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Good brunch/breaky near Yonge & Eglinton (say within 10 minute drive max) open by 9am Mon-Friday?

Ediblethoughts Nov 8, 2010 06:28 PM

My only two places for brunch are Boom and Golden Griddle--both of which I like for certain things. I've been to Amore and La Vecchia way back but I don't have a strong feel for the brunch. Any ideas?

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La Vecchia
2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

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    Angbcar RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 8, 2010 06:42 PM

    Try homeaway on Mt. Pleasant just north of Eglinton. It is one of my favorites.

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      shekamoo RE: Angbcar Nov 9, 2010 04:37 AM

      I would skip Homeway, the one time I went neither the food nor the service were acceptable. pricier than good bites, but that is not reflected in the food at all.

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      The Homeway
      955 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4P2L7, CA

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        Ediblethoughts RE: shekamoo Nov 9, 2010 05:55 PM

        I went to Homeway a couple years back and it was decent. I do recall it took ages to get food.

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        The Homeway
        955 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4P2L7, CA

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          estufarian RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 14, 2010 04:02 AM

          Homeway has changed completely.
          New ownership - used to be a diner - now a restaurant.

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          The Homeway
          955 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4P2L7, CA

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            Ediblethoughts RE: estufarian Nov 14, 2010 06:05 PM

            How does that impact brunch/breaky? Faster or slower? It felt like a restaurant when I was there about 3 years ago but it was brunch so who knows..

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              estufarian RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 15, 2010 05:47 AM

              Only tried it once after the change (for weekend brunch).
              Not sure if they still do a daily breakfast.

              If they had a cappuccino machine - it was after they renovated the old diner.

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              Yongeman RE: estufarian Nov 15, 2010 06:52 AM

              Unless this is a very recent change in ownership, it was the family of the original owners who did the reno, and continue to own Homeway.

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              The Homeway
              955 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4P2L7, CA

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                estufarian RE: Yongeman Nov 15, 2010 12:40 PM

                Didn't realize that.
                I didn't recognize any of the people AFTER the reno. And certainly the 'chef' changed.

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                sloweater RE: estufarian Nov 15, 2010 09:25 AM

                It's still the same family that owns it. My personal experiences (thrice burned) have involved terrible food and erratic and negligent service. The digs may not be as nice at the Good Bite, but the food is better and the service is classic mom and pop diner - no muss, no fuss, no mistakes.

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                Good Bite
                2463 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2H6, CA

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                  Yongeman RE: sloweater Nov 16, 2010 03:41 AM

                  I really haven't had serious complaints at Homeway, but agree that for a basic breakfast, Good Bite is a better, simpler option.

        2. TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 9, 2010 02:19 AM

          Have you been to Good Bites a few blocks north on Yonge? Standard Greek-run diner -- fast, inexpensive, decent (though not great) food.

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          Good Bite
          2463 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2H6, CA

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            Ediblethoughts RE: TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 05:54 PM

            I haven't been there. Do they use "real" cheese in their omlettes? I just can't take processed.. How is the coffee?

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              TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 10, 2010 03:42 AM

              Sorry, I can't comment on the coffee, as I don't drink it. If I recall, hubby said it was only "ok". I'm pretty sure they have non-processed cheeses as an option.

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                sloweater RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 10, 2010 04:03 AM

                The coffee is passable. It is probably from one of the major coffee companies like Mother Parkers. Remember, it's a diner, albeit a decent one. Don't expect gouda in your omelette, but "real" cheese is a reasonable expectation. You will not have a mind blowing culinary experience, but if you want eggs over easy with hash browns and bacon it's a decent option.

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                  phoenikia RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 10, 2010 05:29 AM

                  They use real feta in their Greek omelette. It's currently 2nd favourite Greek omelette in the city (Detroit Eatery is my favourite). I agree with TorontoJo and sloweater that you'll be able to get non-processed cheese in your omelette, but I'd still recommend mentioning your preference to the server.

                  The coffee is decent- fairly ordinary, but never burnt in my experience.

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                    klf RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 10, 2010 10:17 AM

                    The coffee's not's bad - refills were free the last time I went. They have an early bird breakfast special as well...I think it's around $5-6 for eggs, toast, bacon, and coffee.

