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Brunch north of Bloor?

I just moved to the York Mills & Leslie area and I must say - very disappointed in the brunch options! All the cute and quality locations seem to be downtown, leaving NOB a deserted no man's land! Any suggestions?

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  1. Do share if you find something. we always drive downtown from North York for Brunch

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    1. re: shekamoo

      Yeah, what I wouldn't give for a Le Petit Dejeuner, Aunties and Uncles, Lady Marmalade or Lola's Commissary up here. Sigh. The fact that I regularly drive down to Cherry Street Diner for basic diner food is a sad statement about the state of our brunch options up here.

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

      Aunties and Uncles
      74 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S2P1, CA

      Cherry Street Restaurant
      275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3, CA

    2. I really like Boom at Eglinton near Avenue Rd. There is also a thread here (which I started with my question) on decent brunch places near Yonge & Eglinton if that interests you (it was a M-F question but it also has responses that fall outside that).


      1. Simple Bistro at Mt. Pleasant & Eglinton has an excellent brunch! Service is top-notch, too!!

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

        1. I agree that there isn't much around. I agree with Ediblethoughts about Boom. Very good, but can get packed. Earth Bistro is much more south but still north of Bloor. In our desperation, we tried the new place on York Mills and Don Mills...Artisano. Not horrible but very "Meh". Didin't get to try their breads but I had the back bacon sandwich, hubby had the frittata panini and sons had eggs in a pocket and all of them were average. Coffee was weak and lukewarm. All in all a bit disappointing. Sorry I have no other good suggestions! I hope other people do...I'm anxiously waiting :)

          1. Agree with ctl98 on trying for something super local and close! The best feeling is being able to drive less than 5 minutes to your favourite Sunday brunch spot. There are so many amazing places downtown. Would love to see something even close to their calibre in the North York area....

            1. Sadly, the answer is "not really".

              On Sheppard, west of Leslie is Sunshine Spot, an all-day breakfast spot. Basic breakfasts done reasonable well at really good prices. Avoid the ham, but everything else I've had there has been perfectly fine in a diner/family restaurant kind of way. It's in the plaza just west of where Taro's fish shop is (which, btw, is spectacular if you haven't been). Lots of cops eat there, which is always a good sign of decent food at decent prices in my books. :)

              On Yonge, a couple of blocks south of the Loblaw in Hogg's Hollow, is Hazel's Diner. It's pricier than a real diner like Good Bite (on Yonge, closer to Eglinton), but it's close and it's pretty good. Stick to the breakfast staples, which are done pretty well. The burgers are awful, but breakfast is good. And they open early, which is a huge plus. They do really, really well in the neighbourhood, as it's the only spot of its kind in the area.

              I'm pretty sure there are a few other restaurants on the Yonge, north of Lawrence strip that have weekend brunch, but I haven't tried any of them yet, as they don't open until 10 or 11 and I prefer to have breakfast/brunch earlier. Also, I generally don't want that kind of vibe for my brunch (nice restaurant vs. diner or eclectic brunch spot). If anyone has tried any of them, I'd love to hear about it.

              Sunshine Spot
              796 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K1C3, CA

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

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              1. re: TorontoJo

                Another option for a decent basic breakfast north of Bloor is the Fry Basket in Thornhill.

                If you're already as far east as Leslie, Rosemary and Thyme at 2798 Victoria Park Ave in Scarborough is another popular place for a basic breakfast.

                Soho Bistro on Yonge north of Lawrence serves brunch starting at 10 am on Sat & Sun, but I've never been. I believe the Abbot also serves brunch, but I've never tried it.

                Has anyone tried the Sunday brunch at Safari Bar & Grill on Avenue Road? http://safaribarandgrill.com/toronto/...

                Sunshine Spot
                796 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K1C3, CA

                Soho Bistro
                3202 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L1, CA

                Safari Bar & Grill
                1749 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON M5M 3Y8, Canada

                Abbot Pub
                3367 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2M6, CA

                1. re: phoenikia

                  I went to Soho Bistro once and it was terrible $15 for poorly made eggs benedict with from-frozen hasbrowns. $12 for scrambled eggs, toast and bacon.

                  I'm not surprised the place was empty when I went.

                  Soho Bistro
                  3202 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L1, CA

                  1. re: trane

                    Thanks for the warning, trane. Crappy Eggs Benedict make me want to cry.

              2. OK, so it's not very north of Bloor, but Universal Grill at Dupont and Shaw does a mighty tasty brunch.

                Universal Grill
                1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

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                1. re: piccola

                  I agree - they have great huevos rancheros!

                2. I've had a few good brunches at Coquine on Yonge south of Eglinton. http://www.coquinerestaurant.com/


                  2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

                  1. I'll give a shoutout to Gabby's Pub (not the same as the Gabby's chain) that opened where Midway used to be on Yonge north of Steeles. It's pretty cheap ($4 eggs bacon and toast, $6 omelette), the potatoes are freshly cooked and they have a beef salami omelette, which is awesome in my book. Add cheese and mushrooms and it's like I'm back in Montreal at Beauty's.

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                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        Trane, I can't believe that you just mentioned Beauty's in Montreal. You're bringing back glorious memories from my university days. The line ups were out the door, but every second worth the wait.

                    1. Heard good things about the brunch at Frida (Eglinton and Bathurst Area).

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                      1. re: miketoronto

                        I just looked at the Frida's brunch menu and it looks awesome!! Thanks for the tip!