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Recommendations for Superb Breakfast Place?

Chazari99 Jun 22, 2009 10:21 AM


I'll be in Toronto this weekend, staying in Yorkville. What is a great, breakfast place to go to? I'm not looking for a diner with great eggs. I'd be looking for a place that serves great pancakes and/or french toast and/or eccletic stuff. In other words, someplace that I'd be happy to cab to if need be.


  1. ChalkBoy Jun 22, 2009 11:14 AM

    Are you averse to brunch? The T-dot's a weekend brunch kinda town.

    1. b
      BritinCan Jun 22, 2009 11:20 AM

      eggspactations is good. its down on yonge street at the eton center.
      or Mars is a nice classic diner type on yonge street just north of eglington on the east side.

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      1. re: BritinCan
        lmc1971 Jun 22, 2009 01:09 PM

        I respectfully disagree with both recommendations...these places are both mediocre at best and real tourist traps....no local foodie would dare make this their brekkie joint of choice. Also avoid Over Easy on Bloor near Avenue Rd....slow service, always a wait for a table and the food pedestrian at best.

        1. re: lmc1971
          Chazari99 Jun 22, 2009 01:14 PM

          So what do you recommend then for breakfast?

          1. re: Chazari99
            lmc1971 Jun 22, 2009 01:32 PM

            The best pancakes and french toast in Toronto is served at Peoples (west of Dupont & Davenport, north side). It's a small diner but the food is excellent and has been a secret among foodies and locals who prefer a homestyle hearty brekkie...no brunch monikers here. I've been eating here for almost 15 years and I wouldn't recommed any other place. It's about a 20 min walk from Yorkville...but worth the trip. The pancakes are wonderous...fluffy and gorgeous, with the slightest savoury taste...mmmm...always served hot. Not to mention their syrup isn't watered down like most joints. The french toast is also spectacular, my husband dreams about this dish, seriously. Enjoy.

        2. re: BritinCan
          pinkprimp Jun 24, 2009 04:42 AM

          I also disagree with Eggspectations (haven't been to Mars). I can make everything on their menu better than they do while half asleep.

        3. c
          currycue Jun 22, 2009 11:32 AM


          Shabby chic decor, a line up if you get there after, say 110 am. but great food: i.e. real Belgian waffles with yeast, dill/dijon potatoes with kalamata olives and an awesome Pan Bagnat with tuna. It's at College and Bathurst (Lippincott St.) so, maybe a $7 cab ride from Yorkville.

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            ach Jun 22, 2009 12:42 PM

            Rebel House has a great brunch and an excellent patio to enjoy it on. It isn't too far from Yorkville, just up Yonge St. one subway stop at Rosedale. www.rebelhouse.ca

            Also, The School Bakery Cafe in Liberty Village has an outstanding brunch. It is quite a cab ride from Yorkville though. www.sbcto.com

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            1. re: ach
              Sui_Mai Jun 23, 2009 07:36 AM

              If your into your brunch sweet and fluffy then School is the place. That seems to be their niche. I think the eggy side of thing are just okay , but the pancakes and stuff like that are dreamy. Good coffeee too! Line-ups. Go early.

            2. ChalkBoy Jun 22, 2009 01:57 PM

              Saturday and Sunday:




              Sunday only:



              http://www.dine.to/gallerygrill (closed July & August)

              1. c
                Chazari99 Jun 22, 2009 02:07 PM

                Thanks. We don't do brunch really. We get up early and prefer breakfast, so if anyone has good breakfast places (that may serve brunch also), please keep them coming!


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                1. re: Chazari99
                  Sui_Mai Jun 23, 2009 07:56 AM

                  If you want early (and not a diner) on a weekend, then I would suggest a nice coffee place that might have a decent breakfast sammy, baked goodies or something, but otherwise Toronto is very much the queen of brunch (usually starts at 10 or 11).

                  Maybe try MB (Montreal Boulangerie) on Belair in Yorkville. Most of the neat coffee places are on Queen East (Tearo, Mercury, Red Rocket, Dark Horse). On the west side, Manic and a new Dark Horse on Spadina come to mind. Oh actually, Le Gourmand is a cute casual spot on Spadina and Queen that may be open early, they have nice baked goodies and do a decent omelet too!
                  Good luck!

                  1. re: Chazari99
                    fickle Jun 23, 2009 01:27 PM

                    Prague Deli is open for breakfast at 7:30 on Saturdays:

                  2. j
                    JennaBean Jun 23, 2009 09:01 AM

                    Seeing as you are in Yorkville and you want something early, I'd try One. It is part of a high-end hotel in Yorkville. The food and service is good but pricey.

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                      ach Jun 23, 2009 01:01 PM

                      Toronto is mostly a brunch place. Whenever I need an early morning breakfast I head to one of the Boom locations - http://www.boombreakfast.com/

                      BTW The School Bakery Cafe brunch options for eggs are delicious. I found their eggs benedict to be one of the best I have had in Toronto.

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                      1. re: ach
                        Marumari Jul 7, 2009 03:14 PM

                        I really haven't liked BOOM- The past couple of times I've been there, it's been terrible.

                        1. re: Marumari
                          Ediblethoughts Jul 8, 2009 08:09 AM

                          Just curious: Which one did you go to? (I've only ever been to the one on Eglinton near Avenue Rd and I've had pretty good experiences.)

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts
                            Marumari Jul 24, 2009 07:26 AM

                            The one on College. $10 plate of lame breakfast.

                      2. d
                        downtown Jun 23, 2009 02:46 PM

                        Head down to The Senator near Yonge & Dundas - great vibe and open for breakfast around 7:30 a.m.

