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DoctorPez Aug 13, 2007 03:58 PM

My wife and I will be in Toronto next week and we both appreciate breakfasts that knock our socks off. We call the San Francisco area home. We'll be staying downtown (at the Sheraton Centre) but we'll have a car and are also fine taking public transit while in search of that amazing stack of pancakes or omelet that will kepp us talking about it for a few hours.

Also - We'll be going to the Oakland-Blue Jays games at Rogers Centre, are there any hidden food treats at the ballpark that we should know about?

Thanks -

  1. thenurse Aug 13, 2007 05:51 PM

    No, there are no hidden food treats at the Rogers Centre. Eat and drink beforehand and smuggle something decent down the front of your pants (food and drinkwise). The Rogers Centre is overpriced and the food is terrible. A beer costs $11.
    Search this board under breakfast and brunch and you'll find some gems downtown and/or near downtown.

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    1. re: thenurse
      paper_bag_princess Aug 14, 2007 05:08 AM

      Actually, only the large beers are 11 dollars. The regular sized ones are 6.25.

      1. re: paper_bag_princess
        DoctorPez Aug 14, 2007 08:32 AM

        And $6.25 is $1.25 less than in Oakland for a small beer - so it'll seem cheap. Thanks.

      2. re: thenurse
        anniemal Aug 15, 2007 12:41 PM

        You needn't bother wedging food and drinks down your underpants since you can bring pop or water (in plastic bottles) and snacks in with you--the only way to assure yummy munchies with your cold beer. Check the Rogers Centre site for info.

        1. re: anniemal
          paper_bag_princess Aug 15, 2007 01:36 PM

          This is correct, however any bottles must be sealed to prevent people from sneaking in their own alcohol.

          1. re: paper_bag_princess
            DoctorPez Aug 15, 2007 02:05 PM

            Thanks for all of your help. My wifre really wants a hot dog and beer one night, so we'll do that. But for the other two games I am on my own, so I may very well just bring my own food in (like I do in Oakland much of the time).

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        pirade Aug 13, 2007 07:07 PM

        If you're around on a Saturday I would check out the St. Lawrence Market over at Front and Jarvis (about a 15 minute walk). It's not a typical sit down but they have wonderful back bacon on a bun sandwiches and lots of other things. You would enjoy all the different fresh produce. They are open during the week but Saturday is THE DAY. There really is nothing at the Rogers Centre. The food is at best mediocre and terribly overpriced. Most people just pick up a hot dog outside the stadium. Lakeside Eats down on Queen's Quay by the lake is not bad and there are some decent places on King St. Can't think of any great breakfast places in the area. Is Marche in BCE Place at the foot of Bay St. still around?

        1. JamieK Aug 13, 2007 07:31 PM

          Don't know if the restos mentioned here will have items to keep you talking for a few hours but there was a recent discussion of good breakfast places in TO that you might find interesting...

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            C.Jackson Aug 13, 2007 07:53 PM

            Coras on blue jays way is a pretty good breakfast spot that is very close to the Rogers Centre. Try it out.

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            1. re: C.Jackson
              paper_bag_princess Aug 14, 2007 05:09 AM

              Others may disagree but I think the pancakes at Fran's are some of the best in the city. Plus they have a variety of syurps for those of us that dislike maple.

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              phisherking Aug 14, 2007 05:56 AM

              Don't know what day the game is but if Sunday brunch is what you are looking for then Thuet is not a bad idea. The brunches are amazing, large portions of fantastic cooking. It is on King west, an easy streetcar ride away from the Sheraton.

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                Beef Pattie Aug 15, 2007 05:07 PM

                Queen West West is a haven of brunch joints and is about a 15 minute streetcar ride away. There's Easy, which is at Roncesvalles and Queen, as well as Mitzi's (not Mitzi's Sister which in on Queen). Mitzi's is a few blocks north of Queen on Sorauren (a streetcar stop - ask your driver). It's a small, very casual place in the middle of a section of residential houses with mis-matched chairs and tables, but it has a great brunch.

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                1. re: Beef Pattie
                  Rabbit Aug 15, 2007 05:25 PM

                  I don't disagree with your brunch recs, Beef Pattie, but I would caution against the Queen West streetcar. If you get really lucky you might get there in 15, but if it all goes wrong, you could be more like 45. That line can be a horror- and it's very unpredictable.

                  (sorry to be negative - and to not offer some more thoughts on breakfast...it's really just not my dining out meal of choice, so I'm clueless)

                  1. re: Rabbit
                    robgm Aug 15, 2007 06:02 PM

                    The streetcar from Sheraton to roncie and queen is 25 minutes max....

                    1. re: robgm
                      Beef Pattie Aug 16, 2007 05:16 AM

                      At the weekend brunch hour I imagine it's better than rush hour!

                  2. re: Beef Pattie
                    robgm Aug 15, 2007 06:01 PM

                    don't go to easy, food is VERY hit and miss as is service, tiny place with very specific menu that doesn't translate well to people who aren't very adventerous. Mitzi's is better than Mitzi's Sister, but very small, the food CAN be great-but not always, service is iffy,

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