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Jul 7, 2009 10:34 AM

Hazel's Diner- good breakfast/brunch option for Yonge & Lawrence

Wanted to thank TorontoJo for the heads up re: Hazel's Diner, a couple doors north of Chega.

Friendly service, good food and surprisingly low prices for the neighbourhood. The eggs benectine (around $10- not called eggs benedict on this menu) and eggs natasha (around $10) hollandaise, smoked salmon, a little black caviar and eggs served on a potato pancake rather than an english muffin), and Reuben ($8) were great. The Reuben was on the smallish side for a Reuben- but that made it a manageable size for me. Good fries- better than most in TO. Our server topped up our coffee several times.

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  1. We have been there several times as well, for breakfast as well as dinner. I wish they opened earlier on weekend mornings, but I think they are still trying to figure everyhting out. The owner of Chega also owns Hazel's. I had one of the burgers (can't remember the name - it had goat cheese), and requested medium Although the server gave the standard "we have to cook the burgers to well done, it was more like medium when it came to the table. It was a delicious burger, and I agree, the fries are very good. SO had the meat loaf with mashed potatoes. He said both were delicious, but a little more gravy would have been good. The servers are college kids who are very attentive and friendly..

    1. Totally agree about the fries -- they are surprisingly good for a casual little spot like this. Speaking of surprises -- I was very surprised to find out they are owned by the Chega owners, as I've heard nothing but horrendous reviews of Chega. So maybe Chega owners + diner food = good and Chega owners + fine dining = bad?

      Regardless, the neighbourhood was just crying out for a spot like Hazel's. Yay!

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        sounds yummy, can't wait to give them a try....thanks phoenikia, and I guess, TorontoJo.

        1. I drove past and saw the new place called, 'Antonio's', I believe. Portuguese style chicken and ribs. That much I did see. I was mentioning this place to someone last night and he told me that it's being opened by the owners of Hazel's (who also apparently run another local spot).

          1. re: Yongeman

            This is very disapointing...Hazel's is horrible, so the prospects of Antonio's being decent just took a nosedive!!

            1. re: Yongeman

              That's as much as I know as well, sorry. I'm rather disappointed that it's the Chega/Hazel's owners, though. I would have been much happier to find out that some enterprising Portuguese family with deep pockets were opening a churrasquaria. Darn.

          2. We live in the Yonge and Lawrence area and were so excited to learn that a diner was opening. But, what an utter disappointment. This is the case of right location, right concept but completely terrible execution. Yes, there are people that line-up to eat there but, it is the area desperate for a diner. The food is awful and the service is very slow, even when it is not busy at all. Truly, truly disappointing.

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              1. re: phoenikia

                We had the pretty standard breakfast. The bacon was cold, the potatoes were cold, no crisp and flavourless. It was pretty much empty and it took them forever. It was awful. We went back to give it a 2nd try and the same results. Also friends who live in the area as well had the same experience.

                1. re: tfl_toronto

                  That's too bad. Sorry to hear you've had some disappointing experiences at Hazel.

                  Maybe the service and attention to detail is better during the week. Or maybe I lucked out with who was working in the kitchen and who was working the tables.

                  Our meal was delivered within 15 minutes of sitting down, everything we ordered was hot, the fries were better than most and better than what I've had at Mars, Good Bite or Patrician. The hollandaise was better than I expected, and I thought our server was courteous, and quick.

            1. I had a great meal there: the salad nicoise. My husband had the all day breakfast. The service was relaxed (not slow, but not diner-fast) and friendly. The portions were not large, but not too small--they were what portions sizes should be and not the super-size that we have become used to.


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              1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                We had a very nice brunch at Hazel's a few days ago. The service was excellent, and the food was pretty good. Grilled cheese sandwiches, blt's, and nicely done fries.

                HOWEVER, one thing that really put me off was seeing the chef hanging out near the back of the restaurant in his whites, that were literally turning black. It was very off putting for me. I mean come on, wash the damn thing!!!! Some may think I'm being petty but to me, that is indication of their standards and we weren't impressed.

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