Food & Drink

The 10 Best Places to Get Brunch in Toronto

Published On 03/04/2015 Published On 03/04/2015

Brunch isn’t so much a meal in Toronto as it is a sport. Or a religion. Or a religious sport, like priest racing or something. The point is it's important. Lineups are par for the course, as are debates about exactly which venues are worth lining up (and/or braving a hangover) for. Well, prepare to settle those debates once and for all...

County General Riverside

County General Riverside

South Riverdale
The cocktails are pretty fantastic at this Queen St spot, so if you can handle one, you should spring for a pineapple mimosa. To ballast your belly, however, you need a croque madame featuring pulled pork, fried egg, mornay and Texas BBQ sauce, or French toast with fried chicken, maple syrup, and buttermilk ranch. Anyone with a sweet tooth should make inquiries about The King, which sees banana bread, peanut butter, and bacon toffee come together to help you gorge like Elvis.

Rose and Sons

Rose & Sons

The Annex
Welcome to comforting, stick-to-your-ribs, food coma-inducing goodness. If you’re ravenous, the patty melt burger grilled cheese is the way to go (add a fried egg and bacon for an extra fiver), or keep things simple with the all-day breakfast of three eggs, schmaltz hash, toast, and bacon or sausage.

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Liberty Village
The weekly brunch special, crafted out of fresh, seasonal ingredients, is guaranteed to cure what ails you at this brunchery -- especially if you preface it with an order of freshly baked scones and biscuits to share. Of course, blueberry buttermilk pancakes are also a no-brainer...

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

St. Clair West
Everything on the weekend brunch menu -- which is filled with brunchy faves with a twist like Emma’s Benny topped with house-cured peameal bacon, French toast stuffed with organic Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese, and cinnamon bun pancakes -- is fantastic. And then there's always the “I know what you did last night burger” (AKA the hangover helper), which sees a 6oz sage and onion sausage burger topped with house-cured bacon and cheddar...

Karelia Kitchen

Karelia Kitchen

Bloordale
Get brunch with a Nordic twist at this Scandinavian spot in Bloordale. If you’re new to the concept of Scandinavian eats, start by getting the smokehouse patter to share. The pick-n-mix plate consists of Atlantic salmon, hormone-free chicken, pork loin, rainbow trout, and assorted house pickles, preserves, and flatbreads. If you don’t feel like sharing, opt for the duck scramble with chives and house-smoked salmon, or the potato pancake served with hot smoked trout, beet, and horseradish cured gravlax and a poached egg.

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La Cubana

Roncesvalles
Feel the Havana vibes at this resto, and go for the Cuban Breakfast w/ slow roast pork and poached egg, or the steak & eggs with chimichurri and sunny-side up eggs. Most items come with rice and beans, tostones, and slaw.

Starving Artist

Starving Artist

Bloordale
Starving Artist is ALL about the waffle and we are not complaining. In fact, we’re lining up in the cold for them. It features waffles Benny, waffles served French toast style, waffle sammies like the BLT or Monte Cristo, and to cap things off, mini waffles served up sweet with toppings like caramel pecan, peanut butter and banana or, if you can handle it, a waffle s’more. It has a second location on St. Clair West with shorter lines.

Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade

Leslieville
A brunch spot classic, here it’s always a toss-up between the A.M. Poutine -- an ingenious combo of baked hash browns, cheese curds, and miso gravy (or hollandaise if you so desire) -- and one of the Lady Marmalade Bennies, of which there are several delicious options (but you can never go wrong with the one involving Brie, avocado, and bacon).

Beast

Beast Restaurant

King West
Once you crush a few orders of Rachelle’s maple bacon doughnuts, you’ll be ordering something meaty. Maybe it’s the Beastwich, which gets you fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, pork sausage gravy, and a fried egg on a buttermilk biscuit. Or maybe it’s the breakfast sandwich of grilled pork belly, pickled onions, mustard, lettuce, and a fried egg on an apple fritter. Either way, you won’t have to eat again until tomorrow.

