If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of these photos before and now I’m here to explain to you why I LOVE eating at these spots for brunch.
I love exploring Toronto’s food scene. There are always new spots opening or old gems reinventing themselves, it’s also a great excuse for date night! Yet, I always fall back on my fave places for brunch (listed below); or if I’ve only been once they made quite the impact. The reasoning is because they stand out in flavour or experience, or both!
ESG — Eggs Sunrise Grill
This is your classic diner style breakfast. My boyfriend lives around the corner so this is a go-to for us when we don’t feel like cooking or are abysmally hungover. The food is always good, the service is on point, and the price doesn’t hurt (around $6.95 for a standard eggs/meat/potats plate). This is no-fuss eating, you get exactly what you would expect and want for breakfast with great service.
This place is fucking delicious. If you make it to the Federal I have a few rules: you MUST order the soup of the day and you MUST get a fresh Mimosa of the day, if you don’t you’re just ruining your own life… I mean breakfast. My favourite thing on the breakfast menu is the eggs federal with kale, featured in the image above, which is their take on Eggs Benedict. Instead of Hollandaise sauce it’s a mushroom tarragon cream sauce that’s to die for accompanied by the simplest sides of rosti potatoes and an arugula salad. On this particular day I had a watermelon rhubarb mimosa, as per my birthday celebrations.
Aunties and Uncles
OH M GEEEEE! I almost have no words for how good this place is. Every single time I go I get the omelette of the day because it does not dissapoint. Fresh vegetables of the season, cheese and perfectly fluffy eggs folded over top. I love a good omelette. As for sides their potato salad (their option instead of roasted potatoes) is unreal. I’ve never put dill in my potato salad but after this one I’ll be adding it all the time. I also have no clue what they do to their olives but they’re mouth watering and delicious. My mouth is filling with saliva thinking about them. I always go to this spot with my best friend Amanda whom always gets the french toast. ‘Cinnamony’ and fluffy, served with a seasonal fruit compote. Dessert for breakfast anyone? Her and I always go on Monday because she has Monday off as a hairdresser and we get to a table right away, so if you go on the weekend bring a novel because the line up is usually long.
Le Petit Dejeuner
I am a sausage and eggs person, I rarely order bacon, and this is one of my favourite places to order sausage because like The Federal, it’s more like meatloaf. It’s crunchy on the outside as each piece is seared to order and soft and juicy on the inside. The odd standout item at this place is their apple slaw. Fresh and juicy on the side of a semi-heavy breakfast plate with this sauce that comes on top that I have NO IDEA what it is but it’s SO GOOD! Also always a line on the weekend so get there early. This place is on my list for my next dinner date with the boy. When I eat here I feel like I’m eating my mommas cooking, and that’s always a compliment.
The fact that gusto popped a brown bag of delicious bread on my table is an instant win, am I right? I’ve been seriously trying to hold back on the carbs lately as I find I am always bloated, but how can you resist delicious crusty bread? Gusto is a great spot for a meal at any time of day and would be on my go-to list for a date spot. Amazing service, laid back dining but really good food with fresh ingredients, not to mention a wine list the size of the bible! If you’re there passed breakfast I highly recommend the black garlic and truffle brussel sprouts because they’re to die for.
The Drake (weekend brunch)
The drake has an unreal eggs benedict. I don’t order it often when I go out for breakfast because I’ve had bad hollandaise sauce (from boom breakfast co.) and man does that ruin your morning; and they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day! The patio is super adorable so if you can get there on a nice day grab a seat and duh, a caeser! The Drake recently reinvented their menu so I’m not too sure if this is still on it but god do I hope so because I crave it. Definitely a good spot if you’re doing some vintage shopping in the west end on the weekend in Toronto.