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Brunch Sunday before touring ROM

busy Nov 9, 2011 07:04 AM

Looking for something that's not too expensive and won't have the usual Toronto brunch-fan huge queues to get in. Ideas??

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    busy Jan 20, 2012 07:25 AM

    Sorry, I just remembered I promised to report on La Societe. Food was fine, waiter was new at his job, so a bit hit or miss. Room was VERY crowded and noisy with many small children. Next time, I'd ask to be seated in the small bar/lounge instead of the main DR. But there WILL be a next time!

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      panthera Jan 19, 2012 07:06 PM

      I went to Over Easy once. Got to agree, it's really mediocre....waited for ages, was served salad from a bag with rotton pieces in it, sent it back and was then served more of the same salad. Asked the server "would you eat this?" she said no. Complained and got nowhere with them. Would never recommend going there.

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      1. re: panthera
        Sooeygun Jan 20, 2012 07:16 AM

        That is so completely different from my experiences there. I've been to Over Easy many times (never for non-breakfast food) and have always had quick service. I recommend any dish with ham. Unlike lots of other breakfast places, they have proper, baked on the bone ham. Oh, and they have real Hollandaise.

      2. j3n Nov 14, 2011 12:26 PM

        Other options include:

        Flo's Diner

        New Yorker Deli
        (@ Bay & Bloor; south of Bloor. Across from Indigo


        or if you are going on a Sunday, I recommend the Brunch Buffet @ Bloor St. Diner. Very fair price and decent food.

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        1. re: j3n
          iMarilyn Nov 16, 2011 04:31 AM

          Do any of those take reservations? The OP did say no lineups.

          1. re: iMarilyn
            busy Nov 16, 2011 05:56 AM

            Flo's is one of my favorites but has HORRIBLE line ups. Bloor Street Diner is so so for food.
            We have a reservation at la Societe and will report after!
            Thanks for all the input.

            Bloor Street Diner
            55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W1A5, CA

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          pakmode Nov 12, 2011 08:03 AM

          I would recommend Insomnia Cafe on Bloor/Bathurst. Nice, simple brunch menu that's prepared well.

          1. elvisahmed Nov 10, 2011 07:46 AM

            I would throw in La Société in the mix as a couple of friends have recommended their Pirx Fix menu.

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            1. re: elvisahmed
              wontonfm Nov 10, 2011 06:46 PM

              I really enjoyed the French Toast at La Societe. Not a diner feel but a decent option.


              1. re: elvisahmed
                jennjen18 Nov 16, 2011 04:24 AM

                Do you know how their prix fixe works? Dont think its on their online menu: http://lasociete.ca/menu/LaSociete-Br...

                1. re: jennjen18
                  iMarilyn Nov 16, 2011 04:31 AM

                  Soup, sandwich, small dessert $15 lunch only (or so I'm told). Might be only weekdays.

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                Cat123 Nov 9, 2011 04:30 PM

                Caren's Wine and Cheese has a great brunch. I just saw your response above though and it definitely isn't diner-ish.

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                  sake Nov 10, 2011 06:50 AM

                  Dim sum at Dynasty? I personally think Over Easy is terrible.

                  Over Easy
                  208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

                  1. re: sake
                    peppermint pate Nov 10, 2011 07:56 AM

                    Ditto on "Over Easy". Totally mediocre. Prefer every other rec on this thread - expanding the radius slightly, you could also add Aroma, Insomnia and Cantine.

                    138 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

                2. jennjen18 Nov 9, 2011 03:06 PM

                  Over Easy. http://www.overeasyrestaurants.com/

                  Over Easy
                  208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

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                  1. re: jennjen18
                    busy Nov 9, 2011 04:10 PM

                    Great idea, Jennjen!
                    I love C5 (had brunch there 2 weeks ago) and do want to get to the Gallery Grill sometime, but my friend was hoping for something 'diner-ish'. Over Easy fits the bill and couldn't be more conveniently located.

                    Over Easy
                    208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

                    Gallery Grill
                    7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

                    1. re: busy
                      jennjen18 Nov 9, 2011 06:45 PM

                      Beware of early morning lineups on weekends!

                  2. estufarian Nov 9, 2011 12:45 PM

                    Holt's Cafe is also mid-priced.
                    But it doesn't open until 12:00.
                    Only 5 minutes away.

                    1. sloweater Nov 9, 2011 08:11 AM

                      Gallery Grill at Hart House does a nice brunch. It's just around the corner from the ROM.

                      Gallery Grill
                      7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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                      1. re: sloweater
                        JennaBean Nov 9, 2011 08:56 AM

                        Second this option. I would say it is mid-price point not cheap but not expensive.

                      2. iMarilyn Nov 9, 2011 07:26 AM

                        While not cheap, C5 has a lovely brunch and it's in the same building.

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