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Jan 27, 2010 07:56 AM

Best dirt-cheap breakfast in Queen West, Kensington, or West College St. area?

Looking for the best *super cheap* place to get a decent eggs-and-toast type breakfast. Great coffee too would be a bonus, but I realize that may not be possible. Starting around Dundas and Bathurst; willing to walk! (NB: This is for a weekday breakfast, not a weekend brunch.) Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Might be a bit far, but on Queen a few blocks west of Ossington, there's a spot with a $3.99 breakfast special - 3 eggs, bacon, ham, or sausage, decent home fries, and toast. Can't remember if coffee is included. It's a few doors west of Starbucks, and I'm sorry, I can't remember the name either, but they usually have a sign on the sidewalk.

    1. Sneaky Dee's has a basic cheap breakfast. $3.50 iirc

      1. Pegasus at the corner of Dundas and University...It is less than $4 for a full breakfast.

        1. Red Room and Java House are both good and I think they're open for weekday breakfasts - about $5 after tax and tip for the basic breakfast and you get either salad or fruit with it.

          Karine's (McCaul Street - in the Village by the Grange food court) is a bit further but really good. Around $5 including coffee, plus I think you can get garlic fries and fruit with it.

          And I think House of Gourmet in Chinatown (Dundas/Spadina - NE corner) might actually serve an eggs and toast breakfast too. I feel like I've seen it on their menu.

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions; it will be great to check them out.

            This morning we ended up going to KOS in Kensington Market (corner of Bellevue and Nassau), and it was quite good. I had a big plate of 3 poached eggs with toast, oniony potatoes, and bacon for 5 something before tip + tax. Nice, relaxed atmosphere, uncrowded, comfortable seating, good light, OK coffee, and excellent service.

            After looking around This Ain't the Rosedale Library (the book store just across the street), we tried the much-hyped coffee at I Deal (Ideal?) next door and were sorely disappointed.

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              P.S. I was pleasantly surprised to find that KOS serves fresh-squeezed orange juice that was not only sweet, delicious, and truly fresh (not the day-old fermenting stuff one sometimes runs into) but a fairly reasonable $4 for a very large glass. My friend and I split a single serving and each had plenty.