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Breakfast/Brunch during the week?

My girlfriend and I work from home, and one of the bonuses of that are brunch-dates on weekdays, but there's a serious lack of options, we've found.
The Bloordale Pantry, Auntie's and Uncles, The Grapefruit Moon and Hoof Cafe are all great, but we need some variety. We keep ending up at Aroma, (we live near the annex).
Any ideas? Where are we missing out on?

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

The Grapefruit Moon
968 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R3G6, CA

The Hoof Cafe
923 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1W2, CA

The Bloordale Pantry
1285 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

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  1. Not close, but Marben has weekday (Monday?) brunches..

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    Marben
    488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

    1. Saving Grace, Drake cafe and Morning Glory to mind. And I think Gilead Cafe has a few brekkie offerings during the week as well.

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      Saving Grace
      907 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

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

      1. I think School in Liberty Village has weekday brunch.

        1. I second Saving Grace. They're open on the weekdays for brunch and it's an easy-going spot. They even serve two different types of French Toast (savory and sweet), and Red River cereal with maple syrup!

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          Saving Grace
          907 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

          1. Ha! I know how that is. Other places you might want to try:

            Mitzi's on College (at Delaware)
            Gayley's (Dundas and Gladstone)
            E.L Ruddy (Dundas and Rusholme, but closed Mondays and I think Tuesdays)
            Clinton's (Bloor and Clinton, good greasy breakfast for super cheap)

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            1. Thanks, these sound great. We'll have a good selection for a while!

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              1. re: RotaryMobile

                I believe C5 at the ROM does weeklong brunch as well.

              2. Lola's Commissary serves breakfast starting at 8am, Mon - Fri. At Church and Charles.

                1. Bonjour Brioche, The Senator, Le Petit Dejeuner, Goed Eten. Not sure if Madeleines on Bathurst is still around.

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                  Bonjour Brioche
                  812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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

                  Goed Eten
                  188 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, CA

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                    1. re: yomomma

                      Yes, it's closed, but the other place: Le Petit Dejeuner on King is still around.

                  1. La Palette offers brunch all week, which includes 2 and 3-course prix fixe options.

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                    La Palette
                    492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                    1. If you don't mind going further afield try Lady Marmalade on Queen in Leslieville.

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                      1. re: Otonabee

                        Tough to get into Lady M on weekend so great weekday destination!

                      2. You might also want to try Eggsmart, at Bloor and Euclid. Cheap, tasty, and open at 6 am.

                          1. re: jennjen18

                            Personally, I wouldn't go to the Lakeview unless drunk or absolutely desperate. If you're in the area, you might as well go a little east and hit Saving Grace.

                          2. Bloordale Pantry? Nah. The place is busy and the food is average breakfast/lunch fare. Apparently one waiter there is brilliant. He wasn't there the day we went. But we doubt it would've helped. We guess that somebody taught the owner how to make eggs. She opened a small place in an area fairly devoid of any breakfast places. GO TO DRIFT INSTEAD/ she's into ka-ching! $$. We waited well over an HOUR one Saturday morning. Finally seated we told our waiter that somebody in our party was experiencing hyperglycemia because of the long wait and could we get some scones or bread? "I'm the owner," she smiled benignly. "We don't have scones I'm afraid." ANYTHING? Yes, they make griddle cakes. Great! Two please. They came out after ten minutes, our breakfast took half an hour ("food is guaranteed to take half an hour" to come out of the kitchen she smilingly told us), fine. What was particularly upsetting was, in spite of our hungry grumbles, a refill of coffee was charged for. Is this good business etiquette? I think not. A small offer of a coffee or the order of griddle cakes on the house would have appeased us, but the four of us, unhappily left and declared we would never ever return. Food? Average. Customer service stinks!

                            1. A different option that people rarely think of is the Grenadier Cafe in High Park:
                              http://www.grenadiercafe.com
                              You can combine brekkie with a nice walk any time of year.

                              1. the Federal on Dundas east of Dufferin is open weekdays for brunch and is very nice. and for those grumbling about brunch wait times : if it's the weekend, it's generally 20 minutes or more at the good spots. toronto is brunch crazy and that's the way she goes.
                                what i do for brunch is eat a snack before i leave the house. that way if you are waiting, you wont get all pissy and ruin the mood

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                                1. re: chocohead

                                  I love the Fed. I've only been twice, but both times were lovely -- good food, friendly and attentive (but not hovering) service.

