It’s the late morning hanger-preventer, a gathering of friends, and a go-to hangover cure. Sometimes… actually, most times… brunch is the most important meal of the day. And when you live in a food-focused city like Toronto, you’ll have plenty of options for this weekend staple.
It should come as no surprise that Toronto is full of tasty brunch options, many of them in the North York neighborhood. The next time a craving strikes for Eggs Benedict and a Bloody Mary, just choose your favorite spot on this list.
Pantry Foods serves straightforward, high quality food in a casual setting. While the breakfast menu is limited, everything on it, from the granola to the Shakshuka (eggs in a spicy tomato sauce), is delicious. Their kosher breakfast menu is served daily along with a delightful selection of coffee drinks, healthy juices and smoothies.
Sometimes nothing but a classic diner meal will do. Hazel’s just happens to be located in the North York neighborhood, so it may become your favorite neighborhood gem if you live at Via123. Breakfast is served all day here, and the selection is the stuff dreams are made of.
Bar Buca is an all-day, Euro-style eatery, serving everything from your morning meal to your evening glass of wine. They open at 7 AM daily, and the breakfast menu is simple but appetizing. On weekends, they serve a more extensive brunch.
Tucked away on a residential stretch of Gerrard, this casual spot is devoted to pantry essentials. Their brunch dishes include savory French toast with pork belly and ham hock croquettes.
If you have friends with a variety of diets and needs, Lola’s Kitchen is probably the place for you. The team here prides themselves on locally sourced menu items, entrees made from scratch, and a relaxed, casual setting. Brunch is only served on Saturdays and Sundays here, and no reservations are accepted. But this spot is definitely worth waking up for (and waiting for, if necessary).
Emma’s Country Kitchen
A word of advice: If you want to visit Emma’s Country Kitchen on the weekend, grab a light snack before you leave home. Wait times of 45 minutes and longer are common for this no-frills cafe. But there’s a reason patrons often line up before the 9 AM opening on Saturday mornings: Their quiches, baked goods and brunch classics are irresistible. One more word of advice: Donuts. Buy a few on your wait out.
Charming, cozy and consistently delicious, Lady Marmalade never disappoints. Owners David Cherry and his wife, Natalia Simachkevitch, put a lot of time and love into this establishment, and it shows. If you love a good Benedict, this spot may become your favorite.
You’ll love the way this elegant eatery looks, but you’ll love what’s on the menu even more. While you’ll have to wait until the weekend to enjoy the brunch menu, it’s safe to say you’ll be anticipating your order of avo-toast or your brunch burrito all week long. And since this place is primarily a bar, you should enjoy a cocktail with your eggs if you like a good drink. With options like $25 bottomless mimosas or the Justice Beaver (vodka, cucumber, ginger beer, celery, lemon, sugar), you won’t be able to resist.
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