Photo cred - Jim's Grill
If there's one thing that Torontonians of all cliques and bowties can agree on, it's that brunch rules. It caters to the late sleepers, isn't strictly an eggs-and-toast affair, and it was made for the weekend - just like Bruce Springsteen and a drop top convertible. It also happens to be the most important meal of the day - according to irresponsible housewives everywhere - so to cater to your mid-day needs, here are ten Toronto brunch spots that are worth your time, and most importantly, your appetite.
96 Tecumseth St.
Surprise, surprise: the menu at Beast actually lives up to its name. Situated near King & Bathurst, the Food Network stars spice things up for brunch offering everything from a grilled pork belly breakfast sandwich to challah french toast with duck confit and cranberry mostarda to the legendary Labatt 50. Hint: it pairs your standard meat-eggs-toast-taters breakfast with "an ice cold bottle of fifty".
812 Queen St. E
Neatly tucked away between Broadview and Carlaw, the Queen East resto has become a hot commodity on the weekend thanks to its cozy atmosphere and endless options. Not only do they compliment their eggs with fresh veggies, gruyere, and smoked salmon, but their sandwiches take no prisoners. Their Pain Bagnet tosses tuna, cucumber, egg slices, and mixed greens on a milk bun, and their Vegetarian stacks arugula, mushrooms, red peppers, and goat cheese on focaccia.
The County General
936 Queen St. W
At a first glance, The Country General looks like an Austin-bred establishment that was transplanted to the bitter north, but if you look past the bourbon and the lumber décor, you'll notice some honest cooking. Their mains focus on keyword "hearty" with Vietnamese Curry and Cauliflower Pakora sandwiches leading the fray, and outside of the churros (yes, churros), the County's Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich is one dish you need to befriend. Seriously. It deserves the BFF title.
Emma's Country Kitchen
1108 St. Clair Ave W
Emma's Country Kitchen can be described in three words: warm, inviting, and classic. The Saint Clair set-up doesn't require a reservation and while it's a bit pricier than other brunch spots, it serves up offers of poached eggs, quiche, cobb salad, farm french toast, gingerbread pancakes, and a "Hangover Helper" burger. There's also their house-roasted, honey and ginger granola which for $4.00 is layered in vanilla and honey scented yogurt and fresh fruit.
1627 Dupont St.
Surrounded by industrial warehouses and rail lines, Farmhouse is a mini-getaway that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the GTA. It also introduces you to "a blackboard menu of #FARMdrivenFOOD" that varies from time to time, but can be chock full of options like Sugar Shack Pancakes, Smoked Chicken Crepes, Mushroom Frittatas, and Eggs Benny with Gravlax.
1330 Queen St. W
If you frequent The Drake Hotel or The Gladstone, then chances are you've visited Grand Electric. If you haven't, then shame on you. The Parkdale spot is known as a little bit of Mexican heaven and it shows as their menu favors duck sandwiches, green chilaquilles, spicy Mexicano caesars, and tacos that rack up the meat (chicken, pork belly, baja fish) and the flavour.
898 Queen St. E
Yes, Mexican fusion is a thing, and yes, Lady Marmalade is worth a visit. The Queen East resto falls on the casual side and their dishes revolve around health, utilizing fresh and mostly local ingredients from suppliers such as Rowe Farms and St. John's Bakery. The LM doesn't exactly do greasy, but it works as they push breakfast items such as Cheddar & Spinach Waffles, Moroccan Stew, Mexican Meatball Baguettes, and Organic Buckwheat Fresh Fruit Crepes.
Mildred's Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Ave
Mildred's in Liberty Village takes pride in being a fine dining experience and it's absolutely become a fine dining brunch spot to take in over the holidays. The sleek and modern décor is a tad bit intimidating but so are their options which range from pulled pork skillets to striploin steak and two eggs sunny on garlic sourdough. Mildred's also bakes scones and biscuits on a morning-to-morning basis and they go hand-in-hand with their assortment of organic teas.
Rose & Sons
176 Dupont St.
If you find yourself being worn out by university exams and homesick to the third degree, then Rose & Sons are here for you. Anthony Rose, Robert Wilder, and chef Christopher Sanderson operate under "Food And Drinks With Lots Of Loving" - a motto that thrives in their weekend brunch staples. Some of which include bread pudding with wild blueberries, cornmeal griddled trout, baked grits and eggs, and a patty melt burger-grilled cheese that's topped with chili mayo.
584 Lansdowne Ave
The team at Starving Artist love waffles - and by "love" they mean "possibly marry some day and live happily ever after". Their dedication to the art is what makes the Bloordale establishment a go-to for the fluffy squares of joy and if you need proof, then it's time to dig into their "waffle bacon", fried egg waffle brunchwiches, and oh-so-good milkshakes. For dessert, there's also the Split This - a waffle-encased banana that's topped with ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream.