Brunch has become a priority for many Toronto restaurants, with people lining up by the dozens across the city for a late morning meal. It’s so much more than just bacon and eggs. If you’re looking for something more elaborate than standard fare, we’ve got you covered.
Because finding the right brunch spot is not a simple task, so we’ve arranged a look at the city’s most unique options by neighbourhood.
The Annex – Rose and Sons
Located at both Dupont and Queen West, what may seem like a plain diner is actually a lively brunch spot that rests in a homely atmosphere with super friendly staff and awesome food. The menu is small but worth it, and boasts a homemade attitude with unique recipes that are far from your typical bacon and eggs.
The Ricotta Pancake is an absolute must-try on this menu, which features ricotta pancakes topped with ricotta cheese, sour cherries, and maple syrup.
The Beaches – Bam! Breakfast and Bistro
This place is fun and guarantees a unique experience with its decor and exceptionally friendly staff. For those parents looking for a cool place to take their kids, Bam! also has a solid kids’ menu.
St. Clair West – Emma’s Country Kitchen
Tucked away on St Clair West is Emma’s, a beautiful brunch spot that has the feel of a small town in Northern Ontario. Their homemade biscuits add a little something special to classic items, such as Emma’s Benny, which features good ol’ eggs benedict laid on top of a warm biscuit as opposed to a regular english muffin.
The biscuits and gravy is a sweet and savoury breakfast item that is sure to warm you up on a cold day, while their housemade donuts are full of mouth watering goodness.
The Danforth – Hollandaise Diner
How about a place that specializes in eggs benny? Hollandaise is the Danforth’s bumpin’ all day breakfast spot, with offerings like mix and match pancakes, frittatas, and a loaded eggs benedict menu.
Have you ever tried eggs benny on a grilled cheese sandwich? Hollandaise also offers vegan options, which includes their delicious vegan frittatas.
Etobicoke – Huevos Gourmet
If you’re in the mood for a Mexican brunch, Huevos Gourmet has become popular in Toronto’s west end. Huevos offers breakfast burritos and quesadillas, as well as its must try Huevos Rancheros. Other items include omelettes and vegetarian options, so there is sure to be something to fit anyone’s taste.
The Junction – Grasshopper Restaurant
For those looking to try something new, the Grasshopper Restaurant’s vegetarian menu is quickly becoming a favourite amongst Torontonians.
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this brunch spot, either. Their tofu scramble is sure to fool any non-vegetarian. For something light, try the chia seed parfait, while the “chick-un” and waffles will warm you up on a cold day.
Kensington Market – The Dirty Bird
Vegetarians beware, this brunch spot in Kensington Market specializes in chicken and waffles. The Dirty Bird sources most of their food locally, and boasts about their #NorthernFried chicken, which is actually lightly coated with maple dust to add a Northern sweetness to the fried meat.
If you’re looking to try something new and really stray from classic brunch food, The Dirty Bird is a solid choice.
King West – Portland Variety
King West is loaded with great brunch locations, but a good one to choose that provides something unique for brunch is Portland Variety.
Portland’s menu is more sophisticated than your average bacon and eggs, with items like housemade ricotta, eggplant byaldi, lemon ricotta pancakes, and smashed avocado toast. For the mimosa-enthusiast, Portland offers a unique autumn mimosa made with apple cider.
Leslieville – Maha’s
If you’re looking for a truly unique breakfast experience, Maha’s Egyptian Brunch is the perfect spot. Some noteworthy items include the shakshuka, Sunny Eggs and Foole, Egyptian Falafel, and Maha’s Award Winning Lentil Soup. There are a ton of items to choose from, and each one offers an Egyptian-style twist that is sure to give a lift to your weekend brunch.
Liberty Village – School
Decorated with chalkboards and school books, School has become a favourite in Liberty Village. Its menu sports unique items such as the Krispy Krunchy French Toast, which is doused in Snap, Crackle and Pop cereal. Their deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is drool-worthy, and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles sounds just awesome.
Perk: they provide real maple syrup (which, let’s face it, really needs to be mandatory at all Canadian brunch spots).
Little Italy – Aunties and Uncles
This longstanding Toronto favourite offers some of the best comfort food in the city. Aside from their typical breakfast items, Aunties and Uncles has become famous for their breakfast pockets, which are humbly stuffed with peameal bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar, tomato, and caramelized onions with dijon and aioli on a focaccia. Their breakfast tacos and Croque Monsieur are also highly appetizing.
No room for a greasy breakfast? Try one of their tasty soups, made fresh.
Queen West – Peter Pan
In the mood for a few mimosas to start off your Saturday? Peter Pan is recognized for being a piece of Toronto’s heritage, as well as providing elegant brunch menu options.
The new owners chose to embrace the building’s original character and turn its antique charm into part of the restaurant’s aura. Offering shakshuka; scones and house jam; fried chicken sandwiches with maple syrup; and other unique treats, Peter Pan is a must for exploring Toronto’s brunch scene
Riverside – Prohibition Gastrohouse
Inspired by the 1920s, Prohibition is a sophisticated spot to grab a drink by night and a delectable brunch spot by day. With brunch items such as breakfast poutine, the Mexicana Waffle, and chicken and biscuits, this spot provides a unique menu along with great music and a fresh environment.
Yonge & Eglinton – BOOM Breakfast & Co.
One of the most popular brunch spots near Yonge and Eglinton, BOOM’s breakfast menu is pleasantly lengthy and provides a ton of options for any taste, whether it be eggs benny, breakfast sandwiches, or just your regular B&E. Among their best options are their omelettes, which include the proscuitto and basil stuffed Moonstruck and the cheesie Four Seasons.
BOOM’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” section is also great and stacked with unique, Mediterranean-inspired items such as the Tuscan Sun, which features poached eggs, prosciutto and roasted tomatoes on rye.
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