It’s no secret that Torontonians love a good brunch, and the city has the year-round lineups to prove it. Although areas like Queen Street West and the Annex are often considered the brunching hot spots of the city, North Toronto can hold its own when it comes to a variety of delicious breakfast and brunch options. From dim sum to pub grub, the early-morning restaurant scene is only going to continue to expand through the city’s northernmost neighborhoods.
This family-friendly Yonge Street hot spot is a colorful and cheerful brunch option. Just north of Eglinton, choose from stuffed or classic French toast, sweet potato hash, waffles, a variety of pancakes, or the Uncle Betty’s specialty: grilled cheese. There is also a kids’ menu that includes smaller versions of all of the above. Also operating as an ice cream parlor, it will satisfy your morning sugar cravings with desserts such as the pie sundae or donut ice cream sandwich, or you can grab a box of their famous donuts to go.
Located in midtown at Yonge and St. Clair, Kwan Dim Sum + Chinese Cuisine is a restaurant and teahouse that pays close attention to detail. Dim sum is served daily, offering tasty and inexpensive little dishes – get your fill of midday egg tarts, dainty char siu pastries, dumplings, and turnip cakes, and try the porcupine- and bumblebee-shaped red bean and custard-filled dough balls to finish.
Long considered to have one of the best patios in North York, the Miller Tavern is located on Yonge just south of York Mills. The multi-level patio and heated verandah do give the restaurant plenty to boast about, creating a cozy cottage atmosphere, along with the gas fireplace. They have a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu that includes a cocktail.
This old-style gastropub has two locations in the city: one on Eglinton and one just north on Yonge. The Abbot gives pub grub a gourmet twist, offering grilled cheese on sourdough or rye bread; French toast served with blueberry coulis, whipped crème Anglais, and pure maple syrup; steak and eggs; or a full English breakfast.
Offering a huge menu and a kid-friendly atmosphere, BOOM is a breakfast chain with multiple locations throughout Toronto. The Eglinton spot is always bustling with families, who come for the signature huevos rancheros, a variety of omelettes, “breakwiches,” burgers, or healthier “Think Fit” salad options. The kids’ menu comes with a complimentary milk – regular or chocolate – or orange juice.
The Homeway has been a staple on the Mount Pleasant breakfast and brunch scene since 1948 – that’s almost 70 years! With the vibe of a neighborhood hangout, the brunch menu includes items like challah French toast, and a variety of eggs benedict options, including the enticing Sinful Benedict. In the summer, they have great patio seating too.
Located at the corner of St Germain and Avenue Road and open since 1995, Safari features a massive heated patio and a billiards room on the second floor, plus all items on their Sunday brunch menu are currently priced at $9.99. Choose from the breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, or Bavarian-style pancakes (similar to crepes) – which you can choose as savory (with sausage and onion) or sweet (with apples and cinnamon). Their sister location is in Historic Pickering Village in Ajax.