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xavpg Aug 20, 2013 06:12 PM

Hello CHs,

I often visit our Front St E office which is just east of Yonge and always wonder where to eat breakfast before going to work. Any good places around there? I tried Le Petit Déjeuner which I found ok.

Thank you!

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    bluefirefly Aug 20, 2013 07:47 PM

    Depends on how early you want to eat breakfast / how late you need to get into the office. You could walk a little bit west to Bay and Queen area and go to the Gabardine (they open at 8) or to grab and go or sit in the cafe, Bannock (7:30am).

    Otherwise you may be stuck with Fran's Diner at Yonge and Front.

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      ottawaoperadiva Aug 22, 2013 08:07 AM

      Is breakfast at Fran's on Front any good? Breakfast at the one on College is horrible and I have now removed them from my list of go-to breakfast places.

      +1 for Over Easy.

      There is always Paddington's in the St. Lawrence Market. Apparently it opens for breakfast at 6:00 am: http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/vendo...

      1. re: ottawaoperadiva
        prima Aug 22, 2013 10:05 AM

        Service and food were subpar the only time I breakfasted at the Front St Fran's. Probably the worst breakfast I've had in Toronto. Much worse food and service than what I've experienced at the College St Fran's (although I've only ordered post-midnight grilled cheese and Reubens at the College St location, and it's been a long time since my last visit).
        I'd probably go to the Patrician. I like their Greek omelette.

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          ottawaoperadiva Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM

          I've had the actual breakfasts at Frans on College and they are truly horrid. Their breakfasts were adequate when I started going there 20 years ago but have been going downhill fast over the last five years. I like eggs benedict but the ones at Frans are smothered in hollandaise sauce that tastes like something out of a packet, the eggs overcooked, and the homefries mushy. The breakfast crowd is getting smaller and smaller - last time I went there for breakfast a couple of months ago there were only three of us in the restaurant - myself and two men at the next table...

          The Senator is another favourite of mine but a bit of a hike from Yonge/Front.

          1. re: ottawaoperadiva
            prima Aug 22, 2013 02:02 PM

            I would think the breakfast at Fran's on Front is equally bad. Can't imagine a breakfast much worse than what I had at the location on Front.

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          TorontoJo Aug 22, 2013 04:55 PM

          The worst meal I've ever had in Toronto was at Fran's. Avoid at all costs.

      2. Breadcrumbs Aug 21, 2013 03:12 AM

        What about Marché Restaurant @ Brookfield Place? It opens at 7:30.

        Longos in Brookfield Place has breakfast options on their buffet and of course there are the food court options there. Pumpernickels does a good job with breakfast.

        If you head to Commerce Court, Heidi's Deli in their Food Court has been serving up great breakfasts for years.

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        1. re: Breadcrumbs
          shekamoo Aug 21, 2013 01:23 PM

          +1 for Heidi's.
          in the same (my) food court, Petit Four has good breakfast sandwiches for an (unnecessarily) fancier choice

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          Wil Aug 21, 2013 05:17 AM

          Over Easy inside the Hotel Victoria is my go to if I want a sit down breakfast. It opens at 7am and is right at Yonge/Front.

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            julesrules Aug 21, 2013 08:49 AM

            If you just want to grab something healthy, the oatmeal at DeKefir is cheap and good. They also have kefir parfaits and smoothies, frozen kefir, and kefir waffles. I'm not sure the waffles are a success but everything else is good, the oatmeal also having the advantage of being cheap. Actually, although on the PATH, they do have their own small sit down area.
            http://www.dekefir.ca

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              CarNut Aug 21, 2013 10:59 AM

              If you don't mind walking an extra two blocks from LPD, try George Street Diner at George and Richmond.

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                Cat123 Aug 22, 2013 07:44 AM

                For old school, try the Patrician Grill at 219 King St E.

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                  Wil Aug 23, 2013 07:27 AM

                  +1 for Patrician, a little bit of a walk but not too bad

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                  juliewong Aug 22, 2013 03:23 PM

                  Fran's Diner is located next to Biff's on Front street. Open for breakfast and great food and service.

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                    currycue Aug 23, 2013 09:15 AM

                    I was pretty impressed on my first visit to the new Dineen Coffee Co at Yonge and Adelaide

                    (http://www.blogto.com/cafes/dineen-co...

                    )

                    Not sure if they serve a full english or not, but their pastries and coffee were very good.

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                      prima Aug 24, 2013 02:01 PM

                      I was wondering about Dineen. Glad the coffee was good. Will check it out sometime soon.

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                        julesrules Aug 25, 2013 05:25 PM

                        Have noticed this place - they did a great job with the space, much more character than most downtown core / Yonge St places. Will have to grab a coffee.

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