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Very delicious pancakes in Toronto - Ontario Bistro

mainja Jun 25, 2008 03:07 PM

So, there's this little kind of greasy spoonish place at the corner of Ontario and Dundas. I have never been disappointed by the food there. I mean, it's nothing fancy, and the fries are frozen, but it's pretty tasty souvlaki, good greak omlette, good breakfast special.

But there's one thing that keeps me coming back. The pancakes.

These are, without exaggeration, the best pancakes I've ever had.

Pancakes are obviously a different tastes for different people thing, these are reasonably thin, a bit crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside.

It's served with a side of butter, real butter, not whipped butter, not margarine, nothing in a little pre-portioned plastic tub, they scoop the real butter into a container and put it on your plate.

The only thing that would make them better was if they were served with real maple syrup. Although, as my partner and I were eating them today (at 3pm on a Wednesday - they're *that* good) we remarked that it's probably a good thing they don't use real maple syrup, because we'd just eat them constantly if they did.

My brother lives in Guelph, and whenever he's in Toronto he goes out of his way to have pancakes there, no matter what time of day it is, or what part of Toronto he's going to.

So, yeah, pancakes at Ontario Bistro = YUM.

They're open Monday-Saturday, closed on Sundays

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  1. Leslieville RE: mainja Jun 25, 2008 03:31 PM

    Please don't be telling eveybody about this!!! I've been trying to keep it a secret, although I must admit I posted it once when some one was looking for good pancakes. I was there yesterday with a friend who used to own a restaurant and she was very impressed with how clean their kitchen was. I go for breakfast there at least once a week, and occasionally I try to have somerhing other than pancakes.

    1. JamieK RE: mainja Jun 25, 2008 04:11 PM

      Cool. They even have a website. And they're licensed. With a patio!

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        mainja RE: JamieK Jun 25, 2008 10:25 PM

        It's actually quite a pretty little patio. There's no smoking on it, don't know if that makes it more or less appealing for you, but it does make the pancakes a bit more enjoyable.

        The patio is topped with vines so it's sun dappled shade, it's really lovely.

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          JamieK RE: mainja Jun 26, 2008 05:25 AM

          A smoke-free patio is definitely more appealing to me. Thanks for the tip.

          Ontario Bistro
          383 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A2A6, CA

      2. TorontoJo RE: mainja Jun 26, 2008 04:42 AM

        Wow, thank you for this tip! I'm forever on the hunt for a good breakfast spot and kinda gave up on restaurant pancakes a while ago. I know where I'll be this weekend...

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          Leslieville RE: TorontoJo Jun 26, 2008 06:50 AM

          Mainja- If I can't get a table the next time I go in, I'm going to hold you responsible!! This is where I started going after The Terminal changed ownership, and I liked the quiet!

        2. pinkprimp RE: mainja Jun 26, 2008 07:25 AM

          Any chance they serve the pancakes for dinner?! I have a major craving right now for them and I don't get off work till 5pm...

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            TorontoJo RE: pinkprimp Jun 26, 2008 07:31 AM

            They do! Their web site specifically says "if you feel like a little breakfast at dinnertime, that's fine with us." :)

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              pinkprimp RE: TorontoJo Jun 26, 2008 07:55 AM

              NO WAY. That's so awesome. Thanks for the info!


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                Leslieville RE: pinkprimp Jun 26, 2008 08:23 AM

                These are not the usual pancakes, they are much thinner, somewhere between a crepe and a pancake. If you ask for them extra crisp they have a nice little edge around them. By the way, don't go expecting any thing fancy. The place is spotless and the service is good, but it is at Dundas and Sherbourne, with a very mixed clientel! I frequently see Nicholas Campbell of Davinci's Inquest there, but you are just as likely to see a few Transexuals and a number of Toronto's finest.

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                  mainja RE: pinkprimp Jun 26, 2008 08:55 PM

                  yeah, you can also get souvlaki for breakfast if you want! *grin*

                  we often have pancakes there in the late afternoon early evening.

                  And, just to echo what Leslieville said, this is *not* a fancy place. I said initially that it's basically a greasy spoon with really good food. And, yes, very mixed clientel. The neighbourhood is pretty mixed. You get a much higher proportion of yuppies on Saturdays. *grin*

            2. mainja RE: mainja Jun 28, 2008 12:00 PM

              My partner and I were talking about the ambiance of the place and he nailed it on the head when he said it's what he thinks of as "a Family Restaurant"

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                metms RE: mainja Oct 28, 2008 06:19 PM

                actually we were curious about this very nicely described place with awesome pancakes. We therefore made it by walking from dundas subway station to ontario street.
                We were rather disappointed by different points including a casual ambiance, 3 pancakes served with maple syrup in a plastic bottle, quasi impossible to open as the sugar was so tightly around the tip that any rotation movement was made difficult. In total, we will not keep this address as an exceptional place to go.

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