The Broadview Diner
The Broadview Diner is an old-school style joint on Broadview Avenue (at Danforth) serving large portions of classic brunch fare.
The 1950s theme continues here and is influenced by their parent location, the Donlands Diner, that's been operating since that decade.
Mayuran Arichandran is the owner and head chef at both diners, taking over Donlands about five years ago. He took in his customers' suggestions to open up another spot with the same concept.
It was a simple transition for Arichandran who found an empty retail space at 757 Broadview Avenue after New York Cafe (a go-to breakfast spot for the neighbourhood) closed.
Arichandran and the team took about four months to renovate the space prior to their official opening in July of this year.
Here, Donlands' regulars are known to stop by for a taste of old favourites in a new environment.
Several references to pop culture icons of the 1950s are mounted or plastered on the walls including a mural featuring Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and James Dean.
In classic diner style, ruby red booths frame the perimeter of the restaurant underneath historical photos of what Danforth and Broadview looked like a hundred years ago.
Broadview Diner serves gourmet comfort food. It's not slapped together on a plate as I've encountered at other laidback you-get-what-you-get types of diners.
In fact, it's the opposite. Here, the dishware is vibrant and the food's plating is Instagram-worthy.
For example, the Breakfast Poutine ($10.99). The dish features crispy home fries, fresh cheese curds, and a bit of cheddar that are dressed with gravy and hollandaise sauce.
Topped with a sunny side up egg, it's a forkful of gooey, salty goodness when the yolk coats the potato and cheese mixture underneath.
A staple for many breakfast-focused restaurants is the eggs benedict. This one is called the Steak Benedict ($19.99). Three poached eggs are bridged across a split English muffin with two pieces of tender steak (cooked to your liking) on top.
There's plenty of hollandaise sauce covering poached eggs with golden yolks that aren't overly runny. The result is a rich-tasting, hearty dish that comes with crispy home fries served on the side.
Fried Chicken and Waffles ($16.99) is a dish that turns heads when it arrives at the table.
Three pieces of hand-breaded chicken fingers are deep-fried and placed around a pile of coleslaw that tops the baked waffle.
Ranch and hot sauce drizzled over the chicken and drips down to the waffle. Although there are a lot of textures in this dish, I felt it was lacking in flavour as the sauce is applied sparingly.
The Mediterranean Skillet ($15.99) is a good option for those wanting their veggies in the morning. Arriving on a sizzling plate, peppers, onions, spinach, olives and feta cheese are pan-fried together with home fries and finished with a sunny side egg.
The feta adds a savoury twist to the tender vegetables.
Cinnamon Pancakes ($15.99) are for those with a sweet tooth. Creamy yogurt tops a stack of three flapjacks on a plate that's garnished with sweet raspberries.
Topped with maple syrup, the cinnamon-dusted pancakes are fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth when eaten together with the yogurt.
The Broadview Diner is steps away from Broadview subway station.