The Harlem Shuffle

Harlem 67 Richmond Street East 416-368-1920 Dinner for two with all taxes and tip plus beer or wine: $110 The Harlem Shuffle – an R&B song originally written and recorded by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963, named after a line dance step that is an homage to the dance clubs that existed during […]

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Sunday Brunch – Dunn’s Famous

Dunn’s Famous 284A King Street West 416-599-5464 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee: $34 I’m still looking for a Jewish Grandma. Seriously, there must be some kind-hearted elderly lady out there hoping for someone to drop by and eat their homemade gefilte fish. Call me. In the meantime, until someone adopts me, […]

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Sunday Brunch – Rustic Cosmo

Rustic Cosmo 1278 Queen Street West 416-531-4924 brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee: $30 I am, admittedly, one of those people who go out for brunch specifically because I hate making eggs benedict at home. It’s not that I can’t, but the endeavour inevitably leaves me cranky, covered in hollandaise and left […]

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The Good Kind of Loud

Allen’s 143 Danforth Avenue 416-463-3086 Dinner for two with all taxes, tip and beer: $90 The hot new thing for restaurant critics these days is to complain about the volume at the places they’re reviewing. Having to scream across the table to be heard is never a good thing, and the more, um, mature, our […]

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Sunday Brunch – Oyster Boy

  Oyster Boy 872 Queen Street West 416-534-3432 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee: $55 Walking along Queen West on a sunny morning heading to Oyster Boy, a car passed us blaring a tune that was predominantly accordion music. We couldn’t really tell if it was a Newfoundland jig or some “welcome […]

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Sunday Brunch – The Beaver

  The Beaver 1192 Queen Street West 416-537-2768 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee and juice: $34 Beaver Loves You.   The sentiment may be genuine, pre-emptive or merely provocative; (“Dude, I love beaver too!!”) but there’s no denying that the note on the bill at this funky restaurant on the edge […]

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No Grain, No Pain

Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass Whitecap, 2008 Imagine a world where bread hurts. I don’t mean getting whacked in the head with a baguette, but where eating bread or rice or a gooey cinnamon roll causes real illness and pain. For people suffering from celiac disease, items made […]

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Sunday Brunch – Mitzi’s Sister

  Mitzi’s Sister 1554 Queen Street West 416-532-2570 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip, plus coffee and juice: $40 I have a love/hate relationship with the brunch at Mitzi’s Sister. I love the homey, laid back vibe, the friendly servers, the eclectic tunes, and the constantly changing garnishes on what is likely my favourite […]

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Sunday Brunch – Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill 1 Richmond Street West (and other locations) 416-861-0514 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee: $23 People like breakfast. They want it hot, fast and familiar. They’re even willing to stand in line for it if that combination can be guaranteed. Thus is the business plan on which the Sunset Grill […]

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Sunday Brunch – Niagara Street Cafe

Niagara Street Café 169 Niagara Street 416-703-4222 Brunch for two with all taxes, tip and coffee: $52 I’ve always heard good things about the Niagara Street Café. It’s original incarnation was run by a mother/daughter team who used free-range and organic ingredients. When it transferred hands in 2004, it continued to gain accolades, particularly at […]

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Feeling Brazen

Brazen Head Irish Pub 165 East Liberty Street 416-535-8787 Dinner for two with all taxes, tip and beer: $80 In the still-barren wasteland of culinary choices that is Liberty Village, a beacon has been lit. Yes, yes, there’s Thuet and Liberty Café, but there really isn’t a cozy place with a decent beer selection and […]

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The Orange Glow of the Disco Era

Okonomi House 23 Charles Street West 416-925-6176 Dinner for two with all taxes, tip and tea: $30 Despite its reputation as “Toronto the Good”, our fair city was supposedly quite the hedonistic place during the disco era. Centred around the Yonge Street strip, beautiful young things in white suits or wrap dresses and wedge heels […]

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