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Eggsmart O'Connor and Pape

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Does anyone know about this place? I think that I have the name right. I drove past on Saturday and there were a number of cars parked outside. Not sure if it is a chain or take out as I did not have time to stop. Any Chow info? Thanks.....

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  1. I've been twice in the last week or so. It's pretty good and the prices are reasonable. The place lives up to its name---menu is full of egg dishes but there are also plenty of lunch options to. I had the eggs Benny the first time and they were good, not great, but good. I'm not a big fan of the home fries. They fry up those half inch thick slices of potato. They come out a bit hard and a bit undercooked. I had the club the 2nd time. The chicken they used was nice but they put on that fake cheese on the sandwich which kind of turned me off. Be sure to ask for no cheese when ordering the club.

    The place seems to be success. The place is a fair size (I think it's housed in the former Coffee Time premises) and I had to wait for a table on Saturday morning. The second time I was there it was early afternoon and the place was 80% full. The coffee is just OK, but all their egg dishes , pancakes and waffles all looked very good, and again, the prices and portions can't be beat. The service was friendly too.

    It's certainly worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. I live just down the street, hence my two recent visits.

    1. I drive by every day and there are usually at least one or two cars out front at about 7:30am. The website is not helpful -
      http://eggsmart.ca/

      They've got to compete with the long-established, diner-like Donlands restaurant around the corner. Many loyal regulars there.

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      1. re: JamieK

        Thanks for the details! I was curious as there did seem to be a lot of traffic there. Will post a review if I end up going.

      2. I went there a few weeks ago after going to Fresh From the Farm - a little ironic, I know. (I'm from the opposite end of town, but I'm pretty sure this was the place). I wasn't expecting much - but it was actually ok. Not mindblowing, or worth a special trip - but it was a competent breakfast with weakish service (I think just because they're new - friendly, but quite scattered). The place was packed and the food came reasonably quickly, I know because we were hungry. I had a mushroom and cheese omelette - fresh mushrooms and processed swiss cheese! But it did hit the spot.

        1. I gather that it is a franchise owned by the same company which owns coffee time. THey serve coffee time coffee. Nothing fancy, but cheap and cheerful.

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          1. re: dgrayca

            Must be franchise, there's one at Elgin Mills and Bayview.

            1. re: dgrayca

              And the coffee is really the only real drawback to this place. That Coffee Time coffee is pretty bad. It's a shame too since they do a pretty decent breakfast.

            2. Interestingly, there is now a bar/lounge going in next door called Bar10Tender.

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              1. re: JamieK

                thought i was the only person who almost got into a car accident from rolling his eyes while driving

                1. re: atomeyes

                  ha, ha! And today I realized I totally mangled the actual name. It's supposed to be Bar10der. Isn't that cute?

                  I'm thinking -- a bar/lounge in the middle of practially nowwhere (surrounded by a nice residential area, not nowwhere in that sense but a lounge? kind of sticks out). The Wally better watch out (or whatever that place across the road is called).

                  More disturbingly is that it seems the kind of place people will drive to, which means they will then drive away after having a few.

                  How late is the egg place open? Maybe the strategy is to have the drunks go next door when the bar closes.

                  1. re: JamieK

                    The eggs place opens at 6am and closes around 3pm. Kind of like Coras but with less fruit of your plate.

                    1. re: JamieK

                      Yes, and as if traffic in that stretch isn't crazy enough on the way to the DVP

                      1. re: JamieK

                        Pretty sure I've seen the Bar10der brand somewhere out in Scarborough too. And judging from the shared sign at the O'Connor location, it is also part of the Coffee Time umbrella.

                  2. Now do they use real eggs or did it have the texture of liquid egg?

                    1. Worth noting that parking there is an issue. I've tried to stop in a couple of times, but did not feel like searching for a spot as the lot always seems jammed. A freind told me that it was middle-of-the-road. Cora's is better she said. I'll try again some day to get in.

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                      1. re: Westwardho

                        For the Five minutes it takes for a car to leave
                        is like waiting in line for a table.
                        Worth the wait. What was really appealing was that waiter knew about the Heartsmart
                        Program
                        And guided me through the menu Without the hearts TOUCHE!!!!!

                      2. This is a chain; they opened one up in Richmond Hill near me at Bayview and Elgin Mills. They advertise a $3.99 breakfast special - eggs, bacon/sausage/ham, toast and home fries BUT it doesn't include coffee. Coffee is $1.79 per cup! So, to the people who think prices are reasonable, I have to ask: where do you eat bacon & eggs?! Again in Richmond Hill, I can go down the street to a local independent, and get the same meal with a bottomless cup of coffee for $4.50, not $5.78. Even the venerable 3 Coins, which charges $5.50 for their breakfast special, offers 3 eggs, not 2, as Eggsmart does. Not that the food at Eggsmart was bad, but on a value basis? Forget it.

                        1. There's also one at Kennedy between ellesmere and the 401. We went there for breakfast last weekend. Service was decent, and we quite liked the food. At this location we found the potatoes excellent. Still moist inside but with a nice crunch to the outside and not at all greasy. My son had the chocolate chip pancakes which were tasty (tasted genuinely buttermilky), my wife had the greek style breakfast wrap (chicken olives onions cheese) which was done like a seared burrito and was tasty. I had the spicy chicken omelette (chicken, feta, onions, banana peppers, hot sauce) which was really quite tasty. Portion sizes were very generous and the food was all good. I don't know if I would go there for straight bacon and eggs, as there are much cheaper places around, but they have a number of different omelet and egg wrap options.

                          Price wise, while they are more expensive then most local greasy spoons, they are cheaper then their primary competition (Cora's).

                          We will return.

                          1. Just came from breakfast here. It was OK. My husband really enjoyed it. He had a breakfast sandwich with peameal. I think it was processed cheese, but I could see the peameal was nicely browned and the cheese melted so it did look pretty good. Came on toast though, I don't think they had any bun/english muffin options.
                            I had a feta/spinach omeletted which was OK. The home fries would have been good if they had been hotter and fresher when we got them. It's the style I like, very little orange seasoning, big pieces of potato so you get some nicely browned bits but still have soft potato goodness on the inside.
                            We also ordered pancakes for my daughter. I swear on the menu the only option was blueberry TOPPING, which was disappointing, but after we ordered the server came back to clarify if we actually wanted pancakes with blueberries inside, which we definitely did. These looked like fairly standard decent diner pancakes, fluffy, just enough blueberries.
                            The odd thing was that both the pancakes and sandwich came with toast... I think this was a mistake. The service was generally pleasant but not super efficient, ie. constant coffee refills, in the way you hope for from a diner or truck stop-type breakfast.
                            Although the menu was large enough there really wasn't much that appealed to me. Things like processed cheese and "seasoned chicken" in the Greek wrap kind of turned me off. It wasn't really any cheaper than a local place like 3's company that has more interesting options for me.

                            1. Owned by the same company that owns Coffee Time, Bar10der, The Friendly Greek and Fantasy Farm.