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May 18, 2009 07:04 PM

Casual but nice breakfast place in Scarborough or Pickering

Meeting another couple for breakfast and conversation this Wednesday, and even though I live in Scarborough, we'd rather not meet at some places I've alread tried, but not too keen on (Markham Station, Cora's, Ted's, Golden Griddle, Cafe Mirage).

Some really good places are downtown, but this couple is from Pickering, so we thought we'd stay in our area of either Scarborough or Pickering.

Any ideas (med price range, not too pricey)?

Note: Not dimsum

Thanks in advance

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  1. Try the Rougemount Grill in Pickering on Kingston Rd just east of Altona.
    (905) 509-7539
    375 Kingston Road, Pickering, ON L1V 1A3
    I haven't tried it yet, but it has been getting pretty good reviews on another foodie site.

    I have noticed several "All day breakfast" places opening up around the city. There's one at Progress and Kennedy Rd. (not sure of the name) and then there's "Sunny Up" at Manse Rd. and Kingston Rd. (east of Morningside).

    20 Replies
    1. re: scarberian

      Katherine's on Kingston Rd in Pickering is good for breakfast if I remember corrrectly?? It's been about 5yrs, and By the Bluffs on Kingston/McCowan is a nice spot.

      1. re: Connoisseur

        Do you have an exact address or telephone number for Katherine's? I tried to google it, canada 411, etc. I cannot locate this place?

        1. re: Connoisseur

          I just spoke to my friend and she "wants to go to Kathyrn's". OMG, I searched for over 15 minutes online, no wonder I couldn't find the address, it's spelled Kathyrn's!! Can anyone tell me what the place is like (clean? service?). Thanks again.

        2. re: scarberian

          Thank you so much for the "address and number." We drove by today to take a look and out of frustration (and stupidity) ... 45 minutes later, all we saw was houses! Well, we were on Kingston Road in Scarborough. I don't know what it is with Kingston Road, but every single time we've been, we've gotten lost! And we live in Scarborough, how embarassing is that?? We will give this place a try. Thanks again.

          1. re: red dragon

            Which resto were you looking for Rougemount or Sunny Up? For Rougemount you'll need to hop on to Old Kingston Rd. and take it right into Pickering. The first street you'll hit is Altona and then Rougemount. The resto is in a plaza on the south east side along with Tiano's Grocery, Reid's dairy and a bulk food store.

            Sunny Up is on Kingston Rd. east of Morningside on the northwest corner of Manse Rd. and Kingston Rd. It's in a plaza with "Dragon Gourmet". This plaza is between a large white motel and a mosque(?). It's new (just opened last month or 2 months ago). I've been wanting to try it, but haven't had the chance. If you try it please report on it!

            1. re: scarberian

              Thanks for the detailed info Scarberian! I honestly, honestly, get lost going anywhere near Kingston Road!! Turns out with all the helpful hints here, my friends ended up cancelling and meeting us for lunch instead, but near our home. I still want to try Rougemount Grill, if I can get past my phobia with getting lost.

              As for Sunny Up, it sounds good, but yes, I will be sure to write about it if we go, and same for you, vice versa ....

              Thanks again!

              1. re: red dragon

                Yeah, Kingston Rd. (and there seems to be a few like it in Scarborough) is one of those roads that, for some reason, ends and then continues elsewhere. If you take the main Kingston Rd. eastbound in Toronto you'll end up on the 401 or Port Union. You can catch Old Kingston Rd. up in Highland Creek Village and then take that into Pickering. BTW you mentioned Ted's Restaurant in Highland Creek Village. It always seems packed for breakfast and the rest of the day. Any opinions on Ted's? I've heard mixed reviews so I'm wary of it.

                1. re: scarberian

                  Ted's is hit and miss however breakfast is good. The fascination with Ted's is not the food, it's the atmosphere. They haven't changed the decor in 50 years. It still resembles the authentic old style diner feel and look. The walls are plastered with the specials and prices from back in the day. Like walking into a time warp it’s a fun experience.

