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emlyn w Feb 6, 2006 04:24 PM

Hi all

Will be staying in Toronto for three nights in May, in cabbagetown area - Berkeley street

Any good tips for breakfast /brunch /lunch ?

Also we will be going to the ballpark on at least two of those nights - will anywhere be good for small plates food / tapas or pizza and beers either pre or post game ?

Have been to Brassai on a previous trip - is it still good ?

Thanks for your help - will be happy to reciprocate when you come over to Liverpool !

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    sassTO Oct 29, 2007 05:59 PM

    House on Parliament is great for sandwiches and upscale pup fare (reasonable prices).

    For a fancier bruch/breakfast, go to the Pear Tree. Sit in the atrium if you can, it's gorgeous.

    For a real greasy-spoon, affordable homestyle (and tasty!) breakfast, try "Good Breakfast" on the West side of Parliament (halfway between parliament and gerrard). It looks sketchy on the outside, but inside it's cute and the ladies who run it do canadian-style breakfasts (eggs, bacon, toast, BLTs, etc) and chinese and canadian lunch/dinner. All VERY cheap, very tasty.

    1. Googs Oct 24, 2007 06:00 AM

      Hands down winner for brunch in Cabbagetown is unfortunately a chain. I'll have to learn to live with that. Stonegrill on Winchester has good food and selection, great service all in a pretty, woody room. The kicker, though, is Archie Alleyne performs from noon till 3pm every Sunday. He's an incredible talent who cares enough to bring truly professional sidemen with him. No worries about conversation, though. They play at just the right volume, even when sitting directly in front, that you can conduct a conversation. That is, if you didn't mind missing a note.
      http://www.dine.to/stonegrill

      2nd place: The crepes at Piccolo

      3rd: Jam Cafe
      http://www.jamcafe.ca/

      1. Googs Aug 30, 2006 07:18 PM

        If you haven't tried the Eggs Corruption at Chapter 11, 557 Parliament you must! An original take on Eggs Benedict. Hubby had the steak & eggs & was quite happy with his too.

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          hungryabbey Aug 29, 2006 08:34 PM

          I am a regular at HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT and I think its my favourite place in toronto to go to for a nice casual pub meal. I will push it till the say i die- get the pulled pork sandwich, its the best Ive ever had, and their fries are amazing. Ben Wicks Pub is also very good, but the pulled pork is better at house on parliament. Both pubs are filled with fun servers, and friendly people. I feel like I make a couple new friends each time I go. Try it out, you'll have a good time!!

          1. NovoCuisine Aug 29, 2006 06:57 PM

            Speaking of Cabbagetown, does anybody remember Fat Girl? It hasn't been open in 5+ years, but I miss it so much.. it was the turning point for my food obsession. I wish I knew what/if the owner or chef went on to do anything else.

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              wickalicious Feb 7, 2006 10:21 PM

              I'm partial to the House on Parliament (pub-ish) and the Breakfast Grill (greasy spoon-ish). Of all the places suggested, Breakfast Grill is probably the closest to where you're staying (west side of Parliament, between Shuter and Queen), although pretty much everything suggested is walkable.

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                mainja Feb 6, 2006 04:55 PM

                for a cheap and cheerful, but delicious, breakfast/brunch i can't reccomend johnny g's enough. it's wonderful.

                it's on parliament just north of carlton.

                i suggest substituting the home fries for french fries because their french fries are DELICIOUS!

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                  Raspberry Sour Feb 6, 2006 08:08 PM

                  Hmm, that's funny, I just ate there for the first time this weekend. It's the one across from Jet Fuel and a few doors over, with slightly older waitresses with accents?

                  I actually had a horrible experience. I ordered the eggs florentine. It came with 3 eggs, so 1 got thrown out (too much food, and I would have specified just the 2 eggs if I'd known), and they were all hard-poached, when I'd asked for soft. The Hollandaise was bland, the sprinach tasted freshly defrosted, and the coffee was barely drinkable. I felt ill for the rest of the day.

                  It was odd though- the place was packed, which left me wondering whether we'd just gotten an off round of plates.

                  I really hope I'm thinking of the right place, but if there's someone else I should be slamming, please let me know!

                  Link: http://sourpatch.wordpress.com

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                    mainja Feb 6, 2006 08:54 PM

                    no, sounds like the right place. they give you 3 eggs when you get eggs benedict or florentine.

                    i had eggs benedict once, they were what i would have expected from that type of place, it is after all, a greasy spoon.

                    i usually just get the regular breakfast special, but be warned, it too comes with 3 eggs.

                    it's not the place to go if you're looking for a fancy breakfast place, it's the place to go if you're looking for a good greasy spoon.

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                      emlyn w Feb 7, 2006 02:32 AM

                      so is there a good breakfast place anywhere nearby ?!

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                        knuckles Feb 7, 2006 05:02 AM

                        le petit dejeuner on King just west of sherbourne.

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                          City_West Oct 23, 2007 03:27 PM

                          petit dejeuner is good, but don't try the waffles no matter how much they tell you they are their specialty. They are really crunching and hollow.

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                          xtal Feb 7, 2006 10:10 AM

                          Daybreak on the SE corner of Church & Carlton is my favourite in the area.

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                            TwinklyTerrapin Feb 7, 2006 02:01 PM

                            I quite like the Pear Tree on Parliment.

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                          Tout Garni Aug 29, 2006 06:30 PM

                          Johnny G's is good for what it is. That is, a place where you wouldn't order eggs florentine.

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                            mainja Aug 31, 2006 03:48 AM

                            actually, on saturday i had the eggs benny and my mum had the eggs florentine and we both enjoyed it. usually i go there every weekend and get a cheese omlette with salad and enjoy it a great deal. but you're right, it certainly isn't fancy, it's kind of an upscale greasy spoon. oh, and i reccomend getting fries instead of homefries if you're going that route. their homefries are ho-hum, their fries are fresh cut and delicious.

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