Breakfast in T.O. Random Thoughts – All Day Breakfasts

You can’t call it an “All-Day Breakfast” if you open at 11.


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Our Third Anniversary!

Well, this week was pretty special. It was the 3rd anniversary of our weekly breakfast, and we had a good turnout. A typical week has your 3 founding members, TB, DO and myself holding down the fort, but if we’re lucky, we have guests. Our schedule goes out to >40 people, and on the rare occasion, some of them actually turn up! This is a huge relief because really, we ran out of stuff to talk about 18 months ago! Often, we just glare at each other. Some days we sit at separate tables. Today was our lucky day – we were joined by EG, who was a founding member back in May 2010, SS who is becoming a semi-regular and JC, who comes as much as she can.

This was a return visit to Bloor Jane Restaurant – our 4th, in fact – a reliable, traditional greasy spoon with a lunch counter. This is what we look for in our weekly outings. Taking a few stat holidays off, this was our 152nd breakfast at 122 different establishments. We’ve done a few “best of” stretches, and now alternate between new locations and repeats, simply because there are only so many restaurants that fit our requirements*. If you know of any we’ve missed (check complete list), or want to be included in the mailing, get in touch!

*The requirements are as follows;

  • a standard breakfast of bacon, eggs, home fries, toast and coffee must be available for under $10
  • the restaurant must be open Monday mornings at 9:30, and
  • be accessible via the TTC  (public transit in Toronto).
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Duponti Cafe, 284 Dupont St.

3 stars (out of 5)










This place is really designed as a take-out lunch spot. They have Chinese, Indian, Korean and Japanese dishes, so of course, we went for breakfast. Continue reading

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Average Joe’s Cafe, 161 Baldwin St.

4 stars (out of 5)







This was one of the most carefully prepared and attractively presented breakfasts on our now 135 week tour of breakfast spots in Toronto (~115 different establishments).

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The Patrician Grill (redux), 219 King St. E.

4 stars (out of 5)

signI’m writing this update WITHOUT reading my previous review. The Patrician was the first stop in what has ended up being a 2 1/2 year long, weekly breakfast get-together with friends. We’ve been to almost 120 different places, all of which qualify as greasy spoons, or they at least offer a greasy spoon style breakfast. Authentic greasy spoons or diners are our priority, but we are running out of those. This update springs from a new perspective…that of someone who has a bit more experience in this department…and over 100 other places to compare it to. Continue reading

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El Cafetal, 1006 St.Clair Ave. W.

4 stars (out of 5)

A few weeks ago, my breakfast hombres and I walked by this place after eating at the Sunnyside Grill a little west, and decided to add it to the Tour to add some variety. It didn’t fit our exact specifications, but they had breakfast at a good price, so we just imagined that we were at a greasy spoon in Mexico or Colombia. Continue reading

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The Emerald Bar and Grill, 1628 Queen St. E.

3 stars (out of 5)










This place opened as the Emerald Grill in 1952 and operated as a diner, jukeboxes and all.

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