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Breakfast near Bloor & Royal York

Sorry I missed your breakfast date, but I read the post and I think this situation needs to be addressed should someone else search for breakfast in this area. Alright, I've lived at Bloor and Royal York my entire life, and I would not recommend any of those places. No offence to the other posters, but Timmies or Subway? Come on - we can do better than that.

Creme de la Creme is alright, but I've found the service to be unfriendly at times, and it's actually pretty expensive for what you're getting. It's a decent breakfast place, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, and I've been a bunch of times. In a word, underwhelming.

OK, here's where you wanna go:

For the best brunch right at Bloor and Royal York, go for Henry the XII at Bloor and Brentwood (!menu). It's a pub that does a good brunch - the food is better than Creme de la Creme, but less 'traditional' greasy spoon, as it's a little more upscale. Good steak and eggs - a real hearty breakfast, a little pricey, but definitely your best option if you're not willing to stray away from Bloor/Royal York.

If you're willing to go a bit further, try the Dundas Street Grille (5238 Dundas St W) just past Kipling and Bloor - it's a 5 minute drive from Bloor and Royal York west on Bloor (Bloor turns into Dundas). It's a neighbourhood institution, classic greasy spoon type joint, tried and true for breakfast. Reasonably priced, efficient service, good food. How do I know this isn't just me being biased for one reason or another? It's packed with old people. Old people know good value for money and love breakfast foods. They're generally the barometer for greasy spoon places offering cheap, good breakfast. Essentially, it's the spot for breakfast in that area of Etobicoke.

If you're passionate about breakfast like I'm passionate about breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day for Christ's sake - go to the Dundas Street Grille.

Sep 14, 2013
PDalez in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eats at Dundas West and bloor street

Glad to see this revived - I love the Roncy area!

A quick rundown of some places I've enjoyed:

The Westerly - went there for brunch with my mum and sister and had a very lovely meal; I had the beef short rib hash which was quite good, but i was envious of their egg bennys. Great coffee as well. I hear lunch/dinner is good too.

Pizzeria Defina has pretty good food - my girlfriend and i especially enjoyed the wild boar pizza and wild boar meatballs. It's not on par with libretto but definitely above average pizza. We did have some issues with the service there - they messed up our order and only brought out my girlfriends food and they had to rush my food to get it out to me, though they did comp my meal. There were some other things as well, but to make a long story short, i'd go back if i were in the area because the food really was good, just be prepared for potentially sloppy service.

Cafe Polonez - awesome Polish food - definitely get the platter with schnitzel/perogies - killer. Chopin is supposed to be pretty good as well but I've never been.

Barque - pretentious (both staff and food) as this is not traditional BBQ by any means, but their version of BBQ is pretty decent. Ultimately, I'd save the money and go to Paul and Sandy's which is quite further west, but if you're in the area and craving BBQ this place will do in a pinch.

Lit Espresso - great coffee/sandwiches, gets busy but it's a great little spot.

Chocolateria - awesome chocolate and ice cream; a huge hit for me were the chocolate covered oreos and pretzels - i gave little packages of them as a side gift with my christmas presents and everyone loved them. GO HERE. it's awesome.

Anyways, this is my abbreviated opinion but there are still plenty of places I'd like to try, especially Hey on the bottom of Roncesvalles - I loved Hey Meatball so I think it's worth checking out.

It's a great neighbourhood - just try out some of the places recod here and see for yourself!

Mar 11, 2013
PDalez in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

any news if its open yet?

Feb 08, 2013
PDalez in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

I'm at Royal York and Bloor - here are a couple of the spots I enjoy in that neighbourhood:

1. Apache Burger - I'm sure you're familiar with this burger joint right beside 6 Points Plaza.. my personal favourite burgers in Toronto, a neighbourhood institution. They do take out.

2. Paul and Sandy's Real BBQ (Dundas and Islington): this southern BBQ place is absolutely fantastic - I almost always dine in but they do take out as well - they offer excellent southern BBQ at very reasonable prices. My gf is from Kansas City and she swears it's the best BBQ she's had in Canada. Our personal favourites are the pulled pork, brisket, and pulled chicken - the fries and coleslaw are great as well. The ribs aren't bad but I would stick to the other meats, but that's just my opinion - I've heard others rave about the ribs. If you do take out, make sure you get LOTS of the homemade BBQ sauce - it's pretty phenomenal as well.

3. Lenny's (Dundas and Montgomery) - an Italian joint that has a great pick up special, before 6 pm on weekdays I believe, which offers a family lasagna, salad, and a stick of bread for approx $20. The rest of the food on their menu is pretty killer as well - my family particularly enjoys their pizza, though it can be a little pricey compared to some of the chains but definitely far superior in terms of taste/quality.

4. Milano's Pizza (Bloor, west of Islington): great pizza, unique staff.

5. Kingsway Fish and Chips (Bloor, between Montgomery and Royal York): fantastic fish and chips.

I didn't hit much of the types of food on your list, but if you're looking for some generally great food, check these places out.

Feb 08, 2013
PDalez in Ontario (inc. Toronto)