The best new brunch in Toronto 2016

Dec 28 2016, 9:11 pm

2016 will go down as that year that deserves to be drowned out with pancakes and mimosas.

Reports suggest millennials have given up all hope of saving for homeownership and have instead collectively decided to squander their future on brunch. Luckily in Toronto there are plenty of good options.

Here are the best of the best brunch spots to open in Toronto in 2016.

Souk Tabule

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The Middle Eastern eatery in The Canary District is an all-day destination for dining. Start with a cardamom-spiced latter before moving on to hearty plates of shakshuka or The Full Souk, an individual sized spread of falafel, hard boiled egg, labneh, fava bean stew, and fresh veggies.

Address: 494 Front Street East, Toronto
Twitter: @TabuleToronto

White Lily

Start with an order of the daily doughnuts. Trust me. They’re served warm and are as fluffy and light as clouds at this charming new diner in Riverside.

From there the choice is yours, there’s a menu full of buttermilk griddle cakes, bangers and eggs, Southern-style eggs over grits and more.

Address: 678 Queen Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @whitelilydiner



This Bloordale cafe does so much more than just coffee. Breakfast served everyday but Sunday features brekky rolls, hot cakes, and smashed avocado on sourdough. Each plate is so pretty you’ll be faced with the dilemma; share to IG ASAP, or dive right in.

Address: 679 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto,
Instagram: @baddies.caf

Pow Wow Cafe

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Poached eggs over Ojibway fry-bread with smoked salmon and goat cheese sauce, sweet potato pancakes doused in maple syrup and cinnamon scented whipped cream, and smoked pork croquettes topped with eggs.

Address: 213 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @powwowcafeto

Janie Jones

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Big bad Brit-style breakfasts are back from the same owner as the Old Laurel and The Bristol before that. Davy Love has settled into Little India and is serving up signature morning meals like The Glasgow featuring a square sausage, fried egg and cheddar sandwiched between scones and smothered in sausage gravy.

Address: 1030 Gerrard Street, Toronto
Instagram: @janie_jones_bar


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Acclaimed Toronto restaurateurs, Grant Van Gameren, Robin Goodfellow and Mykl Webster (best known for restaurants like Bar Isabel and Bar Ravel) saved this old school Parkdale greasy spoon.

The retro decor remains intact but the menu has seen some revisions. Still, you’ll find affordable plates of bacon and eggs, cheese omelettes, breakfast burgers and even avocado toast on the menu.

Address: 160 Springhurst Ave, Toronto
Instagram: @harryscharbroiled

Emma’s Country Kitchen

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Having relocated down the street in 2016, Emma’s is back bigger and better than ever. Head here when craving Bennies built on fluffy buttermilk biscuits, baked oatmeal with cinnamon custard, and classic breakfasts loaded with the most delicious house-cured bacon or sage-onion sausage.

Address: 810 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Instagram: @emmacountrykitc


Just the sight of ube waffles with fried chicken stirred up a love for Filipino soul foods that Toronto didn’t even know it was missing. Also on the menu, delectable dishes like garlic fried rice and fried eggs paired with sweet pork sausage, beef stew or marinated milkfish.

Address: 35 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Instagram: @platitotoronto

Maple Leaf Tavern

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Hashbrown BLTs, classic sausage and sandwiches, and corned beef hash are all on the menu at this charming east-side local. There’s even a massive morning spread that feeds two. It comes complete with varied breakfast-y meats, eggs, potatoes, biscuits, and more.

Address: 955 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @mapleleaftavern

Bar Begonia

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Déjeuner at Anthony Rose’s French restaurant on Dupont is a delicious affair where oysters are the precursor to main courses like herbed omelettes, croque monsieur sandwiches, fried eggs with pork belly, and more. Bon appetit!

Address: 252 Dupont Street, Toronto
Instagram: @barbegonia

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