For a good time, definitely check out Krepesz Café & Lounge. Choose from a medley of crepe combinations with powerful and confidence-boosting ‘I Am’ dish names. To spice things up a bit, Krepesz also has an array of craft beers and other alcoholic beverages, including their specialty sangria. Try their ‘I Am Awake’ breakfast crepe (eggs, baby spinach, tomato, and cheese), or if you want something a little sweeter the ‘I Am Chocolicious’ (Nutella with fresh strawberries and/or bananas).
Krepesz, 253 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 840 8930
With two locations in Toronto, Bunner’s offers a wide variety of baked goods, mainly catering to those who have food sensitivities. Their menu includes both vegan and gluten-free goodies, that always taste like ‘the real thing’. If you’re visiting for brunch be sure to check out their popular cinnamon buns or savory pockets, depending on what you feel like. You can also order a copy of Bunner’s – Simple & Delicious Gluten Free Vegan Treats, their cookbook to make your own baked goods at home!
Bunner’s, 244 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 350 2975
Everyone loves a good bagel, and Nu Bügel is the perfect spot to snag a wood-fire-baked bagel with one of their twists. All bagels are boiled in honey water before being baked, which contributes to their unique taste and texture, and they are always made fresh and from scratch. The menu has a variety of classic bagels and sandwiches to choose from. Their most memorable sandwich is their Smoked Trout (or Chicken), a true menu standout.
Nu Bügel, 240 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 748 4488
For the grilled cheese lovers OM Grilled Cheese is the place to be. The menu includes eight sandwiches and delicious soups, great for warming up in cold weather. Each sandwich comes with a pickle and a pile of chips, and is enough to keep anyone coming back. ‘The County’ or ‘El Chapo’ are highly recommended, but you can’t go wrong with ‘The Standard’ grilled cheese.
OM Grilled Cheese, 66 1/2 Nassau St., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 855 3444
It may sound like a weird combination, but The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles gets the combination right. Every chicken (hand-breaded and gluten-free) is a crispy and tender match to the giant, fluffy waffle that comes with each order, and the blend of the sauce and maple syrup are definite crowd-pleasers. ‘The Up North Trip’ is highly recommended, with 3 pieces of bone-in chicken with a waffle, buttered maple, and with a side of coleslaw or ‘ ‘Tato Salad’. You will definitely want to check The Dirty Bird out, if not for a late brunch, then dinner.
A nice piece of pie for brunch is always a good decision, and Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is the place to go. The menu offers a wide variety of pie flavors, but if pie (for some reason) isn’t your thing, they also have cake, cookies, tarts, and much more. If your sweet tooth isn’t quite awake at brunch, they also have a lunch menu which ranges from pizza and pierogies, to a variety of sandwiches. If you do go, be sure to check out their daily specials from Tuesday to Saturday.
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, 287 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 236 7585
KOS Café & Restaurant is perfect for the breakfast lover, serving it all day and for a good price. Their specialty is eggs, offering close to 20 types of eggs and omelets. They also have typical griddle breakfasts like waffles, French toast, and pancakes. Be sure to grab a side of their home fries which have received rave reviews.
KOS Café & Restaurant, 61 Bellevue Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 597 6912
If you’re into the punk-rock scene, Black Metal Brunch at Graffiti’s Bar & Grill is the perfect stop for Sunday brunch. The menu is offered from 11 am to 6 pm every Sunday, but the location is definitely not for the faint-hearted; they blast metal music, which of course attracts the heavy metal-punk fans that frequent the dive weekly (even daily, with the live music that often plays). The brunch menu offers a wide variety of dishes from French toast to Philly cheesesteaks. Graffiti’s is a must to check off on your list of Toronto brunch stops.
Average Joe’s Café is a classic brunch spot, with typical breakfast and lunch foods that you can never go wrong with. The venue itself is cozy and the food helps to contribute to the homey atmosphere, which is where the cafe really excels. The menu offers large portions at a very reasonable price, and leaves you feeling full and satisfied when you leave. Try the ‘Hungry Joe’, which has fried eggs, toast, home fry potatoes, and 3 pieces of chicken bacon. Average Joe’s certainly may have an average menu but an exceptional taste!
Average Joe’s Café, 161 Baldwin Street # 1, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 388 3438
Large portion sizes are always welcome and Our Spot delivers, another venue that offers a traditional breakfast menu that gives you the biggest bang for your buck. It isn’t anything too special, but the simple menu, welcoming decor and friendly staff are what makes this spot a excellent brunch choice. Order ‘The Standard Breakfast’ if you want a generous amount of food, including eggs, toast, home fries, and much, much more.
Our Spot, 180 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 349 7767