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Breakfast/Brunch during the week?

RotaryMobile Feb 4, 2011 04:26 AM

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?

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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    Meggers12 Jan 8, 2014 02:29 PM

    George Street Diner @ Richmond and George

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      piccola Jan 4, 2014 04:01 PM

      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. Ediblethoughts Jan 3, 2014 07:25 PM

        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
          currycue Jan 7, 2014 11:34 AM

          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.

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          yomomma Mar 4, 2013 02:22 PM

          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
            piccola Mar 4, 2013 06:12 PM

            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.

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              yomomma Mar 5, 2013 01:31 AM

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

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                piccola Mar 5, 2013 05:08 AM

                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.

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                  MissBingBing Mar 5, 2013 05:19 AM

                  The mood for terrible waffles :}

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                    piccola Mar 5, 2013 06:26 PM

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

            2. re: yomomma
              ilinda Jan 4, 2014 10:09 AM

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

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                piccola Jan 4, 2014 03:57 PM

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

            3. prima Mar 4, 2013 05:35 AM

              I like Easy.

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                prima Jan 4, 2014 01:08 PM

                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).

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                Idas Mar 3, 2013 04:48 PM

                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.

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                  chocohead Mar 2, 2013 10:58 PM

                  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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                    piccola Mar 4, 2013 04:59 AM

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

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                    ilinda Mar 2, 2013 09:18 AM

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

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                      yomomma Oct 24, 2012 03:06 PM

                      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. jennjen18 May 13, 2012 06:35 PM

                        The Lakeview. http://thelakeviewrestaurant.ca/

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                          piccola May 13, 2012 06:44 PM

                          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.

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                            justsayn May 13, 2012 07:36 PM

                            Have to agree re: Lakeview

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                          melissa_82 Jul 22, 2011 06:27 AM

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

                          1. Otonabee Feb 6, 2011 05:10 PM

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

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                              justsayn May 13, 2012 06:48 AM

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

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                              SweetSweetPotato Feb 6, 2011 04:39 PM

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

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

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                              1. re: SweetSweetPotato
                                prima May 13, 2012 06:26 AM

                                Has anyone tried brunch at La Palette?

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                                currycue Feb 5, 2011 05:51 PM

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

                                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: currycue
                                  yomomma Mar 4, 2013 02:24 PM

                                  Goed Eten is closed I believe

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                                    currycue Jan 7, 2014 11:36 AM

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

                                2. TorontoJo Feb 5, 2011 08:41 AM

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

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                                    RotaryMobile Feb 5, 2011 05:50 AM

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

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                                    1. re: RotaryMobile
                                      miketoronto Feb 5, 2011 08:03 AM

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

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                                      piccola Feb 4, 2011 06:56 PM

                                      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. re: piccola
                                        justsayn May 13, 2012 06:47 AM

                                        Mitzis closed on College.

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                                          piccola May 13, 2012 05:42 PM

                                          Yeah, I saw. :(

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                                        looosia Feb 4, 2011 08:21 AM

                                        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!

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

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                                          ggom1 Feb 4, 2011 08:17 AM

                                          I think School in Liberty Village has weekday brunch.

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                                            peppermint pate Feb 4, 2011 07:22 AM

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

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

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

                                            1. jlunar Feb 4, 2011 04:39 AM

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

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

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