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White Brick Kitchen (Bloor and Euclid), Anyone been?

I think I got the name right. Just opened in the old chain breakfast place.

Any idea what kind of food and if it is any good??

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  1. Yep, it's called White Brick Kitchen and it's replaced that awful Eggsmart that used to be there. I walked by there today, they're calling themselves "American comfort food." There was a server standing outside handing out some kind of potato or cheese chips.

    Haven't tried it yet and I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has.

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    1. re: donaldbean

      Went a few days ago and had the brisket burger, fries, and my friend got the mac and cheese. Burger was good and juicy. Very simple burger with not a lot of toppings. Cooked well with nice char and a little pink.

      Mac and cheese was extremely decadent. This is not fancypants al dente pasta accented with sauce. The pasta was drowning in cheese sauce and was a little mushy, which is probably how mac and cheese should be. Not really my thing but my friend liked it.

    2. Tried the BBLT (Beef Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) Got it with homemade Tater Tots ($2 extra charge) Whole thing was great. Tater tot filling burned the roof of my mouth pretty good. It probably looked like a snake shedding it's skin after.

      1. Went again tonight and had the fried chicken. Really good. Comes with a honey mustard and two sides. Got the slaw and the mash and they where both awesome. Really stoked to have this spot in the neighborhood. All of the food I've had there has been really good.

        1. Went yesterday and had the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. It was very tasty as was the side salad. I felt $13 for a sandwich was a bit steep though.

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          1. re: EarlyDrive

            They still don't have a website do they? Any idea what time they open for lunch?

            1. re: kwass

              I've tried just about everything on the menu now and it's all really great stuff. Just started tapping into their desserts which are also pretty great. They do a mean blueberry cheesecake.

              Website: http://thewhitebrickkitchen.com/

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                Thank you so much for posting the menu! It looks awesome!! The only thing is that they have to change the font on the menu...it's almost illegible.

                1. re: kwass

                  Yeah, the font on their in house menu is totally fine so no worries.

          2. Has it been busy when anyone has gone? Last time I was there we were the only ones in the restaurant.. hoping they are normally busier, don't want to see them close down!

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            1. re: foodiction2

              There were two other sets of people there when we went last night (Saturday), at 7.00 pm.
              They have been open exactly two months now.
              We had good but not great food; deep fried chicken, meat loaf, couple of drinks, $50 incl.tip
              Very pleasant service and some imagination in the menu.

              1. re: foodiction2

                Went for brunch at 12:30 pm on Sunday. Lots of tables open. Service was excellent (they let me take my Starbucks coffee in; I offered to toss it and he said it was ok!). Food was really, really good. Grilled cheese was delicious; but the stand-out for me was the warm,chocolate banana bread french toast drenched in caramel sauce. Would definitely go back.

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  And they open for brunch at 9 am on Sundays - hello parents of young children!

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    Been to this place a few times and everything has been great. Lots of work put into the food. Not many customers. This place would be packed in a better location...I think hipsters would love this place.

                    Anyways, the food has always been really good. Really comforting food.

              2. I am planning to go tonight before a film at The Bloor. Since the post was bumped up today, what are the highlights from the sides menu? I am ordering the fried chicken which comes with two sides.

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                1. re: ylsf

                  Honestly, everything's good. Coleslaw, Tater Tots, Veg, all good. Can't really go wrong with anything on the menu there.

                  1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                    Yeah everything I've had has been great. Please let me know how the Fried Chicken is, I haven't tried it.

                    I love the meatloaf!

                    1. re: szw

                      Yeah, the Fried Chicken is probably the most can't miss item on the menu. The Chef was at Stockyards before he started up White Brick Kitchen so he knows a thing or two about frying some bird.

                2. So I went tonight. I was the only person in the place until I left close to 6:30. I hope they are busy at some point....

