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Saturday breakfast on King btwn Bathurst and Spadina

Meeting with a friend soon and would like to know where we should go. Doesn't need to be fancy, but I want good. Any ideas?

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  1. That's a pretty specific location! My choice would be Brassaii. They were closed for renovations, but have just reopened. I haven't been there since the reopening.

    1. Thanks TorontoJo - if that helps (which I think it will), somewhere near there will work too. I just don't want a reco at the other end of the city, as my friend has an appointment in that area after we meet.

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      1. re: pâté chinois

        Hmm... then if you don't mind a quick cab or bus ride, my choice on that end of town would be Aunties and Uncles, near College and Lippincott. Funky, eclectic space, but really good food. It does get busy as the morning wears on, though. So your best bet is to get there before 9:30 if you can.

        Brassaii is still a perfectly respectable option. They don't open until 10, I believe, but they do take reservations, which might be better for you in this case. It's a bit pricier than Aunties and Uncles, though not by a lot. The atmosphere is definitely more upscale, but the service is generally surlier at Brassaii, though I've always chalked it up to the servers being hung over and grumpy at having to work that early. :)

      2. Zoe's Bakery Cafe has excellent gourmet sandwiches... they do breakfast on Saturdays as well. I love it there, the breakfast sandwich and frittata are amazing. Zoe's is at Brant & King.

        Brassaii is really good too. I prefer going there in the summer to sit on their patio.

        Sadie's at Adelaide & Portland also has a great vegetarian breakfast.

        Personally, I wouldn't bother with Aunties & Uncles... it's true that it's very good but I don't like lining up for breakfast. I walked by last weekend and there was a good 15 people in line.

        1. stix and stones at king and spadina is very often not busy but great value with some great hits, we always seem to forget about it until a raptor afternoon game or a blue jay game...good quick fast service, better than waiting at cora's

          1. fusaro's kitchen on spadina between king and queen is good. they have a modified eggs benedict with rosti on the bottom and tomato sauce on top that's really good...not sure how the quality has held up since last i went though.

            1. Le Select opens at 11 if you can wait that long. Great brunch.

              1. If you are looking for breakfast and not brunch I would choose Zoe's. Another option just east of Spadina is the SoHo Hotel, they have an excellent breakfast and open at 7:00 am.

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                1. re: tasoid

                  I second Zoe's. Fresh and clean, and great for meeting a friend (IMO) and if your breakfast ends up being more of a brunch, their lunch items are delicious as well.

                2. There's also a cute cafe at King and Tecumseth (just west of Bathurst) called Wagamama which has good coffees, and delicious looking pastries. Haven't tried any of the pastries myself so can't vouch for them, though.

                  1. Thanks everyone for your comments! We will be going to Zoe's after all...

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                      1. re: Yum2MyTum

                        It was all right - a few things bothered me, like being served coffee in a paper cup because "all their mugs were dirty" (my thought: and so? isn't it their job to wash them???) and lipstick stains on my water glass, the food was good, but not amazing. I had the western sandwich with roasted potatoes. Potatoes were greasy, not especially tasty, and not warm either. The sandwich was huge, but like the potatoes it was not very warm. I don't know if that made me feel like going back. The coffee was good, at least.