Makes the list more usable for your readers.
Notahipster / January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am
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So no new restaurants opeedn outside the down town core? Not in Scarborough, east york, north york or etobicoke, good to know.
matt l replying to a comment from Collin / January 15, 2013 at 01:32 am
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Lead image is the breakfast Sammy at Emma's. Shown with house cured bacon... its the shit. Sausage patty is good too. They do it everyday so if your there non brunching its a solid choice.

If your there for brunch get the Benny. You'll cum.
Josh replying to a comment from Notahipster / January 15, 2013 at 09:53 pm
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NOT REALLY I haven't seen too much new happen other than that place that took over Wobbly Pops...
Surprised / February 7, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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How is Bestellen not on this list for best brunch?????? Read a few amazing brunch reviews on them in the Star and Now. Tried it out and have to say hands down one of the best brunches this city has ever seen. Have to agree the Saint is brutal!
New Toronto Condos / March 11, 2013 at 03:33 pm
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Brunch is my favourite thing in the world. so excited to find this list! hopefully most of these are still open. brunch places tend to come and go quickly in Toronto
Chery Lvecchio / March 13, 2013 at 05:32 am
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I love Toronto for many reasons, the cafes, the food, the shopping bonanzas and all. I was surprised to see that almost all cuisines were available here. We went to a few family restaurants and had our favorite dinner. I have had a good experience there even I can write a Toronto restaurant guide.
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Mark / January 12, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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Great organic eggs for Brunch all weekend, with great old mansion atmosphere, very busy and all fresh quality ingredients made on site.
Plus...Lolas Kitchen is 634 Church St, just south of Bloor St .
Great kale salad and organic and healthy veggy dishes during week.
Must try---cool service and healthy menu!

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