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Nice Breakfast/Brunch in Thornhill/North York/Richmond Hill?

Julia_K Jan 4, 2012 12:23 PM

Hey there,

I used to go to different Brunch places on King/Queen West area (ex: Delux, Swan, Oddfellows, School Bakery etc). It became a ritual when I tried a new place every few weeks. Going to that area is not a convenient option anymore as we moved to Thornhill. Now I can't find any place for a nice Brunch. I tried Fry Basket which was not good at all. I tried Cora's at Dufferin and Steeles, but Cora's is Cora's and nothing special either. I know there's Steve's near by, but it's also greasy spoon, plain eggs type of a place.

Are there any nice Brunch places in Thornhill/North York/Richmond Hill area? The only place I can think of is "O&B" restaurant at Bayview Village.


  1. TorontoJo Jan 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    Sadly, the North end of the city is a bit of a wasteland for creative brunch spots. The best option I've found is Vivetha, which is on Yonge between York Mills and Lawrence.

    My favourite greasy spoon is The Fry Basket at Yonge and Steeles.

    Cora's is awful. :(

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      Julia_K Jan 4, 2012 01:04 PM

      Yes, I suspected that there are no brunch spots, but one can still hope :)

      Thank you. I'll check out Vivetha. I've never heard of it.

      I went to the Fry Basket a couple of months ago and really did not enjoy it. I like greasy spoon breakfast places occasionally, but that particular restaurant didn't really work for me.

      1. re: Julia_K
        TorontoJo Jan 4, 2012 01:44 PM

        Yes, hope springs eternal for me, too, as weekend breakfasts out are a ritual for me. :)

        Here is Vivetha's web site. Their original location is in the Beach neighbourhood.


        And bummer about Fry Basket. I've found them really reliable and good value. Their omelets are very good, as are the peameal sandwiches and fish and chips.

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      Demeter Jan 6, 2012 07:47 AM

      There's isn't really any nice brunch places up in that area but have you tried the deli's in the area? Steeles Deli and Centre St. Deli both do a good breakfast, as does Kiva's and Bagel World.

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      1. re: Demeter
        juno Jan 6, 2012 08:36 AM

        Are we talking "brunch" or "breakfast"? The OP's title seems to indicate an interest in both. About "brunch" I knoweth not. It's mainly a weekend thing I've never cottoned on to. But if it's breakfast you're talking about - first meal of the day any day of the week - then Demeter's suggestions are bang on. All his/her picks have a Jewish tilt to their menus, with enough twists to make it interesting, though not over-the-top, like many brunch joints that feel obliged to justify their $10-plus menu items with outlandish treatments of old standards. Fresh bagels and breads, with assorted toppings, rule at Kiva's (Bathurst and Steeles) and Bagel World (Bathurst and Wilson). Eggs as well. Steeles Deli (Steeles and Yonge) is more of a diner (one of the best in the city, in my view). I've never had breakfast at Centre Street Deli (Centre St. west of Bathurst), but they do good lunches, and I'll assume breakfast is just as well executed. A somewhat more elaborate menu than the others. Let me add to this group the little known Bagel Plus, a bakery cafe at Bathurst and Sheppard. Open at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. on weekends. Nothing too fancy on the menu, but everything's done well. Casual but efficient service at all these places, though Bagel World can be a little brusque.

        1. re: juno
          Demeter Jan 6, 2012 09:08 AM

          Glad you agree with my picks :) I actually go to the Bagel World at Bathurst & Centre (on Disera Dr.), I find their service a bit less rough.

          1. re: juno
            Julia_K Jan 9, 2012 07:18 AM

            I guess I should have been more specific. I am looking for a place that wouldn't be just plain "eggs&bacon" in a diner-like environment. I want a nice seat down meal with maybe a glass of freshly squeezed mango/papaya/any other fancy weird fruit/etc juice, with an interesting twist on poached eggs with duck or chorizo etc. There are places like that every 100 meters or so on Queen west, but nothing in Thornhill. Oliver & Bonacini at Bayview Village is the only place that is remotely similar to what I am looking for.

            Also, on a side note, I vowed not to ever eat at Bagel World at Centre and Bathurst after I photographed a few salads for them a couple of years ago. Food photography requires a lot of tweaking of the ingredients, positioning foods on plates etc. So, after the salads were touched a lot by a few people and spent quite a lot of time under hot photography lights, the owner (or manager, I'm not sure), sold those salads to the customers. I was very shocked as I have never seen anything like that before.

            1. re: Julia_K
              Disparishun Jan 12, 2012 04:00 PM

              We like Planet Bagel on Centre for that kind of food -- much less crowded than Bagel World and better shakshuka. But, right, I can't think of too many brunch places in Thornhill that aren't either Jewish or greasy-spoon food. On which: Aroma, Shoom Shoom buffet? Maybe dim sum or Korean brunch? Let us know what you end up going back to.

        2. k
          knusprig Jan 7, 2012 02:20 PM

          How about PANERA ?
          I have not tried eat-in breakfast/brunch though. However, I'm somewhat addicted to their asiago bread.
          2 locations: Centre St in Thornhill (where HomeSense is) and at Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill.


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          1. re: knusprig
            Julia_K Jan 9, 2012 07:19 AM

            Thank you for your suggestion, but although that little place is cozy (I went there a few times for a cup of coffee), I am looking for something a little bit more sophisticated.

            1. re: Julia_K
              kwass Jan 12, 2012 04:08 PM

              Unfortunately, there really isn't much in Thornhill or Richmond Hill. i know it's a chain but what about Milestone's @ Yorkdale.

          2. prima Jan 12, 2012 07:45 PM

            I think you'll need to travel south of the 401 for the type of brunch you're describing.

            If atmosphere is important to you, you might be want to try the Miller Tavern's brunch. I've never tried their brunch, so I have no idea if the brunch food is worthwhile.

            If you're looking for chorizo, you might find some at Milagro (on Yonge north of Lawrence), during their weekend brunch.

            The Abbot's brunch also might work for you.

            Hazel's Diner, despite being a diner, also has eggs benedicts and other brunch items on their menu, but it seemed to have slipped last time I was there.

            If you're willing to travel south of Eglinton, Simple Bistro serves a nice, "sophisticated" brunch.

            Coquine also serves brunch. Haven't been.

            Miller Tavern
            3885 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2P2, CA

            Simple Bistro
            619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

            2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

            The Abbot
            3343 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

            Milagro Uptown
            3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

            Fry Basket Fish & Chips
            7057 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2A6, CA

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            1. re: prima
              kwass Jan 12, 2012 07:47 PM

              I agree with Prima. You will be hard pressed to find anything North of the 401. Simple Bistro is a great suggestion!

              1. re: prima
                Julia_K Jan 13, 2012 01:09 PM

                Thank you for your suggestions. I will try them!

                1. re: Julia_K
                  aele11 Jan 19, 2012 07:25 AM

                  I really like going to Shoom Shoom at Bayview & Steeles. They do a very good weekend brunch buffet at a very reasonable price. They do a good mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and regular breakfast food.

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