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Can anyone recommend a good breakfast place in the downtown business/theatre district area?

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  1. Well.. I'm more of a breakfast maker than a dine-outer but if you're looking for sheer volume and a family environment Town and Country has their breakfast buffet, it's like $12.99 or something. It's pretty good for the money, I mean it's not great it's not horrible it's exactly what it should be for $12.99 and a buffet. They have sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles, plus they have some lunch items available, I think they open at 10.

    They're on Esplinade, just East of Captain John's seafood barge and the RedPath sugar factory on the north side You can't miss it because it's a bunch of rail cars welded together.

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    1. re: 50firstdatesguy

      I disagree. It should be 10 x better for 12.99.

    2. Good as in cheap-and-cheerful diner-type breakfast or more upscale? For an upscale option, Tundra in the Hilton serves breakfast, at Richmond & University.

      145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2, CA

      1. In the cheap 'n cheerful diner category, I nominate Daybreak.

        399 Church, Toronto, ON M5B2A1, CA

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        1. re: xtal

          Daybreak's egg breakfasts for $9 rock, imho. A ridiculous amount of food and it's nice quality too. I very much like the sausage in the Chipoltle and the Old MacDonald's omlettes. Little extras like the applejuice is fresh pressed, mashed is a potato option on the weekend etc. make it nice too

          1. re: orangewasabi

            It's funny, I always get ridiculed by my breakfast companions when I opt for mashed potatoes instead of hashbrowns with my breakfast. I guess I'm not the only one. :)

            It's funny you should mention the Old MacDonald omelette; a friend of mine ordered it once, and the table decided that the amount of meat in it was obscene (in a good way). Definitely the perfect dish for the 'meat lover.'

            1. re: xtal

              Is there a website for this place? Google gives me a bunch of other sites.

              1. re: piccola

                I'm pretty sure they don't have a website.

              2. re: xtal

                OMG, the mashed is the only reason to deal with the crowds on the weekend. An obscene amount of meat is exactly the way to describe it -- bacon and sausage in abundance, LOL.

          2. Brassaii (King & Spadina) serves up a decent breakfast starting at 7:30 am, more upscale than a typical diner but not as hoity as Tundra.

            Edited to add - please let us know where you ended up and if these suggestions helped. thanks

            461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

            1. I keep going back to the Sunset Grill at Richmond and Yonge....basic and consistent....great western sandwiches.

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              1. re: T Long

                I'm a fan of the Senator. I know it's not a "real" diner anymore but it works for me. Always friendly. Love the booths. Can sit there all morning drinking coffee.

                http://www.thesenator.com/ (on Victoria, near Yonge & Dundas)

              2. I thought Senator too.

                Fran's is also in that area, and while I don't think it's great, it's quite serviceable.

                1. Cora's - great, healthy wholesome breakfast with lot's of fruite. Across the street from the Metropolitan Soho hotel near Rogers Centre.

                  The Senses Bakery in the Metropolitan serves a very good breakfast - around $25 though.

                  1. Well I wasn't sure what kind of environment the OP was looking for. Taking a carload of cranky kids to Town and Country seemed like a good idea at the time, although I know buffet's aren't usually known for their exceedingly good quality. It's still a safe touristy bet to make sure everyone's visually entertained and full after.

                    To redeem myself.. I don't think anyone mentioned the King Eddy.. The Royal King Edward hotel has a decent Sunday breakfast/brunch buffet (or at least I remember it being quite good). The King Edward is on King Street, 78 King Street I think.


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                    1. re: 50firstdatesguy

                      The Sunday Brunch Buffet at the King Eddy is pricey... $50pp IIRC. Tons of choice, including raw oysters and a variety of smoked fish, meats, cheeses, breads, etc. But pricey.

                    2. Cora's is right in the theatre disctrict- Brassaii can be good, but is better when it is busy- like brunch
                      eggspectations is hit and miss in the Eaton Centre
                      I'd say Cora's for big portions, variety, and great taste...

                      1. I also would recommend Cora's...I have yet to have ordered something there I didn't like. MMMMmmm...I recommend the eggs benedict with mushrooms and brie.