Brunch is the classic way to celebrate New Year’s Day, but the arrival of any weekend is enough excuse for this pleasure. Savvy locals in burgeoning Leslieville certainly think so, as they gladly line up at a growing number of notable neighbourhood bistros for midday specialties like these:
Barrio (896 Queen St. E., 416-572-0600) Waffles with lemon curd, whipped cream and fruit compote, $8.
Bonjour Brioche Potato rösti with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and caviar, $9.50. Cash only.
EDWARD LEVESQUE’S KITCHEN (1290 Queen St. E., 416-465-3600) Challah French toast stuffed with whipped ricotta, wildflower honey, lemon zest and dried apricots, $8.
JOY BISTRO (884 Queen St. E., 416-465-8855) Eggs Teddy: poached eggs with peameal bacon, spinach, sautéed tomatoes and hollandaise sauce, $14.
KUBO RADIO (894 Queen St. E., 416-406-5826) Big Boi: eggs, sausage, bacon, potato rösti and Hawaiian French toast stuffed with guava and passion fruit butter, $9.95.
Le Café Vert (946 Queen St. E., 416-778-1313) Wheat-free plantain pancake with fruit, served with eggs and sausage (vegetarian available), $11.
Leslie Jones (1182 Queen St. E., 416-463-5663) French toast with caramelized pears, $12. Serves brunch on Sunday only.
Pop Bistro (686 Queen St. E., 416-461-9663) Poached eggs on a croissant, with hollandaise—either Benedict (with bacon, $10), Florentine (spinach, $9) or Norwegian (in-house-cured salmon, $11).
Toast (993 Queen St. E., 416-469-8222) French toast stuffed with cranberries and cream cheese, served with maple syrup and fruit, $10.95.
Verveine (1097 Queen St. E., 416-405-9906) Kristapson’s smoked salmon with truffled scrambled eggs and baby spinach, $12.—Daisy Clark and Linda Lee