UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
Every weekend, like clockwork, hungry Torontonians eagerly flock to their favourite diners and cafes for heaping plates of pancakes and hollandaise-drenched bennies. But when it comes to healthier brunch options, it’s hard to know where to find the spots that are serving up the wholesome eats. But no worries, we've got you covered.
This West End eatery is Toronto’s very first Australian-style café. Meaning, get ready for stunning food and incredible coffee options. The café offers full table service and a menu that includes dishes like the 50 Shades of Green Toast that put other restaurants to shame. Picture a piece of toasted sourdough heaped with chunks of avocado and turnip, then topped with roasted eggplant and fresh labneh — yeah, definitely get it. Another menu favourite is the Chicken Schnitty Burger, chicken schnitzel topped with sesame, Japanese seven-spice blend, and a tangy beet slaw. But be warned: they’re closed on Sundays.
Garden Gangsters, in Liberty Village and the Financial District, prides itself on serving brunch to fuel the rest of your day, so you never have to worry about straying from that health-conscious path. We recommend starting with a smoothie or cold-pressed juice followed by an acai bowl, fruit, or veggie smashed toast. Want a classic? Their overnight oats feature almond milk, Greek yogurt, and fresh, seasonal fruit.
This all-organic eatery in The Junction loves to support area farmers by providing menu items made with fresh, locally-sourced organic produce. The Beet is a cozy space serving up dishes that both vegans and meat-lovers can appreciate. Popular items include Huevos Rancheros made with baked eggs on blue corn tortillas, and the phenomenal breakfast bowl — two baked eggs, Quebec cheddar, pico de gallo, avocado, pork sausage, sour cream, and cilantro chilli drizzle on quinoa.
This plant-based hot spot, one in Yorkville and one on Queen, is a foodie’s paradise where popular brunch options are vegan and served with a twist. Here, you can dine on tofu scramble that’s so delish you won’t believe it’s not made with real eggs. It doesn’t stop there. Think: stacks of “chickn” mushroom waffles covered in maple sriracha, Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls, and a delightfully colourful array of cold-pressed juices.
When it comes to brunch, no one does it quite like Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. Slingin’ fresh eats in Liberty Village, Mildred’s has been a brunch institution for decades and has enthusiasts coming back time and time again for their locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. We highly recommend trying the Huevos Monty (it’s been on the menu for 25 years). We’re talking Mildred’s classic black bean refritos and cheddar baked in flour tortillas and topped with sunny-side-up eggs, fresh salsa, avocado smash and sour cream. Talk about yum.
Setting up in Toronto’s bustling Entertainment District, District Eatery is a colourful and lively eatery that’s passionate about serving clean options. The menu is friendly to vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters, all while still featuring meat-filled dishes for your meat-lovin’ friends. Brunch-goers can choose from an assortment of Instagram-worthy dishes like peanut butter and banana French toast, chili sin-carne topped with eggs and avocado, or a berry-loaded smoothie bowl, to name a few.
If you’re in the mood for a healthy brunch option that’s grab and go, we highly recommend paying one of Calii Love’s locations in King West, Yorkville, First Canadian Place, or Union a visit. With a menu full of items meant to help you recharge and refuel, Calii Love has quickly become a go-to breakfast spot for locals as well as NHL All-Stars Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban. Some breakfast favourites include the Limitless smoothie (made with wellness powder, brain octane oil, a shot of espresso, banana, cacao, and oat mylk) or the Uplifting bowl with Beyond Meat vegetable scramble, eggs, and spinach, topped with salsa and vegetable ricotta.
If you’re around Harbord St. and you haven’t checked out Harvest Kitchen’s brunch yet, you’re seriously missing out. This cozy eatery welcomes all dietary preferences — whether you’re a diehard meat-lover, gluten-free, or a conscious vegan, there is something for you. With a focus on local ingredients, a popular brunch option is the Power Breakfast, two organic eggs, twice-baked beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole on a Red Fife English muffin. Fitt Tip: set yourself up with a drink from their impressive line-up of elixirs, smoothies, and spritzers to wash everything down.
With a menu that’s designed for fast-paced, health-conscious Torontonians, Impact Kitchen’s three locations (King St. East, Adelaide St. West, and Alcorn Ave.) are beautiful and spacious eateries with a menu that’s 100% gluten-free. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy smaller breakfast options like avocado toast on superfood bread, but on the weekend, brunch really gets poppin’. On Saturday and Sunday (designated brunch days), enjoy steak and eggs, seasonal frittatas, or paleo waffles topped with fresh fruit.
It’s a tahini takeover at this Mediterranean café, which grinds its sesame butter fresh on a large stone mill. You’ll find it jarred and for sale at the Dovercourt spot, as well as featured in almost every menu item — like the tahini smoothie made with banana, dates, walnuts, and honey. Do yourself a favour and order the herbed falafels (some say they’re the best in the city!) and don’t forget a few plates of labneh and hummus for the table. Then, get ready to dig into a fresh salad or herbed frittata with goat cheese, red chiles, and tahini. Fitt Tip: no matter how full you are, their fudge-like dessert halva is an absolute must!
Fluffy eggs topped with gooey cheese — go on, try and resist the cravings. Egg Bae takes the beloved breakfast staple and makes it even better by serving it up brunch-style every day in Kensington Market. If you’re looking for ol’ faithful, get started with the Bae-Sic, a combo of fried egg, pork belly sausage, Muenster cheese, slow-cooked onions, and tomato jam. Want a bite of something healthier? Try the Seaside Bae made with soft scrambled eggs, house-cured salmon, potato chips, and arugula. No matter what sammie you choose, it’s made with free-range eggs, comes with special “bae” sauce, and is served on a house-made egg brioche (gluten-free buns available).
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