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).
Tried and True:
Bar Buca: You can’t go wrong with any of Rob Gentile’s Bucas. You’ll have a great time.
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:
Maha’s: “Food made 5000 years ago, served 5000 years later”. Can’t wait to visit this Egyptian brunch spot.
Cafe Cancan: Chef Victor Barry’s interpretation of a French Bistro? Sounds good to me.
Jack and Lil’s:A South African driven communal atmosphere with a lot of healthy options.
Note: Bareburger, The Saint Tavern, and L’Ouvrier are all now closed! So long, former favourite brunch spots.