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weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

prima Feb 19, 2014 05:03 AM

Aunties and Uncles
Cafe Boulud
Where else?

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    LexiFirefly Feb 19, 2014 05:06 AM

    The huntsman does brunch throughout the week.

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      happycamper Feb 19, 2014 12:13 PM

      Good to know!

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        kwass Feb 20, 2014 10:10 AM

        In regard to the Huntsman prima, they make THE MOST unbelievable apple pancakes. They put stewed apples right into the batter. They are sublime!!

      2. petek Feb 19, 2014 05:13 AM

        How early is breakfast for you?

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          prima Feb 19, 2014 07:24 AM

          Serving breakfast by 9 am. :)

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            petek Feb 19, 2014 09:52 AM

            No Dim Sum..:(

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          Cat123 Feb 19, 2014 05:37 AM

          Gabardine. Not too unusual but they have breakfast burger.....peameal sandwich....mmmmmm.

          1. 1sweetpea Feb 19, 2014 06:11 AM

            They DO serve weekday breakfasts at Cafe Boulud, but not at weekday prices!

            Are you looking for more standard breakfast options, or would you consider dim sum, pho or Vietnamese com dishes, ful, congee or idlis and sambhar?

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              prima Feb 19, 2014 07:33 AM

              Open to any type of breakfast that's served by 9am , that's something different from a typical greasy spoon menu. I'm already a fan of the standard offerings at Detroit Eatery, Motorama and Good Bite.

              Had a nice eggs benedict at Cafe Boulud today. $21, great Hollandaise, perfectly poached eggs. A side of potatoes would have been extra. The $17 Belgian waffle was a generous size.I'm sure I'll return again. Good cappuccino for $6.

              I'd consider any of the dishes you've mentioned if they're being served at 9 am. My favourite dim sum spots mostly get going after 10:30, making dim sum a brunch food for me. :)

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                bytepusher Feb 19, 2014 09:57 AM

                The Gabardine already mentioned but it's worth pointing out they open for breakfast at 8 AM

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              bobbob911 Feb 19, 2014 07:21 AM

              Lady Marmelade in Leslieville - weekdays are ideal because it's too busy on the weekend!

              1. kwass Feb 19, 2014 10:45 AM

                The Drake
                Emma's Country Kitchen

                1. happycamper Feb 19, 2014 12:19 PM

                  House of Gourmet in Chinatown - kitchen opens at 8am on weekdays.
                  Union 72 - 10am weekdays, but Fantastic coffee/pastries/meaty bites.

                  1. Dr. John Feb 20, 2014 09:15 AM

                    Bonjour Brioche. The pastries and brioche are very good (particularly the blueberry and raspberry-lemon brioches). They do a nice scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with rosti. The tarts are all fabulous, particularly the fig-carmelized onion-blue cheese and the goat cheese and tomato. The quiche are also very good. They also do great baked French toast. We really like their baguettes, including in sandwiches with rare roast beef and brie. Their clafouti are also very good, particularly the sour cherry. And the flourless chocolate cake is nice and dark - it's a favourite of my 105 year-old grandmother. Note they are closed on Mondays and take cash only.

                    1. Nevy Feb 20, 2014 09:42 AM

                      I'd recommend Brick Street Bakery... sure it's carb and butter heavy but it's divine! I like grabbing breakfast in First Canadian and then head up to the food court area that is facing street level Wellington to enjoy the goodies.

                      In the morning, they have all the sweet items (muffins, croissants of all types, turn overs, brioche, cakes, scones, cookies, and Eccles cake!) and they have the savoury items too. Spinach and Feta turnover, sausage rolls, cornish pastry, and cheese twists. If you go later closer to 10 am or even 11 am, you'll find their pies just warmed up and ready (chicken tarragon and shepherds pie) for a brunch type meal.

                      If I have more time, I like Karine for a vegetarian breakfast. They pile on the fruits and vegetables and I'm always happy walking out. They have some super happy people serving there too... Most people are put off with the fact it's a primary vegetarian place but they have 'eggs' there as well.

