Whether you’re enjoying the company of friends and family or trying to melt away an excruciating hangover, brunch is always a good fix. However, sometimes brunch menus can get repetitive with the usual eggs benny and breakfast wrap dishes, which is why we made it our mission to find the best unique brunch spots in the city…
We hope you aren’t lactose intolerant for this one! Visit Cheesewerks and indulge in a ridiculously cheesy brunch that will be sure to please all. Apart from their regular menu items, there are brunch specials from 11am to 2pm on weekends, which include their Eggs Benny, Egg-Over-the-Top Grilled Cheese and their incredible decadent French Toast, Mimosas and Station Cold Brew Coffee! Let’s go back to their french toast for a moment; though they’ve got a variety of french toast dishes, we recommend their Cheddar, Apple, and Sausage-stuffed french toast or their Cinnamon, Vanilla, French Toast with Marscarpone and Berries. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
For a real unique brunch experience try Lisa Marie, located in Toronto’s trendy and fashionable Queen West area. Don’t expect to see the same menu every time you go, since they’re constantly spicing things up. Brunch specials include your choice of pulled pork or ground pork served over bread with a fried egg, or braised peameal bacon with old cheddar, caramelized onions, and fried egg on a bun. And if you really want to start your day off right, make sure to try their spicy pad thai fries – they’re exactly what you need to kick a hangover away.
Canadians love their poutine and Utopia sure knows it. Visit Little Italy and order their drool-worthy breakfast poutine, which is made with your traditional poutine ingredients and two incredible poached eggs. Or, for those who like to spice things up, order their Oyako poutine with added heaps of chicken karaage – it will have you lusting after another one. And if you’re looking for something healthier, the ancient grain almond granola with quinoa, kamut, and amaranth should do the trick.
To get some Omega-3s into you brunch weekend, Smith is where you need to head. Indulge in their poached salmon nicoise with green beans, cherry tomatoes, and black olives, or their version of Eggs on Toast with a mix of egg salad, lobster, crème fraiche, brioche, and greens. Ahoy, mate!
When visiting Gusto 101, get ready for some traditional Southern Italian recipes with a Toronto twist. For pizza fiends, Gusto 1o1 offers a unique take on the popular Italian dish by topping their brunch pizza with a sunny side up egg, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and chili flakes. To finish off your meal, you can’t go wrong their fluffy ricotta pancakes.
It comes as no surprise that the Starving Artist has become a new brunch gem. It’s waffles galore up in this joint! Their waffle bacon starter (bacon dipped in waffle batter then pressed in a waffle iron with real maple syrup glazed over-top) will most definitely have you coming back week after week. If you’re a vegan or live a gluten-free lifestyle, The Starving Artist offers waffles that suit your needs, too.
Touro Brazilian Steakhouse
Head out to Touro Steakhouse every Sunday for a special prix fixe brunch. This Brazilian-inspired menu offers incredible cuts of all-you-can-eat rodizio meats, an amazing omelette station (yes, an omelette station), and their appetizer island will you have lusting after over 20 incredible sides!
Quinta offers a creative and fresh menu that tailors to vegetarians, vegans, and those with gluten-free allergies. Located on Dundas West, this urban gem provides the best combination of fancy delicacies all at affordable prices. However, for those who like their meats, wheats and cheeses, their charcuterie sandwich with duck liver pate, pork terrine, mustard, pickles and fries are a must-try if you haven’t already.
If you’re looking to get your dim sum on for brunch, Susur Lee’s Luckee is the answer you’ve been looking for. From their traditional har gow to their curry shrimp spring rolls and their savoury crispy rice donuts (filled with chicken, choy po, chives, jicama and shrimp), Luckee will give you that dim sum fix you’re craving.
There’s a reason why this place is called Beast. These guys don’t mess around when it comes to their love for meat. Located in the King West ‘hood, their brunch menu has a slew of meaty options to satisfy those caveman cravings. If you want to experience the full Beast experience, you can’t go wrong with their Beastwich served on a buttermilk biscuit with a fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, fried egg, pork sausage, gravy and potatoes. So what if you get a clogged artery…?
Chicken and waffles, anyone? Look no further than St. Clair’s Stockyards. For the perfect sweet-to-salty ratio, their fried chicken over Belgian waffles with maple chili molasses citrus glaze is to die for! Make sure you leave your Sundays open because that’s the only time you’ll be able to try this bad boy.
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