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                          Arcadiaseeker Jun 24, 2009 11:57 AM

                          Hotels serve up breakfast early and you're right near the Four Seasons which has a great kitchen. The King Edward Hotel on King is known to serve a very good breakfast but it's a bit further away from you.

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                          1. re: Arcadiaseeker
                            Sarah Cat Jun 24, 2009 02:21 PM

                            The best breakfast in the city, in my opinion, is at Mitzi's on Sorauren at Pearson, in Roncesvalles. It's a bit of a hike from Yorkville but SO worth it. The toast is homemade sourdough bread dripping with butter, the potatoes are spectacular, and the coffee is strong and fragrant. During the week, you can have these fantastic fishcakes instead of traditional bacon with your eggs. They are also famous for their buttermilk pancakes. The menu is on a chalk board, but you can always just ask for bacon and eggs. I think it's $6.95. The ambiance is cozy with mismatched chairs and tables and mugs, and the service is extremely friendly and accomodating. There's a tiny little patio, too. There can be a bit of a wait on the weekends, but it's worth it. I can never bring myself to eat at any of the other mediocre choices that are around. In conclusion, go to Mitzi's!!

                            1. re: Sarah Cat
                              Ediblethoughts Jun 25, 2009 08:44 AM

                              Those fish cakes are so good!

                              1. re: Sarah Cat
                                Marumari Jul 7, 2009 03:17 PM

                                I agree completely.

                                1. re: Sarah Cat
                                  Marniee Jul 7, 2009 05:50 PM

                                  Thanks so much for this recommendation. It's my new favourite place for breakfast and I would not have know about it if I didn't read about it here. I had a large (oatmeal) pancake with devon cream and cherries. Delish...

                                  1. re: Sarah Cat
                                    Yum2MyTum Aug 4, 2009 08:20 AM

                                    I had brunch here recently. Great vibe, nice mini-patio, and good service. I ordered the (oatmeal) pancake. I thought the pancake itself was good but I didn't like the savory ricotta cheese/herb topping. The whipped cream though was a nice touch.

                                    1. re: Yum2MyTum
                                      Sarah Cat Aug 25, 2009 07:03 PM

                                      I even love standing in the rain under the awning, drinking a mug of steaming strong coffee, waiting for a table. Where else can you do that? Honestly. Also, try the muffins. They are famous in the neighbourhood for basically being the best.

                                2. Satish Patel Jun 24, 2009 05:54 PM

                                  what about Crepes a gogo? Located on Yorkville http://www.crepesagogo.com/

                                  Also there is Maggies. A great little breakfast place on College (b/w spadina and bathhurst) approx 15-20 min walk

                                  1. jlunar Jul 7, 2009 10:17 AM

                                    I think you're looking at Boulangeries mostly for early eats.
                                    To the East is Bonjour Brioche is open pretty early. 8am. Pretty good, though far from where you are.
                                    To the North, Celestin and Jules are on Mt. Pleasant and pretty much across from each other. Rahier and Cigogne not too far from them as well. Might not be too bad a ride to Celestin/Jules from Yorkville.
                                    To the West, there's Clafouti.

                                    I just checked and noted that Celestin is open on Sat/Sun at 8:30 for Brunch! This might be your best bet. Really nice croissants. Can go up the street to Il Gelatiere for Gelato after too...

                                    http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

                                    1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                    617 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                    623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

                                    Bonjour Brioche
                                    812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                                    1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                    915 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                                    1. re: jlunar
                                      Sui_Mai Jul 14, 2009 06:27 AM

                                      What about the Jules on Spadina (near Queen)? Are these related? I used to love their omelets but haven't been in while since I stopped working nearby.

                                      1. re: Sui_Mai
                                        jlunar Jul 14, 2009 07:09 AM

                                        I think they're two separate entities, as far as I'm aware...

                                        1. re: jlunar
                                          Arcadiaseeker Jul 14, 2009 07:44 AM

                                          Jules Bistro and Jules on Mount Pleasant were founded by the same person -- the owner of the bistro on Queen. As far as I know, he's not involved in the Mount Pleasant location anymore, though.

                                    2. t
                                      Toronto Fastfoodie Jul 7, 2009 11:57 AM

                                      What about Vesta lunch at Dupont & Bathurst? A Toronto institution & 24-hour diner, it is not a frou-frou fancy joint, but the staff and clientele are entertaining and the eggs are great.

                                      1. z
                                        Zengarden Jul 7, 2009 05:56 PM

                                        I had the pancakes at Ontario Bistro, located on Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Yes, the area is troubled but the people who run this place know how to make pancakes. This is a favourite spot of the police from 51 Division who stop in for their meal breaks. The other clientele are locals.

                                        If you come here, it's for the pancakes.

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                                        1. re: Zengarden
                                          TorontoJo Jul 7, 2009 07:32 PM

                                          Yeah, these are a nice treat once in a while. Crispy edges, fluffly center. Yummy. The rest of the food is pretty meh, though.

                                        2. Googs Jul 8, 2009 08:31 AM

                                          If you're looking for breakfast in Yorkville (and who wants to go far for their first meal of the day) you'd be hard-pressed to find any better than the breakfast served at Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons Yorkville. The room is gorgeous and light-filled, the service excellent. Here's the menu: http://www.fourseasons.com/toronto/me...

                                          1. robgm Jul 24, 2009 12:36 PM

                                            Mildred's Temple Kitchen, Mitzi's, Mitizi's Sister

                                            All of which are southwest of Yorkville and about a $25 cab ride. MTC and MS are both very TTC accessible, original Mitzi's is a few blocks north of the queen street car tho.

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                                            1. re: robgm
                                              Sui_Mai Jul 28, 2009 04:24 PM

                                              Now that Mildreds has a patio it wins. Best brunch in TO

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