Editor’s note: I’m not a connoisseur of brunch, I do enjoy it, but I don’t believe it is the be-all and end-all of food. Thusly, I have only tried a few of Toronto’s brunch venues. For more in depth Brunch-Love, I’d suggest you read my friend Kristin’s blog, Death by Brunch.
I woke up on Sunday before Victoria Day, and didn’t want to cook, who would? After a few hours, I realized I was quiet hungry, and I was in the mood for brunch, mmm, brunch. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday on a long weekend, where the hell would I find something that wouldn’t take 12 hours for service? I decided to wander down Danforth and see if I could find anything. I came upon The Old Nick1. They had a sign outside advertising their Organic Brunch. The Old Nick is a lovely pub a few metres down the street from me on the Danforth. It seems to be the go to pub in the neighbourhood, good beer, and a flirty gay bartender who seems to love all the women I bring in there, but who would blame him, I have excellent taste in women. They’re even kind enough to let a handful of people hangout, steal some tables and play board games in their bar. I had even eaten there once before, a couple days after moving into Playter Estates, my friend aL took me to that fabulous bar, where we had some food which was stupendous. I was shocked that a pub’s food was that good. Yet I never ate there again. That Sunday, I rectified the situation.
I walked into a nearly empty bar, where only two other tables were occupied, I took a seat and ordered tea while I perused the menu. While they won points for being empty, they lost points for a paltry tea menu. I went with orange pekoe. When the tea arrived, I ordered The Razzle Dazzle, which was eggs benedict with avocado and a cheese that I can’t remember. I was surprised when the plate arrived, it was stupid-big.
The home fries were lovely baby potatoes quartered, seasoned and fried, and they were damn tasty. The salad was fresh and lightly drizzled with a tasty vinaigrette. The eggs were cooked to perfection and slathered in a beautiful, thick hollandaise, sprinkled with shredded cheese which slowly melted over the eggs, on top of a large whole wheat english muffin, and fresh and creamy avocado.
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