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Sunday Brunch/Lunch on The Danforth between Donlands and Broadview?

  • Googs May 2, 2008 09:26 AM
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Looking for a place open by 12 noon with mains around $15 and app's below $10. This unfortunately counts out Globe but whaddaya gonna do? We're open to all types of cuisine except sushi as she doesn't care for it much. A wine list is a must. A relaxed atmosphere is desirable. Anybody have any thoughts? Thanks gang.

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  1. I really enjoyed Pan the last time I was there (for dinner though): http://www.panonthedanforth.com/menu.php

    I was thinking Mocha Mocha until you said it has to have a wine list, it's probably too casual. It's the kind of place you go up and order and then sit down and they bring it to you. Casual salads, sandwiches, etc.

    If she is open to Ehiopian, I'd recommend Dukem. I doubt they have an extensive wine list though.

    If you can venture a bit north on Broadview to Mortimer, you can check out Whistler's: http://www.dine.to/profile_features.p.... I've only had standard bacon and eggs brunch there, but it was pretty good.

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    1. re: pescatarian

      Hey Pescatarian, now she's asking me for something healthy and, um, chickeny. Does Pan have anything light? I know menu's don't always tell the whole story, but everything on Pan's looks ha-UUUU-ge.

    2. Not really sure why your price range puts the Globe Bistro offside - their website states that they serve brunch from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sundays (http://www.globebistro.com/contact.php), and all the mains on the brunch menu are either $12 or $14 (no apps for brunch, apparently - http://www.globebistro.com/menus/brun...). It's not on the current menu, but a few months back for brunch I had the duck confit hash w/ a nice runny poached egg on top.

      As for atmosphere, we had our then-14-month-old daughter with us, and we (her especially) were treated quite well.

      The Old Nick (which is across the street) also advertises an Organic Brunch on the weekend (http://www.old-nick.com/index2.html), but I haven't been since before Michelle Bellerose stopped cooking it.

      1. Pantheon is open at 11am on Sundays. They have reasonably priced food and a few decent wines from what I can remember.

        http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/

        http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/win...

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        1. re: 50firstdatesguy

          Funny I was just damning their website for not having hours of operation. In fact I had to get to Pantheon's menu through a backdoor. Weird. Thanks F1dates!

          As for Globe it was the first website I opened before I even posted this. It seems like such an obvious brunch winner. I have the feeling she'll think it too pricey, but I guess I should run it by her. Thanks 2 cents.

          1. re: Googs

            where is Michelle Bellerose now? Loved her breakfast.

            1. re: avec9

              I dunno, probably just me but Pantheon's menu would not do it for me at noon. Have you considered Christina's? Never been but it seems pretty busy at lunch time. Or for that matter, Myth?

              1. re: millygirl

                Well being women we've firmly decided we can't decide on what we eat yet. :-) Not certain if we'll be looking for eggs benedict and prosecco or grilled calamari and vinho verde. It would be nice if the place allowed us to chose which menu we ordered from.

                What's different about Christina's? I admit I don't often dine in Greektown and so am less familiar.

                1. re: Googs

                  Was this for today? Where did you end up going? I must say eggs benedict and prosecco sounds so appealing, as does the calamari/vinhoverde combo. Some of my friends frown when I order drinks with brunch, what's with that?

                  1. re: JamieK

                    Just too tightly wound I guess. It's a sunny Sunday. If you're not expecting anyone to run up to you with a pop quiz and you have a heavy duty work week ahead why not? Last chance to be relaxed, unwind, chat freely with buddies before duh DUH DUUUUHHHH.

                    We ended up taking Pescatarian's advice and going to Pan. It was okay. We shared some Tirokafteri which was lightly hot from the banana peppers and made slightly salty I guess from the feta served with grilled garlic pita. It's a combo I could chew on all day. She had the true(?) Greek salad with souvlaki chicken and pinot grigio (or pinot gringo on the menu) and I had the calamari dinner with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I wouldn't categorize the food as outstanding, but it seems a great place to waste an afternoon away. Casual, comfortable, pretty room, and the servers were nice. It has that relaxed feel about it that makes hanging around very inviting.

                    I did check out Mocha Mocha on my way to Broadview and for the record they have two reds and two whites of food friendly plonk by the glass. It looks like a lovely little place to have brekkie, but not sure if I could while away the hours there. Looks more like a dine and shop stop. Still... wish I had something like that in my neighbourhood.

                    What's the deal with Mezes? I got some bad info so didn't go there. Thought it wasn't open until 4pm. Does this place live up to the press it received or is this another case of 'the ladies who review' being charmed by another smooth, good-looking chef?

                    1. re: Googs

                      I like Mezes - the first time I went I had an entree and it wasn't very memorable (but then again, I was in a lousy mood and on a less-than-memorable date so maybe I shouldn't hold it against my dinner), but since then I've stuck to the mezes, and really enjoyed them. It's always been very lively and busy whenever I've been there, but I've always felt welcome to linger. The wine list is entirely Greek, I believe, but extensive and, from what I've tried, well-chosen and pretty reasonably priced.

                      1. re: Googs

                        We've never understood why so many people really like Mezes - which, indeed, they do. There's a vast choice, possibly the most extensive menu along the Danforth. However, we've found that the food varies from ordinary to inedible. Rarely has something been better than "okay". But, yes, it is a lively place and Danforth Greek standards have declined drastically across the board in recent years.

                        1. re: embee

                          I was at Three's Company (Pape and Danforth south side) last Sat for brunch, they are open by 10 I believe They have some great specials and a wide variety of eggs benny. French toast is made with croissants. My friend had the breakfast pizza (fried egg and bacon with tomato sauce and cheese on pita bread ) and she liked it Our bill was $20 including coffee

                          1. re: gwenchick

                            they serve wine now?!

                            1. re: JamieK

                              You have to walk right up the the chalkboard to know it, but yes indeedy Mocha Mocha has wine. Plonk, mind you, but not of the offensive kind.

                              1. re: Googs

                                I would actually advise against Mocha Mocha for a weekend brunch. It's packed and noisy. Food is good, but not a great atmosphere for relaxing.

                                1. re: Googs

                                  I'm confused. I thought JamieK's question was referring to gwenchick's post about Three's Company, not Mocha Mocha.

                                  p.s. if you go earlier or later than peak time (12-2), Mocha Mocha is not too packed. Noisy, maybe because of the set-up, but I don't find it too bad. Not the most relaxing place for sure. Is Three's Company relaxing? I find that a hard quality to find in many weekend brunch destinations.

                                  1. re: pescatarian

                                    You know, Bistro Camino is a much better place for lunch/brunch. The food is more sophisticated, the atmosphere is tranquil. Granted it's a bit further east than Donlands but not much more.

                                    1. re: pescatarian

                                      I much prefer Mocha Mocha. Yes it's busy, and sometimes a little loud but I have no problem with that. I suppose if your looking for a place to sit and maybe read a book, then it wouldn't be for you.

                                      The 2 times I've been to 3's Company the service was dreadful. Food was okay but not worth the wait.

                                      1. re: pescatarian

                                        I was indeed asking about Three's Company in light of the OP's request for brunch with a wine list as a necessity (naturally).

                                        1. re: JamieK

                                          And I thought your question was about MM since the other poster didn't mention wine. Seems we were caught up in trying to help each other. Thanks JamieK.

                                          1. re: Googs

                                            If you are up for dim sum, I recommend Bamboo Dim Sum Cafe. They have awesome shrimp dumplings and fried squid.

                                            Other places such as Messini and Mocha Mocha is another favourite of mine.