                  They changed up the menu. The items that used to include 2 sides now just include 1 side and a "scallion biscuit". I wish they still had the 2 sides because I was not a fan of the biscuit at all. Maybe I have been spoiled by the excellent biscuits at Memphis Fire BBQ in Winona but I did not like the texture nor the taste of the ones at WBK. So, that was the bad part out of the way. The chicken was excellent indeed. Top 3 of fried chicken in the city. Up there with Stockyards for me. For my side I had the seasonal veggie which was brussel sprouts/bacon. Good side.

                  Service was good, decor was reasonable (nothing fancy).

                  I am looking forward to tomorrow's lunch so I can have my left over chicken :)

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                  1. re: ylsf

                    ML and I went last night. We ordered the Franklin fries (fries topped with cheese, sour cream and scallions), fried chicken and the turkey bowl. Both mains came with the scallion biscuit ylsf mentioned. We loved everything, biscuit included. Fried chicken had great texture, wasn't overly greasy and had a delicious honey-mustard dipping sauce. Turkey bowl had great flavour, and while the sauce is roux-based it wasn't overly rich and had the perfect consistency.

                    There were a few tables occupied while we were there but it wasn't busy enough considering the quality of the food, and the value... Hoping more people catch on.

                    1. re: Ben Reiner

                      Yeah, the Chef's from Stockyards and it's similar cuisine executed just as well. No idea why people aren't all over this spot.

                      1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                        I honestly feel bad for them..what can I do? I always recommend it to friends!

                        1. re: szw

                          Yeah, me too. I feel like they'll have their time when the weather gets warmer and that patio gets sorted out. It's really a gem of a spot.

                  2. Update on this:

                    Have walked by a few times, looks like they are much busier now. Generally seeing them 50% full on weekdays (instead of 0%) and they are always full for brunch on the weekends now.

                    Awesome to see!

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                    1. Saw a mention of White Brick Kitchen in the re:Porter magazine this weekend (the inflight magazine for Porter Airlines). Small little write up but it was positive. Now, I don't recall if it was in the "February" issue or the March issue because I read one on the way out and one on the way back. I think in the February issue though:

                      They have all of the issues online, some interesting food/travel articles in them in general:

                      https://www.flyporter.com/Best-Airlin...

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                      1. re: ylsf

                        Fried chicken is pretty darn great! Good slaw. Good kettle chips.

                        1. re: justsayn

                          Don't you just love that place!! Glad to hear fried chicken is so good! Another reason to go back :)

                          1. re: kwass

                            The white meat had a bit of that dense brined texture that I don't know how to properly describe, but overall it was delicious and I will definitely be back for more.

                            1. re: justsayn

                              How does it compare to Stockyards?

                              1. re: kwass

                                Believe it or not, I tried the chicken back a long while ago - before they became all the rage and I found the breading to be too simple. I like Popeye's type breading. So I never had to get chicken there again. I am sure I am missing out and perhaps it has improved over the years. I will try it again one day. I love Hadley's fried chicken - always so moist and tasty with a bit of a heavy crust that I love.

                                1. re: justsayn

                                  I love Stockyards, but I'm like you...my preference is actually for a thicker breading. And, as embarrassed as I am to admit it, Popeye's is one of my guilty pleasures as well :) Unfortunately, I haven't tried Hadley's yet, but I'd love to!

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Have you tried Churches spicy? Love it. Hadley's is that thicker crust. It is deep fried then baked. SO GOOD! Add maple syrup and french toast! Crust falls off more than it "should" but who cares...

                                2. re: kwass

                                  The chef came from Stockyards, so there are many similarities. So I hear - haven't been to Stockyards yet (shhh.. i know, I should go), but I did enjoy the chicken at White Brick a lot and thought it the best thing on their menu.

                                  1. re: jlunar

                                    You have to try Stockyards jlunar. And then report back. I'd love to hear how you stack one against the other.

                            2. re: justsayn

                              Am I the only one that doesn't like the scallion biscuit they serve (or at least served) with the fried chicken? I would probably be back sooner if i could get something else (or even just a plain one). That is the only think I didn't like about my meal there, and I mentioned it to the waitstaff.

