Hi Chowhounds, just started lurking on this board and thought I'd throw out a little brain teaser for you.
Here is my brunch situation: I live downtown, he lives in Richmond Hill. At 2 pm on Saturday, I have to be at York University, and he has to be at Yonge and Sheppard. We both drive (evil emission-spewing people that we are).
Any suggestions? I know there must be a ton of great places around Yonge&Eg/Bayview, etc., but as this is not my usual neighbourhood I am somewhat clueless.
Thanks in advance,
I was working at Yonge/York Mills, and had a similar puzzle for a workday lunch. We ended up going to Cuisine of India (Yonge north of Sheppard) for the lunch buffet. Quite good (as was evidenced by the number of people coming on a weekday lunch).
Since you're both gas guzzlers, there's even parking in front of the restaurant. (It's on the west side of Yonge Street, when you're looking).
Try Sunset Grill at Y&E for diner style brunch, or Smalltalk on Bayview south of Eglington for a more civilized but tasty and liesurely brunch. Also, there is Diner 55 on Bayview if you are in the mood for a greasy spoon.
What do you feel like? You can find general brunch fare slightly north in the Empress Plaza mall (where the Silvercity North York is; right across the Mel Lastman Square) at Dunn's and Milestones. They are both good if you want greasy spoon breakfast. Service at Milestones is typically quite cheerful, even in the morning.
Purple Rice is alright if you feel like Chinese food, around the corner are Just Desserts and tons of Japanese restaurants.
Brunch at Milestones is actually pretty good. I especially recommend the french toast that comes with these very interesting peppery sugary yummy good pecans. They make me sneeze, but they're worth it. Parking at Empress Walk is $5 on weekends.
You might also consider the Pickle Barrel - either at Centrepoint Mall (Yonge & Steeles) or the much nicer, newer location at Yorkdale ( Duffering & 401 ). Either of those are easy drives to the other places you need to be, and have the advantage of free parking. There is, now that I think of it, a Milestones at Yorkdale, as well. It's a little further for him, and a fair bit further for you (though not unreasonable as a drive), but it will save you $10 in parking.