These Are the 5 Best Hidden Gem Brunch Spots in Toronto
Ah, brunch – it’s hands down one of the best parts of the weekend.
But it can really kill your vibe (and do nothing to help your hangover cure cause) when a super long lineup, spotty service, and a rushed experience is added to the equation.
Luckily, there are some great Toronto brunch spots aside from your usual suspects that aren’t overrun with fellow hangry millennials – and ones you may not know about.
These are the best-hidden gem brunch spots in Toronto.
Before or after a Saturday trip to the St. Lawrence Market, fuel up just a few dozen steps away at Farm’r (140 A The Esplanade). The bright and airy spot serves up a hyperlocal fare (hence the name) a la counter service, with dishes that include Tomato and Basil Baked Eggs, Cinnamon French Toast, and the Farm’r Breakfast Sandwich, to name a few. You can expect communal tables, a well-curated playlist of chill weekend morning vibes, and a quality Bloody Caesar that won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking for something other than your typical bacon and scrambled egg-filled brunch, hit Lebanese spot Little Sito (840 Bloor St. W.) – especially if you have a thing for dreamy cheese. Aside from sweet service and a more relaxed vibe compared to your typical brunch spot, Little Sito offers memorable plates like Poached Eggs on Halloumi, Fried Eggs with Sumac and Shanklish cheese, and an Eggplant Stew.
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Last year, Brickyard Bistro, an airy and welcoming spot took over the southwest corner of Gerrard and Greenwood, and serves up French-inspired comfort food. The brunch offers everything from the Crepe Marseillaise (filled with scrambled eggs, shrimp, and scallops, just to name a few contents) and the Smoked Duck Breast Salad, to French Toast (topped with caramelized apples) and the all-Canadian Classic Breakfast. Added perks include $5 mimosas and $6 Bloody Caesars on the weekend.
You can brunch like an Egyptian at Maha’s Restaurant (226 Greenwood Ave). Although it’s not widely known among downtown dwellers (hence its consideration as a “hidden gem”), the weekend lineup is a sign that word has gotten out in the surrounding area and that the (affordable!) food is damn delicious. Here, you’ll find things like the Date Grilled Cheese (where juicy dates sautéed in butter add to the gooey three cheese blend), the Cairo Classic breakfast (a traditional dish typically sold by street vendors), and Maha’s Award-Winning Lentil Soup.
Fried chicken makes just as decent a hangover cure as anything else – and this is exactly what you’ll find at Koreatown’s White Brick Kitchen (641 Bloor St. W) for their always-comforting Sunday brunch (***the brunch is served only on Sundays). Highlights at this Bloor West spot include the Fried Chicken Benny, Chicken + Waffles, and the completely indulgent (but totally worth it) Breakfast Poutine. Added perks include a shady patio and Bloody Caesars complete with a beef salami wheel.
Do you know any other great brunch spots in Toronto? Make sure to share with us in the comments.
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Erin is a Toronto-based writer, actor and queen of the side hustle. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies. Follow me: @erinnicoledavis