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Experiences going to People's for breakfast?

Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2009 06:10 AM

I've read on the board that this is a great place for pancake's (Dupont & Spadina). Has anyone been there for any other breaky items? I'm thinking of trying it out this week but not everyone will want pancakes...

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    magic Jul 6, 2009 06:19 AM

    Finally tried it a couple of months ago. Meh. If you’re looking for pancakes from scratch I’d keep looking. Tasted like standard restaurant supply I’ve tasted a million times before. They were nothing special to say the least. If anything they were kinda blah. The food there is like the food at countless other breakfast spots in this city…. Almost identical to the lot. Nothing to set itself apart. Was it bad? No. But nothing I’d return for, much wait in line for, which seems like a certainty there on weekends. I still prefer my Good Bite on Yonge.

    But hey, that’s just my take. (sweet staff tho)

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    1. re: magic
      Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2009 07:39 AM

      What do you like at Good Bite?

      1. re: Ediblethoughts
        magic Jul 6, 2009 07:54 AM

        The Good Bite is a standard breakfast and lunch place, I just happen to think they do things nicely there… a notch above most others for sure, and I have an attachment to it. Honestly, not even sure if I’ve ever had pancakes there so I can’t comment on those. For all I know they might be of the same ilk as People’s and most other brekky joints in Toronto; brought to you by Sysco perhaps. Who knows. I usually go for sausages, eggs, home fries, toast. I really like their hamburgers, which are done on the flat top. Good milkshakes. That kind of thing. It’s just total comfort food for me. Not sure if these options will thrill you as I know you seem to enjoy veggie options…. But there you go: ) Great atmosphere and staff too.

        By all means give People’s a try if you’ve heard good things. Mine is just one opinion. Others might totally disagree.

        1. re: magic
          estufarian Jul 6, 2009 08:22 AM

          First point: I know they USED to make the pancake batter from scratch - and I've never ever seen a Sysco truck at People's in my 30 years of going there.
          Neither have I seen a Sysco truck at Good Bite (only started there a couple of years ago). Any evidence?

          On the subject of People's, the pancakes have become variable. Not as consistent as they used to be. A few years back I would unreservedly have called them the 'best in Toronto' - now I wouldn't make that claim, although occasionally they do reach the summit.
          But most other things are done well. Eggs are very good, peameal bacon and sausages are excellent. Regular bacon is OK but not outstanding and the hash browns are just OK. But toast and coffee are always fresh and it's possibly the cleanest diner I know.
          I'm there at least once a month.
          Good Bite I tried twice. Not bad, but I tend to only go on a Sunday as the parking situation is difficult other days (whereas at People's, the LCBO store is a minute away!).
          Indeed line-ups at weekends are common at People's - and more than 4 people will be difficult. But during the summer, line-ups are less frequent.
          My favourite item is the Grand Slam.

          1. re: estufarian
            magic Jul 6, 2009 08:57 AM

            My Sysco comment was pure conjecture. I have no idea whether they actually supply the pancake mix or not. I suspected they use some widely available pancake mix available from a restaurant supplier because their pancakes taste and feel 100% identical to most other breakfast spots I’ve tried in not only Toronto, but throughout Ontario. So I assume a lot of these places get their mix from some sort of food service supplier(s). I could be way off base though, I admit. Though judging from my only visit to People’s I’m not without justification for believing this. The pancakes really did taste identical to almost every other breakfast place in Toronto.

            Also, for certain items there’s no shame in ordering from a food service provider at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if both People’s and Good Bite have at least some of their products or ingredients supplied by Sysco, or a similar group. If I saw a Sysco truck outside Good Bite I wouldn’t freak out. Their food still tastes good to me.

