Top 10 Brunches in Toronto Under $12

Where there is remarkable nightlife, there ought to be mouth-watering brunch nearby. Sounds like it could be some sort of proverb, right? If there is one thing Canadians have on the Europeans, it’s capitalizing on the best meal of the day – brunch. It’s those crucial hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when it’s socially acceptable to have eggs benedict and a juicy pulled pork sandwich on the same plate and to indulge in the deliciously sweet and savoury chicken and waffles without judgment.

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Check out the Top 10 Brunches in Toronto Under $12, in no particular order:

1) Patria 

Patricia is the place to be on King West for Spanish Tapas. Equipped with a courtyard patio and stylish dining area, Patria is the perfect spot for dinner or Sunday brunch. Try delicious ‘Patatas Bravas Con Huevo Frito’, crispy pieces of potato with spicy tomato sauce, topped with a fresh fried egg ($10). In the mood for something really authentic? Order the ‘Huevo De Pato Y Pisto’, duck egg with pisto, chorizo migas, manchego cheese and sourdough ($10).

2) Lady Marmalade 

Lady Marmalade knows how to do breakfast, lunch and most importantly, brunch! With a lineup that just doesn’t end, this popular eatery is known for more than it’s bacon and eggs. Try the delicious cheddar + spinach waffles! This mouth-watering dish is served with tomato-orange cream, bacon, roasted tomatoes & a salad for $11.25.

3) Emma’s Country Kitchen 

At Emma's Country Kitchen, you don’t mess with the classics. The Classic brunch is only $10 and the dish includes 2 eggs any style, house cured bacon or sage and onion sausage, crispy griddled red skin potatoes with sea salt and thyme. It’s served with toast, but that can be upgraded to a fresh buttermilk biscuit for an extra $1.50. Is your mouth watering yet?

4) Queen and Beaver Pub 

Feeling adventurous? Head to Queen and Beaver Pub for some Buck Rabbit, poached egg and Welsh rabbit for $9. The pub also serves Baked Egg & Goats Cheese with wilted spinach and soldiers for $10 - For you North Americans, soldiers are slices of toast bread dunking in egg yolk.

5) The Starving Artist 

Waffles, anyone? The Starving Artist sure knows how to do brunch. Try the Waffle Benny, 2 mini waffles topped with poached eggs, caramelized bacon and a deliciously creamy hollandaise sauce ($10). How about French toast waffles for the sweet tooth? ($8)

6) Universal Grill 

If you're heading to Universal Grill, the Spicy Chillie Cheese Spuds Supreme is a must-try! These brunch bad boys are served with guac, sour cream, cheddar, tomato and Universal Grill’s signature spicy chili beans ($10). Muy caliente!

7) OK OK Diner 

Head over to OK OK Diner for some delicious HUEVOS ($11) This Mexican style dish is served with 3 eggs scrambled mozzarella and Monterey jack, with spicy black bean, wrapped in a tortilla and lightly grilled. The best part? It’s topped with “KICK AS*” guac, sour cream, salsa, and green onion. Now that’s a fiesta of flavour!

8) Little Fish

What’s not to love about the all-day breakfast menu at Little Fish? Try their slow-cooked oatmeal with cinnamon roasted apple, toasted nuts, honey and Balkan-style yogurt for $7. Perhaps you’re in the mood for some delicious buttermilk pancakes. They come with a choice of blueberry, banana, or bacon topping (or maybe all three), and are served with whipped butter and real maple syrup for $8.

9) Auntie and Uncles 

Auntie and Uncles has the best banana oatmeal pancakes. This $8 dish is served with a side of fresh cut fruits. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, try the omelette of the day for $8.75, served with Challah toast and choice of potato salad, home fries or greens. Yum!

10) White Brick Kitchen 

Try the mouth-watering "Scotch-ish" Eggs at White Brick Kitchen. Enjoy two panko fried soft-boiled eggs with hollandaise, greens, a buttery baguette and fresh potatoes for only $11. Indecisive? Just ask for the Sunday Special, it changes weekly but is guaranteed delicious.