Between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street on Bloor, El Furniture Warehouse offers a host of tasty treats at unbelievable prices, making it particularly student-friendly. Brunch picks include salads, soups, poutine, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more. The exposed brick backdrop enhances a laid-back atmosphere for your mid-morning (or early-afternoon) meal.
El Furniture Warehouse, 410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 778 938 7077
Rose & Sons’ small space, cozy ambience, and stellar food explains a steadily growing queue of diners waiting to eat at this popular spot. Must-try brunch picks include ricotta pancakes topped with sour cherries and sweet maple syrup goodness. On the savoury side, try the delicious grits, paired with poached egg and green sauce. And be sure to check out the griddled brie cornbread with brisket, fried egg, maple syrup, and chili sauce. Plan to arrive early if dropping by for a weekend bite.
Rose & Sons, 176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 748 3287
The Grapefruit Moon’s fun and unique brunch menu rewards the adventurous. Try the Bike Rider’s Special, Big Bang Breakfast, or a Morning Glory breakfast burger. The morning poutine with cheese, caramelized onions, breakfast gravy, and a fried egg is inviting. Go all-out vegan with the Vegan Morning special’s tofu scramble, sautéed veggies, vegan cheese, fresh cut fries, and toast. Make note of the special brunch menu served from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Grapefruit Moon, 968 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 534 9056
Located west of the Annex, The White Brick Kitchen is comfort food at its finest. One of the staple Sunday brunch dishes is the ‘Scotch-ish’ egg; a spin on the traditional Scotch egg, White Brick Kitchen’s version includes an eclectic mix of soft boiled eggs, croissant, caramelized onion jam, and hollandaise. This friendly spot is popular, so go early. Even if there’s a bit of a wait, you’re right in the heart of Koreatown, so take advantage!
The White Brick Kitchen, 641 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 347 9188
There’s no doubt that Torontonians take their barbecue seriously, and they’re grateful to Big Crow for bringing tasty barbecue options to brunch. Relax at this back-porch addition to Rose & Sons in warmer seasons, or head inside during the cold winter months; picnic benches fill the space complete with patio lanterns affixed to pressure-treated wooden slat walls. Choose a Caesar salad, chocolate banana bread with maple butter, hot smoked salmon, fried egg tostada, or a verscht on toast.
Big Crow, 176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 748 3287
If you’re in the mood for bagels and fine fish, Schmaltz Appetizing is the place to go. Order the chazzer (smoked pastrami, gravlax, salmon caviar, horseradish, and cream cheese) or try the popular chub chub (smoked whitefish salad, gravlax horseradish, cream cheese and dill cucumbers). Schmaltz Appeal has perfected the art of doing two things really well and if you’re going to do something well, it might as well be fish and bagels.
Schmaltz Appetizing, 414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 350 4261
Over Easy knows eggs. Try the Montréal smoked meat hash and the ‘eggstro’, which includes oven-baked eggs with bacon, mushroom, with a stand-out, three-cheese sauce. Experience a brunch like no other with either smoked salmon or tomato and goat’s cheese scrambles and your choice of crispy home fries, French fries, soup, or fresh salad. Regardless of what egg dish you order, from a place with a name like Over Easy, you know it’ll be good.