                                2. I recently stumbled on KO's on Bathurst south of Dupont. I read about it on the Palmerston Village facebook page and checked it out this Saturday and if you don't mind it being casual, they made very decent eggs with nice toast, smashed home fried and a fresh salad that was very reasonable and for veggies, you pay the same price as the meat combo BUT!! they give you a medium fruit salad rather than just penalizing you for not getting the bacon.
                                  Nice folks, good service.
                                  Didn't order coffee this visit but I'll be back, it even has some parking which is rare for the annex, we just moved here and normally I would have skipped this place as just a burger joint but they do a fine breakfast and omlettes.
                                  cheers,
                                  Idas

                                    1. re: prima

                                      Finally got around to trying Easy's College St location for some weekday huevos divorciados last month. As good as the ones I've had at the Queen W location (realize another Chowhound had a disappointing order of the huevos recently) although I'll ask to have my toast unbuttered next time. Our server kept our Illy coffee topped up.

                                      My other go-tos for weekday breakfast are Goodbite, Patrician Grill and Detroit Eatery, where I usually order the Greek omelette with home fries (ordered extra crispy).

                                    2. Anywhere but Bloordale Pantry. waaaay too long a wait and waaaay too average for that wait. Hot tip, the slow room on College at Concord has an excellent eggplant sandwich which they do on arugala instead of bread as a 2nd option too. It's outstanding. Must admit have had that for breakfast more than once. And don't boo me, but Boom on College for a basic reasonable breakfast with food that isn't inedible, is fine...

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                                      1. re: yomomma

                                        Bloordale Pantry doesn't exist anymore, it's now The Whippoorwill, which has some of the same staff but different ownership. Food is better, IMO.

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          dare I return? Maybe...much better places but it is so convenient to my place...

                                          1. re: yomomma

                                            Give it a shot. I live close by and go every couple weeks, either for brunch or dinner/drinks (the drinks are really good).

                                            If not, maybe go to Starving Artist? It's just a couple blocks away but you have to be in the mood for waffles.

                                              1. re: MissBingBing

                                                Are they bad? I'm almost never in the mood for waffles, so I've never been.

                                        2. re: yomomma

                                          Bloordale Pantry is now Whipoorwill, but haven't been there yet for brunch. However, they are great for dinner. Loved the apps and burger!

                                          1. re: ilinda

                                            Their brunch is as good as their dinner. Portions are huge, too.

                                        3. I tried Aunties and Uncles this week and I was less impressed than in prior years. The omelette wasn't that great (kind of runny and not very cohesive) and the hash browns were over-cooked and only a very small token bit of sweet potatoes. The soup (sweet potato something) was overly oily with very little flavour). And no stewed fruit on the side like there used to be. Service was more friendly than in prior years... I might try again at some point but no omelette for me here...

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                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                            Totally agree. Aunties was one of my go to spots for years but the last time I went: waited forever outside in the cold last year and then the food wasn't as good. Haven't been back ssince.

                                          2. The Steady on Bloor near Dufferin now does weekday brunch, apparently - I think Thursday through Sunday? http://thesteadycafe.com/#menu

                                            So far I can only vouch for their tofu scramble & biscuit, but both make it worthwhile.

                                            1. George Street Diner @ Richmond and George

                                              1. Besides Cafe Boulud, Flo's, New Yorker Diner, aroma (at Bay & Charles), Scollard Variety, Sunset Grill and Pusateri's, are there any other places to get a weekday breakfast within a 10 minute walk of Yonge & Bloor? Lola's Kitchen doesn't open until 11, and Crepes A Go Go doesn't open until 10. Would prefer something south of Davenport. Avenue Diner and Bar Centrale are probably closer to a 15 minute walk.
                                                Thanks for any ideas.

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                                                  1. re: prima

                                                    There are two "cafes" on the main floor of Cumberland Terrace that serve breakfast and they are cheap and look pretty good as a quick option. Scrambled eggs with toast kinda places. Holts café in the basement is also open for breakfast as is a few underground cafes. There is also a bagel place in Manulife underground.

                                                  2. There is a new coffee roasting storefront at Bloor and Dundas West-ish called Outpost Coffee Roasters that specializes in their own coffee blends for taking home, but also looks like it has a display case for something to eat with it:
                                                    http://outpostcoffee.com
                                                    To be fair have not have gone in yet, but have been watching the renovations eagerly.