Toronto’s best brunch: five dishes that can make the weekend

Toronto’s best brunch: five dishes that can make the weekend

Brunch is a way of life in this town, where we’ll queue with bed head and a hangover for perfect eggs. Below, five dishes worth rising early(ish) for.

Blueberry pancakes from Mildred's Temple Kitchen (Photo by Daniel Shipp) 

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
Brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen—especially the fluffy hot cakes, fully rigged with berry bombs—is consistently excellent. A side of sweet fennel sausage ($5) begs for belt loosening. $12.

EGGS BENNY
One, Yorkville’s prime perch, is known for its A-list clientele and pricey cocktails, but it should also be famous for serving the city’s best Benny. Lemony hollandaise, impeccably poached eggs, artisanal ham and crisp toasted brioche set a new standard for the breakfast classic. $17.

FRITTATA
Gallery Grill’s vaulted ceilings make this hushed space feel like a brunch cathedral. Chef Suzanne Baby aims for fresh and local and does both spectacularly: airy organic eggs, gooey brie and house-cured duck prosciutto exude breakfast decadence. $15.

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM AND RAPINI OMELETTE
The golden half moon omelette at Brad’s brings a salty nest of portobello mushrooms, fresh, bitter rapini, tangy goat cheese and sweet, juicy tomatoes. $9.50.

ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND RED PEPPER OMELETTE
The new College Street outpost of Mitzi’s serves up an airy egg envelope stuffed with spicy sausage and asiago cheese; the sourdough toast alone is worth the lineup. $13.75. 890 College St., 416-533-7400.