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With Patricia in the UK for the year and me left to my own devices – none of which are food photography skills, this blog has been a bit starved (pun intended) for hometown posts lately. Thankfully, I’ve managed to maintain a regular brunch-meet with old friends. And while we’ve all questioned the reverence for brunch in this town (often at losing end of a queue), I’ve learned as a chronic breakfast skipper that it’s a meal worth preserving. Let’s see if this changes as we make our way through a few line-ups:

Brunch as a concept kinda falls off the radar outside the downtown core of Toronto, with options like Bonjour Brioche and Lady Marmalade though, the “east end” commands its share of liner-uppers on any given brunch day. Having heard nothing but great things about Lady Marmalade for years from practically everyone that lives in Leslieville, it seemed like a good place to kick off this series. Just look at those happy faces…

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The wait was standard (about 30 minutes and about 5 tables deep) when we got there and totally bearable with Mercury Espresso right across the street. The service was friendly and unrushed once we were seated, with a west coast vibe that probably traces back to their original location in Victoria.  The dishes lean on local/organic ingredients with Mexican twists that deliver a hearty punch; think huevos rancheros with brown rice and free-run eggs. I ended up going with the pictured Cheddar + Spinach Waffles, which came with a savoury tomato-orange cream and topped with bacon. My friends went for the Huevos Migas and the Wild Pacific Salmon Sandwich respectively. It’s nice when a brunch lives up to the hype.

Lady Marmalade is open daily for breakfast and lunch only; with certain menu items like their P.M. POUTINE available only on weekdays.

Lady Marmalade
898 Queen St. E. | Website

Next  Toronto Brunch Club: Bristol Yard

I had the pleasure of brunching with Tracy from Just-In-Time Travels at the wonderfully underrated Union. This time I brought a real camera with me and took a few snap shots (how beautiful are those glass shelves!), the last two pictures are from my breakfast there months ago. The menu has the usual eggs benedicts, croque madame, and frittatas of a standard Toronto brunch menu, with the exception of elk sliders, of course!

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Canon AE-1 | Kodak Portra 400 & Fujifilm 160S

Bellwoods Brewery is still  popular as ever! They’ve changed their menu since our first visit and have beautiful transitioned from awkward snack bar to proper pub grub destination. There’s a smoked duck yolk salad  and a Fried Pork Belly and Clam dish that’s got me intrigued, all of which are likely to be vast improvements to last year’s summer menu. My friend and I had their vegetarian spread of the day, fried chicken with a spicy banana hot sauce, and fries with thyme and toscano cheese. I’m no beer connoisseur, so I can’t speak about what we drank, but the White Picket Fence, a pale ale, I believe, was alright. My friend had the Wolf Wizard, which BlogTO listed as one of the must try beers of the season.

If you’re more interested in the beer than the food, they have a standing room just for that. Otherwise, be ready to wait to get seated.

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Bellwoods Brewery
124 Ossington Ave | Website