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Any recommendations on good vegetarian brunch?

Ediblethoughts Apr 16, 2008 05:46 PM

I've been to Fresh/Juice for Life, Fressen, Live and Pulp Kitchen; I'm looking for a new place that's not too far off the subway line (I really want to try the veg dim sum in Markham some day but right now, I want to TTC it).

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    alltummy RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 16, 2008 07:05 PM

    well, this isn't too helpful of a suggestion, because i haven't been there myself, and also it may be out of your area, but since you mentionned Fresh and Fressen, i will suggest it. it is called Get Real, on ossington between queen and dundas. i stopped there a couple of weekends back and it looked great, but they were full. might be worth checking out. Also, ther is Grapefruit moon, on Bathurst close to bloor- which, if it isn't fully vegetarian(i can't remember) is extremely veggie friendly!

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      Ediblethoughts RE: alltummy Apr 16, 2008 07:24 PM

      They both sound like good options--though it doesn't appear either have websites which is always a bit annoying (I like to read menus). Thanks for the suggestions.

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        alltummy RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 17, 2008 01:52 PM


        you might also want to check out this list



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          Ediblethoughts RE: alltummy Apr 17, 2008 05:49 PM

          Thanks for the menu link, alltummy! It looks great! I'll bookmark the veg brunch source too.

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            alltummy RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 18, 2008 09:51 AM

            you are very welcome! i have also been very intrigued by Sadie's diner (on richmond (or is it adelaide) just east of bathurst-

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              Ediblethoughts RE: alltummy Apr 18, 2008 04:15 PM

              I haven't been to that one either. If you go, post about it!

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            alltummy RE: alltummy Apr 20, 2008 10:52 AM

            strike my recommendation for Get real please.

            i went there on Saturday, and it was quite a bad experience in fact, turning largely on the fact that they are woefully underprepared to address a busy brunch hour, but also on the mediocrity of the food itself.

            I have to say, i went there with high hopes- and the menu looked great. we were seated right away (kind of cramped next to the coffee station, but no big deal). Menu's took a little while to arrive, coffee was serve yourself (strange,but i didn't mind, we were conveniently located) and then we placed our order. and then the wait started. it took us a while to notice, because we were having a pleasant conversation, we had coffee and juice, and it was a beautiful day. however, we started to notice that it was taking a while (for toast, baked beans and scrambled eggs- how long should that take!) and finally checked our watches. it had been exactly one hour since we placed our orders. what! that can't be right. Not only that, but the waitress never made eye contact with us throughout that time period, never mind come by to explain. After about 10 minutes of me trying to get her attention, i finally asked whether the food was en route. she said, yes, it is coming right now. no apology, nothing. ANOTHER ten minutes pass, and the food finally arrives. no apology- nothing. and the food ranged from utterly mediocre, to bland and boring. hmm. perhaps we would have had more patience for it if it was faster or better service, but as it was we ate less than a quarter of the food, and asked for the bill. the bill certainly came quickly, but no query as to whether there was a problem, no apology for the hour and 15- minute wait to get food. no discount. no nothing. no further business from us!

            we will try sadies' diner next, but sorry if i misdirected anyone to Get Real!

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              Ediblethoughts RE: alltummy Apr 20, 2008 01:29 PM

              How disappointing! That menu looked so great too...

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                langela RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 10, 2009 09:26 AM

                In all the times I've gone, I haven't had the problems you're describing at Get Real! That said, this post is quite old and I think they may have improved a great deal in the last 6 months.

                Sadie's is an incredible option, too.

                Get Real is definitely a healthier brunch option!
                Sadie's has a bit of a greasy spoon feel but completely vegetarian!

                They're both incredibly good and I would describe both as my "favourites" - it just depends on what I'm craving. :)

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                  Ediblethoughts RE: langela Jul 10, 2009 12:53 PM

                  Actually, I've never had a bad experience at Get Real. My post above was pre-going to the place. I went because my friend talked me into it and I've been back a couple times (only that many because they're not open on weekdays until 11am or something) and I've always had great food. It's definitely one of my faves.

                  Still haven't tried Sadie's---you like it though, huh?

      2. TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 17, 2008 01:58 PM

        Free Times Cafe has their long-running "Bella, Did You Eat?" brunch buffet. I believe it's dairy kosher?


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          millygirl RE: TorontoJo Apr 17, 2008 02:36 PM

          Mocha Mocha on the Danforth has some excellent veggie options. Great place for brunch, but it is a self serve style restaurant.

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            Ediblethoughts RE: TorontoJo Apr 17, 2008 06:03 PM

            That sounds intriguing. I'm not buffet ready right now but definitely on my To Eat Late List.

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              pescatarian RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 17, 2008 06:18 PM

              It's not buffet. You go up, order your food and then they bring it to your table. It is pretty good. I've had the avocado BLT, which was very good. I also had the avocado salad platter (I know there's a theme), which was ok, but I'd go for the sandwich again next time, of the quesadillas that look very good.

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                Ediblethoughts RE: pescatarian Apr 17, 2008 07:09 PM

                The website says "The Sunday "Bella! Did Ya Eat?" authentic Jewish Dairy and Fish Buffet was started 10 years ago and has revolutionized Free Times and Jewish Food in Toronto... The all you can eat buffet is a practice in generosity." But it also notes an a la carte on Saturday. So I'm assuming buffet Sunday and a la carte Sunday?

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                  pescatarian RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 17, 2008 09:38 PM

                  Sorry, I misunderstood your post. I thought you were responding to Millygirl's recommendation for Mocha Mocha.
                  I haven't been to Free Times, but from what I hear you go there for the buffett

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                    phoenikia RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 18, 2008 09:29 AM

                    I'm pretty sure it is possible to order a la carte at Free Times, even when they have the buffet. The food is dairy-style, but it is not kosher.

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                    millygirl RE: pescatarian Apr 19, 2008 06:06 AM

                    The quesadillas are AMAZING, and love the fresh salad that goes with!!

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                      Ediblethoughts RE: millygirl Apr 19, 2008 09:52 AM

                      Just to clarify, you're talking Mocha, Mocha here, right?

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                        millygirl RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 21, 2008 06:14 AM

                        Correct :)

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                Little T RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 21, 2011 02:55 PM

                I was looking for a veggie brunch spot and came across this thread. Looking for a place that'll take a reservation for about 15ppl around Sat 11:30am-ish. Unfortunately Get Real and Yasi's is closed.

                Get Real
                135 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z6, CA

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                  TorontoJo RE: Little T Nov 21, 2011 03:16 PM

                  Give Lola's Commissary a call. They take reservations and have a very veg/vegan friendly menu.

                  Lola's Kitchen
                  634 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G3, CA

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