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Good Irish-style brunch/breakfast?

kornheiser Sep 15, 2007 05:21 PM

Particularly if it's within city limits.

Thanks in advance!

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    slightly_confused Dec 14, 2007 09:30 AM

    The Dark Horse pub - Bloor West (Jane & Bloor area)

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      miranda Sep 17, 2007 03:02 PM

      The Galway Arms on The Queensway near Royal York....Miranda

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      1. re: miranda
        badbhoy Dec 12, 2007 12:55 PM

        Take a look at this to clarify the varieties of a full breakfast.


        Fried potato bread for example is particular to an Ulster fry, which is maybe why your opions on differ on the definition of an Irish breakfast. Beans seem to be a common option with any full breakfast so I wouldn't classify it as an English twist

        And for me brown sauce is a requirement on any breakfast English, Irish or otherwise. It sure beats ketchup.

        1. re: badbhoy
          Yongeman Dec 13, 2007 02:40 AM

          Badbhoy, when you mention 'potato bread' are you referring to the flat 'potato pancake', or 'tatty scone' that my family calls 'potato cakes'? It's basically made from (leftover) mashed potatoes and flour. I make them the way that my Mom and Grandmother (from Belfast) made them.

          1. re: Yongeman
            badbhoy Dec 13, 2007 06:11 AM

            My understanding is that the Belfast style potato cake is somewhat different to what I refer a tatty scones? (I'm Scottish)

      2. Googs Sep 15, 2007 06:32 PM

        The Irish Embassy Irish breakfast is awful. Not even remotely authentic.

        Just barely within city limits is the Tarra Inn on Eglinton east of Midland. True. Authentic. Irish. Served all day.

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          to_frankie Sep 17, 2007 07:13 PM

          awesome rec. love the Tara Inn. we used to go there when we lived in the Bluffs.

          1. re: Googs
            JamieK Sep 18, 2007 05:52 AM

            Couldn't find a website for Tarra Inn. Just curious, what constitutes a true authentic Irish breakfast?

            1. re: JamieK
              jessi20 Sep 18, 2007 07:19 AM

              a good fry.
              lots of butter..on everything. everything fried in butter as well. lots of HP, fried blood pudding,sausage, fried potato bread, toast, fried tomatos, fried potato (either left over mashed or canned) bacon, beans........and sometimes a fried egg.

              basically a heart attack....but in a delicious once a year kind of way. a christmas day breakfast for my family.

              1. re: jessi20
                Googs Sep 18, 2007 09:39 AM

                Bingo! Tarra adds scones too in case there isn't enough starch.

                1. re: jessi20
                  JamieK Sep 18, 2007 10:04 AM

                  Thanks. I almost had a heart seizure just reading your post but it sure sounds tasty. I'm of Polish descent and I remember eating fried blood pudding as a kid, my mouth is watering now.

                  1. re: jessi20
                    mikeb Sep 19, 2007 06:10 AM

                    A great fry has all of the above plus white pudding.

                    1. re: mikeb
                      Googs Sep 19, 2007 10:47 AM

                      White pudding is standard in Tarra's Irish breakfast as well. Thanks for the reminder.

                    2. re: jessi20
                      Athena Sep 19, 2007 03:00 PM

                      Wait a minute - HP sauce is an English abberation - you won't find it on the breakfast table in a typical Irish household. And canned potatoes? No - not in Ireland. It would be a crime punishable by death. And "sometimes" a fried egg? ALWAYS 2 eggs. And not to be too picky, but the ingredients so vary a bit depending on which part of the country you are in.... you won't always get baked beans, it's more of an English twist to the fry up.

                      1. re: Athena
                        Googs Sep 19, 2007 03:46 PM

                        Didn't notice the HP and 'canned' parts in the listing. Agreed. Yuck. My mother AND grandmother would both kick my butt if I ever brought a can of potatoes into the house and grandma's long gone.

                        The Tarra Inn Irish Breakfast: Soda bread, scones, blood pudding, white pudding, rashers, sausage, fried tomato, homemade baked beans, can't remember if it's 2 or 3 eggs, home fries, butter, butter, and then some butter. Phew.

                        1. re: Athena
                          jessi20 Sep 26, 2007 06:29 AM

                          diasagree. canned veg is a big part of most lower to middle class irish households for cost and conveinience reasons. and yes, HP is english but in Ireland they have brown sauce and it is very similar to HP but I said HP as you can get it in canada. i was speaking from my experience as a child lving in the UK including northern ireland. this is what we always had as a special breakfast...i guess the meal is differs by family.

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                    fickle Sep 15, 2007 05:55 PM

                    The Irish Embassy has an irish breakfast on their brunch menu:

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