Cafe On The Square, 100 Queen St. W.

3 stars (out of 5)

Pretty impressive architecture for a cafeteria, eh? Arrow shows exact location.

We figured, “hey, we want to eat where Mayor Rob Ford eats!”, so we scheduled the Toronto City Hall cafeteria into our breakfast tour. It may have a fancy name, but don’t be fooled – it’s basically the City Hall cafeteria.

At 9:30 on a Monday, the short order cook wasn’t very busy, so the 4 of us placed our orders directly with him. He kept everything straight, was very efficient and handed us our plates sending us on our way. Nothing fancy.

Eggs – my “over easy” were done in a pan in some kind of oil. T’s “sunny side up” were started in a pan, and finished on the griddle (?), and O’s omelet was done on the griddle.

“Home Fries” – not really home fries, as these potatoes appeared to have been par boiled (and perhaps pan fried first), but then were deep fried to heat them up. They were then tossed in a large bowl with raw onions and green peppers and lightly spiced. They were just OK.

Toast – above average, thick sliced brown toast that had some texture. Not just brown “wonder” bread.

Coffee – below average, served in paper cups, and charged by the cup (no free refills).

My breakfast (no meat) including the first large cup of coffee, was a steal at under 6 bucks. If you are in the area and craving a no-frills breakfast, this place fits the bill. Oh, and Mayor Ford? I don’t believe I saw gravy anywhere on the menu.

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