This local establishment is as nutritious and delicious as the vibrant vegetable it’s named after. The menu is the brainchild of a certified nutritional practitioner and a homeopathic doctor. It includes heaps of organic, local and sustainable ingredients. The green detox juice is packed full of fresh produce like celery, cucumber, kale, apple, lemon and ginger. The all-day breakfast emphasizes farm fresh eggs and Quebec cheddar cheese and features perfectly portioned heuvos rancheros with cilantro chili vinaigrette. The baked egg breakfast bowl is filled with avocado, sausage, pico de gallo and sour cream, all served over quinoa. The Beet’s got plenty of gluten-free and veg-friendly options, but carnivores can feast on bacon and sausages too. They even make day drinking healthy with an all natural spicy Caesar.
The Beet, 2945 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 926 2368
This kitschy and cool kitchen offers local, organic brunch selections that change each week. Cool Hand of a Girl grabs their produce from the nearby Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market and sources chicken and eggs from Toronto butcher Vince Gasparro. The super-stuffed French toast is packed with pecan pie (yes, that’s right) and topped with a handful of pecans, pure maple syrup and fluffy whipped cream. For something that’s more savory, try the heuvos con mole — two eggs on corn tortillas, with avocado, feta and sesame seeds, drenched in a homemade chocolate-chili sauce — available various weekends.
The Passenger pays homage to the Junction’s railway roots. The vibe is cool, and the minimalistic decor is retro without trying too hard. On weekends, the classic breakfast flaunts organic eggs with maple bacon or smoked pork sausage, roasted tomatoes, fries and toast. The luscious lemon ricotta and poppy seed pancakes are crowned with blueberry sauce and whipped cream. And for the brunch and ‘linner’ lover who can’t make up their mind, The Passenger offers a marriage of all meals, with their breakfast cheese (curd) burger topped with a fried egg and maple bacon. Rinse it down with an afternoon cocktail of Prosecco, Chambord and honey syrup called for no good reason.
The Passenger, 2968 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 762 0777