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Breakfast locations in downtown Toronto

McKinley.R Jul 19, 2007 09:58 AM

I'm looking for a nice place to have breakfast in downtown Toronto. The closer to Bay + Dundas, the better.

Thanks a bundle. : -)

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  1. robgm RE: McKinley.R Jul 19, 2007 10:11 AM

    For hotels the Marriott at Bay and Dundas is good, but I would walk up to College and go to Frans.....

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      estragon RE: robgm Jul 19, 2007 11:05 AM

      Blechh! Fran's is hardly a nice place.
      How about the Senator, on Victoria, one block east of Yonge, just south of Dundas.

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        robgm RE: estragon Jul 19, 2007 11:25 AM

        Fran's has solid food and has been there forever.

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          estragon RE: robgm Jul 19, 2007 11:33 AM

          Every time I go to Fran's, I leave with a stomach ache. The last time was about three months ago. The eggs, as I recall, were dry and greasy, and the "home fries" were straight from the deep fryer.

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          thenurse RE: estragon Jul 19, 2007 11:30 AM

          Fran's at Victoria and Shuter
          Senator at Victoria and Dundas
          Eggspectations on Yonge

          I guess it depends on your definition of 'nice'

          Over Easy on Yonge N of Wellington is pretty good, in a hotel, too.

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            robgm RE: thenurse Jul 19, 2007 12:24 PM

            Eggspecations is awful, especially the service, Frans does corned beef hash well.

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              rayrayray RE: robgm Jul 19, 2007 08:13 PM

              frans it is, the hounds have spoken! ;)
              ...they really do have a decent breakfast.

      2. deelicious RE: McKinley.R Jul 19, 2007 08:16 PM

        Frans and Eggspectations are both pretty bad in my opinion. The Senator is a great choice.

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          KevinB RE: McKinley.R Jul 20, 2007 02:04 AM

          I'm surprised no one suggested the Pickle Barrel, just north of Bay & Dundas in the Atrium
          building. Pricier than Frans, to be sure, but much higher quality.

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            jennjen18 RE: KevinB Jul 20, 2007 03:22 AM

            ewwww to pickle barrel. go to frans... !!!

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              deelicious RE: jennjen18 Jul 20, 2007 05:15 AM

              Hi jennjen, Have you honestly ever been to pickle barrel for breakfast at Atrium on the Bay?

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                westhead74 RE: deelicious Jul 20, 2007 11:42 AM

                I have (Once) and never again. French toast so heavy it could have been used to clean the crap off the pan it was cooked in.

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                  deelicious RE: westhead74 Jul 21, 2007 11:51 PM

                  They changed the french toast - it is not heavy like that anymore.

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                    SherylKirby RE: deelicious Jul 22, 2007 05:19 AM

                    Agreed. They've totally redone the place in the last few years, including the menu. I did an interview with Rose Reisman a few weeks ago (they're featuring a bunch of her dishes on the menu) and it's completely different now.

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                      westhead74 RE: SherylKirby Jul 22, 2007 11:10 AM

                      They can change the french toast and feature Rose Reisman's dishes but it still doesn't make it an acceptable place for breakfast (Or any other meal).

                      If the "Re-do" is anything like the Yonge & Eligible location, that would be yet another warning sign to avoid at all costs.

          2. xtal RE: McKinley.R Jul 20, 2007 10:17 AM

            My personal favourite is Daybreak (Church & Carlton). Cheerful diner-style food, and a lively atmosphere.

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              obstructionist RE: McKinley.R Jul 22, 2007 07:51 AM

              Patrician on King St. E. is a classic diner (or greasy spoon, if you prefer). I'm amazed it is still there with every other shopfront on the street turning into an expensive furniture store.

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                T Long RE: obstructionist Aug 30, 2007 03:05 PM

                Have tried both Senator and Patrician in the last month. Patrician is the much better experience....go before 11:00am to take advantage of their breakfast special. I was pleasantly surprised that prices included all taxes!!

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                dancingTimmy RE: McKinley.R Jul 30, 2007 08:58 PM

                Maybe you could help us by providing your definition of "nice".
                The Mutual Street Deli is a "nice" greasy spoon.
                No surprises on the quality, quantity or price of the food. The service matches the decor. Best $7 I have ever spent on breakfast. You get what you expect. Real plates, real cutlery, real paper napkins from a real short order cook. (I had those places that stick you with paper plates & plastic cutlery!)
                As a greasy spoon it is top notch & recommended.
                If your definition of "nice" includes linen napkins & tablecloth's then I can't help.

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                  bogie RE: dancingTimmy Jul 31, 2007 12:43 AM

                  I don't know if it''s close enough for you but I've always had good, dependable brunches at Easy on Bloor W across from the ROM.

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                    millygirl RE: bogie Jul 31, 2007 05:02 AM

                    What about Sunset Grill? Not sure exactly where it is downtown but I think its in the vicinity. Their food is always reliable, at least the Danforth location is.

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                      thenurse RE: millygirl Jul 31, 2007 07:38 AM

                      It's at Adelaide and Yonge.

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                        nummanumma RE: thenurse Aug 30, 2007 03:21 PM

                        If I wanted to have a nice breakfast, I think I'd go to hart house. http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca/hh/p...

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                          pescatarian RE: nummanumma Aug 30, 2007 03:33 PM

                          I'd like to go just to try the apple cake with "sunflower seed brittle ice cream". Has anyone tried it? Sounds great.

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                            T Long RE: nummanumma Aug 30, 2007 03:35 PM

                            Looks like a decent lunch destination...but breakfast???...

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                    jinxed RE: McKinley.R Aug 30, 2007 03:54 PM

                    Kalendar on College Street (in Little Italy) has nice brunch items. I like their banana and mango stuffed french toast.

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