The top 25 new brunch in Toronto by neighbourhood
Brunch in Toronto is a beloved weekend tradition, and it's as popular as ever, if this list is any indication. While there's certainly no short supply of places to go, anyone who's ever waited in line for eggs can tell you that these new daytime destinations are welcome additions to each of their respective neighbourhoods.
By neighbourhood, here are my picks for the top new brunch options from 2014.
See also: The top 50 brunch restaurants in Toronto
Rasa on Harbord serves up smoked meat hash and fried green tomatoes at brunch time on weekends. Starting off with their cheddar biscuits or sticky buns topped with pralines, cream cheese anglaise and candied bacon is advised.
Bam! Breakfast & Bistro is a quirky new diner with a vast menu that's got a little something for everyone. Sweet tooths will find waffles, pancakes and crepes, while on the savoury side of things there are sandwiches, salads, burgers, and eggs done every way imaginable.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE
Week-round brunching at Sparrow Restaurant is a pretty safe bet, and while the menu is a little pricey, the indulgent offerings are totally on point. Expect to find french toast stuffed with pumpkin mascarpone and topped with pure maple, plus pulled pork hash browns topped with kimchi and green onion aioli.
Murgatroid on a Parliament is a cozy spot for weekend brunches made from scratch and with great care. Look forward to menu features like cinnamon roll french toast, short stacks of plum pancakes and two-egg breakfasts atop potato rosti.
Brunch served Sundays at Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon features a range of cross-cultural offerings including big Irish breakfasts, lobster benedicts, and Jamaican breakfasts with ackee, saltfish and plantain.
Greenwood Smokehouse offers the usual suspects at brunch, including two-egg breakfasts, bennies, pancakes and huevos rancheros. What makes this smokehouse special is that bulk of options start out veggie friendly, then the choice is yours to add on house-smoked bacon, peameal, brisket or pulled pork.
Patois, the Chinese-Jamaican restaurant on Dundas West, has established itself as a go-to for cross-cultural fusion foods, and their playful brunch menu is no exception. Expect to find unique dishes like syrup-doused fried chicken with Hong Kong waffles, and hollandaise-smothered egg benedicts topped with mortadella and laid over beef patties.
Saturday Dinette replaced Hammersmith's this summer, offering locals a new weekend destination for fluffy eggs, trout hash, and molasses baked beans studded with farmer's sausage and a fried egg.
New to New Toronto this year, Goodlake is satisfying brunch cravings with eggs soft-baked inside a crispy hollowed out potato skin, and cinnamon raisin French toast topped with creme anglaise and berry compote.
In hog-wild Toronto, it feels like a rarity to find a brunch spot that's not all about bacon, but Hello Darling is exactly that. The menu isn't meat-free, but features like breakfast poutine, bennies and pancakes start vegetarian while pork products are just an add-on.
Brunch at Bar Buca consists of an array of sweet and savoury selections ranging from tiered displays of Italian pastries to schiacciata (focaccia sandwiches) and indulgent scrambled eggs with dollops of burrata and shaved truffles.
Caesar cocktails garnished with lobster tails are just one if the perks when brunching at the new Rock Lobster outpost in Leslieville. Other seafood-centric brunch options include shrimp and bacon hash, and lobster bennies on buttermilk biscuits.
The brunch menu at Local Public Eatery isn't nearly as long as at nearby favourites, School and Mildred's. The wait times for a table aren't as long either, which is a bonus when you need some banana pancakes - stat.
Weekend brunch, like the rest of the menu at Inspire Restaurant is an eclectic mix of cultural influences. Expect to find Korean beef and eggs listed alongside Peking corn pancakes with pork belly and banana bread french toast.
Doug's Public Kitchen launched Sunday brunches in North York this past January with a line-up of all-organic seasonal plates. Grab vegan twists on classics like bagels with cashew cream cheese and carrot lox, or tofu scrambles with homefries and miso-buttered toast.
Two words: lobster benedicts. Layered with chunks of sweet crustacean meat, double smoked bacon and kale before being finished with bĂŠarnaise, you can find them at The Tavern by Trevor on the weekends. The indulgent menu also features beef cheek and cheddar poutine and a breakfast sammy with fried eggs, cheese and chorizo.
From 10am on weekends, the County Cocktail & Snack Bar serves up cocktail-friendly brunches featuring plates of french toast with fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and eggs, and Thai omelettes.
ST. CLAIR WEST
Starving Artist opened a second outpost on St. Clair this spring, and the waffle house has been packed ever since. The week-round all-day brunch spot is home to a menu of sweet and savoury griddled fare, including peanut butter and banana-topped waffles and potato waffle bennies.
WEST QUEEN WEST
The Bristol (formerly The Bristol Yard) relocated to a prime spot on Queen West this past summer and brought with it a lineup of big English breakfasts served seven days a week. Satiate hunger pangs with French toast rolled in crunchy puffed rice, or sausage patty sandwiches with sausage gravy.
YONGE & DUNDAS
Need some hangover-curing grub ASAP? Duke's Refresher + Bar has got weekend brunchers covered with choices like vegetarian egg tostadas and breakfast poutine blanketed in pulled pork, sausage, bacon, cheese curds, gravy and fried eggs.
YONGE & LAWRENCE
As you might guess from the name, The Scratch Kitchen is devoted to making everything in house - including curing bacon and baking breads. The brand spanking new brunch destination is serving up skillet-baked pancakes with poached anjou pears, and fried eggs with swiss chard, raisins, cremini mushrooms and grana padano.
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