Family Day Brunch in Toronto – Little Bites Big Picks

Tomorrow is Family Day! Here’s a photo of my awesome Mom and Uncles from back in the day:

This isn't even ironic.

This isn’t even ironic.

Family Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Family Day is the name of a public holiday in South Africa, in the Canadian provinces of AlbertaBritish ColumbiaSaskatchewan, and Ontario, in the American states of Arizona and Nevada, inVanuatu, in Vietnam and (as “Family & Community Day”) in the Australian Capital Territory.

As is evidenced by my copy and paste of a Wikipedia, I am being lazy this weekend. In the spirit of continuity, I did some very lazy Sunday-styles research on some of my favourite neighbourhood (or places I’m willing to travel to) brunch spots that are open tomorrow.

I have been to all but the first, so I’ve listed my favourite items, or in the first case, the two items on the menu that’re making me drool in anticipation. This is hardly an exhaustive list, and I encourage you to see if your own favourite place is open, because if they are, and they’re not spending time with their family, you should go give them business.

Here’s who’s open for Family Day Brunch:

School – Liberty Village – 70 Fraser Ave – 930am – No reservations

CARAMEL COCONUT PANCAKES – With ginger caramel sauce and toasted coconut cream $14

SUPER CHEESY BACON FRENCH TOAST – with loads of gooey Cheddar-Jack cheese served w/ Quebec maple syrup and greens$18

Cardinal Rule – LoRo – 5 Roncesvalles Ave – 10-4

COWBOY BENNY – perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise set atop of sweet, pulled beef brisket on a buttermilk biscuit, served with home made potato latkes. $13 Sub greens $1, fruit salad $2.

The Lakeview – Dundas Ossinton – 1134 Dundas St. W – 24 hours – No Reservations and BUSY

THE TURBO – Fried Egg with Melted Cheddar + Sweet Chili Mayo. English Muffin. Choice of Baby Spinach + Portobello Mushroom, Smoked Salmon + Capers, Peameal or Strip Bacon + Tomato $8.5,  twin turbos $12, sandwich only $5,  best with MIMOSA – $3 and/or CAESER $4

I got this image of the Turbo sandwich from Foodspotting, who profiled the sandwich, along with many others. You can read it if you click on the image.

Starving Artist – 2 locations  584 Lansdowne & 1078 St. Clair West – 9am everyday

BREAKFAST BENNY – potato waffles, poached eggs, caramelized bacon, hollandaise sauce, Served with mixed greens and your choice fruit or potato salad or  baked beans $11.50 [not sure if both are open, but their new St. Clair location is for sure.]

Hair of the Dog Pub – The Village – 425 Church St – Wknds 1030am

EASY AS PIE – scalloped potatoes, cheddar cheese, peameal bacon, ham, onions, peppers, two eggs, hollandaise sauce, challah toast, small green salad $11 – best alongside one of their life-changing, 2oz caesers $8.50

I got this from blogTO, who profiled them for a Toronto Caeser challenge in 2011, which you can read if you click this image.

Here’s who’s closed for their own Family-ing but that I give huge props to for responding and being ridicu-delicious at other times:

Rustic Cosmo Café – 1278 Queen St. W (At Dufferin) – Wknds 10am, Wkdys 9am

EGGS BENNY –  Your choice of 2 of our Benny Styles*, topped with our Homemade Hollandaise Sauce, Served with Salad and Homefries (*Spinach or Avocado with Tomato, Roasted Veg & Brie, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, Bacon, Peameal) $10.95

Quinta – DuWest – 1282 Dundas St. West – Wknds 11am

POTATO ROSTI – with cream cheese, smoked salmon & arugula salad $12 [I like to add a poached egg +$1 ] – I crave this on a daily basis and have to hold myself back from visiting them every single Saturday and Sunday:

This image is from Quinta’s website. I usually gobble mine down before I have the chance to snap a shot!

The Sister – Parkdale – 1554 Queen St – Wknds 10am

THE ULTIMATE HANGOVER SANDWICH – fried eggs, Kimchee, bacon, garlic mayo on toasted sourdough served with home fries and fresh fruit $11 [they’re open for $5 martinis at 5pm!!!]

Farmhouse Tavern – Junction Triangle –

EGGS BENNY – served on a homemade biscuit, with thick slices of pork belly, alongside a delicate salad made from greens and thinly sliced root veggies $12

They have a changing menu, so instead of linking to their website, here’s a picture I got from blogTO from a brunch that looks similar to what I’ve seen on visits for brunch. The mother and child reunion is a duck prociutto and a duck egg that’s been delicately battered and deep fried. They also serve pancakes sometimes that are accompanied by smoked apples, which are pretty much one of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Maybe you’re interested in doing things other than consume brunch…?
Here are a couple articles about that:
  1. Toronto Star‎ – 1 day ago
    1. CityNews ‎- 2 days ago
      Though schools and many workplaces are closed, there are plenty of things to do around the city.

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