I’m a firm believer that brunching is the best of lifestyle choices. Typically reserved for Sunday mornings with friends and family to recap the events of the weekend, brunch has been revolutionized in 2015 with restaurants taking on the trend in unique and conceptually delicious ways. One would assume there are only so many ways to make eggs taste amazing… I was wrong, the limit does not exist. In our usual fashion here at fredi, we are supplying the tips to help you find your next go-to spot.
Why Brunch On Sunday When You Can Brunch Everyday?
- School Bakery and Café (Liberty Village)
Before you panic, this has no relation to essay writing or the purchasing of overpriced textbooks. Housed in Liberty Village, School takes comfort food and elevates it to a “higher than cafeteria” standard. Known for serving their dishes in cast iron skillets, the ambience and overall vibe of the space brings an inviting atmosphere to the typical brunch setting. My advice, order the ’12 Hour Braised Pork & Eggs’ ($18)… you seriously cannot go wrong.
- Starving Artist (St. Clair West)
For those who consider brunch as a meal to satisfy sweet and savoury cravings, Starving Artist has a menu built exactly for you. Redefining the typical waffle house is no easy feat, but when I heard that their menu had a dish with bacon that was battered and pressed into a waffle iron, I was sold. If you love break- fast food with unconventional twists (their sliders substitute buns for mini waffles), you will not be disappointed.
- Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (Liberty Village)
Boasting modern and sleek interiors with a reputation that precedes itself, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is the quintessential modern versus comfort dining experiencing. Always busy, the establishment makes it clear that brunch is served on a ‘first come, first served basis’.
fredi’s Tip: suffering from a hangover and need some help? Order their weekly brunch special. It’s crafted with a new recipe every weekend and is guaranteed to help you get over the extra gin and tonic you had the night before.
- Colette Grand Café (Thompson Hotel)
Brunch does not need to be pedestrian, and the Colette Grand Café makes no exception when it comes to creating an elegantly refined menu of French inspired cuisine. Smelling of fresh baguettes and delicately made macarons, the café is the perfect venue for the lover of a morning espresso. This is definitely a more upscale take on brunch dining, so go with the intent to have your taste buds ignited.
- Le Neuf Café (Downtown Toronto)
Offering French baked goods and pas- tries, Le Neuf is a quaint spot with beautiful décor and relaxed ambience. Inspired by Parisian culture (almost literally, the baker was hired from France), the brunch menu boasts crepes, galettes and omelettes every weekend. The venue is a nice change from the hustle of the downtown core and has this sort of transformative quality to it. You will feel like you are in a bakery in Paris, and I think that’s the point.
- Scratch Kitchen (Yonge Street)
Known for it’s ‘made-from-scratch’ menu, Scratch Kitchen is an ever-changing look at freshly made farm-to-table food. With a menu that is constantly in flux to be tailored to seasonal ingredients, this takes freshness to new places. From stone oven cooking to a wall completely adorned in chalk, Scratch is a personal favourite. My only issue is actually finding the time to eat the food instead of spending hours taking photos of it.
- The Daughter (Dupont)
Don’t let the name fool you; The Daughter- the second restaurant by Farmhouse Tavern, is nothing short of urban and modern. While typically known for its love of seafood over meat, the restaurant offers a weekend brunch menu that has reinvented some pretty unique dishes. From a butterless hollandaise to a yogurt salad, the menu is built for the foodie in need of something deconstructed and reimagined.
- Saving Grace (Dundas West)
Covering a wide range of staples in the typical brunch repertoire, Saving Grace offers seasonally inspired food that ultimately goes back to basics with it’s preparation. If you like traditional breakfast food taken up a notch, this will become a new favourite.
- Emma’s Country Kitchen (St. Clair West) With an interior that is a definite throwback to earlier country inspired diners, Emma’s Country Kitchen feels as much like a family establishment as any other. With a menu designed around tried and tested recipes passed down through generations of family, the restaurant serves a rotating selection of breakfast/lunch classics throughout the day. Order the quiche, you won’t regret it.
- Lola’s Kitchen (Yorkville)
Located in the heart of Old Toronto, Lola’s Kitchen has prided itself on a menu built around fresh food and naturally raised local meats. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, the menu offers a sort of range that is unrivalled by most. Their decadent stuffed French toast boasts lemon vanilla cheesecake between the slices. If you are not already on your way over, you are doing something wrong.
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