Bruch is an institution in Toronto largely driven by neighbourhood. The chances of you dragging your butt to Leslieville from the West End to stand in an hour-long line at 11 AM are pretty slim. Let’s face it–you’re probably going to head down the street to the place you always go. Then again, if you ever find yourself on someone’s else’s turf, here’s a list of places you should give a try, even if it’s just for another Eggs Benny. A good brunch place should provide something interesting, and be fun, without being stupid. Bonus points if they can manage an efficient and generally stress-free line. Average price between $18-25 a person (without mimosas).
Lola’s Kitchen: Great options for vegetarians and the generally health-conscious who also enjoy an occasional mimosa.
Smith: Although this place used to be my number 1, the scones have gotten a lot smaller and the fall of their sister restaurant House Maison has caused a bit of a decline in my love. However, their cute backyard patio makes up for so much.
On my Radar:
Bar Buca: You can’t go wrong with any of Rob Gentile’s Bucas. You’ll have a great time.
Maha’s: “Food made 5000 years ago, served 5000 years later”. Can’t wait to visit this Egyptian brunch spot.
Note: Bareburger, The Saint Tavern, and L’Ouvrier are all now closed! So long, former favourite brunch spots.