Get your weekend plans sorted and start with brunch! These spots are sure to please. Be wary of hours on Labour Day Monday – we suggest you call ahead to ensure your brunch fix can be served.
With the Labour Day weekend fast approaching, it’s time to ask that all-important day-off question: where are you going to get brunch? Lucky for you, we’ve found the restaurants serving up delectable brunches on between now and Labour Day, so you can sleep in like a champ and enjoy a leisurely brunch—because we all know cooking breakfast on a holiday is for chumps.
Open Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 3 pm, Monday 10 am to 2 pm.
Their brunch menu may be on the petite side, but Portland Variety gives your taste buds a run for their money. Try their lemon ricotta pancakes with rosebud sweet tea on the side.
One of the most laid-back restaurants in the city, The Lakeview gives you bang for your buck 24/7, not to mention an all-day brunch menu. Blanche de Chamblay is the drink of the day on Mondays, not to mention $5 brews and $4 caesars.
Open 9am – 3pm
Head to the Annex for one of their most popular brunch spots. Try Insomnia’s citrus-spiked French Toast or choose from their selections of Eggs Bennys.
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm, Monday Closed
Drawing inspiration from his mother-in-law, Chef Anthony Walsh and executive-Chef Julie Marteleira are cooking up South American-inspired dishes with a hint of home-style cooking in this new spot. Dishes like the Breakfast Empanadas; sautéed spinach & swiss chard, covered in chimichurri and sauce vierje, served alongside bravas potatoes, will have you begging for more and with 74-seats in the main dining room, it’s likely you won’t have to wait hours to get in.
Open 9am – 2:30pm
Located on Dundas West, Saving Grace is a small, comfy diner serving up delicious brunch staples. We’re talking Corn Cakes with Apricot Chutney, or even their French Toast with Caramelized Bananas.
Le Petit Déjeuner
Open 9am – 3pm
You can’t miss this Belgian restaurant located in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Their authentic Belgian waffles are to die for.
Open 10am – 3pm
Located in Evergreen Brickworks, this organic cafe is sure to please with a menu that includes Challah French Toast and three different types of eggs benedict.
The Drake Hotel
Open 10am – 4pm
No saunter along Queen West would be complete without a brunch stop at The Drake Hotel. Enjoy the September sunshine on their Sky Yard with a mimosa in hand, or—banish the thought—if rain clouds are looming, relax in air-conditioned splendour. If you’re over on the east end, mosey on over to Drake One Fifty where caesars will be flowing and brunch dishes will be a plenty.
Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie
Open 11:30am – 2pm
Located in the Distillery District, this French bistro serves up a storm with their brunch menu. Go classic with eggs and toast, or try a French dish such as Croque Madame. Oh, and don’t forget their frites.
Open Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm, Monday closed
Try your favourite brunch classics with a Filipino twist. The Silog breakfast has you choose between boneless bangus, pork belly tocino and pork longanisa, and is served with cassava hash, two fried eggs, mixed greens and garlic rice. Pair it with a Mango Mimosa and call it a brunch well done.
Open 9:30am – 2pm
Located in Liberty Village, this classy old-school-looking diner will have you coming back for more. Want to seize the holiday Monday? Try their Super Cheesy Bacon French Toast, and maybe a Green Apple + Goat Cheese Salad (for minimal post-brunch exhaustion).
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Open Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm, Monday 11am – 3pm
Another delicious brunch joint in Liberty Village, be prepared to wait for a seat at this one. Their signature blueberry pancakes bring in people from across the GTA and once you have a bite, you’ll know why.
Open 8am – 5pm
For something out of the norm, brunch like an Egyptian at this family-run joint. We suggest the Cairo Classic; a traditional breakfast made up of fava beans stewed in tomatos and onions, sliced boiled egg, a falafel, creamy house-made tomato feta, charred balady bread and house greens.