Breakfast Sandwich Smackdown: Our Search for the City’s Best Brunch on a Bun

Breakfast Sandwich Smackdown: Our Search for the City’s Best Brunch on a Bun

Breakfast Sandwich Smackdown: Our Search for the City’s Best Brunch on a Bun From left: Dundas Park Kitchen (Image: Megan Leahy); The Stockyards and The Gabardine (Images: Chantal Braganza)
 
1. THE WINNER

Dundas Park Kitchen’s updated sausage McMuffin is meaty, cheesy and sloppy enough to conquer the bleariest of morning fogs. The real secret, though, is the trio of sauces: spicy Kozlik’s mustard, garlicky chimichurri and a chunky relish made with sweet sautéed onions and whole kernels of corn. Piled high on an English muffin, the sandwich walks a fine line between breakfast and burger—which is part of the appeal. $7.50. 2066 Dundas St. W., 647-351-4793


2. THE RUNNER-UP

The Stockyards on St. Clair Avenue West fries more than just chicken. For brunch, poached eggs are dipped in buttermilk, dredged in cayenne-spiced flour and crisped in hot oil until the outsides turn golden but the yolks are still oozy enough to saturate a flaky biscuit bun. The sandwich comes topped with sage sausage, house-cured bacon or, for the truly intrepid, both. $7. 699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666


3. SECOND RUNNER-UP

Chef Graham Pratt at The Gabardine is particular about his scrambled eggs: he likes them soft and a little wet, but never spongy. Eased onto a toasted English muffin and topped with gooey white cheddar and tangy onion jam, the veg-friendly sandwich is savoury, sweet and surprisingly light. You hardly even miss the pork. $9. 372 Bay St., 647-352-3211