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Breakfast in Yorkville area Dec 27?

Wasabilover Nov 27, 2008 08:30 AM

Hi fellow chowhounds ... I'm coming into Toronto for a couple of days at Christmas and I'm looking for place to meet friends for breakfast on Saturday Dec 27...seems that many places are closed that day...we're staying at the Four Seasons....any suggestions?

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  1. Herb RE: Wasabilover Nov 27, 2008 09:11 AM

    The Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons is the best you'll do in that pricey neighbourhood.

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      furhead RE: Wasabilover Nov 27, 2008 10:38 AM

      I am a fan of Flo's diner for breakfast. Good location and well priced. You'll have to confirm that it's open, though :)

      70 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B9, CA

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        pearlD RE: furhead Nov 27, 2008 12:43 PM

        If it's just a simple ..plain and no frills...EGGSTACY on Bay Street just south of Yorkville Avenue on the East side of Bay. (better check to see if they are open) My other choice is the Bloor Street Diner in the Manulife Centre..both are close to your hotel.

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          gloriana232 RE: furhead Nov 27, 2008 12:57 PM

          I'll second Flo's. Your neighbourhood diner, pretty straightforward. Fantastic shakes!

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            NoFixedAddress RE: gloriana232 Dec 1, 2008 11:26 AM

            I third FLO'S........
            unpretentious, not over-priced, simply good diner food:)
            servers always polite, on-top-of-it
            nice booths, casual

            ps.....waiting to see if we get to number 8 ....
            someone say "I 8 flo's"........(yeah I got nuthin')

            PPS....forgot to mention, if you are new to the city
            you can find Flo's if you LOOK UPPPPPPP
            (it's connected to an office building/mini-mall...dont know the name however)
            it's on the 3rd floor I believe
            either take the elevator from inside
            or zeeeeeee stairs from outside


            70 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B9, CA

        2. JamieK RE: Wasabilover Nov 27, 2008 01:56 PM

          Wander over to Crepes a GoGo over near Yonge. Great crepes and a Parisien ambience.

          Crepes A GoGo
          18 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W1L4, CA

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            JToronto RE: Wasabilover Dec 5, 2008 10:19 AM

            I have no idea what will be open Dec. 27 so you will have to call, but my current favourite in the area is Moroco on Yorkville Avenue... tucked away back beside the Clarin's spa, easy to miss; looks like a candy shop outside but behind is a full restuarant. I've also heard good things about the Le Pain Quotidien branch that just opened in Yorkville, but have not been there myself yet.

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              phoenikia RE: JToronto Dec 14, 2008 02:17 PM

              Enjoyed brunch a MoRoCo today, which I wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't read this thread.

              I ordered their version of a smoked salmon bennie, but asked for some potatoes rather than the pumpernickel that usually arrives under the eggs. Nice hollandaise, perfectly poached eggs. Best homefries I've had- lots of rosemary and thyme, I think, so if you don't like herbs you might not like them. The salad that came with the eggs had a nice tart vinagrette. Was surprised to see such a generous serving of freshly squeezed OJ.

              Tried the sipping chocolate for 2 (the dark chocolate version) after our mains, and requested macarons instead of the truffles that are listed on the menu. The sipping chocolate is incredibly thick and rich, similar to drinking liquid ganache. It comes with whipped cream on the side, to add to taste. My friend and I finished less than half the serving, and even that was too much for me. The macarons we tried included salted caramel, vanilla, coffee and toasted coconut.

              The servers were really friendly, and I was happy that MoRoCo was willing to allow substitutions, without extra charges or any fuss. I'm sure I'll be back.

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                herbie RE: phoenikia Jan 5, 2009 04:58 PM

                Pleeeeaaase! Moroco - overpriced, forgetful server, over salted food and chocolate that leaves no lasting memory.

            2. Googs RE: Wasabilover Dec 6, 2008 11:08 AM

              I have to agree with Herb that you can't do any better than Studio Cafe right in your hotel. Given how cold it'll be by then in damp Toronto style you may wish to reserve freezing for the shopping component of your day.

              Also agree with JToronto. If you like chocolate, you may want to check out MoRoCo. Haven't been yet, but some colleagues have. They very much liked it.

              1. ghighi RE: Wasabilover Dec 7, 2008 03:06 PM

                Flo's! Has a large menu...or try the Four Seasons for something fancy....

                1. estufarian RE: Wasabilover Dec 8, 2008 06:36 AM

                  if you're hoping to meet at a certain time, be aware that MOST of the places mentioned don't take reservations and there's usually a line-up (and it could be a little chilly standing in line).
                  Best places would be Studio Cafe (in your hotel) or the Cafe (upstairs) at Holt Renfrew (both take reservations). Both upscale but worth it. Both Flo's and Eggstacy are regular stops for me - but I won't line-up for either.
                  Crepes a go-go doesn't open until 11:00 and is tiny (seats less than a dozen).
                  If you get together first and then try to find somewhere then Bloor St Diner is pretty reliable (surprisingly as I don't like their 'regular' menu) and a safe choice (I think you can also reserve there too).

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                    Rebecca416 RE: Wasabilover Dec 10, 2008 08:24 PM

                    I called tht place crepes a go goand they said they will open every day even for Xmas. It is my favorite coffee shop in all of toronto.Best meals but no meat, best cafĂ , best decor, you wont be disappointed!!!! Make sure you dont put sugar in your caffe latte because the owner will scold you. She is so nice and takes things to heart. Her customers love her and you will too. Call them 416 922.6765

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                      millygirl RE: Rebecca416 Dec 11, 2008 03:10 AM

                      If you like omelets I recommend Jacques Bistro du Parc on Cumberland. It's a hidden gem that's been owned and operated for over 20 years by a lovely french couple. They make the best omelet in TO in over 10 different variations. The place is very quaint. Love the place.

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                      sweatersister RE: Wasabilover Dec 11, 2008 06:56 AM

                      As a Yorkvillan there are a few places people go to:

                      Flo's - worst homefries ever
                      Bloor St. Cafe - Amazing buffet brunch; a little pricey
                      Pain Quotidien - You won't find bacon and eggs here. At all. It's very healthy, but good coffee.
                      Crepes a Go Go - Delicious crepes; very French. Best for take away
                      Eggstacy - delicious, however, the sausage selection is left to be desired. Ask for hashbrowns well done with a side of sour cream and chives. Get the turkey or the farm sausage. Good value when ordering the eggs with baggage.
                      Four Seasons - it's good - heck it's the four seasons.
                      WISH - thanks for the $5 thimble of juice... And why are my eggs sopping in water on my eggs benny??
                      But, if you want a place where it's always packed with Yorkvillans and the Church Street Crew, go with Maggie's on Charles St.
                      I'm sure it's apart of a chain, but the truth is, the family that owns this particular one puts together a mean breakfast. For about $10 you get a giant plate of fresh fruit, eggs, toast, ham, sausage, bacon and garlic fries (ask for the fries crispy with extra garlic salt)

                      You can reserve a table, which I recommend about 30 minutes before you go, because there is always a wait for a table.

                      Where else can I tell you? The Rebel House on Yonge Street also has a pretty solid brunch, I like the fire grilled toast that comes with everything!

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                        afici0nad0 RE: Wasabilover Dec 14, 2008 08:49 PM

                        studio cafe.

                        crab crepes are amazing.

                        higher priced, but worth the food and service...

                        1. Googs RE: Wasabilover Jan 7, 2009 06:10 AM

                          So, Wasabilover, where did you end up?

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