If you’ve happened along Dupont Avenue near Spadina lately, no doubt you’ve notice a lit spot at the corner of Howland that’s buzzing with activity or has a line going out the door. Named for a local socialite, Fanny Chadwick’s is quickly becoming a favoured hangout for hipsters and families alike since opening in 2011. It was recently featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. So is it really where to eat in Toronto?
The ingredients on the menu come from small local suppliers, most of which are within an hour’s drive of Toronto. The meat and poultry come from local, ethical farmers and all the fish and seafood are Ocean Wise certified. The restaurant is licensed and serves beer from local craft breweries.
Where to Eat in Toronto for Brunch
We stopped in at Fanny Chadwick’s on a Sunday afternoon hoping to score some poutine. It was the perfect time to stop in for two reasons: 1) we missed the brunch rush and were seated right away and 2) though they weren’t serving poutine, they serve brunch until 4:00pm on Sundays. Be warned, if you stop in for brunch, go on and empty stomach. The servings are huge and delicious. Most dishes are large enough to serve two, and yet they are very competitively priced. It took my little guy two days to eat his two farm fresh eggs, which included four slices of multigrain toast, a generous serving of potato hash and some peameal for good measure.
Most of the dishes are customizable, with your choice of farm-fresh egg, toast, sides and proteins. A large section of the menu is devoted to building your own benny. Starting at $9.50 with two farm-fresh eggs and hollandaise, your choice of English muffin or toast, potato hash or greens, you can keep building and adding ingredients to round out your benny.
So, should you add Fanny Chadwick’s to your list of where to eat in Toronto? We’d say it’s worth stopping by — but don’t eat first!