5 Great Brunch Spots
It’s the weekend and brunch beckons. Pull up a chair and get a mimosa. We’re loving these five spots for their delicious menus and amazing ambiance.
26 Ontario St.
Port Hope, Ont.
This artisanal restaurant relies on local farmers for all of their ingredients—not only is their fare is super fresh, but you’ll feel good about supporting their locally sourced, farm-to-table creed.
Order: Avocado Toast—poached egg, prosciutto, bernaise and a market salad ($16); or the Social Power Bowl—quinoa, toasted chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, arugula and toasted pepitas ($14). Oh, and we never turn down brunch cocktails. Try the Bellini (prosecco and peach puree, $8) or Canadian Coffee (iced espresso, rye, maple syrup and cold foam milk, $8).
44 King St. W.
You can’t miss the café—its building is from the 1800s and it’s right across the street from Victoria Hall. Here you’ll find a pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious comfort food that you can enjoy either in the dining room or on the front patio.
Order: The Farmhouse Platter—three eggs, a double portion of protein (bacon, ham or sausage), Texas toast, home fries and either two buttermilk pancakes or two pieces of French toast ($14); or Oreo Cookie Pancakes—Oreo cookie pieces added to buttermilk pancakes ($10.29).
28 Doxsee Ave. S.
Folks rave about this place on social media—not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere and service is tops. (Apparently the chef routinely comes out from the kitchen to make sure patrons are loving every bite.)
Order: You can’t go wrong picking any of the regular fare but watch for specials. Favourites include corned beef hash; buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter, bananas, chocolate chips and bourbon maple syrup; and southwest eggs benny.
201 Division St.
This super-pretty spot has it all—an incredible locally sourced menu, friendly vibe, cooking classes, pop-up dinner events, catering services and yes, outstanding coffee.
Order: Sweet crepes—banana, chocolate chips and strawberries ($13); or the Protein Bowl—sausage, bacon, sweet potatoes, four eggs, chopped steak, chicken and toast ($18).
53 Walton St.
Port Hope, Ont.
Ganarascals is a casual, family-oriented restaurant that focuses on comfort food and a fun environment. Co-owners Caitlin O’Sullivan and Mathew Thompson are all about giving diners a small-town experience mixed with plenty of energy and style.
Order: Ganarasquatch—three eggs, potatoes, beans, two protein (bacon, peameal, sausage) and two slices of toast ($15); or Cowboy Breakfast Poutine—fries, veggie chili, cheese curds and fried egg ($11).