                  1. re: Connoisseur

                    I have to say that I am a fan of ted's for the food. It's simple cooking that you don't get many places.

                    I took my mom there a few months back, (she hung out there as a teenager) and apparently there have been some extensive renovations in the last 50 years, they just kept it looking the same ;)

                    To Scarberian: If you are a clean and neat freak, don't go to Ted's. If you like old school greasy spoons[(though their food isn't too greasy :)], then give them a try. I find it just depends on the family mood as to whether we hit Teds or Sunny Up when we wanna go for a quick weekend breakfast hit.

                  2. re: scarberian

                    I guess when I tried it (which was last year, sorry), it was a miss. An institution I heard, but imo, it was dirty, booths were torn and food was ok. Sorry for those who love this place, but I personally didn't like it.

                2. re: scarberian

                  We've been to Sunny Up twice. Prices are quite attractive. The restaurant itself is very small and cramped, but being recently redone it is clean if not the fanciest place you have ever laid eyes on. The portions are quite generous and of good quality. We are fond of their homefries as they are not at all greasy but have a nice crust on them, and have a nice amount of onion and green pepper for flavor. We were also pleasantly surprised by the french toast. It comes with fruit and we assumed with the price and description it would be some canned topping but it was a mix of nice fresh fruit instead.

                  As an example of portions/price... kids breakfast 3.99 with a drink. They get eggs, toast, a pancake (big but not super fluffy), 2-3 strips of bacon, 2 sausages (suspect are mccain mini sizzlers, taste is the same), a slice of ham (thats been thrown on the griddle) and homefries. 2 eggs with homefries and toast is 2.99, 3.49 if you wanted to add sausage ham or bacon, 4.49 with peameal. French toast with whipped cream and fruit (I think it was 3 full slices of toast, but can't recall) was 4.99. Coffee is extra and is around 1.50 for bottomless as I recall.

                  1. re: elrik

                    Wow, good to know, thanks so much Elrik!

                    1. re: elrik

                      Well it looks like I know where to take the family this weekend. Thanks for the review Elrik! Now you mentioned the sausages, was your description just for the kid's meal or did it apply to all the meals? I'm picky about my breakfast sausages so I'm wondering whether to just order the bacon instead.

                      1. re: scarberian

                        The sausages are the same on the adult meals, so if you aren't a fan of mini-sizzlers, skip them.

                        I'm usually not a fan of ham with breakfast, but I did like theirs. Haven't tried the peameal yet, so can't attest to the quality.

                      2. re: elrik

                        Took my daughter this morning to Sunny Up and it was good decent food. I agree that the portions are big and I also liked the home fries. I'm surprised by how much food they give for the kid's menu. I would even order from the kid's menu and I'm a big guy. My daughter didn't know where to start: home fries, 2 slices of buttered toast, 1 pancake, 2 sausages, 1 good sized cut of ham, 2 strips of bacon, 2 eggs, a slice of cantaloupe, 1 slice of orange and an apple juice. Of course I had to help her =)... seeing what a good father I am. I had the 3 eggs, 2 sausages and back bacon meal it also came with 2 slices of toast and home fries. As Elrik mentioned it wasn't greasy. The back bacon was good; cooked with a crispy edge. The only thing they need to work on is their pancake. My daughter wasn't too keen on it. It didn't look like your traditional pancake... more solid than fluffy, but not hard.

                        The place is small with maybe 7 booths and 1 round table. It's an open kitchen concept so you can actually look into the kitchen. In fact it was the cook that greeted us when we walked in. We were the first customers, but it slowly filled up with locals. It was bright and clean and the staff were friendly. We'll definitely go back since it's nice to finally go to a local breakfast place.

                        1. re: scarberian

                          Gald you enjoyed yourselves :) I too have debated the ethics of ordering off their kids menu, if only they would swap the juice out for coffee!!!

