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Oct 16, 2010 07:33 PM

Breakfast at The Distillery

Going to TO next week from Montreal with some girlfriends and am staying on King Street near Yonge. Looking for breakfast either near there (downtown I guess) or in the Distillery. Any suggestions?

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  1. Le Petit Dejeuner is one of my favourite breakfast spots and it's on King St. between where you are staying and the Distillery. Really great breakfast, especially the waffles! They open at 9 on Saturday, 10 on Sunday. There are not any restaurants in the Distillery that does a good breakfast, but I do recommend Brick St. Bakery for great savoury pastries and sandwiches. No seating inside, though.

    If you want something open earlier, Cherry St. Restaurant at 275 Cherry St. serves a diner-style breakfast in a beautifully renovated old industrial building. It's very close the Distillery, even though it will feel like the middle of nowhere if you go. The open at 6 on Saturday, closed on Sunday.

    And another early option is Hank's, at 9 Church St. (again, between your hotel and the Distillery). They open around 7 on the weekend as a coffee shop (pastries and such), but start serving a full breakfast at 10.

    And finally, on Saturday, you could wander the St. Lawrence Market and pick and choose whatever looks good (baked goods, peameal bacon sandwich, etc.). The market opens at 5am on Saturday, closed on Sunday.

    Le Petit Dejeuner
    191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

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      1. re: shekamoo

        Enthusiastically seconded. Almost :-)

      2. re: TorontoJo

        Le Petit Dejeuner is great but extremely busy on the weekend. You'll wait in line for an hour or more any time after 11 am.

        I wouldn't bother with Hank's. Since Scott Vivian left to open Beast, it's now being run by the guy from Joy Bistro (do a search and you'll find countless bad reviews).

        Petit Thuet is a small French cafe at 1 King West on the first floor of a hotel. Fab French pastries but not a bacon & eggs place.

        Gilead Cafe's the best of the bunch IMHO. Opens early but doesn't serve brunch (Sun) till 10 am, /lunch other days from 11 am, tho it opens earlier for coffee/pastries.

        Avoid: Hot House Cafe/Cora's, but if you're from Mtl, you'll know that.

        609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

        Le Petit Dejeuner
        191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

        Hot House
        35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

      3. Right at King and Yonge in the 1 King West building on the southwest corner is the Petite Thuet cafe, which is good for excellent quality pastries, sandwiches and coffee. They have a few tables but it's best for just a quick breakfast on the run.

        For an authentic greasy spoon diner experience, there is the Senator Diner on Victoria near Dundas, which would be a short walk northeast of your hotel. It's been there since the 1920s with an unchanged interior and serves above-average diner classics such as eggs, bacon, sandwiches, burgers and so on.

        Petite Thuet
        1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

        1. There's also Morning Glory on King not far from the distillery district, a few blocks east of parliament.

          Morning Glory Cafe
          457 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1L6, CA

          1. All good suggestions above. One more that I'd add is Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Cafe, which is open at 8:00 AM Mon to Sat and 10:00 AM on Sun.

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            1. re: gregclow

              Lovely one-of-its-kind location. I didn't realize they are open for breakfast.

            2. You can never go wrong with a spicy hot chocolate from Soma and a few pastries from a couple of the bakeries in the Distillery.

              The Boiler House also has a $25 all you can eat brunch. I have never been to the brunch before but did the above yesterday and it was great!