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Nov 20, 2012 08:32 AM

Any good place for brunch in North Toronto, along the subway line? (From Finch to Eglington?)

I'm meeting a girlfriend for brunch this Sat. I live in Richmond Hill and she lives in the Yonge & Eglington area. We are hoping to find a nice place for brunch/lunch along the subway line, perferably north of Eglington, so I don't have to travel too far. Any ideas? Even dim sum, asian food could do!

Many thanks!!

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  1. How about Stack Smokehouse, on Yonge north of Lawrence?

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    1. re: CarNut

      While I'm a big fan of Stack - do they do a 'Brunch'?
      I thought it was their regular menu (lunch - which is identical to dinner) that they serve every day.

    2. Vivetha, on Yonge between the Lawrence and York Mills stop would be my choice for a casual brunch in that area.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        As estufarian has noted, there's nothing particularly brunchy about Stack's all-day menu, though I suppose - if you're not too wedded to brunchy classics - you could pull together a sort of brunch from the many dishes on offer. Nice space, good service. Opens for business at 11:30 a.m.

        I've never brunched at the aforementioned Vivetha, on the west side of Yonge St. between Fairlawn and St. Germain, but friends in the neighbourhood who do brunch regularly, unlike myself, tell me it's pretty good, and reasonably priced. Dinners are also well done, but the space itself, despite some recent tarting up, seems smallish, dark and kinda bleak. In short, an awkward space, but okay if it's not too crowded.

        If you're travelling by subway to that strip of Yonge St., I'd get off at the Lawrence stop for both Stack and Vivetha. Stack is maybe a five-minute walk from the subway, Vivetha a 10-12 minute walk.

        1. re: juno

          I like the benedicts at ViVetha. Reasonably priced. I agree the space is a little bleak.

          The Abbot, also north of Lawrence, also serves brunch on the weekend, and has a nicer atmosphere. Haven't tried the brunch.

          Coquine, located a couple blocks south of the southern-most exit of Eglinton Station, offers a brunch. Haven't tried the brunch.

          For a nicer brunch, a little further from the subway stations, but still accessible by TTC, you might want to consider Simple Bistro on Mount Pleasant Road (within a 15 minute walk of Eglinton Station) or the Left Bank Bistro on Avenue Road (take the westbound bus from York Mills, then walk south on Avenue Road, or wait for a southbound Avenue Road bus).

          1. re: prima

            I like the Abbot, had a ploughman's breakfast there that hit the right spots (pate, cheeses, etc).

            Also north of lawrence is Hazel's Diner. And on Mt Pleasant, Homeway Diner. Both are more diner-ish than ViVetha, but hits the right brunch notes.

            1. re: prima

              I checked the websites, too bad Abbot doesn't have their menu up. I really like the Coquine!

            2. re: juno

              Thanks for the tips! Persoanlly I'd love to try Stack, but my girlfriend may want a restaurant with salad or other low calorie options. I may try Stack with my husband, the menu looks yummy!

              1. re: k.lee

                And the salads are quite good too - especially considering that it looks almost like an afterthought on the menu.

          2. Thanks for all the ideas, I'd love to try them all later on! I'll ask my friend to pick one. Have a great weekend everyone!