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Looking for a good Breakfast diner

Leslieville May 24, 2008 10:43 AM

My usual diner has changed ownership and I don't enjoy it anymore! I want a comfortable relaxed place where I can go Sunday morning alone and read my paper. I don't want trendy and I don't want brunch. The down-side of the gentrification of Leslieville is that all the great breakfast places have gone. I would also prefer this place to be between Sherbourne and Coxwell and eastern to Danforth or a bit above. Any suggestions? Am I asking too much??

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    currycue May 27, 2008 09:01 AM

    How about that small counter on a side street, just east of Queen and Leslie. Hastings? I remember reading about the owner a few years back in the paper. He was an older guy and is constantly getting offers to buy from hipster locals, but refuses.

    1. JamieK May 25, 2008 04:16 PM

      Donlands Diner is your classic eggs-n-bacon diner. Just south of O'Connor, plenty of parking.

      Not a diner per se but just two blocks east of the Bus Terminal is Melanie's Bistro, which opens for breakfast on Sunday at 8am. Yes the menu is called 'brunch' on Sundays but you can get basic eggs and bacon/sausage with fries and toast plus fruit. It's relaxed and comfortable, fine for reading a newspaper. It doesn't get crazy busy with the "brunch" stroller crowd til about 11ish or so.

      Melanie's Bistro
      1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

      Donlands Restaurant
      417 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

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        phoenikia May 24, 2008 05:59 PM

        Motorama on the north side of Danforth near Jones is a good for bacon & eggs.

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          Jay98 May 24, 2008 01:12 PM

          How about the Northwest corner of Coxwell & Lower Gerrard.

          Great breakfasts & reasonable prices.

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            millygirl May 24, 2008 12:29 PM

            Hey Leslieville, you have me curious.....which was your usual diner?

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            1. re: millygirl
              deelicious May 24, 2008 03:04 PM

              Read my mind Milly. I often notice that people refer to enjoying other restaurants better or worse than the restaurant in focus for the string. It would be great if posters could add the place they are comparing against or referring to. I think everybody would get better information that way.

              1. re: deelicious
                Herb May 24, 2008 03:31 PM

                Okay Okay?

                1. re: Herb
                  millygirl May 24, 2008 04:17 PM

                  That's the one I was thinking also, Herb. We haven't been since the change in ownership and I was wondering how it is. Any idea?

                  1. re: Herb
                    currycue May 26, 2008 03:01 PM

                    I went recently and found it still to be good. The pancakes were awesome and so was the coffee. They still haven't changed the sides from the "grocer's freezer" variety but I've noticed they are using that awful, square Wonder-type bread. Watch out if you're ordering sandwiches.

                  2. re: deelicious
                    mrbozo May 24, 2008 03:39 PM

                    Jawohl !

                  3. re: millygirl
                    Leslieville May 24, 2008 08:28 PM

                    I was going to the Bus Terminal at Coxwell and Danforth. I got great service and I could read my paper and drink coffee and relax. But the brothers sold and left in December and although the service is still great, I'm just not enjoying the food. It's a bit too greasy for me now. The worst change for me though was the music, which was varied and interesting. Thanks for the suggestions, I will try a few of them out.

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                      neighborguy May 26, 2008 03:46 PM

                      Was just there on the weekend and I've not noticed any differences. But then again, I go and expect a bit of greasiness in an egg breakfast.

                      Would you go to the Sunset next door? I don't like it myself, but it looks like an anonymous enough place people would leave you alone.

                  4. happycamper May 24, 2008 11:39 AM

                    I love Toast (Queen Carlaw) for their comforting atmosphere and friendly staff.
                    Jimmy's (Queen Broadview) has great food and great value.
                    Pulp Kitchen would be my first choice though, when it is not so busy.

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