On the corner of King and Portland, you will find Portland Variety. Glass windows, modern décor, and hotshot baristas serving up pastries, fresh pressed juices, and dynamite coffee greet you as you enter through the door. The whipped house-made ricotta is always a hit, served with spice roasted plums, pistachios, and grilled sourdough, and is the perfect starter. Go for the fan-favorite lemon ricotta pancakes, fluffy flapjacks topped with a blueberry compote and a cream cheese mousse; or, opt for the eggs benedict served with prosciutto on a freshly baked croissant and creamy hollandaise. If you’re on a health kick, go for the smashed avocado toast topped with soft scrambled eggs, the perfect melt in your mouth combination. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a craft beer, specialty cocktail, or the house-made sangria.
Portland Variety, 587 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 368 5151
Located just inside the hip and young Liberty Village, School Toronto is a must visit for any brunch lover. This spot serves brunch seven days a week, so brunch goers can do their thing on any day they please. The menu includes dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, golden hash brown poutine, and cheesy bacon French toast, a glorious marriage of the sweet and savory. If you’re in the mood for the simply sweet, go for the ‘black ’n’ blue flapjacks stacked high,’ with a blackberry-blueberry sauce and brown sugar butter, or the s’more-inspired Belgian waffles topped with torched marshmallows, dark chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs. The inside is simple, with dim lighting, chalkboard-lined walls, dark wood, and exposed brick.
School Toronto, 70 Fraser Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 588 0005