Who doesn’t love a great brunch? Here’s my take on the top 5 Toronto Brunch spots in the East End.
673 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, 416-406-3233
Three’s Company is a small and pleasant restaurant that is hugely popular with locals in the Pape and Danforth neighbourhood. The weekend and holiday brunch menu includes more than just the regular suspects. For something a little different, try the Southwestern Eggs — eggs poached in salsa, avocado, cilantro and green olives, served with tortilla chips. Or how about poutine for breakfast? Three’s Company serves up a hearty poutine, with pulled BBQ pork, on fresh cut frites topped with shredded cheese and a fried egg.
898 Queen Street East, Toronto, 647-351-7645
Lady Marmalade is a Vancouver breakfast and lunch hot-spot that has made the trek east to Leslieville. Brother and sister David and Carla Cherry, originally from Toronto, opened Lady Marmalade in Vancouver in 2005. David and his wife Victoria moved back to Toronto in 2008 and opened a new location in the East End, where it has been eagerly embraced by Leslievillers. Lady Marmalade offers fresh, local and healthy ingredients, along with Mexican inspired dishes like Huevos Rancheritos — scrambled eggs with chilies and cheese, chipotle salsa, guacamole, smashed beans and a whole wheat tortilla. Other brunch standards are also available, along with a variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices. Weekend brunch is always busy, so be prepared to wait and bring cash — no debit or credit services are available.
812 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-406-2418
For a French twist on Brunch, head to Bonjour Brioche, a busy café and bakery at Queen and Degrassi Streets. Bonjour Brioche offers fresh-baked baguettes and other traditional French fare like Croque Madame — toasted brioche, layered with ham and Gruyère, topped with a fried egg — or Baked French Toast topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Bonjour Brioche also has a wide selection of French pastries and tarts available, which makes bringing home a little something extra for dessert extremely hard to resist.
Edward Levesque’s Kitchen
1290 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-465-3600
Edward Levesque’s Kitchen has been a Leslieville, Toronto brunch favourite for almost 10 years. With an open kitchen, where Levesque himself can be found working on any given day, and a great selection of local ingredients, many from his farm in Haldimand county, Levesque has created a popular restaurant for locals and tourists alike. The weekend brunch menu includes a unique selection of signature dishes, or you can build your own breakfast by choosing from a range of regular sides like eggs, toast, home fries and bacon. Don’t miss the chive and cheddar cheese biscuits!
1610 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-469-5797
For a straight-forward, no frills, traditional diner breakfast, nothing beats The Tulip. Although it appears small from the outside, The Tulip boasts a dining space that can accommodate a large crowd. I visited on a Sunday morning and did not have to wait at all, which is virtually unheard of for breakfast in Toronto. The food was simple but good, and the prices were amazing. This little diner has been a Queen Street fixture for nearly 80 years and is always a reliable weekend brunch option.
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