The Good Fork

The Good Fork

Bloor West Village
What to get here? If you’re feeling sweet, then the red velvet pancakes or the croissant bread pudding French toast. If you’re in a savory state of mind, it’s gotta be the Menemen, a hangover-thwarting combo of poached eggs, tomato sauce, cumin, fennel, and focaccia bread. Bennies are also a good bet, like the Deep Green with fried green tomatoes and watercress. Wash everything down with a bacon vodka Caesar made with house bacon-infused hooch.

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1. Emma's Country Kitchen 1108 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto, M6E 1A7

Nestled in the heart of St. Clair West village, Emma's Country Kitchen is best known for its terrific breakfast and brunch options, from the standard eggs Benny to great recoup options like "the I know what you did last night burger," as well as seasonal options that rotate around the year.

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2. Karelia Kitchen 1194 Bloor St West, Toronto, M6H 1N1

This Scandinavian spot in Bloordale doesn't disappoint, especially if you're coming in for brunch. If so, order the smokehouse platter to share (you're not eating brunch alone are you?), and get your fill of Atlantic salmon, hormone-free chicken, pork loin, rainbow trout, and assorted house pickles, preserves, and flatbreads.

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3. La Cubana 392 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, M6R 2M9

Just being in this bright, low-key space will make you feel like you’re dining in Havana, despite its Roncesvalles locale. Stop by for a terrific Cuban breakfast with slow roasted pork & poached eggs or come in for later-day options like Cuban sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

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4. Rose & Sons 176 Dupont St, Toronto, M5R 2E6 (The Annex)

When you come to this Annex resto, you'll get comforting, stick-to-your-ribs, food coma-inducing goodness. Snag a patty melt burger grilled cheese or keep things simple with all-day breakfast options like eggs, schmaltz hash, toast, bacon, and sausage.

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5. Starving Artist 584 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, M6H 3Y6

This Bloordale dining spot is best at breakfast and brunch, so stop by for a mimosa or an extra-spicy Caesar, and waffles (its specialty). They come in a variety of styles from waffles Benny and waffles French toast to waffle sammies and waffle s'mores.

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6. Lady Marmalade 898 Queen St E, Toronto, M4M 1J3

Lady Marmalade just has a bright and welcoming sound to it, and the actual restaurant doesn't disappoint. They feature a menu loaded with excellent brunch options like baked French Toast and Buckwheat Crepes, and lunch options ranging from salads to sandwiches to soups.

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7. Beast Restaurant 96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, M6J 2H1

There's a reason for the name; this King West spot serves scary-good belly-fillers for brunch and dinner, as well as smaller snacks. Need brunch? Crush a few orders of Rochelle’s maple bacon doughnuts and then snag a crab Benny or The Beastwich (buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, pork sausage gravy, and a fried egg served with house potatoes or mixed greens). In for dinner? Snag some poutine, seafood, or veggie-only plates. You can't go wrong.

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8. The Good Fork 2432 Bloor St W, Toronto, M6S 1P9 (Bloor West Village)

Located in Bloor West Village, The Good Fork certainly is good... at serving elevated comfort food. It specializes in brunch, so stop by for some red velvet pancakes or the croissant bread pudding French toast. If you're looking for savory, Bennies are a good bet, like the Deep Green with fried green tomatoes and watercress.

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9. County General Riverside 798 Queen St E, Toronto, M4M 1H6 (Riverdale)

It's a toss up what's better at this South Riverdale establishment: the cocktails or the food. Stop in for a tasty brunch featuring pineapple mimosas and a croque madam, French toast with fried chicken, or a glass of the Southern-inspired Kentucky County Punch (Wild Turkey, Benedictine, pear brandy, pear bitters, and seasonal fruits). Or, just explore the menu any time of day and find a tasty, homestyle original that has your name on it.

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10. Mildred's Temple Kitchen 85 Hanna Ave, Toronto, M6K 3S3 (Liberty Village)

Mildred's is one of Liberty Village's premier brunch spots. This French eatery doles out a weekly brunch special with fresh seasonal ingredients, and is guaranteed to cure what ails you -- especially if you preface it with an order of freshly baked scones and biscuits to share.

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