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Good Breakfast Place Downtown Toronto???

KingsKetz May 20, 2011 10:10 AM

I'll be staying at the Sheraton in downtown Toronto for a week towards the end of July. I really hate most hotel breakfasts. They're overpriced and not terribly good. Is there any places a bit more homegrown and good that you might recommend nearby to the Sheraton? Thanks!

  1. TorontoJo May 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    Just around the corner from you is The Gabardine at 372 Bay St. I believe they open around 7am. I'm not entirely certain what their breakfast offerings are beyond homemade pastries (muffins, scones and such) and espresso-based drinks. I've had dinner there a couple of times and enjoy the comfort food menu, so I would definitely check it out for breakfast.


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    1. re: TorontoJo
      TorontoJo May 20, 2011 10:25 AM

      OK, I just checked the web site. They open at 8 for breakfast, and here is the menu as of January:

      Homemade granola with Greek yogurt & fresh fruit- 7
      Hot oatmeal with bananas, nuts, cinnamon & maple syrup- 7
      Scrambled eggs with bacon & toast- 8
      Egg & cheese panino with sweet onions- 8
      Bacon, lettuce & tomato panino with lemon mayo- 8
      Chicken sausage panino with cheese, sweet onions & arugula- 10
      Muffins & Croissants- 2.50

      1. re: TorontoJo
        TorontoJo May 20, 2011 10:26 AM

        And drinks:

        Coffee/tea- 1.50
        Espresso- 2
        Double espresso- 2.50
        Americano- 2
        Cappuccino- 3
        Latte- 3
        Ghirardelli Mocha- 3.50
        Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate- 3
        London fog- 2.50

        1. re: TorontoJo
          prima May 20, 2011 10:28 AM

          2nd that.

          The Gabardine
          372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 3W1, CA

          1. re: prima
            miranda May 21, 2011 11:10 AM

            Canteen at John and King also has good breakfast open daily from 8am 10 min walk from where you are Miranda

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          currycue May 23, 2011 01:26 PM

          Top of the list for me is the Senator (www.thesenator.com) Toronto's oldest restaurant and worth the detour behind Dundas Square. There's also a decent espresso bar serving Illy Cafe on Queen, east of Yonge called B Espresso Bar.

          B Espresso Bar
          111 Queen E, Toronto, ON M5C1S2, CA

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          1. re: currycue
            KingsKetz Jun 6, 2011 01:27 PM

            Great. Thank you all! And if you have any dinner recommendations....;-)

            1. re: KingsKetz
              TorontoJo Jun 6, 2011 06:27 PM

              Dinner is much easier than breakfast! Whatcha in the mood for? Price point? Cuisine? Atmosphere?

          2. ekim256 Jun 6, 2011 06:22 PM

            Hey Kings! Do you have any idea what you want to do while you're in Toronto? Maybe we can gear some recommendations that are on the way from the Sheraton to your spots. Are you here on vacay?
            I haven't seen much love for it around here, but I rather liked the breakfast butties at O&B Canteen. TERRIBLE dinner imo, but good for a quick Canadian bacon sammy.
            Walking to the distillery district? You can stop by Le Petit Dejeuner for light and delicious waffles.
            Lunch (if you sleep in :P): RaviSoups
            would dinner recs around the hotel make sense? You might be out and about by that time...in either case, Nota Bene is a stone's throw away.
            Then, if you just want something simple, FYI the closest grocery store is probably Longo's - pricey but if you just want some fruit or something in the morning...there ya go. Even better if you walk down to Chinatown. I'd say that a walk down there for some fresh rambutans, lychees, and dragonfruit is a worthy breakfast! :3
            Lastly, I think that Tasty Thursday should be on by then - head to Nathan Phillip's Square for some chow around 11AM. Not breakfast, but hey I'm assuming that you're on vacation so will be snoozing a bit :)


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

            Nota Bene
            180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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            1. re: ekim256
              KingsKetz Jul 5, 2011 01:51 AM

              Actually I'm going to be in Toronto for the Bridge Nationals. I do want to get to some of the museums and explore some of the neighborhoods though. I'm definitely going to get to Chinatown for some Dim Sum while I'm there...any suggestions though are greatly appreciated.

              1. re: KingsKetz
                Cliocooks Jul 12, 2011 12:46 PM

                For breakfast, there's a place on Bloor, more or less across the street from the ROM--I think it's called OverEasy. There's another branch on Jarvis, maybe? There's also Cora's, which has several branches, I think.

                1. re: KingsKetz
                  syoung Jul 12, 2011 09:13 PM

                  The 2 downtown Chinatowns haven't been good for dim sum for decades. Your best best downtown is Lai Wah Heen on Chesnut St. or go further north to Dynasty on Yorkville.

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                lamaranthe Jul 13, 2011 07:21 AM

                Hotel breakfasts are not all the same. The one at King Edward is excellent and very high class.

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