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Jul 25, 2007 09:27 AM

Recent move to Toronto...need fellow foodie help!

Hello fellow foodies.,

I've just relocated from Montreal to the North York area. In Montreal it was a weekend tradition to just get up and walk down to a breakfast/brunch place. I'm looking for something casual that would serve your basic bacon and eggs...(oh and some peameal baconof course) am already aware of the downtown places such as Pickle Barrel, Eggspectations.

I'm looking for the hidden gems that chowhounders are so good at finding!


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  1. Best peameal and eggs breakfast is at the New Yorker at Broadview and Danforth. It's a very typical family-run greasy spoon kind of dive.

    Sadly, too far to walk from North York... but at under $10 per personl (inc coffee) and with a peameal slice the size of a pork chop, it's definitely worth the trip!

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    1. re: tartiflette

      Close tartiflette but a few blocks off....the best eggs and peameal in that area is Detroit Diner at Danforth and Chester.

      Foodcricket where in North York are you ?

      1. re: books

        I'm located within walking distance of the Finch Subway. I have a car so will definitely make the drive out to try the New Yorker and Detroit Diner... Thanks!!

      2. re: tartiflette

        Add my vote for New York Cafe....larger than Detroit which could be important on busy weekend mornings. Like both, but always end up at New York. The Eggs Benedict looks unbelieveably sinful - haven't ever taken the plunge myself. Always happy when I go and full when I leave.

      3. Nothing in TO compares to Cosmo on Sherbrooke in NDG.

        Try the Patrician Grill on King St. E., east of Jarvis.

        For something a bit more upscale, try Swan and Queen St. W., east of Shaw.

        And definitely check out:

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        1. re: acd123

          Ah yes Cosmo is a heart attack on a plate but I do applaud Toronto's peameal bacon which is non existant in Mtl...

        2. In the Yonge/Eglinton area is the Good Bite. Straight-up breakfast. About 4 blocks north of Eg. on the east side of Yonge. Also, a bit more upscale, but still reasonable is Homeway on Mt. Pleasant, a couple of blocks north of Eglinton. Nice breakfast.

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          1. re: Yongeman

            I second Good Bites. When I read the OP it was the first thing that came to my mind. Nothing fancy but good straight up breakfast. At some points on the weekend morning it has a line-up on the weekends, but they are so efficient you never wait more then 10 minutes.
            I haven't tried Homeway yet but it is on my list.

            1. re: Yongeman

              Agreed on both. Good Bite is the typical Toronto Greek-family run diner. Homeway is fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice in a nicer setting, but still with your basic brekkie choices.

              1. re: Yongeman

                Hey Foodcricket you need to go to United Bakery in the Lawrence Plaza, corner of Bathurst and Lawrence. It is exactly like Beauty's.....and pea soup is almost better!!!
                Same kind of menu without the meat, they are a dairy restaurant. Weekends are pretty hectic with line ups, etc. but the food is good. Oops just read your post again and noticed the part about the bacon - sorry you won't find it there but it is still worth a try. p.s. welcome to TO!

              2. Speaking of Toronto Greek-family run diners, whatever happened to People's Foods at Dupont and St. George. It was by far my favourite breakfast spot when I lived in the neighbourhood, but I haven't been there in years.

                Sadly for us, all those Greek families are gradually selling their businesses and moving on with their lives (hence, no more Tasty's, and many others), and no one is taking their place.

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                1. re: estragon

                  People's diner is fantastic! I usually go for lunch and cannot resist the onion rings (best in the city, I would say) or the milkshakes.

                  1. re: estragon

                    People's Foods is still there but the ownership has changed and I think it has gone downhill in a big way. It is my neighbourhood 'diner' and sad to say we simply only go when desperate (it is within an easy walking distance for us) At Davenport & Avenue Road you'll find the Avenue Diner" a much better choice than the current People's. The Villager on Spadina Road & Lonsdale is also a good choice. The Vesta on Dupont at Bathurst is good but only has counter seating.

                    1. re: pearlD

                      Oh no! That's too bad, I haven't been in about a year since I moved from the neighrbourhood.

                      Good to know though, thanks PearlD.

                  2. Hey Foodcriket (and fellow North Yorker), it is a shame that there isn't much better than a few Wimpy's locations around you to get your breakfast/brunch fix. Not that they aren't good, they are just places that fill the void. There is a Chez Cora at Dufferin & Steeles, but I have never been a big fan. I will be watching this post closely, just to see what else is around.

                    If you don't mind driving, there is B on Dundas West, and the Freshwood Grill on Roncevalles (they also have a location in Kensington market). Le Petit Dejeuner (sorry, if my spelling sucks, I failed grade 9 French) is good as is Bonjour Brioche, but sometimes the meals come with a side of attitude. It is a shame that the Canary closed a few months ago, but I keep hearing rumblings that they may reopen. There is also SmallTalk on Bayview. My only warning with some of these places don't open until 10:00 on the weekends, so if you are an early riser, you may be SOL.

                    Well, good luck and welcome to the neighbourhood.

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                    1. re: Lazar

                      Ditto on the Petit Dejeuner (King E @ Jarvis), though I wouldn't suggest going there specifically for a straight-up eggs and bacon brekkie, since you can get a perfectly good greasy breakfast for half the price a few doors down at the Patrician Grill.

                      However, if you want something a bit more elaborate (ie. cafe au lait, tea that isn't Red Rose, or eggs benny), this is the place to go.