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food_lover Nov 10, 2006 03:16 PM

What's a good casual place to go to for a Saturday morning Brunch. I want to take my boyfriend out. I was gonna go to Plaza Flamingo but they don't serve brunch on Saturdays. Any suggestions?

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    food_lover Nov 10, 2006 03:16 PM

    Oh yeah...preferbly in the Downtown area.

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      peppermint pate Nov 10, 2006 04:51 PM

      There are loads of brunch options downtown. One spot I like is Saving Grace on Dundas West - very casual and good food. If the tables are full when you get there, write your name on the chalkboard inside the front door and then hang outside. I often combine it with a walk through Kensington, which makes for a fun Saturday.

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        tartetatin Nov 10, 2006 04:59 PM

        Edward Levesque's Kitchen on Queen St. E. is Leslieville, beautiful and delicious. They do not take reservations for brunch, but the wait is not usually too long, open from 9 - 3 for brunch I think. It is also very good for lunch and dinner too.

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          hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 05:23 PM

          do they have a website?

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            HarryLloyd Nov 10, 2006 05:27 PM

            Dear Abbey,

            I googled (www.google.ca) it for you:

            I googled "edward levesque's kitchen" and got this as my top hit:

            http://www.edwardlevesque.ca/

            good luck with it.

            Chow!
            HL.

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              hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 05:33 PM

              perfect! thanks!! I just took a peak and it looks great! Have you ever been for supper or just brunch?

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                HarryLloyd Nov 10, 2006 10:09 PM

                Abbey,

                I've never been but a friend said it was decent. They said Barrio is the place to go tho for brunch in the hip Leslieville hood.

                Chow!
                HL.

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                  hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 11:43 PM

                  yah Ive been to Barrio, and I do like it, so I guess theres no need for a change!

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                    Full tummy Nov 11, 2006 04:39 AM

                    My husband and I ate brunch at Barrio a couple of weekends ago. I ordered eggs benedict, and my husband ordered the waffles with fruit compote and lemon curd. OMIGOD! I almost died when I saw his waffles stacked high with mounds of whipped cream and lemon curd. I convinced him to share half and half, and I must say, I've been fantasizing about those waffles ever since, they were that good. (BTW, the eggs benny were really very good, too. No puddles of water...nice smooth hollandaise -- the best I've had in Leslieville.)

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          tartetatin Nov 10, 2006 05:44 PM

          I have been for brunch, lunch and dinner. I have enjoyed everything I have eaten there. I think that the brunch and lunch menus are the same - or similar, they have a large selection regardless. At dinner, there is not quite as much choice, but have always have great food - and always a nice amuse bouche to start. I cannot remember details of the wine list right now. The atmosphere is very nice, open kitchen in the front and a kind of semi-casual looking french kitchen in the back. There is always a wait for the brunch, unless you go very early, but the wait is never too long. There is also a great table at the back for large parties - difficult to get unless your timing is right or you reserve for dinner on Saturday night.

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            imanf Nov 10, 2006 05:51 PM

            I've been to Meggie's Grill at 174 Eglinton Ave West and it was really good. There's a location at 400 College near Bathurst. Highly recommended. Good food and nice atmosphere.

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              Tour boi Nov 10, 2006 11:22 PM

              One place that I like is Hello Toast on Queen E and Greenwood. Small cute coasy place and the make the best Eggs Benny I have ever tasted. There is a line up sometimes to get in as its popular. And another favorite I absolutly love is on Queen East near Woodbine or at Woodbine (sheesh!) The Tulip. Nice big breakfasts, the mash potatoes with the gravy are an excellent compfort food to go with your breakfast instead of the hashbrowns on a cold winter morning.I shall not say more as I am getting so hungry here. Tour boi

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              hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 11:46 PM

              my favourite place, as Ive probably mentioned before is morning glory on king st E. its a realllly small, cute place, with this adorable female server who looks like she stepped out of some really cute retro picture and the food is quite good! I usually have their waffle with fruit compote and round farmers sausage with homemade ketchup. Its truly delicious and super fresh tasting, but depending on how many of you there are, you MAY have to wait for a table. I have never had to wait more than like 2 minutes, but maybe we're lucky

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                estragon Nov 11, 2006 07:21 AM

                Here are a few good places for brunch in the west end:

                - Universal Grill (amazing steak and eggs, French toast, etc.)
                - The Swan (eggs with smoked oysters? wow!)
                - Musa (great omelettes)
                - Drake Hotel (food is as good as the decor)
                - Beaconsfield (really good, and surprisingly inexpensive)
                - Kalendar (hate their "scrolls," love the brunch)

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                  KitchenVoodoo Nov 11, 2006 10:13 PM

                  What would you recommend on the Drake brunch menu?

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                    francelonian Jan 27, 2007 10:09 AM

                    Going to disagree with you on Musa. Just came back from it. Not *bad* - but certainly no better than mediocre. Waited at door even though tables open and no one ahead of us. Once seated, very slow service. Noise level **far** too loud. Dishes that did not come together; quality and flavour just OK. And for brekky, the lamest toast I've had in a long while. Cold, soggy and very ordinary.

                    I'll try it once more in case this was an off day for them, but it was at best mediocre.

                  2. Leslieville Nov 11, 2006 03:16 PM

                    Hello toast is at Queen and Pape and The Tulip is at Queen and Coxwell

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                      Tour boi Nov 11, 2006 05:19 PM

                      thanks Leslieville for the correction on those two places. Its been awhile since I was at Hello Toast and Greenwood stuck in my head..Thanks Tour

                    2. mainja Nov 11, 2006 04:55 PM

                      i've heard house on parliament is good. brunch from 11:30-3:00

                      1. spaetzle Nov 12, 2006 01:04 PM

                        I had a nice brunch at Bar One on West Queen West yesterday. My poached eggs with smoked trout, served on a potato galette with spicy hollandaise was delicious. The ovo buco, eggs cooked in a bun with smoked salmon and hollandaise, also looked good.

                        One of the better brunches I've tried in TO.

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                          jcanncuk Nov 13, 2006 02:54 AM

                          Checked out Saving Grace yesterday. Decor is definitely basic, but they are doing a really good job with the food. My only complaint was that my latte was pretty wimpy. Had the sadwich special which was really yummy and fresh. All the food we saw was great. If they work a little on their barrista skills, this place will go from very good to great!

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                            flipp Nov 13, 2006 11:24 AM

                            La Palette in Kensington Market has nice crepes and omelettes and then you can go walking around afterward. They also have this deep fried camembert...

                            1. Cereal Killer Nov 13, 2006 03:16 PM

                              Where is "downtown" to you? East, West, Central? Bay and King?

                              Aunties and Uncles on Lippincott, Maggies on College, Easy on Queen (near Roncesvalles and not to be confused with Over Easy), are three of my favourites for brunch and only brunch in what I consider to be "downtown". Other good ones in my neck of the woods include Sugar and Bar One (on Queen West) and Mildred Pierce (for that special occasion brunch).

                              CK

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