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Sep 19, 2012 05:01 PM

Good spot for a lunch on Sunday?

My friend's family is coming to town and they want to take her for a late lunch on Sunday. Mum is not an adventurous eater, so dim sum, sushi, etc are all out of the question. At the same time, it's my friend's birthday weekend so bacon and eggs are a little basic. Any ideas for a nice spot that is open Sundays? We're talking downtown.

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  1. Le Select is a great place for a multi-generational meal that feels special, IMO. Their Sunday brunch menu is extensive with plenty of options to suit everyone.

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    1. re: childofthestorm

      What a great idea! And it's close to her, too...thank you so much! I'm more in the College neighbourhood and was coming up dry...

    2. What about the School Bakery? It's one of my fave's and anything but basic.

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      1. re: kwass

        School is ok IMO but not worth the wait on a Sunday. Last time I was there with just two other people on a Sunday, we waited an hour for a table.

        1. re: JennaBean

          The wait is're right. But the food is so yummy.

      2. What about Cafe Belong @ the Brickworks? or Lola's Kitchen? or Simple Bistro?

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        1. re: kwass

          Belong is a great space! And their butter tarts are awesome.

          1. re: jlunar

            And this is the right weather for Belong! I tried to go during the summer and they don't have AC. It was sweltering inside.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              My mom went during the summer, and she also found it unbearable.

            2. re: jlunar

              I agree with you on the butter tarts. They're fantastic, as are their blueberry scones!

              1. re: jlunar

                I haven't been because I thought the prices just too high - essentially nothing under $15 (for a salad); Eggs Benny $20; bacon side $6.
                And just a feelgood factor - certainly not a decor must-see.

                Is it really worth around 50% more for almost everything?

                1. re: estufarian

                  I haven't been for brunch but I did have dinner at Cafe Belong (in the sweltering heat) and thought the price was reasonable for the portions that were served. Our mains (fried chicken, pork chop & daily fish) were $18-25 I think? They make good cocktails if that helps you decide ;-)

                  1. re: fickle

                    Actually the corkage policy (even at $25) would attract me more. Not sure if they'd let me bring the stunning 13th Street Brut sparkler though - $133 on their list but under $60 in my cellar!
                    I can (nominally) get fried chicken and pork chop almost anywhere- are they really that good (I'm not remotely interested in 'family-style' food service)?

                    And is parking paid on evenings and Sundays? I've only been daytime when you have to pay.

                    1. re: estufarian

                      estufarian, are you referring to 13th St. Winery's first sparking wine that just came out recently?

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        My records show it was bought in 2009, direct from the winery.

                    2. re: fickle

                      I've only been for brunch but those photos make me want to go for dinner! The food looks awesome! That photo of the fried chicken is making my mouth water.

              2. Try Beast on Tecumseh. It may be this a little adventurous so check the menu first ...

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                1. re: ComerDemonio

                  Cafe Belong today for brunch. First time, food was just so so and service horrible.
                  The patio was full and everything was backed up because of it. Apparently there weren't expecting the crowds.

                  Our food was pretty much comped so even though they did the right thing, we were very underwhelmed and disappointed. Too bad, cuz we really wanted to like it but honestly they seemed so in the weeds and again, the food and menu just didnt grab us.