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Sep 15, 2007 05:21 PM

Good Irish-style brunch/breakfast?

Particularly if it's within city limits.

Thanks in advance!

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Googs

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

        1. re: Googs

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

          1. re: JamieK

            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

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

              1. re: jessi20

                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

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

                  1. re: mikeb

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

                  2. re: jessi20

                    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

                      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

                        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.

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

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                  1. re: miranda

                    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

                      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

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

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