            1. re: magic
              pearlD Jul 6, 2009 09:18 AM

              My 'take' on both places....by far I prefer The Good Bite...it's standard 'greasy spoon' fare...clean, fresh and reliable for all the usual items (Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes,Grilled Cheese, Western sandwiches etc) parking on Yonge Street not a problem usually.
              "People's" has changed greatly in my opinion, since the 'new folks' took it over but still the same reliable Tommy the waiter, generally allright Bacon & Eggs , the 'homeburger' still good, the "Grand Slam" still good too but minus the Pancakes...I have found that the Pancakes have been dreadful...the 'batter' not fresh as you would like and the pancakes have been 'leaden' to say the least..Is it the Batter or the Cooking?..Enough to turn me off permanently...People's is my 'local' greasy spoon yet, we hardly ever go anymore..the owners seem nice enough but the place is just a turnoff unless it's just me and my old memories of Kay & Dennis, Stephanie & Greg, seriously, I would rather go to The Good Bite...if I just wanted Pancakes........
              For parking at People's use the LCBO lot as long as you don't stay too long and for The Good Bite..park on Yonge Street or one of the 'lots' nearby....

              1. re: pearlD
                magic Jul 6, 2009 10:49 AM

                Yeah, I don’t really mean to turn this into a People’s v. Good Bite thing, I just thought I’d throw in a rec of my own to be somewhat helpful and give a frame of reference really.

                Ediblethoughts, try wherever you want! I just thought I’d comment on your question as I had a recent experience with People’s pancakes (btw, their eggs and sausages were no better no worse than most other joints). As for Good Bite’s pancakes, I have no idea cuz for some odd reason I haven’t ordered them in about 14 years. And my memory isn’t that great that I can remember what they were like the one time I might’ve had them years and years ago.

                I too am constantly on the hunt for a good pancake out. Most of the time I leave disappointed. Most of the time they are leaden, taste eerily identical to other breakfast places, and are wonderfully craptacular. That’s just my experience so far…. but I think this city has a pancake crisis.

                1. re: magic
                  pearlD Jul 6, 2009 10:55 AM

                  Hi magic..
                  Imagine a "Pancake Crisis" in Toronto the Good!

                  We recently went to the Golden Griddle on Carlton..(our new name for same "The Desolation Cafe")...not only were the pancakes bad, ditto coffee...several of the patrons looked right out of Dylan's song!!
                  Yuck...saving grace was the 'server' who was very obliging & sweet...........

                  1. re: pearlD
                    magic Jul 6, 2009 11:01 AM

                    Hey pearlD. The last time I went to GG I had an earwig in my pancake. Even without the earwig they were garbage.

                    Funny, I can still recall the smell of the GG on Eglinton east of Yonge when my mom took me growing up. Heaven. I have fond memories of that GG. Now I wouldn’t touch them. They ain’t what I remember...

                    We absolutely do have a pancake crisis! That is why I am wishing Ediblethougths my best!

                    1. re: magic
                      Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2009 02:06 PM

                      As I said above, I like that place but all I order is the buckwheat blueberry pancakes. The coffee is always pretty blah but oh well.

                    2. re: pearlD
                      Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2009 02:05 PM

                      My usual pancake place is the Golden Griddle at Eglinton and Redpath. I really like the blueberry buckwheat. It's hard to find the whole grain pancakes around and with blueberries. I was willing to try the white bread pancakes if they were reputed to be great but since that doesn't appear to be the consensus, I think I won't.

                    3. re: magic
                      Ediblethoughts Jul 6, 2009 02:04 PM

                      Thanks, Magic. I appreciate your input and I think I might be deferring that visit to People's based on the feedback here. Good to know and not waste a breaky!

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts
                        magic Jul 6, 2009 03:29 PM


                        Goods to get some recent insight on Redpath GG. Maybe I should revisit...

                        My earwig incident was at another GG location, the Redpath one never did me wrong. I haven't really been since I was a kid. Thanks.

                        1. re: magic
                          Ediblethoughts Jul 7, 2009 05:33 AM

                          I definitely don't eat anything other than the pancakes there. Though one of my dining companions is prettty keen on the bacon.

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