Hazel’s Diner, 523 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

3 stars (out of 5)

Breakfast at this newish, attractive eatery was uninspired, to say the least. The decor (at bottom) set it apart from a typical diner or greasy spoon, but the breakfast special was just about average.


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We interrupt this blog – Highland Park Diner, Rochester, NY

Not technically a “Breakfast in Toronto”, but a short 275 kms (170 mi.) away lies a diner that looks like a diner is supposed to look. A 3-hour drive from Toronto will take you to the Highland Park Diner, which I visited in July of this year. The food was average, but the vibe was fantastic!


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Dag’s Restaurant, 180 Baldwin St.

3 stars (out of 5)

Street View capture

Well, we finally got to try Dag’s after a false start a few months ago. We arrived then to a “closed” sign (I forget the circumstances), so we went to Kensingtons across the street. THAT was a mistake.




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Eggspectation, 220 Yonge St.

2 stars (out of 5)

This place was below eggspectations. It was overpriced (above our guidelines – not sure how it slipped through), under-valued and our breakfast was inconsistent.




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Eggsmart, 645 Bay St.

3 stars (out of 5)

This characterless chain serves perfectly average breakfasts. The eggs were fried, the bread was toasted, the potatoes boiled then fried, and the coffee was…poured.

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Avenue Open Kitchen (redux), 7 Camden St.

4.5 stars (out of 5)

We first visited the AOK, hidden away on a side street near the financial district, very early on our “Spoon Tour”. In fact, it was June 2010, just a month in. I forgot to review it at the time, but vaguely recall being slightly underwhelmed. However, after visiting over 100 breakfast places in search of great “greasy spoon breakfasts”, we scheduled a re-visit and I can say that this place stands out for authenticity and food. Continue reading

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Sunset Grill, 45 Wicksteed Ave. (#100!)

4 stars (out of 5)

This restaurant represents the 100th different stop on The Spoon Tour. Over two years ago, we began this weekly adventure to investigate the best and worst of diner-style breakfasts in Toronto with The Patrician. We started by trying to find all the classic greasy spoons that were left, and eventually had to expand our search to include any restaurant that has a diner-style breakfast special that meets our criteria. The restaurant must serve;

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






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