Downtown-East Brunch Spot?
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?
The menu at Pico is virtually that same as Toba. Been for dinner & brunch at Pico and enjoyed them both.
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.
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.
- 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.