                2. chocolater RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 10, 2010 05:19 AM

                  My standby at Yonge/Eg for breaky/brunch is Mars Uptown. It's been around for approx. 15 years. but the original Mars on College has been around alot longer than that. Great omelettes and bottomless cup of coffee! And don't miss the bran muffins. They just added sweet potato fries to the menu but I haven't tried them yet. A bit on the pricey side but my kids like it.

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                  Mars Uptown
                  2363 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

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                    Ediblethoughts RE: chocolater Nov 10, 2010 05:21 PM

                    That sounds very promising... hmmm...

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                      Ediblethoughts RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 11, 2010 05:39 PM

                      Mainly because I couldn't decide which to go to, I went to Mars because parking happened to be available and it was closer. I'd say the coffee started out awful, got better and then got worse again. Maybe it was just my taste buds but it seemed to vary with the cupful. The bran muffin was very good as were blueberry pancakes. The omlette was OK (I really liked having the option of brie) but the ingredients were a bit too mashed up. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and would return. But next time I'll try Good Bite to compare.

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                      Good Bite
                      2463 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2H6, CA

                  2. justinisthebest RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 11, 2010 07:17 PM

                    Mars? Gross. Golden Griddle? Even worse. This is yuppieville at its finest, they're only picky about wine and shoes not good breakfast. Best brunch within 10 minutes (OK - maybe 12) is on the Danforth, at Allens Restaurant @ Danforth & Broadview, Hands down Allens is the best brunch East of Yonge St. ... UNLESS you go a bit west to Free Times Cafe at College & Spadina.....which is the BEST BRUNCH PERIOD. (About 15-20 mins from Yonge and Eg)

                    Don't take my word for it, go experience these gems for yourself.

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                      shekamoo RE: justinisthebest Nov 12, 2010 03:23 AM

                      Allens is probably more than 12 minutes drive away, and I would not go there even if it was 1.2 minutes away. If it deserves to have a number 1 title in the East of Yonge category, it is the Worst Service East of Yonge PERIOD. and the food except for burgers, is nothing special(but I have not been for brunch). the OP should do him/herself a favor, search 'Allens' on this board, read the horror stories about the service, and realize the meaning of 'gem' as used above.

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                        justinisthebest RE: shekamoo Feb 5, 2011 10:35 AM

                        OK - i have since decided to boycott allen's due to a horrendously nasty middle aged woman who works there. i think she's the manager, which makes it even worse. pity because the food is great and i love the atmosphere - but that woman OMG (holding my tongue)

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                        Ediblethoughts RE: justinisthebest Nov 12, 2010 06:38 PM

                        Golden Griddle makes the only buckwheat blueberry pancakes in the city---or at least the only ones I've ever had. I don't eat anything else there. It would take me longer than 12 minutes to drive to the Danforth, I think. I'm going tomorrow night so I'll time it to be sure.

                        I've been to Free Times---it's great. Very good quality and value. But the line up for food was insane when I went there and with the people I eat with, that doesn't work too well. Do they do the same brunch M-F?

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                          TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 13, 2010 02:32 AM

                          No, Free Times only does brunch on Sundays. I'm also pretty sure that Allen's doesn't serve brunch during the week. I'm guessing that justinisthebest missed this rather key criterion in your request.

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                          Free Times Cafe
                          320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

                      3. sloweater RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 13, 2010 05:19 AM

                        If you're not looking for eggs only, Jules Patisserie and Le Thobors, both on Mount Pleasant and south of Eglinton are good options. You are limited to baked goods and pastry though.

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                        Thobors
                        627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                          Ediblethoughts RE: sloweater Nov 13, 2010 05:48 PM

                          Thanks for that reminder! There is a veggie omlette at one of those places, I think Le Thobors (pretty sure it's which ever one is next door to Celestin). I meant to go back and do breaky there at some point---with, of course, some baked goods thrown in.

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                          Celestin
                          623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

                          Thobors
                          627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                            sloweater RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 13, 2010 07:27 PM

                            The one next to Celestin is Le Thobors. I'm glad to know that they're doing an omelette. I haven't been there for a while.

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                            Celestin
                            623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

                            Thobors
                            627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                          phoenikia RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 13, 2010 06:13 PM

                          I like the fritatta sandwiches at Caffe Latte for a quick breakfast when I'm near Yonge & Eg.

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                          Caffe Latte
                          2409 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

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                            garfield RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 14, 2010 03:14 AM

                            Boom is better than Sunset Grill and Golden Griddle.

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                              Ediblethoughts RE: garfield Nov 14, 2010 06:06 PM

                              For everything except buckwheat blueberry pancakes. GG is better for those.

