Patrician Grill ~ 219 King St E ~ (416) 366-4841

I have always had a soft spot for the Patrician Grill.  When I was a kid, my dad used to take my brother and I to his office on Saturday mornings. We’d head directly across the street to the Patrician Grill for a peameal on a kaiser at lunch.  Some thirty years later, it feels…

Detroit Eatery ~ 389 Danforth Ave ~ (416) 461-0136

The Detroit Eatery is a Danforth institution… the greasiest of spoons. Located in the heart of Greektown (at Chester Station), the Antaras family has been serving my family Fries & Gravy since I was in junior school at Frankland. And even though both the interior and exterior are adorned in nothing but Detroit Red Wing…

Wexford Restaurant ~ 2072 Lawrence Ave E ~ (416) 755-1229

I had “Breakfast at the Wexford” recently, drawn by the claim that they had cracked millions of Eggs over the years and had squeezed even more Oranges. Established in 1958, the Wexford Restaurant is somewhat of an institution in this part of Scarborough. I have them crack 3 more eggs for me to see what…

Ritz Restaurant – 310 Donlands Ave – (416) 421-4696

An East York staple for as long as I can remember, the Ritz Restaurant promises that “You’ll Love Our Steaks.” Having lived just around in the corner in my younger days, I’ve had my fair share of the Steak Dinners ($16.95), complete with all the trimmings. It’s my recent move back to East York, combined…

Gale’s Snack Bar – 539 Eastern Ave – (416) 364-1300

I have been hearing a lot of buzz these days about the cheap-eats at Gale’s Snack Bar. Seeing that it’s walking distance from work, I decided to check it out recently. Living in the East End of the city for a good percentage of my life, I always saw this place but didn’t really give it much thought. I’m…

The Tulip Steakhouse- 1610 Queen St. East – (416) 469-5797

“Famous for their world-class steaks and all-day breakfasts since 1929,” The Tulip Steakhouse is a Beaches landmark… good for three square meals a day. It would be difficult to find a better all-day breakfast than The Tulip Big Breakfast ($9.95). The decadence of this platter is the stuff of legend. Here we have 3 Eggs,…

Avenue Open Kitchen – 7 Camden St ~ (416) 504-7131

Just south of Chinatown, tucked away on a side street in the Fashion District, lies one of Toronto’s best downtown diners. The Avenue Open Kitchen is a busy place most lunch hours, and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat in one of the booths or on one of the stools, you’re off to…

The Purple Onion – 2998 Dundas St W. – (416) 760-8208

Originally located by the Stockyards, The Purple Onion has made itself at home in the Junction for the past couple of years. Priding itself on being both brunch spot & steakhouse, it’s not uncommon wait for seats most Saturdays and Sundays, both early and late. Early? The Mega Breakfast is a work of art, framed…

Jim’s Restaurant – 897 Queen Street East – (416) 463-6535

In the ever-evolving landscape of Leslieville lies a greasy spoon that has been around forever. Jim’s Restaurant has the self-proclaimed “Best Westerns” in the city… one of the many reasons why this place is here to stay. Their Western Sandwich ($3.99) is indeed outstanding. Made with three eggs, it appears on about half of the patrons…