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peppermint pate Oct 18, 2005 07:57 PM

Hi there - Toronto chowhounds heading to Ottawa for a quickie visit this month. Looking for a tasty mid-week breakfast spot with great coffee. I did a search of the board - Le Boulanger Francais sounds like a good option or maybe Wild Oat or Zak's. We're staying at the Novotel - if we could walk, that would be great but we'll have a car so a drive is okay too. Thanks for any help.

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    Mary Louise RE: peppermint pate Oct 19, 2005 10:12 AM

    Zucchero on Queen street (@Lyon) is very nice. Great cappuccino and lovely breakfast sandwiches. Very yummy potatoes. Not a lot of brekky options for a sweet tooth, though.

    If you have time you could walk there in about 20 minutes. Driving would be quick but parking might be scarce or expensive midweek (although not by Toronto standards ;-)

    The Boulanger Francais is lovely too, but I think you'd be getting it to take out during the week (although there are a few stools you could score).

    have a nice time!

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      piccola RE: peppermint pate Oct 19, 2005 10:18 PM

      At the back of Le Boulanger Français, there is a café called Benny's Bistro where you can get table service. They used to serve brekkie from 8 a.m. - maybe they still do.

      Other good places:
      the Manx pub on Elgin for stick-to-your-ribs but not heavy food;
      Cora's for a Québécois meal, complete with cretons;
      Sconewitch on Queens St. (I think you can figure out what that one's for);
      Kettleman's Bagels - try the cheese bagels, the ones that look like pastries;
      and the Wild Oat, which you mentioned, for healthy/hearty grub.

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        Mary Louise RE: piccola Oct 20, 2005 09:32 AM

        Is Benny's Bistro open on weekdays? That would be wonderful.

        The Manx definitely doesn't do brekky on weekdays,though. Sorry Peppermint Pate.

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          peppermint pate RE: Mary Louise Oct 22, 2005 11:50 AM

          We ended up going to Benny's Bistro as it was an easy walk from our hotel. I loved the warm smell of baked goods that enveloped us as we walked into the bakery from the street. Benny's has nice bright colours. Espresso coffees (illy) were very good. Hubby ordered bacon and eggs - instead of bacon on the side, they diced it with the fingerling potatoes which had been roasted. Sublime. Side of toast was great. I had the goat cheese and spinach frittata - it was a bit watery (I think the spinach hadn't been squeezed out) but still tasty. We split a croissant which was good, though I actually found it a bit on the heavy side. If you're ever in Toronto, check out Rahier or Bonjour Brioche which have flakier and, imo, better croissants. Service was very friendly and all in all, a lovely spot for a mid-week breakfast. Many thanks for the suggestions.

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            errant RE: peppermint pate Oct 30, 2005 06:06 PM

            Thanks for posting where you went and what you thought. So often we give suggestions and then never heard whether the person went or if they liked it or not. Much appreciated! :-)

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        Germaine RE: peppermint pate Oct 21, 2005 03:20 PM

        Stoneface Dolly's has brunch on Friday from 8am to 11:30am at the Bronson Street location only. Then of course brunch on the weekends at both Bronson and Preston Street locations. The brunch / breakfast is very good. http://www.stonefacedollys.com/index....

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          Betsy RE: peppermint pate Dec 24, 2005 11:23 PM

          How come no one recommends Perkins Restaurant & Bakery at 1130 St Laurent Blvd?

          We went there with our friends from Toronto to have breakfast there on Sunday. The restaurant is always packed with customers and we have to line up for 15 minutes to get our table.

          Their bakery is made fresh every day. The atmosphere was great! It is a good place to enjoy your breakfast. My friends from Toronto said they will go to Perkins for breakfast when they come to Ottawa next time.

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            food_curious_ottawa RE: peppermint pate Sep 2, 2006 06:03 AM

            If you are looking for gourmet breakfast, I'd stick to Stoneface Dolly's. The Sconewitch, if you're not too hungry and you enjoy excellent scones that smell like a little peice of heaven. Some might say Cora's, but I'm not a fan. It's a chain, and yes they give you huge portions but who wants to eat that much for breakfast?

            If you are looking for a consistently good greasey spoon breakfast, But with freshfruit on the site and a small peice of chocolate to go alongside. I'd go to Leuitenant's pump. I know, it's a bar, but they have good standard breakfasts for $4.95, 2 eggs, ham, toast, etc.

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              Julie Woo RE: food_curious_ottawa Sep 6, 2006 12:13 PM

              I have to disagree about the recommendation for Stone Face dollies. Although the food is passable (I have only been there for breakfast), the service is horrific (Preston Street location). I have had the same experience a couple of times and now refuse to go back. I am way too hungry in the morning to wait over an hour for eggs. Although they only serve breakfast on the weekends, the Manx and Chez Lucien rank high for me. Weekday breakfast is always at Mellos on Dalhousie. Get there before 11 for early bird prices!

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                chimichimi RE: Julie Woo Sep 8, 2006 03:07 AM

                I didn't realize Chez Lucien did a brunch... is it typical eggs, meat, potato? How much does it run you?

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                  Julie Woo RE: chimichimi Sep 8, 2006 11:58 AM

                  Brunch at Chez is not for the faint of heart. There are only four choices on the menu: eggs benedict, eggs pacific, another eggs/hollandaise variation and the croque monsier (croissant with tomato covered in cheese and broiled). Each breakfast is served with salad and their famous french fries (or they should be famous). I think each meal runs at 7 or 8 bucks - same as the burgers - and absolutely worth it. Its a heavy morning meal (no granola and yogurt in sight) but every once in a while I can't resist. Also, one of the guys in the kitchen brings in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, so sitting at the bar with coffee, breakfast and the times has become my favorite time to be at Chez.

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              breakfastluvrr RE: peppermint pate Oct 15, 2008 04:55 PM

              Gabriel Pizza is probably your best bet, they are open at 7a.m. 7 days a week, brunch until 2pm on weekends. there are 5 locations across the city that serve breakfast, and it's good, really good. Best locations would be Orleans and Ogilvie.

              Try the waffles and fruit, it's around $9 but it's worth it. or one of their omelettes, I recommend the Mighty Greek. I havent tried the breakfast pizza , but i hear good things.

              I would say these guys have the largest selection for breakfast for sure, and serve breakfast everyday which isnt always easy to find.

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