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The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2013

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 21, 2014

Best Brunch TorontoThe best brunch restaurants that opened in Toronto during 2013 have little in common this year. Some are devoted to executing bacon and egg-centric staples with great finesse while others are breaking loose from tradition and introducing Persian, Cuban, and atypically dinner-ish fare (think burgers or steak tartare). If there is a commonality that brings these spots together, however, it's that Toronto's appetite for brunch (in its various forms) is as ravenous as ever.

Here are the best new brunch restaurants in Toronto for 2013.

See also:

The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2012
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2011
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2010

La Cubana

La Cubana

Brunch plates at this sunny Latin diner on Roncesvalles are served with rice and beans, fried plantains, and slaw. The weekend menu offers pressed Cubano sandwiches, chorizo empanadas, and chimichurri steak and egg platters. Side orders of yuca frites deserve high praise too. More »

Wallace & Co.

Wallace & Co.

The brunch menu at this old school diner and lunch counter in the Junction Triangle boasts one of the city's best new burgers alongside satisfying morning fare like sage-heavy breakfast sandwiches, corned beef hash, and traditional bacon and eggs. More »

Me and Mine

Me and Mine

The daytime menu at this lovely College Street spot is constantly in flux but is known to offer thoughtful seasonal fare that balances sweet and savoury on each plate. Expect to find selections like parsnip cheddar puffs, buckwheat poppyseed pancakes and freshly baked apple cheddar galettes. More »

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie is known for putting a creative twist on brunch staples. Big draws include hangover crushing masterpieces like an open-faced biscuit sandwich layered with cheese, a fried egg and sausage gravy. Then there's the novel maple syrup slathered double pork burger that substitutes flapjacks for buns. More »

The Steady

The Steady

Better known as a dancehall by night, this Miami-inspired eatery serves a solid brunch that'll appeal to both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The menu features fresh fried cinnamon sugar donuts along with a crab cake-topped benny, tofu scramble and red velvet pancakes. More »

Takht-e Tavoos

Takht-e Tavoos

This Persian kitchen on College Street is a prime spot to find that elusive mid-week brunch. The morning menu offers selections like eggs with fried halloumi or turmeric infused potatoes as well as steaming bowls of lamb infused porridge and rich stews. Skip the drip coffee here and opt instead for the fragrant chai. More »

Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen

The menu at this stylish Dundas restaurant will indulge cravings for both sweet and savoury. Decadent options like steak tartare or socca crepes with hummus are listed alongside buttermilk pancakes served with bourbon infused syrup. Also of note are the stellar side dishes like duck fat roasted potatoes and Thuet bread served with house-made preserves. More »

The Scullery

The Scullery

Eggs Benedict, waffles, scones and huevos rancheros are all lovingly made from scratch at this charming, sun soaked cafe and bakeshop in Cabbagetown. The obliging menu offers ample options for vegetarians and vegans too. More »

Discussion

25 Comments

Natalia / January 21, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Dont miss The Depanneur, it is a place where interesting food things happen!
Dallas / January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Takht-e Tavoos! Amazing brunch. Yum.
North Country Boy / January 21, 2014 at 11:47 am
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this is best NEW Brunch, Natalia... The Dep has been there for years.
B King / January 21, 2014 at 11:48 am
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a la Carte at the Gardiner Museum does a nice brunch too!
Becca / January 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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East Enders, one of my favourite brunch spots if Lady Marmalade (duh) but what NEW places can you recommend for me to check out? Hmm?
Dan / January 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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Another vote for the ever-changing Depanneur menu options - It will always be new and fresh, to me. A few good ones on here as well.
Steph / January 21, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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I work across the street from Me & Mine (try the chicken and celeraic pie) and Tavoos (have the "serious lunch lamb stew"). Both are excellent.
emily / January 21, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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second the call for whiny east-enders to actually name a new place that compares to this list.
Steph / January 21, 2014 at 07:07 pm
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Yes Wallace & Co. !!! Such delicious food! I am also loving the Hole in the Wall in the Junction. So happy they are doing brunch now too!
DeanM / January 21, 2014 at 07:26 pm
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Some good spots to check out!
RayRay / January 22, 2014 at 09:27 am
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No Steak Queen???
eric / January 22, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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I'm curious as to how many restaurants you went to before compiling this list? How can you leave out Insomnia on Bloor and Bathurst? They have the best breakfast in the Annex!
Drew / January 22, 2014 at 07:36 pm
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Hudson's Kitchen is a great spot for Saturday brunch, simple and delicious menu. The Scullery in Cabbagetown is a great spot for an early weekday breakfast, open at 7am its an excellent choice after an early morning workout! --> Feel free to check out my blog

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Chris / January 23, 2014 at 10:22 am
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Hi... I'm Toronto east of Yonge... We obviously haven't met yet
Matt replying to a comment from Chris / January 23, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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Hi Toronto east of Yonge, no, I don't believe we have. You go to bed at 10 o'clock and spend all your money on luxury baby strollers and "functional" clothing instead of $15 cocktails and cocaine so we probably haven't crossed paths. ;)

Anyway. Me & Mine is the best.
Bruce Walker / January 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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Lady Marmalade ? I live a half a block from Lady Marmalade and me like everyone else in the neighbourhood would really like to know what you see in that place. We just don't get it and it is taking up space from a potential good one to move in. Try bumpkins downtown, it is great for brunch.
Great Hall / January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am
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Melanie's Bistro at Woodbine and Danforth has the most awesome brunches!
Citypainter / January 26, 2014 at 11:28 am
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For those of us further east, there's Aft Bar on Queen St E near Broadview, which opened in 2013. Biscuits and gravy, french toast, eggs and beans, and amazingly delicious bacon. They also serve Jet Fuel coffee.
Amy / January 26, 2014 at 11:57 am
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RELISH - I block east of Woodbine & Danforth....Chef Joanne Clayton is a master at the tapas style dining and creating atmosphere through music...7 days a week. Sunday is a wonderful Jazz brunch with acts changing every week. Definitely a hot spot east of Yonge St. west-enders....ENJOY! I always do!
Foo replying to a comment from Becca / January 27, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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Try The Wren! Their brunch is great and it's not crazy crowded and busy like Marmalade.
la / February 1, 2014 at 09:02 am
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The best breakfast spot is tucked away in the Port of Toronto. Cherry Street Restaurant amazingly restored, this brick and beam historical site is got character and great food, dinner pricing.
Kaori / February 1, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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Glas Wine Bar in Leslieville! Smoked salmon rosti, truffle scrambled eggs, potatoes with olives, and CHEESE COURSE
Designer / February 26, 2014 at 07:45 am
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I like The Depanneur. Good place for really good food. Thanks for the list.
Bonnie Gordon College / July 1, 2014 at 09:31 am
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Why go out and have to wait in line for brunch when you can learn to make your own crepes, quiches and scones?

Spend 3 hours with us and you'll be set for your Sundays:
http://bonniegordoncollege.com/short-and-sweet-classes/
this girl / July 19, 2014 at 08:50 am
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No one cares about the east end.. duh

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