The Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Toronto

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 on 2022.02.03
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Opt for a breakfast pastry, a beautiful egg dish, or a croque monsieur, but fuel up and get the day started right. Brunch is popular up here so most of these places will likely have a line, so get ready to queue up with the locals! Credit: Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert

898 Queen St E

Building • South Riverdale

"The Best Brunch in Leslieville There is always a line here and for good reason. Other than Eggsmart, Lady Marmalade knows the permutations of eggs and its eggs bennies. You can even get them gluten free! Aside from eggs, they punch up their comprehensive AM menu with some sweet and savoury items like poutine (served on weekdays only), Huevos Rancheritos or a baked French toast. It's worth the wait but I would try to get to this bright room as early as possible."

Photo Courtesy of Lady Marmalade

Cafe Belong

Cafe • Leaside-Bennington

"Best Breakfast Sandwich in Toronto: Cafe Belong If you ever go to the Evergreen Brickworks, make sure you stop by for a breakfast sandwich at Cafe Belong. You'll get a fresh buttermilk biscuit, eggs and herbs. It's fresh, it's flavourful and you can eat it right by a pond in one of the best spots in the city. That said, if you want a full-on brunch or dinner, Cafe Belong has a wonderful patio on site."

Aunties & Uncles

Brunch restaurant • University

"A Charming Brunch at Aunties and Uncles You'll always find a lineup outside of Aunties and Uncles tucked away on charming Lippincott Street, a block east of Bathurst and College. The reason? It's one of the best value brunches in town. From the hearty challah with housemade jam, to its breakfast pockets or stuffed to the toast sandwich creations (Grilled Brie with pear, anyone?), you will leave here satisfied. There's tons of Canadiana and retro kitsch to look at while you're waiting. (Do expect a 40 minute wait, especially during prime time weekend hours). Definitely worth the wait and a great start to the day before you explore Kensington Market or Little Italy."

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Eclectic restaurant • Niagara

"Toronto's Best Pancakes For about 25 years, Mildred's Temple (nee Mildred's Pierce) has been known for its doughy, blueberry pancakes. Simply, they are the best. As per their website, the pancakes are called Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes served with Lanark County maple syrup & whipped cream. Share with a friend because they are filling! Mildred's menus extend well beyond the pancakes. I highly recommend the eggs benedict on a croissant or the scones, made in-house. The Mkt Burger is also a good choice, should you want a non-brunch item. Speaking of non-brunch, check out their B'Lunch menu, a mix of breakfast and lunch menu items. Their bar seating is a glimpse into the open kitchen and this contemporary space is a great choice for a wedding venue. A great staple to the Liberty Village neighborhood."

Bonjour Brioche

Bakery • South Riverdale

"C is for Croissants and Croque Monsieurs at Bonjour Brioche Bonjour Brioche brings a French twist to the land of brunch spots in Leslieville. Choice dishes include poached eggs on salmon with hollandaise on top of a croissant or their croque madame, a cheesier version of their croque monsieur. Of course, there are plenty of baguettes, croissants and pastries ready to grab and go. Come early to grab a coveted street side patio view."

Okay Okay Diner

Diner • South Riverdale

"Cheap and Cheerful Brunch in Leslieville While most places in Toronto charge on average $13 pre-tax for that most important meal of the day, Okay Okay charges under $10 for the majority of its brunch items. In a retro-diner setting and a expansive street-side patio, you can get buttermilk pancakes for $6.99, and 2 eggs any style with a choice of a side for $5.99. It's cheap. It's cheerful. It's what Leslieville was and I hope good value establishments like this remain in this neighbourhood as it continues to gentrify."

Sap

Restaurant • Bay Street Corridor

"Brunch Poutine at Bannock The Oliver and Bonacini chain of restaurants known for its Canadian cuisine (i.e Canoe Restaurant) brought its distinctive dishes with its newest inception, Bannock, to one of Canada 's oldest heritage department stores, The Hudson's Bay Company. A few years ago, the only places to get poutine were at Poutini's and Smoke's Poutinerie. Now there are an array of options including Bannock's brunch poutine. Consisting of the Quebecois curds and gravy but mixed with mushrooms and topped with a boiled egg, the brunch poutine is a unique brunch dish in a sea of fast food options near the Eaton Centre. (Note: this is not on the online menu.) Brunch is available on Sundays only."

635 Gerrard St E

Building • South Riverdale

"The Best Scones in TO! Andrea knows her baked goods. With experience at some of the most esteemed bakeries and brunch restaurants in Toronto including Edward Levesque’s and Café Belong, this talented baker has finally struck out on her own in the non-descript East Chinatown (just east of Broadview on Gerrard). The star piece of her declicious menu are the scones. Choose from blueberry, lemon currant and cheddar and chive (my personal fave). If you're on the run, grab a streetcar sandwich. For $6, they'll fuel you while you ride the rocket. Seating is limited but most of Andrea's goods are good to go. I'll be back for the empanadas."

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder

Barbecue restaurant • Wychwood

"The Affordable Classic Out of all of the burgers, I have currently tasted, I would have to say that if you want a beefed up classic burger like The Stockyard’s Beast Style (their version of the Big Mac), it’s the most affordable at $7.50 (for a single patty. A double patty is $14). Though Stockyards is known for its BBQ and buttermilk chicken, their burgers are equally on par with their selection of burgers. From the classic original to the one with bone marrow and blue cheese (!), the Stockyards cooks some mighty fine meat. Back to the Beast Style - I was impressed with the patty, overall. It was just well cooked. Add in some pickles, that secret sauce, carmelized onions and a classic American cheese slice ooozing off the patty and I’m sold. As much as I love the chicken here, I’ll be back to try another burger. Don’t forget the Stockyards has some fantastic drinks including their limeaid and their ice tea with ginger. If you have time on a nice day or there’s no space in their tiny establishment, head over to the Wychwood Barns park space. Make sure to come on a weekday if you can. The north location means you won't have to wait in line."

Le SĂ©lect Bistro

French restaurant • Waterfront Communities-The Island

"Hidden French dining A hidden gem in Toronto, Le Sélect Bistro serves a diverse selection of French dishes from brunch to dinner. Try out their moules au porc fume et à la maudite , which features Atlantic Mussels steamed in strong Québec Ale with smoked pulled pork. Make sure to come back for a filling breakfast, too, to taste their French toast stuffed with apples and cranberries, drizzled with Canadian Maple syrup."

Photo courtesy of Le SĂ©lect Bistro