Some weekend warriors play competitive tennis, others clean leaves out of gutters and a select few pursue the art of gourmet brunch. From Eggs Benedict to bubbling mimosas, Torontonians take the early-afternoon meal very seriously. Fortunately for future residents of The Carlaw and The Taylor by Streetcar Developments, their Leslieville neighbourhood is home to some of the tastiest brunch spots in the city.
Bonjour Brioche, 812 Queen Street East: Like the name suggests, this tiny French café offers buttery baked goods and steaming hot coffee. The menu changes daily and is updated on their website. The patio is reminiscent of a traditional Parisian cafe — order a latte bowl (yes, a bowl) for the ultimate caffeine fix.
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Lady Marmalade, 898 Queen Street East: This family-run establishment prides itself on using free range eggs and meats, organic bread and local produce whenever possible. This spot has a dedicated local following — get there early, as the line often stretches down the block. Try the cheddar spinach waffles or build your own benny.
Joy Bistro, 884 Queen Street East: If you’re a firm believer that the eggs taste the same across the street and don’t like to wait in line, Joy Bistro may be your best bet. The venue itself is very enjoyable, with two expansive outdoor patios. The kitchen serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner so there are plenty of options to choose from.
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Lil’ Baci, 892 Queen Street East: This Italian eatery is a bit more lunch than brunch, offering an array of eggs, sandwiches, salads and pizza. You can, however, order a side of bread and Nutella (that’s pane e Nutella, in Italian), which sounds like one heck of a crowd pleaser.
Dundas & Carlaw, 1173 Dundas Street East: Looking for a local watering hole? The newly opened Dundas & Carlaw is a coffee shop by day and a bar with light fare by night. The drink list is extensive, specializing in classic cocktails with a modern twist. Dundas & Carlaw is just a one minute walk from the The Carlaw and The Taylor — residents will likely spend a considerable amount of time there enjoying the savoy charcuterie platters or drinking a Caesar in the sun.
The Carlaw is well under construction at 345 Carlaw Avenue. The 12 storey condo and townhome development will include 341 units. The development is characterized by innovative architecture and a central courtyard that is part of a 25,000 square foot indoor/outdoor event space. Suites are priced from the mid $200,000s.
The Taylor, another condo and townhouse development, is scheduled for completion in 2016. The boutique loft properties will include exposed-concrete ceilings, walk-in closets, soaker tubs and designer kitchen fixtures. One bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, two bedroom plus den and three bedroom plus den units are available, ranging from 455 to 1,390 square feet.
For more information on The Carlaw or The Taylor visit streetcar.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.