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Downtown-East Brunch Spot?

Britmeg Oct 18, 2009 08:09 PM

I am off to see a matinee next Sunday at the Alumnae Theatre (Berkeley & Adelaide) & want to take my aunt for brunch in the area beforehand. Thought Toba initially....boo its closed!

Any suggestions for a delicious spot in the Queen/King East neighbourhood? Is Toba's replacement Pico worthy of a visit?

  1. TorontoJo Oct 19, 2009 04:49 AM

    How about Le Petit Dejeuner? Here's a recent review of it:


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    1. re: TorontoJo
      Yum2MyTum Oct 19, 2009 06:17 AM

      I second TorontoJo's recommendation. Phoenikia's review sums it up accurately, as usual. I love this place for brunch - great vibe, friendly service, and most importantly, delicious food!

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      LCMB Oct 19, 2009 05:58 AM

      The menu at Pico is virtually that same as Toba. Been for dinner & brunch at Pico and enjoyed them both.

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        plainjane_to Oct 19, 2009 06:02 AM

        What about the Gilead Cafe?

        Another option is the Distillery District. I had a great brunch there (I think it was at the Boiler House), but it doesn't open until 11 on Sunday, and it's pricey.

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          sam_1 Oct 19, 2009 08:37 AM

          Another option is the Hot House Cafe...they have a Sunday brunch (buffet) which is pretty good for the price. It's a bit noisy/crowded so it might not be what you are looking for, but it's around $20pp so the price is right. Lots of selection too. Need reservations though.

          Le Petit Dejeuner is nice as well...although the coffee wasn't great the 2 times I have been there.

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          1. re: sam_1
            TOchowgal Oct 20, 2009 08:48 AM

            I second Hot House. I love it there.

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            Gary Oct 20, 2009 07:50 AM

            - As mentioned above, Toba is now Pico, not sure if they do brunch though.

            - Le Petit Dejeuner is fantastic for brunch, but the lineups are always long, so leave yourself tons of time if that's your choice. I have enjoyed the coffee there, and the waffles are worth the hype in my opinion.

            - A ten minute walk east along King will bring you to the Morning Glory, an excellent homey little cafe that I believe is/was a spin-off of Aunties & Uncles in the west end. It's usually busy on weekend mornings but the turnover is quick.

            - Within a stone's throw of the Morning Glory is JK's Gilead Cafe, really good sandwiches and frites though it is not really a traditional brunch venue and the service is a bit weird as you need to order at a counter, try to wrangle a table, and then wait for your name to be called.

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            1. re: Gary
              jlunar Oct 20, 2009 09:18 AM

              Note on Morning Glory, it's cash-only. But tasty. I like the sandwich with the egg cooked into the bread...

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