This article first appeared in YP Dine here.
If you’re looking for a round up of the best places to brunch – this is your list! Whether you’re on a tight budget, or you have some extra change to spare on a mimosa, this list will have you covered for the best places to eat on the weekend.
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
The Sunday bunch here has always been a favourite of mine, and has remained at the top of my list for many years. While the price may seem steep to some, you will find that the selection boasts just about anything that you’re in the mood for, whether it be mussels, smoked salmon, salad waffles, French toast, or eggs Benedict. The Sunday brunch also serves various smoothies, prime rib, a vast dessert section, and even has its own little table of finger foods for kids. And, the most important part? They serve unlimited mimosas. Enough said.
Located on trendy 124th Street, Canteen is a small, 50-seat restaurant that serves anything but your traditional breakfast. They have a chicken and waffle special that changes weekly (it’s the best I’ve ever had!) and you can always count on the waffle to be light and crisp, and the chicken to be tender and juicy. Among some of the other non-traditional breakfast items are poached eggs on cheddar chive biscuit, house made pastrami, and Dutch baby pancakes. I’d make sure to make a reservation, as this place can get pretty busy on the weekends.
Duchess Bake Shop
There are too many good things to say about Duchess in just a few words. Let’s start with the freshly made pastries. My favourites would be the ginger cookies, croissants (any of them!) and the raspberry white chocolate scone. And, don’t forget to try some of the macarons! Duchess has three monthly rotating macaron flavours but my favourite would be the pistachio. I’d also recommend getting a Remedy Chai latte while you’re there, as well. Make sure you go early, as items tend to sell out fast and the line can be quite long.
Wild Earth Bakery
Located right next door to Culina Mill Creek, Wild Earth Bakery serves delicious breakfast goods and other savoury items. They have a variety of baked goods, wraps and sandwiches, and also serve soup, Panini, salads and sausage rolls. I’d recommend any of the baked goods, the turkey panini, which is like eating a Thanksgiving dinner in a sandwich, or one of their sausage rolls. You can also buy treats for your dogs here too!
Urban Diner is a great place for a more traditional breakfast. The menu is reasonably priced and there is a vast range of items to choose from. My choice would be the traditional eggs Benedict or the apple pie French toast for breakfast, but I’ve definitely been wanting to try the Diner hash and Dutch poffertjes, which are little pancakes served with maple syrup for dipping – a decadent breakfast indeed! It’s also worth mentioning that there are many gluten-free options, as well.
New York Bagel Cafe
If you have time to spare (it could take a while), I’d go to New York Bagel for THE BEST eggs Benedict that I have ever had. The menu here is quite large and they serve at least 12 different types of eggs benny, all of which are served over a bagel, of course. What makes the eggs benny amazing here, is the hollandaise; it’s like nothing I’ve ever had – not excessively buttery and not overly zesty either. All eggs Benedict entrees are served with crispy breakfast potatoes and a side of fruit. You will definitely be leaving full!