                              1. re: ylsf

                                I agree on the biscuit for both the texture and the taste. They once had a less than great homemade english muffin as well.

                                With all the chicken and great kettle chips, I just pushed the biscuit aside. Maybe they would give you some slaw instead?

                                I think Friday night you can get the chicken with waffles.

                                1. re: justsayn

                                  So chicken and waffles isn't a brunch item, it's a dinner item?

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Chicken at brunch is served with a choice of side and a biscuit. Friday night (I believe it is) they have the Chicken and Waffle special.

                            3. re: ylsf

                              I go every now and then. Their fried chicken is great, as is their slaw.

                              The last time I was there, I had their sticky toffee pudding which was also fantastic - not too sweet. My partner loves their meatloaf

                              1. re: daeira

                                Yes agree. The meatloaf is great!

                            4. I went for Sunday brunch last Summer and really liked their food. Their eggs benny is really good.

                              1. Best fried chicken in the city, hands down, better than Stockyards even.

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                                1. re: Bobby Wham

                                  Agreed.

                                  Although I don't care much for their honey mustard glaze - chicken tastes great on its own.

                                  1. re: mkhall

                                    Yeah, some Louisiana sauce would do the trick ;)

                                    1. re: mkhall

                                      Agree on that as well. I can't recall if they served it on the side... or if I just asked for it on the side when I got it.

                                    2. re: Bobby Wham

                                      Really? Ok. Definitely have to try it now!!

                                    3. Went for lunch on Friday. Had the fried chicken and the club sandwich. It was ok but there were little things we didn't love. The chicken and the tomato for the club were ice cold and somehow only one piece of the bread was actually only toasted and they tried to hide it by putting the untoasted slice on the bottom.

                                      Well the chicken was good, I found it a bit greasy and it needed more seasoning for me. Well it may be someone who cooked at Stockyards making WBK chicken, it wasn't as good for me.

                                      1. I went for brunch last weekend and wasn't blown away. Three of us (including me) got the Scotch-ish eggs, and one of us got the eggs benny.

                                        The Scotch-ish eggs are eggs coated in panko and deep fried, served on a buttered slice of baguette. They had a sauce drizzled over them, but I couldn't taste it. The eggs were basically just deep fried eggs that didn't taste like much except grease, and the baguette didn't add anything. I was really missing the sausage from real scotch eggs (or anything else to add flavour). The person that got the eggs benny didn't seem too impressed either.

                                        Anyway...I won't be rushing back. If I did I'd try one of their sweeter brunch items. I'd also like to try their chicken...too bad it doesn't appear to be available for brunch anymore.

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                                        1. re: Strongbad789

                                          Saturday is a full menu and Sunday is a more limited brunch menu. Fried chicken is available on Saturday.

                                          1. re: justsayn

                                            Thanks for the update. I do want to try their fried chicken.

                                        2. went for brunch this past sunday at 11am. there were about 2-3 groups ahead of us. the wait was only 10-15mins. had the banana bread french toast with a side of beef bacon while friend had the scrapple-wich. we also ordered the homemade pink lemonade and ice tea which were very refreshing ($3 each). i've never had scrapple before so i have no point of comparison but i thought it was nice.

                                          i would suggest anyone getting a sweet brunch item to definitely think about sharing it. it was delicious, rich, generous, but mostly just sweet (no contrasting flavours beside the fresh bananas). i was going into a sugar coma about halfway through.

                                          i'd definitely go again...but perhaps opt for something savory next time.

                                           
                                           
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                                          1. re: blitz

                                            I love the banana bread french toast, but it is sweet. One solution is to get the syrup on the side, which is what I do, so that you can have some control over the level of sweetness.

                                            The next thing that I want to try there, other than the fried chicken of course, is the Blueberry Cheesecake Waffle. One of my girlfriends tried it, and said it was ridiculously good!!