                          1. re: scarberian

                            I finally tried Sunny Up today and found it a pleasant experience. The staff (owners?) are very friendly and welcoming. The food was good and not greasy. Nothing really stellar, but done well.

                            I think I am never going to find the home fries of my dreams, though. When I read that they have "a good crust" I picture them to be very browned and crispy on at least one side (more is even better). I got them like this once at a place called Bentley's in Markham (I think they had another location near Laird and Eglinton) at a brunch buffet, surprisingly, but have never found anything like it again. Sigh.... Sunny Up's were good, but not what I was looking for.

                            Prices are excellent for a good amount of food and friendly service. I must get back there and try their french toast.

                      3. re: red dragon

                        KATHYRN'S!!! LOL sorry about the spelling Red Dragon, but I'm glad you found it... It's a very clean and friendly diner style resto. However since you mentioned how you get lost on Kingston Rd it reminded me of the confusing stretch between Scarborough and Pickering which reminded me of Wimpy's (Kingston/Rylander) This place is great too.

                        1. re: Connoisseur

                          Connoisseur! I thought I was losing my mind ...LOL. I pride myself on being somewhat good with internet searches, but started typing for all restaurants located in Pickering and still couldn't find it!

                          I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets lost in that area. Whenever I hear Kingston Road, I get stressed out! I need to get a GPS.

                      4. re: scarberian

                        Well my wife and I finally found time to try The Rougemount Grill. Breakfast was very good. My only gripe was that their scrambled eggs are the flat, omelette style. I prefer the fluffy, buttery style (i.e. the old McDonald's big breakfast style). My wife ordered her eggs over hard and they were perfect. We both enjoyed their home fries and they even have the option of farmer's sausages or regular breakfast sausages. The farmer's sausages were big and quite tasty. Service was great, atmosphere was bright, clean and customer friendly. We'll definitely go back.

                      5. what about sunset grill? i haven't been but there is one in ajax and i heard its okay. Another place you can try is the Delta hotel at Kennedy/401. I haven't been there in ages but the menu looks ok.


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                        1. re: helen0505

                          Thanks Helen, the problem with the Delta is you have to pay for parking, but I appreciate the suggestion. I would have liked to try Rougemount Grill, but my friend just suggested Kathyrn's. I wish they had a great deal more places to try (downtown seems to have tons).

                          Is Sunset Grill a franchise? Just wondering as you mentioned there was one in Ajax.

                          1. re: red dragon

                            Yes, it is. I went to the one in Whitby a couple of weeks ago - it's not bad. Not great, but you could do worse at an all-day-breakfast chain joint. No idea how much they vary from one location to the next, though.

                            1. re: red dragon

                              Parking at the Delta is actually free - in the sense that you pay at the machine, bring your ticket with you and ask the restaurant to comp the amount back.

                          2. Kathryns is a nice clean resto...prices are average. It's my go to breakfast place in Pickering

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                            1. re: Finnegan

                              Hi Finnegan, thanks for the info, I don't want to offend when I ask if a place is clean or not. How are the portions?

                              1. re: red dragon

                                Kathryn's had a big fire a couple of years ago and re-opened after several months with a completely redesigned layout. Not fancy, but O.K. and clean. Portions are large - 3 eggs is the standard for bacon and eggs or omelettes.

                                1. re: red dragon

                                  Portions are generous. Sevice quick (you'll have a coffe poyured as soon as you sit down) and food is hot.

                              2. I realize this post is very old,but, if you're willing to go just a little further there's Station Street Grill in Ajax, On station st, which is off Harwood, south of the 401 (you can get off at Westney, go along Kingston rd to Harwood then go south. Good menu choice, good food, resonable price. Big waffles and pancakes with fruit, eggs with all the good stuff. Potatoes are fried sliced homefries. Yum.

                                Station Street Grill
                                40 Station St, Ajax, ON L1S1R9, CA