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Brunch at Broadview

Can anyone tell me how the brunch is these days at the Old Nick and Allen's? The Old Nick used to get good reviews, but I haven't read anything on it recently. Would love your help!

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Old Nick
123 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

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  1. The Old Nick got it's great reviews for a chef that worked there for three months about five years ago. They've been coasting on those reviews ever since. Nothing special now. The Globe has a far better brunch, but a bit more expensive.

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    1. re: Herb

      Herb,

      you are exactly right about the Old Nick. It was the female chef they had 5 years back who was very good, we would go there then because the food was great. I don't remember her name but I don't think it was Michelle Bellerose. This chef was of Caribbean or Indian ancestry. When she left, it took a big nosedive. It didn't help that when we told them the food was not as good, (we thought we were giving them useful feedback) they basically said it was just as good and don't come back if we thought it was not!

      Yes Globe has a far better brunch and since it's only a bit more xost, it's a much better deal and more enjoyable experience.

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      Old Nick
      123 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

      1. re: foodyDudey

        Yeah, I miss her cooking. Now there's nothing like it on the Danforth strip where you don't have to dress up for brunch.

        1. re: Pincus

          You don't need to dress up to go to Globe. It is pretty darn casual at brunch. I've gone in my lulu's and puma's before without a second thought!

          1. re: JennaBean

            That's correct. I've seen people wearing just about anything, even at dinner.

            1. re: JennaBean

              I did not know that. Thanks to you both for the info.

              1. re: Pincus

                The Danforth - where you can never be too dressed up, or down!
                About Globe brunch though - can I bring my baby and stroller? An older kid? We've avoided doing so thus far so I can take NO for an answer :)

                1. re: julesrules

                  I think it all depends on your baby and kid. How do they behave? Are they ok with a longer wait when it is busy? I always say no to the stoller. There is never enough room.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    Sure you can take your baby to Globe for brunch, just tell the kid not to make too much noise while it's there! I've seen other young children there. And if you are not sure, just call and ask about the stroller.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      There's a baby changer in the men's washroom so they must be baby-friendly!

                      1. re: Herb

                        Really. In the Men's no less!
                        Yeah I take all of those things into account JennaBean... which is why we haven't been yet! There was that brief pre-toddling window when my younger kid would have been fine, but I wasn't sure we'd fit in. Hence my question.

            2. re: foodyDudey

              What do you recommend on the brunch menu at the Globe? I've only visited once for brunch, but I didn't like the Swine and Dine. I didn't like the texture or taste of the sausage or bacon. I prefer ordinary breakfast sausage and bacon to this high fallutin' locally sourced product. That being said, I do like the atmosphere and the service at the Globe. Has anyone tried the vegetarian omelette at the Globe?

              For breakfast/brunch on the Danforth (east of Broadview, though), I like Detroit Eatery's Greek omelettes, western sandwiches (hold the ham) and home fries. Second favourite spot for a greasy breakfast is Motorama, even further east.

              Another nearby option for brunch is Euro Crepe cafe. Not a destination place, but decent if you're in the neighbourhood, and in the mood for a sweet crepe. I've only tried the nutella crepe.

              I've been underwhelmed by everything I've ordered at Mocha Mocha. It reminds me of a higher-priced, indie take on Cultures. I don't understand the line-ups, or why it takes their staff so long to prepare a plate of food, that usually ends up tasting underseasoned. One more reason that I should always carry Tabasco and Balsamic in my purse.

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              Globe
              124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

              Mocha Mocha
              489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

              Euro Crepe Cafe
              582 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1R1, CA

              Detroit Eatery
              389 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

              Motorama Restaurant
              862 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L7, CA

              1. re: prima

                you are right about mocha mocha underseasoning.. and the rediculous wait. I find service pretty bad..

          2. Although I am a fan of Allen's generally I find Brunch there to be pretty weak, their version of potato "fadge" is often disappointing and of all the times I've experienced service hiccups it's almost always been at brunch.

            In that hood stick to Globe

            Frankly if I was hungry in midmorning I'd skip the formalized brunches and either go to Mocha Mocha or greasy spoon it up at New York

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            Mocha Mocha
            489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

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            1. re: bytepusher

              Every time I've eaten eggs at Mocha Mocha I've left depressed. I won't go back for breakfast. Their omelets in particular and boring and flavourless--and I can spend the same amount of money elsewhere for a proper meal.

              I would like to try Globe. So far the only place on the danforth that seems to serve decent brunch is Three's Company, but that's at Pape. They are accommodating and loyal to their customers, and they have creative specials each week. It isn't expensive and you get real food, non-greasy eggs, and sizeable portions. Nothing else along the danforth matches it.

              I also tried Il Fornello's for brunch once and it was fine but nothing to get excited about.

              Wish we had some of the options appearing on Queen on this strip too. Loved Lady Marmalade when I tried it. We need some more creative cooking in this area. I heard Aravind was going to start doing brunch this year which could be interesting, but don't know when that will happen.

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              Three's Company
              673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

              Mocha Mocha
              489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

              1. re: earthmomma

                What?? Love, love, love Mocha Mocha. Excellent fresh food. Everything is good there. They are packed full at all hours of the day - they must be doing something right.

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                Mocha Mocha
                489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

                1. re: millygirl

                  I love Mocha Mocha too. Just not the omlettes--I too find them tasteless.

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                  Mocha Mocha
                  489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

                  1. re: millygirl

                    I find a lot of things at Mocha Mocha a little on the bland side. I've even had bland Ethiopian food there! It's quality fresh food for sure but just not exactly to my taste. I'd love the tuna cakes, for example, if they were served with some kind of spicy mayo/aioli, but plain sour cream is not a dip in my mind. Except with latkes :)
                    I can't say I love Three's Company either. I've commented favourably in the past, but as I work my way through the menu, I find they are using commercial salsas and BBQ sauce (for the tex mex breakfasts, pulled pork and chicken salad) that are not great quality. The Only, when they were still serving brunch (they've finally been shut down for not having a proper kitchen) made a decent Tex Mex-style breakfast because they made their fresh cut salsa and guacomole. Three's Company gives you bottled salsa and a slice of avocado with some eggs and chips and charges $8 - that really does not do it for me.

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                    Three's Company
                    673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

                    Mocha Mocha
                    489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

                    1. re: julesrules

                      I didn't have a great experience my one brunch time at Three's Company, thanks for confirming it wasn't isolated.

                      1. re: Pincus

                        I agree with the reviews of Three's Company. I was really looking forward to eggs benedict and was disappointed when I tasted hollandaise from a pkg. I haven't been back.

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                        Three's Company
                        673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

                2. re: bytepusher

                  Ditto on New York. You think it might be a scary greasy spoon but the food is honest.

                  1. re: Zengarden

                    I love the New York Cafe, just don't go there too often for calorie reasons.