                      Then there's Fika's breakfast sandwich... yes it has bacon and eggs but coupled with their coffee, it's good! I think it opens at 10 am on weekdays.

                      Also there's Le Neuf Cafe which specializes in French bistro style food. I've nibbled on a few items from there and it's pretty good but I haven't sat down for a true meal. They do open at 8 am I believe.

                      Lastly, I think Bar Buca opens early as well? I haven't been there but you could go for an Italian breakfast! When I was in Florence, it was about standing at the bar with a nice cappuccino in one hand and a sweet pastry in the other. Cannoli (or even cannolo!) perhaps? :)

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                        kwass Feb 20, 2014 10:09 AM

                        +1 Le Neuf Cafe. It's a lovely place to go for breakfast.

                        I'd also say +1 for Bar Buca. But as far as I know, they only serve pastries during the week and then they have a weekend brunch. That said, it's definitely worth it to go and try their pastries. They're pretty darn good!!!!

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                          Dr. John Feb 20, 2014 03:42 PM

                          I also recommend Brick Street for their products, but it is not a sit down place. The bread, ginger loaf, Eccles cake, and turnovers are all great.

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                            Klafouti Feb 20, 2014 07:30 PM

                            +1 Brick Street ginger loaf!!

                        2. kwass Feb 20, 2014 10:13 AM

                          I almost forgot that Rose and Sons serves all day breakfast.

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                            mskatsam Feb 20, 2014 10:23 AM

                            Takht e Tavoos opens at 10am and serves breakfast options that are well beyond simply bacon and eggs. 1120 College Street.

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                              disgusti Feb 20, 2014 04:07 PM

                              Place is so badass I've been going a lot lately

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                                mskatsam Feb 20, 2014 04:18 PM

                                I need to try it on a weekday so I can enjoy Turkish coffee with my breakfast. The creamed spinach/eggs dish was amazing. My dining companion enjoyed the kaleh pacheh (sheep's soup). Truly an unforgettable meal.

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                                1sweetpea Feb 20, 2014 04:31 PM

                                Now that's an interesting breakfast menu! I don't typically care for breakfast and brunch, but this menu could change my mind.

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                                  happycamper Feb 21, 2014 10:00 AM

                                  one of my favorites in the city!

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                                    ylsf Feb 22, 2014 07:14 PM

                                    Any other particular menu items to try? I am planning to go Sunday/tomorrow morning.

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                                      mskatsam Feb 22, 2014 07:42 PM

                                      Love the olives, feta, bread and tea. The egg dishes were good. If you're feeling adventurous try the sheep's soup - not for everyone but my dining partner loved it so much I thought he might lick the dish clean. It is a place where I found the servers quite knowledgeable and willing to make recommendations based on your tastes.

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                                        disgusti Feb 22, 2014 09:07 PM

                                        the porridge (haleem) is fantastic, all of the egg joints i've tried were great, the dips are solid, i wanna try the sheep stew thing soon

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                                          ylsf Feb 23, 2014 06:01 PM

                                          Wow, this place is popular! I should have gone whe. I first heard about it. Word is definitely out now. I wasn't able to get there much before 11am and there was a huge crowd around the door. I was told the wait was over an hour and a half at that point!

                                          Decided to go to White Brick Kitchen as I was heading to that area anyway. Review in the WBK thread later!

                                      2. kwass Feb 20, 2014 11:29 AM

                                        Mildred's Temple Kitchen does a weekday breakfast, but it doesn't start until 11, so I'm not sure if that counts.


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                                          prima Feb 20, 2014 11:48 AM

                                          Anything starting at 11 is brunch or lunch, in my books. :)

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                                            kwass Feb 20, 2014 11:52 AM

                                            I have to say I'd agree :)

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                                          stephen Feb 23, 2014 04:50 AM

                                          School in Liberty Village...opens for breakfast and has some interesting items...

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