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              I normally opt for savoury but had the Blueberry Cheesecake Waffle for brunch here and it was really good! I was also a fan of the way it came with bacon :)

                                              1. re: ggom1

                                                Good to hear! I'm really looking forward to trying it!

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  Hey Kwass, if plans allow,I highly recommend you hit WBK for brunch tomorrow. Crazy good waffle with lemon and blueberry and small scoops of fantastic ice cream. They also have the banana bread item on the menu that you like. Waffle itself was amazing!

                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                    Thanks justsayn!! That sounds yummy! As it so happens, I'm free tomorrow, so I will try them and report back tomorrow night :)

                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                      Hope you make it. They open at 9 tomorrow. I'm pretty certain that you can't not-like-it....even if it isn't your favorite. It's that good!

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        Wow! I'm very excited now!! Thanks so much justsayn!!

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          Enjoy! I think I'm trying the new Marben brunch tomorrow.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            I'm sure I will :) And I've heard great things about the new brunch at Marben, so I'm sure you're going to enjoy it!

                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                        Justsayn, I'm not sure if you saw my post on the best scones in TO, but knowing that you love scones, you have to try the scones from Baker and Scone! They're awesome!!

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          What if I told you I went today? :-)

                                                          Lemon currant. Loved the very crispy exterior, moist inside and fantastic flavour of both the lemon and currant. My only knock is that it lacked a scone flavour so to my taste it could have been a cake or muffin. I have to ask a baker what makes a scone flavour - yeast? I don't know. But it's why I still prefer the lemon ginger by circle and squares oft found at Jimmy's.

                                                          But I agree they are amazing in texture and flavour and I will be back to try more!

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            Looking quickly online it seems scones have lots of baking powder and use of heavy cream...maybe that's what makes the "scone flavour" I seek?

                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                              Interesting! I wonder how they make theirs.

                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                I made a new recipe today with buttermilk instead of cream, they were a lot "cakier" than the ones I usually make.

                                                              2. re: justsayn

                                                                That's so funny! The lemon currant are my favourite too :) The oatmeal brown sugar are very good as well!

                                                                I do agree with you though that these scones are very cake-like. But they're just so good! They've become my new addiction :)

                                                          2. re: justsayn

                                                            So I went for brunch this morning and the waffle WAS amazing!! Thanks so much for the rec justsayn!! The blueberry cheescake ice cream was such a nice touch - IMO, it made the dish! The only thing that might have made it better, was if there was a blueberry compote or coulis, rather than a sprinkling of blueberries over the dish :)

                                                            How was Marben?

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              Agree on the cheesecake ice cream....that's why I left that part as a surprise ;-)

                                                              Blueberry coulis interlaced with the lemon would definitely bring it to a new height. I think they were relying on the blueberry in the ice cream to help boost the blueberry flavours. Glad you loved it! I was also so impressed by the texture of the waffle!

                                                              Didn't go to Marben. Opted for a re-try of Hudson Kitchen. Had some delicious dinners there but once again found the brunch servings small, incomplete and expensive. While the $11 Spanish omelette was delicious it was small and came with no greens, potatoes, but only a small piece of lousy tasting bread. Asked for an extra piece of the doughy bread and they charged a dollar. Give me a break. Won't be back for brunch.

                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                I love surprises, and that was a nice one :) I really did enjoy it, so thank you again!!

                                                                That's too bad about your brunch today. I hate when restaurants charge for bread...especially since I like to eat baskets full ;)

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  I know it's not for everyone, but I like/need toast or bread with my eggs. One tiny piece doesn't cut it. And if I'm the odd person who wants more than one tiny piece, don't charge me another buck. If everyone is asking then figure it out!
                                                                  And for $11, throw me some inspired greens.

                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                    I agree! I think it's kind of crass to charge for bread. Next thing you know, they'll be charging for tap water.

                                                  2. Tried this place for dinner and very much like! Fried chicken was very good and the vegan curry stew with nuts and raisins and nice curry broth with chickpeas was quite unique and tasty. The green salad was lovely lemony oily dressed. I was least impressed with the Neapolitan icecream cake for dessert (cake sort of dry) but the sticky toffee pudding was very good. Sticky, squishy--in all the right ways.

