Nearly a year has passed, and I’m halfway through my journey to trying out all 50 of blogTO’s 50 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Toronto. It has been quite challenging, as last year I worked nearly every Saturday and Sunday morning. I’ve also travelled a lot, and have been sidetracked into going to other great brunch spots that didn’t make blogTO’s list. My goal is to get through the rest of the list before blogTO makes anymore changes to it!
To make things easier for me: Toronto brunch restaurants, please serve brunch on Fridays. Us artists like brunch too.
Here are updated rankings of blogTO’s best 50 brunches, and how I rank them in terms of their veggie options.
TIED FOR #1:
1. Bonjour Brioche (blogTO’s #27) – Many veggie options and they’re all mind-blowing
1. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (blogTO’s #7) – The best Huevos in the city
3. Aunties and Uncles (blogTO’s #1) – A classic, and it’s the same guy who does Choir! Choir! Choir!
4. The Queen and Beaver (blogTO’s #47) – Going for the third time this weekend, at my mom’s request.
5. Rose and Sons (blogTO’s #4) – Poached pears and avocados. Heaven.
6. The White Brick Kitchen (blogTO’s #39) – Very rich, amazing, vegetarian foods.
7: Mitzi’s Cafe (blogTO’s #11) – Good food, good location
8: The Ace (blogTO’s #33) – I suspect it hosts the best eggs benedict. A revisit will confirm.
9. Easy Restaurant (blogTO’s #2) – Many Mexican-inspired veggie options
10: The Federal Reserve (blogTO’s #24) – Daily veggie omelette!
11: Okay Okay (blogTO’s #17) – McDonald’s Hash Browns meets OK2′s Benedict.
12. Lady Marmalade (blogTO’s #5) – Overhyped, and they wouldn’t serve me the miso breakfast poutine.
13. Little Fish (blogTO’s #14) – If you love custards and jams, you likely love this place more than I do.
14: Farmhouse Tavern (blogTO’s #18) – Inventive dishes, great ambiance, slow service, cold tea
15: Wallace & Co. (blogTO’s #50) – Tempeh substitutions are remarkable but not much else is.
16. The Stockyards (blogTO’s #15) – Stocky yards has great emergency vegetarian meals. Go with your carnivorous partner.
17. Voodoo Child (blogTO’s #25) – Very few menu options, period. Hopefully one of the three will always be a veggie meal.
18. The Westerly (blogTO’s #28) – Huevos Rancher-NOs (I can get a bit more mileage out of that joke, can’t I?)
19. Hogtown Vegan (blogTO’s #48) – Oh chicken and waffles, a dish I’d never tried before becoming a vegetarian, how I’ve missed you.
20. Weslodge (blogTO’s #46) – Decorated by Gaston (who uses antlers in all of his decorating). Gaston is not a vegetarian.
21. Emma’s Country Kitchen (blogTO’s #22) – The pig shelf says it all
22. Starving Artist (blogTO’s #37) – Their new location was not up to their usual standards. And their usual standards include WASPS.
23. Saving Grace (blogTO’s #3) – #3 blogTO? Really? I had a flavourless Indian-inspired meal.
24. School (blogTO’s #6) – I’m not sure why blogTO moved School up to #6. They ran out of half of their menu at their all-day brunch, and the items they had were dull and over-priced. LAME.
25. Lazy Daisy’s Cafe (blogTO’s #29) – Daisy is out of her league
Camp (blogTO’s #40) – Camp has been toying with my heart. First, they closed for three months. Then they reopened as a seafood restaurant and called themselves Fish Camp. Then they decided to close all together. I will miss you, Camp, and treasure the memories. May you rest in peace with my other favourite brunch spot, Kingston’s Epicure.