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Toronto — By Katrina Verweel on April 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm
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Most Important Meal of the Weekend

After living in Toronto for almost a year now, I try to save my money by not going out to eat, but there is just something irresistible about going out for breakfast that makes it an exception. I’m not sure what makes this meal such an exception, but it is the most comforting meal you can have; especially after a late night out. There are many places around Toronto that I have not yet tried for the very important meal of bacon and eggs, but so far in my experiences in the city, I have created a list of places that I approve of. Taking into consideration the quality of breakfast in correlation with the price, here is a list of breakfast joints that I have tried out and have very much enjoyed.

People’s Foods (map)

A small place on Dupont Street close to Davenport, People’s Foods is a cozy place to go have some eggs and bacon in a classic diner-style restaurant serving all-day breakfast. Their tasty homemade burgers and milkshakes are also definitely worth trying. The owners of this restaurant in the Annex also claim Peter Mansbridge and Margaret Atwood as some of their repeat loyal customers. This restaurant is usually quite busy on weekends and can be a tight squeeze trying to fit four people in a booth.

The Jason George (map)

Located right in the old part of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, the Jason George isn’t the first place you would think to go to for breakfast. However, it is a great choice on weekends for their brunch, especially since the St. Lawrence market is closed on Sundays. They have many different options to choose from including the standard eggs and bacon breakfast, eggs benedict, and breakfast wraps. The patio is nice in warm weather to have breakfast, especially when you get a bloody Caesar with your meal.

Fran’s (map)

A small diner that originally opened in Toronto in 1940, Fran’s serves all-day breakfast and is open 24 hours a day. Fran’s serves good quality breakfasts featuring the standard as well as pancakes, waffles, French toast, and many different versions of eggs benedict. Many tasty vegetarian options are also available. There are two Fran’s locations in Toronto: 20 College St. and 200 Victoria St.

Over Easy (map)

This breakfast joint is a convenient location if you are out and about shopping Bloor Street or visiting the museums in the area. Over Easy serves many different forms of breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes at affordable prices. In warmer weather, two patios are available able to seat around 40 people. The restaurant is casual and features many different kinds of omelets, eggs done however you want, as well as many healthy and vegetarian options.

Cranberries (map)

Cranberries Restaurant in Cabbagetown has a short but sweet weekend brunch menu from 9 am to 3 pm with a good selection of choices like steak & eggs, eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes, and of course the standard breakfast with two eggs, home fries, choice of meat and toast. Prices are very reasonable for this small but big enough hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Cranberries is located close to the corner of Wellesley & Parliament.

Kalendar (map)

Kalendar is known as a romantic and cozy place, usually very busy for dinner and into the night on weekends, but it is also a place worth trying for breakfast. Not the typical greasy spoon breakfast served here, Kalendar features French toast stuffed with banana, mango, and cream cheese, salads, nannettes, eggs napoleon, omelets, and scrolls which are Kalendar’s crepe-style roti’s. Brunch served on weekends and holidays from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Sunset Grill (map)

Located in the beautiful beaches just east of downtown, this is the perfect place to go for a good old-fashion breakfast in a diner. They have the standard breakfast served with bacon, ham, sausages and three eggs, eggs Florentine, too-big-to-eat omelet’s, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and much more. Sunset Grill serves all-day breakfast and is open from 7:00 am to 5 pm.

Insomnia (map)

Many people go here for their unique home fries, but Insomnia is always a great place to go for brunch. The establishment is known to be a great place to go for dinner, drinks, and hear a live DJ spin late into the night, but brunch is just as good here on the weekends. Their specialty at Insomnia is their eggs Benedict, Florentine, and Charlotte. This restaurant has been a favourite in the Annex area for over ten years.

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Some breakfast joints are just greasy spoons and others are more trendy, so depending what you are looking for, I would suggest any of these places.

Photo credit: josh.liba



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