                                                    And really huge portions for the price.

                                                    Only thing that limits me going back soon is relatively small menu. But I will go back.

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                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                      +1. Great food as you described! Menu has something for everyone in my experience. Love the beef bacon too.

                                                    2. Wow. Went for dinner tonight and enjoyed everything. Beef bacon caesar is decent. Shepherds pie is outstanding! Devilled eggs are tasty. Will definitely go back (soon). Service was so-so.

                                                      1. A heads up that they are closed for reservations from March 3 to March 13, 2014.

                                                        I went yesterday for brunch. About a 15 minute wait around 11am but huge line up by the time I left closer to 12:15pm:

                                                        I had this - The Benny - $10 - house-made english muffin, sage sausage, two poached eggs, brown butter hollandaise and potatoes

                                                        Enjoyed it. What I didn't like was the house cured beef bacon. At $4 for a tiny order I felt ripped off. The taste was okay but nothing special. I would not get it again and I wouldn't recommend ordering it as a side.

                                                        BTW, in case not mentioned here, they no longer have fried chicken on their brunch menu.

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                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          Thanks for the review!

                                                          My own two cents....

                                                          I agree that the beef bacon is not outstanding, but I do enjoy it and I get it often as a side. I think I get 5 broad strips which seem to be enough. They are well cooked and not greasy.

                                                          The fried chicken is available for their Saturday brunch as they serve from the whole menu as opposed to the more limited brunch menu on Sundays.

                                                          Generally the same wait times on a Saturday as what you experienced.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            I took a picture of the bacon. Is this usually what you get when you order it? They were very crispy to the point of not leaving much bacon there (i.e. they were not thick cut, which I thought they would be considering they were house cured).

                                                            Also attaching a pic of the Benny dish for reference.

                                                             
                                                             
                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                              Nice! Yes that looks about right to me. I have no problem with that value to be honest. It is all made in-house. The thickness is good to my taste also as I find when bacon is any thicker it tends to get more chewy than crisp. I prefer crisp. Sometimes their strips are more full looking and sometimes they are more "shredded" like that.

                                                              I am always impressed by how little grease there is with their bacon, as evident in your pic.

                                                            2. re: justsayn

                                                              It's interesting that they serve their full brunch menu on Saturday and a limited menu on Sunday, when Sunday seems to be the more popular of the 2 days to go out for brunch.

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Actually, they serve their regular menu on Saturdays with some brunch items thrown in (not sure which ones). Sundays is the full brunch menu. See their website, it mentions this under the menus.

                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                  No. I've seen the menus. In fact I've been there for brunch on a Sunday (several times). I just never understood why they don't serve their fried chicken on Sundays. But I guess it's not considered a brunch item.

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    Yeah, that. You said in your post "they serve the full brunch menu on Saturday".... I haven't been on Saturday, do they actually serve all of the items on the Sunday brunch menu AND their regular menu as well?? That is what I was addressing by my post. I guess it might be because the place is super busy already for Sunday brunch and they want people to fill up the tables in the evenings (i.e. come back for the fried chicken :) )..

                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                      I did say that. I haven't looked @ their menus in a while. I just made that assumption based on what you said in regard to them no longer serving fried chicken for brunch. Sorry. It was just a misunderstanding on my part.

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        They haven't had fried chicken on the Sunday brunch menu for a long time now...if they ever did. I don't know the reason of course but maybe it is something along the lines of what ylsf offered as an explanation?

                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                          No. Unfortunately they have never had the Fried chicken on the Sunday brunch menu.

                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                            I just looked @ their menu again and they have a Sunday brunch menu, and on Saturday they serve their regular menu with a few of the brunch items from the Sunday menu....which I just noticed is EXACTLY what ylsf said above.

                                                                            Sorry. Didn't get much sleep last night, so I'm not all there :)