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                              markeo44 RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 28, 2010 06:44 AM

                              Unfortunately, when it comes to Breakfast / Brunch, the number of options in the Y&E are limited at best. As a local, there are a couple of options that might meet your most basic of needs, like What A Bagel, Mars Uptown, Good Bite, the Golden Griddle and Homeway Restaurant. But your experience at either location will depend on day and luck. As others have written here, you will be provided the most basic at best.

                              If you are looking for something a little more, there is Boom Breakfast & Co. and the Pickle Barrel, both of which will likely offer you the service and quality you might expect without being anything too fancy or outworldly. If you are looking for something more spicy, the Jaipur Grille now offers brunch and is good value if your craving can handle something other than eggs and bacon. Of similar ilk, you might consider Chimichanga's if Mexican appeals to your appetite. Chimichangas is open for brunch on Sunday's and offers a passable Huevos Rancheros.

                              A little more high brow, you could look to Le Thobors and Celestin (as mentioned elsewhere on this chain) as well as the Simple Bistro on Mt. Pleasant. The Simple Bistro is exactly that, a small, little bistro that offers a brunch menu on Sunday's of only 12 items. Its about quality, not quantity and if you are looking to impress someone, this might be the spot. Same can be said for Celestin if your wallet permits.

                              But outside of the above, the pickings are very slim. You have a few small, local bakeries on Mt. Pleasant that offer pastry items but breakfast is truly a hurting subject when it comes to this neighborhood. As a local, much like most, I tend to jump on the subway and head south, either to Queen East, Queen West, the Annex or College for better options.

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                              Celestin
                              623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

                              The Homeway
                              955 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4P2L7, CA

                              Good Bite
                              2463 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2H6, CA

                              Mars Uptown
                              2363 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

                              Simple Bistro
                              619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

                              Coquine
                              2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

                              Thobors
                              627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                              Sunset Grill
                              2313 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C6, CA

                              What A Bagel
                              2279 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C6, CA

                              Jaipur Grille
                              2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

                              Boom Breakfast & Co
                              174 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A7, CA

                              Pickle Barrel
                              Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON , CA

                              Pickle Barrel
                              Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                Ediblethoughts RE: markeo44 Nov 28, 2010 11:53 AM

                                I didn't think of Chimichangas! Their HR would probably be quite good and that is one of my fave things to order. But again, I was thinking about a week day option and offer that M-F?

                              2. Ediblethoughts RE: Ediblethoughts Dec 28, 2010 11:07 AM

                                I tried Good Bite this morning and I wasn't that impressed. The food was fine but one woman serving a full house, she was run off her feet and getting more coffee, jam for toast and syrup for pancakes was very challenging. I was disappointed to not have the option of real cheese in my omelette (probably should have tried the Greek version suggested here but I'm not usually into feta in my omelette). The fried potatoes were also only so-so---not very crispy and the person who tried the peameal bacon said it was very salty.

                                I enjoyed Mars more overall; coffee probably a little less quality than GB but not as busy and a bigger menu with those nice bran muffins to keep up the variety.

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                                Good Bite
                                2463 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2H6, CA

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                                  lamaranthe RE: Ediblethoughts Dec 29, 2010 08:49 AM

                                  Boom at 174 Eg W. is very good. Airy atmosphere, pleasant service, good food.
                                  Golden Griddle : after two very bad experiences, it is off my list.
                                  Mars, North of Eg on Yonge is good but the place needs updating and the waitresses need to paste a smile on their faces. If you can go to Lawrence and Bathurst, I highly recommend United Bakers for breakfast, lunch, take-out. Really worth the extra steps.

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                                  United Bakers
                                  506 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

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                                    Ediblethoughts RE: lamaranthe Dec 29, 2010 05:32 PM

                                    Just curious--did you have pancakes at GG?

                                    B & L is a bit far for me but I'll keep the thought if it works one day. What do you like there?

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                                    blinknoodle RE: Ediblethoughts Jan 9, 2011 06:14 AM

                                    If you want a more upscale brunch experience, try Coquine. The French toast has never disappointed, unless they have run out! :P

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                                    Coquine
                                    2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

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                                      Ediblethoughts RE: blinknoodle Jan 9, 2011 05:54 PM

                                      For a weekend, definitely a thought; I was looking for alternatives for week days--don't think Coquine does that.

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                                      Coquine
                                      2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

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