Dirty Food Eatery

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Dirty Food Eatery is a name worth explaining. While the connotation around the word “dirty” could conjure up visions of pestilence and filth when paired with “food” it invokes simple, down home, taste first dishes that prefer pretty delicious over pretty looking.

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After a year of getting their feet wet catering weddings and corporate events Leslie Wilks and Jonathan Iskiw have brought their little eatery to the storefront; opening a new brunch and breakfast hot spot in the junction. Bright and simple lines in their decor help relax a bustling crowd enjoying salads, sandwiches and egg-centric offerings.

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Everything that can be made in house is; from the cured meats, pickled vegetables and pillowy pierogis. Typical brunch fare dominates the menu but small touches from Chef Iskiw’s fine dining background brings each dish to a higher level.

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Double brined friend chicken is juicy yet enveloped in a crisp, deep fried batter and highlighted with a jalapeno syrup. Vinegary collards greens on the Egg’s Jenny (named after Wilks’ sister) cuts through the hollandaise like butter.

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With the areas’ neighbourhoods rebuilding and regentrifying a simple yet flavour forward brunch spot is a welcoming site. Both Wilks and Iskiw believe “dirty” is both a good and delicious idea while being uncomplicated and hope their restaurant continues to express those important basics.

Dirty Food Eatery
3070 Dundas Street West
416-855-3393

Easter Brunch in Toronto

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Easter can be an wonderful time to get together with love ones and celebrates the holiday. Maybe it’s a time for traditions like a crazy fun Easter egg hunt for the kiddies and massive dinners for the grownups. Let me help you out by taking a load off your plate this weekend and maybe introduce you to a new tradition Easter Brunch in the city.

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Casa Loma

It’s no wonder this event books up fast on Sunday March 27th.  Feast on meats, cheeses, seafood, pastries and much more in the grand library of the castle.  Afterwards wander the grounds imaging you are the lord or lady of the estate. Adults-$60 and includes Prosecco and mimosa, Children (4-13) $45.

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Cafe Boulud

Offering a 3 course meal for $75 this isn’t your standard prix fixe of pick between option A or Option B.  Choose from 11 different starters like fruit parfait, oysters, charcuterie or even steak tartare, 13 Entrees ranging from pancakes to chicken and waffles to leg of lamb and a gorgeous selection of desserts. Reservations are recommended.

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Miku

Ever thought about having Sushi for Easter Brunch?  Miku Toronto offers an unique experience with their Japanese influenced menu that includes Chicken Nanban Eggs Benedict and bistro steak and soy marinated eggs.  A meal for the adventurous. Adults $45, Children (10 and under) $15.

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Colette Grand Cafe

Celebrate Easter Brunch the Parisian way.  Packed with French delicacies and decadent entrees be sure to watch out for a mini egg macaron. Adults $75.

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The Drake Hotel

For those who can’t make it on Sunday but also have the  Monday off can still get their brunch on by heading to the Drake Hotel for their annual holiday brunch on the 18th.  Call for reservations.

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The Old Mill

A massive buffet of roast beef and ham, salads, cheeses, seafood, pasta and even kid friendly options like chicken fingers and French fries The Old Mill is the perfect solution for the whole family. Word on the street is a certain floppy eared and fluffy tailed guest will be attendance. Various day and evening seating times are available. Adults $47.95/$49.95, Children $24.95.

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America Restaurant

If you can avoid talking politics, this O&B restaurant in the Trump hotel may be a good option. Offering up  shared plates and small bites style dining of Easter classics and brunch specialities, it’s an all you can eat affair. Adults $55, Children (4-12) $22, Under 4 eat for free.

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The King Edward Hotel

Smoothie bars, cold stations full of meats and cheeses and three different roast meats abound in the Vanity Fair Ballroom at the King Eddie. A short window of seating for this high end gourmet brunch is between 10:30am to 2:00pm and will book up fast. Adults $85, Children $43

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Globe Bistro

The most affordable of the bunch, Globe Bistro is offering a prix fixe menu ($29 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under) with items like Smoked Trout, potato leek soup, Wellington rib eye and strawberry rhubarb crumble for dessert.  Kids will also receive treats from the Easter bunny.

Brunch at Fonda Lola

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People’s obsession with Mexican food was evident by mania surrounding the inclusion of the taco has an important long awaited Emoji.  Friends needed to tell friends they were going for, about to eat or had eaten these popular hand held bites. Toronto’s food trend of taco joints also continues to thrive.  You want fancy with pickled this or kimchi that; there is a restaurant for it. You want dirty and smothered in cheese; also a place for that.  However let’s talk about something utterly mind blowing. Taco’s for breakfast.

Okay so brunch is technically that time between breakfast and lunch but for Parkdale’s Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro it’s a time to cure a hangover, fill a belly or indulge in a cocktail or two.  And yes eat taco’s for breakfast. And not only tacos.  Brunch at Fonda Lola has something for everyone.

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Not quite finished imbibing from the night before or need a proverbial “hair of the dog” you can enjoy a citrus margarita or the Michelada; a jalapeno, lime and beer classic.  If garnishes are your thing enjoy a candied bacon topped Caesar made with house-aged tequila.

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The hippie granola eater can order just that but with a kick.  Tequila infused granola, Greek yogurt and fruit is further spiked with a drizzle of tequila honey.  Hipster with a boozy kick.

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Of course the main attraction for taco lovers is well the tacos; these are filled with egg whites, bacon, crema and salsa roja. You also can’t go wrong with Lola’s Eggs Benny; two poached eggs on top of slow braised pulled pork nestled on English muffins and drizzled with a plate licking chipotle hollandaise sauce.  Both dishes include salty, crispy home fries, perfect for soaking up yet another margarita while the eggs benny also includes a kale salad.

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Those of you who prefer dessert for breakfast can dig into a massive plate of Mexican French Toast. Plantain bread is egg drenched, fried and served with an apple berry compote, horchata cream and cinnamon.

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And if you are like me and have a hard time getting yourself together in time for Brunch but desperately need a “it’s late but my stomach is protesting” solution then the aptly named hangover chilaquiles is waiting for you. It’s like breakfast nachos (a very close second to breakfast tacos). Salsa Mexicana soaked tortilla chips are topped with jalapenos, crema, Oaxaca cheese and a perfectly cooked fried egg. Supporting it is a serving of homemade refried beans.

Whether brunch for you is getting together with friends, recovering from excess from the night before or a meal cause you slept late, tacos never judge.  And breakfast tacos? Nicest bunch of all.

Fonda Lola

942 Queen Street W.,

Toronto,Ontario

647-706-9105