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What is good for breakfast at St. Lawrence Market?

I am going there early Saturday and I would like to get some breakfast when I am done shopping. Any good stuff? I have not been there in years.


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  1. I'm sure you'll get some carousel bakery bacon sandwich suggestions. I'm not a traditional breakfast guy. A few pierogies and a spinach crepe downstairs at the eastern european food stall always hits the spot.

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    1. re: grandgourmand

      Spinach crepe... yum! Might try it. Thanks.

      1. re: grandgourmand

        Thanks, grandgourmand. We had the spinach crepe with sour creme. Delicious!

      2. Skip the back bacon and go up Spadina for early dim sum.

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          1. re: blue bike

            Who hates dim sum?! That's nice, John Smith.

            1. re: blue bike

              A bit ingracious, Blue Bike. Your loss. Try the jook at King's Noodles instead!

          2. And here is the obligatory suggestion for Carousel. But don't get the regular one. Ask for a Whole Hog (or the Big Hog) sandwich. Cost is about $6.50 but it is twice the size with egg, peameal and cheese. Here is the trick, when you ask for it, you will likely get a blank look from some of the people there. Have them ask the ladies in the back, trust me they know what it is. They don't really advertise it. My partner and I pretty much always end up splitting it.

            After go downstairs and get a container of the fresh OJ. from the juice bar... Excellent!

            Don't bother with just the plain bacon on a bun. Too expensive...

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            1. re: Otonabee

              Thanks. I don't eat bacon anyway. :-)

              1. re: Otonabee

                Just went to Carousel this morning for a Big Hog and it's now part of the regular menu. The guy at the counter said that since it was mentioned on Chowhound, they've had tons of people ordering it.

              2. If you're not down with the back bacon (and personally I found that the crepe kids downstairs don't know what a crepe is supposed to look or taste like) Try Le Petit Dejeuner on King just east of Jarvis. Mmmmm, Belgian waffles.

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                1. re: currycue

                  To be clear, the crepe suggestion is not from the crepe place, but the eastern european place in the middle of the downstairs. It's not breakfast per se, but works for me. If they have the chicken sausage available, have that too. So good.

                2. Try the counter at Paddington's (attached to the sit-down restaurant inside). The 'breakfast on a bun' is fabulous. Nice fresh buns, perfectly done peameal, a decent processed cheddar, and egg. Works out to be about $4.75 each I think. I go every Saturday morning. They're addictive!

                  1. I like to get a latte from the place with Illy coffee downstairs (I'm really bad at paying attention to names) and a chocolate croissant from one of the bakeries.

                    1. If you like diner-style breakfasts, head across the street to the north (farmer's) market. The snack bar there serves everything from homemade cornbread (my usual) to a paper-plateful of eggs and home fries. The food isn't spectacular but it's a friendly, family-run business and a fun place to perch amidst the crowds of kids, buskers, shoppers, and (yes) farmers.

                        1. I usually grab a bagel from St. Urbain bagels, and some fresh orange juice from the people downstairs. Combine that with a crossword and I'm in heaven.

                          1. Thank you, all for the suggestions. I got an idea of the food now.

                            1. Wonderful veal/eggplant sandwiches at Mustachio's in the basement

                              1. You can nibble on things at the Market, but really the best thing you can do is leave and go to Zoulpy's Deli on King @ Princess. Very definitely walking distance though if you are driving they have their own little parking lot in the back. Just honest to goodness coffee shop/diner food at very reasonable prices. This should address your no bacon, no dim sum issues as well.

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                                1. re: Googs

                                  Return to Zoulpy's for lunch, too.Astounding portion sizes of good food.

                                2. I once had an amazing crepe at a place in the basement by the east doors. Haven't been back. It might have been a fluke. The guy was just learning and it was perfect.