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The Best Places To Have Brunch In Toronto
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The Best Places To Have Brunch In Toronto

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Updated: 30 November 2016
Torontonians have an obsession with brunch. Locals are known to wait outside for an hour in the city’s freezing winter temperatures, just to get a table in their favorite spot. Since this Canadian city is so passionate about this meal, we’ve revisited our list of the top places to eat brunch in Toronto.

Me & Mine

Me & Mine offers a small, well-chosen brunch menu that uses familiar ingredients in imaginative combinations. The restaurant’s airy 30-seat interior features simple white walls, blonde pine tables, and mellow background music. With rotating chef’s tasting menus offered each night, it’s worth stopping by again for dinner.

Me & Mine, 1144 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 535 5858

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Lou Dawg’s B-B-Q

This well-known BBQ restaurant might not immediately seem like the ideal place for a lazy late breakfast, but Lou Dawg’s Southern brunch menu is a great option for diners seeking something a little different. The most famous dish is the ‘Breakfast Loutine’, a breakfast poutine consisting of Yukon Gold fries topped with Black River cheese curds, pulled pork, poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce.

Lou Dawg’s B-B-Q, 589 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 347 3294

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George St. Diner

From the swivel stools to the satisfying comfort food, the George St. Diner offers everything you expect from a classic diner experience. The exterior is an eye-catching bright red, while the inside is unfussy and welcoming. The menu is a nostalgic mix of traditional sweet and savoury dishes, including French toast and full fry-up breakfasts. The Irish breakfast served with toasted soda bread is a tried-and-true hangover cure.

George St. Diner, 129 George, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 862-7676

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Mitzi’s Café

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Mitzi’s Café serves a thoughtful menu of home-made dishes. The menu is presented on a chalkboard inside the restaurant, with dishes changing frequently and incorporating locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Seating is offered outside on a pleasant patio, or inside with a view of the restaurant’s open kitchen.

Mitzi’s Café and Gallery, 100 Sorauren Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 588 1234

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Karine’s Fresh

Karine’s Fresh easily offers one of Toronto’s healthiest and best-value brunches. This colorful restaurant specializes in vegan and gluten-free dishes, although bacon or sausage can be added to most dishes for die-hard carnivores.

Karine’s Fresh, 109 McCaul Street #32, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, +1 416 591 0863

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Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade specializes in locally-sourced, organic dishes, many of which are prepared with a Mexican twist. The interior is playfully decorated with retro furniture and local artwork, creating the kind of comfortable atmosphere in which diners can savour their meals slowly. Most dishes can be prepared gluten free, and the coffee is tasty Fernwood organic fair trade.

Lady Marmalade, 898 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 351 7645

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Le Petit Dejeuner

Le Petit Dejeuner offers a menu of Belgian-Canadian comfort food. Many of their ingredients are sourced locally, and daily soups are made in-house from scratch. Of course, given the restaurant’s ownership, you also can’t go wrong with one of the authentic Belgian waffles, with toppings ranging from fresh fruits to ‘Eggs Benny-style.’ The interior is quirky and charming, with warm tones, comfortable seating and colourful light fixtures.

Le Petit Dejeuner, 191 King St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 703 1560

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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen follows in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor, Mildred Pierce, which was among the trend-setting restaurants that first made brunch Toronto’s favourite meal. One of the best places in the city to go for an upscale brunch, the restaurant’s interior is modern yet inviting, with a large open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, 85 Hanna Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-588-5695

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The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder is best known for its Southern-style slow cooked BBQ; however this small restaurant’s delicious brunch rivals its pulled pork and beef brisket. Similar to the BBQ, the brunch menu draws inspiration from Southern cuisine. With only 18 seats available along the counter in this simple restaurant, it’s best to expect a wait.

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder, 699 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-658-9666