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Toronto Brunch Guide: 14 must-try breakfast sandwiches

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Liora Ipsum Jan 23, 2017 12:31 pm 268

Breakfast sandwiches are serious business in Toronto. In fact, the most iconic dish you can get in this city nicknamed Hogtown, might just be a peameal on a bun.

There’s no shortage of spots to find morning meals assembled into hand-held stacks of bread, bacon, eggs, cheese, and more.

Here’s where to find the best breakfast sandwiches in Toronto.

The Bacon Butty from Rashers

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Get the classic Brit-style sandwich loaded with a cut of bacon that is both peameal and strip bacon in each piece. They’ll customize any sandwich to order so if you want to add an egg or hold the brown sauce, you got it.

Address: 948 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-710-8220

Address: 182 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-346-8230

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Beastwich from Beast Restaurant

A true beast of a breakfast sandwich, this brunch time staple at Chef Scott Vivian’s restaurant features a fried chicken thigh loaded onto a biscuit with pimento cheese, pork sausage gravy and a fried egg.

Address: 96 Tecumseth Street, Toronto
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Beet Gravlax with Cream Cheese on a Bagel from Schmaltz Appetizing

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For a thick schmear of cream cheese loaded with top-notch smoked fish and other essentials like capers, red onion, and sliced tomato, look no further than Anthony Rose’s quick-service sandwich shop specializing in this Jewish delicacy.

Address: 414 Dupont Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-350-4261

Address: 224 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-350- 4400

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The Kale & Cheese Breakfast Muffin from Drake Commissary

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An easy upgrade to the classics from Timmy’s and McD’s the English muffins at this Drake Hotel spin-off excel thanks to fresh takes like this meaty-free beauty crafted with Tuscan kale and manchego.

Address: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto
Phone: 416-432-2922

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Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar from Café Cancan

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This whimsical restaurant in Harbord Village starts weekends off right with scrambled eggs piled atop a sausage patty with cheese. Vegetarians can partake too with an option featuring avocado, cheddar, spicy mayo, coriander, pickled jalapeño, and scrambled eggs.

Address: 89 Harbord Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-3100

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Veda’s Choice from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

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The popular Liberty Village brunch spot is home to this creation in a croissant that teeters between break’wich and Bennie. Choose between smoked salmon or rosemary bacon then have the whole sandwich doused in Béarnaise.

Address: 85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-5695

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The Breakwich from Emma’s Country Kitchen

The St. Clair West kitchen is home to fluffy house-baked biscuits loaded with a choice of any house-cured breakfast meat, cheddar or swiss and a soft egg.

Address: 810 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Phone: 416-652-3662

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The Morning Classic from Leslieville Pumps

The gas station on Queen East houses one of the best take-out counters in the whole city. Call in your order on route, to have a fried egg with tomato and cheese ready and waiting when you arrive.

Address: 929 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-465-1313

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The Breakfast Pocket from Aunties & Uncles

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Fluffy scrambled eggs, slabs of peameal bacon, cheddar, caramelized onions tomato, and Dijon aioli are just one of the very good reasons to join the line that forms outside this brunch spot on weekends.

Address: 74 Lippincott Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-324-1375

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The Stockyard from The Stockyards

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The smokehouse and larder in St. Clair deep fries their poached eggs then piles them atop biscuits stacked with sausage or bacon and cheese.

Address: 699 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Phone: 416-658-9666

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The Jimmy Screech from Morning Glory Cafe

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This menu favourite from the popular Corktown brunch spot starts with Mennonite ham and havarti sandwiched between Dijon-egg soaked bread.

Address: 457 King Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-703-4728

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The Jeremy Lin from Kanpai Snack Bar

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Chicken schnitzel and sunnyside eggs on a brioche bun with pickled cabbage, mixed veggies and special sauces amount to one awesome breakfast sandwich at this Taiwanese snack bar in Cabbagetown.

Address: 252 Carlton Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-968-6888

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Peameal on a Bun from When The Pig Came Home

The old school delicatessen in The Junction is home to one of the city’s best iconic sandwiches. The $5 peameal sandwich is blissful as is, but can be souped-up even further with an egg, cheddar or double smoked back for $1 each.

Address: 3035 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-345-9001

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Tigella from Bar Buca

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A favourite on the weekend brunch menu at this King West-area Italian restaurant is this bolognese skillet bun stacked with mortadella, guanciale, egg and salsa verde.

Address: 75 Portland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-599-2822

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Liora Ipsum
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