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Good spot for a lunch on Sunday?

scrummy Sep 19, 2012 05:01 PM

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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    childofthestorm RE: scrummy Sep 19, 2012 05:27 PM

    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
      scrummy RE: childofthestorm Sep 19, 2012 05:36 PM

      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. kwass RE: scrummy Sep 19, 2012 09:10 PM

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

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        JennaBean RE: kwass Sep 21, 2012 06:47 AM

        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.

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          kwass RE: JennaBean Sep 21, 2012 06:58 AM

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

      2. kwass RE: scrummy Sep 21, 2012 07:13 AM

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

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          jlunar RE: kwass Sep 21, 2012 09:13 AM

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

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            TorontoJo RE: jlunar Sep 21, 2012 09:15 AM

            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.

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              kwass RE: TorontoJo Sep 21, 2012 09:18 AM

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

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              kwass RE: jlunar Sep 21, 2012 09:17 AM

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

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                estufarian RE: jlunar Sep 21, 2012 09:53 AM

                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?

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                  fickle RE: estufarian Sep 21, 2012 11:27 AM

                  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 ;-)

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                    estufarian RE: fickle Sep 21, 2012 11:47 AM

                    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.

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                      TorontoJo RE: estufarian Sep 21, 2012 01:24 PM

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

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                        estufarian RE: TorontoJo Sep 21, 2012 04:27 PM

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

                    2. re: fickle
                      kwass RE: fickle Sep 21, 2012 12:20 PM

                      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. ComerDemonio RE: scrummy Sep 21, 2012 02:36 PM

                Try Beast on Tecumseh. It may be this a little adventurous so check the menu first ... http://thebeastrestaurant.com/?p=164

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                  millygirl RE: ComerDemonio Nov 11, 2012 12:02 PM

                  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.

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                    kwass RE: millygirl Nov 11, 2012 12:36 PM

                    So sorry to hear that!!

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