Thanks a Brunch

As published in Aquabella Magazine. Place to eat in the Queens Quay/Lakeshore area.

Thanks a brunch:

From sweet crepes to savoury omelettes, brunch has a way of satisfying everyone’s tastes. Whether you’re seeking a nutritious start to the day, the cure for an (ahem) late night, or just an excuse to catch up with friends over a delicious meal – you’re in luck. A number of the city’s best brunch spots are located just around the corner from Aquabella.

 Against the Grain Urban Tavern (25 Dockside Drive)

Located inside the Corus building, Against the Grain offers up brunch with a view. Plop down on their patio overlooking the water and sip on a Mimosa, Caesar or a Sangria or two. The weekend brunch menu offers more than your traditional breakfast and eggs benedict. Because why shouldn’t you be able to have nachos, tacos or brick-oven pizza for brunch?

 Petit Dejeuner (191 King Street East)

Le Petit Dejeuner is somewhat of a Toronto institution. Located on King Street East in Olde Towne and dishing up “Belgian-Canadian comfort food,” diners are invited to sink into a bowl of daily soup, made in-house and served with golden slices of Challah bread. Of course, you’ll also want to save room for some authentic Belgian waffles, offered with savory and sweet toppings alike.

 Cluny Bistro (35 Tank House Lane)

Located in the historic Distillery District, Cluny Bistro is the perfect choice to escape Toronto for a taste of Paris. Dine on bistro classics like French onion soup, tartine and omelet du jour or grab something to go from their streetside boulangerie counter which serves crêpes and butter-laden pastries. Grab a freshly baked baguette while wandering the cobblestone paths, like a true Parisian.

Figs Breakfast & Lunch (344 Queen Street)

Located at the corner of Queen and Parliament, Figs is a neighbourhood joint and a local favourite.  Serving up brunch seven days a week means you don’t have to wait until the weekend to satisfy your eggs benedict craving. While Figs has all your typical diner options that are heavy on bacon and grease, those who can’t quite ingest a feast that early in the day can find solace in yogurt and honey granola or rice pudding.

 Morning Glory (457 King Street East)

Waking up to a gooey ham and cheese sandwich or a sumptuous muffin really is glorious! The Jimmy Screech sandwich with grilled ham, Havarti, Dijon mustard and a runny fried egg right in the bread is a must-try. Napkins definitely required. All fourteen sandwich options come with a side salad. The space, featuring an open-kitchen and casual seating, is almost like having breakfast at home except you don’t have to do the cooking or the dishes. In the summer months you’ll want to come early to nab a spot on the patio.