With a friend, I wandered into Cafe Vert on Queen East in Leslieville this weekend. We were starving and looking for a quick bite, and Cafe Vert vastly exceeded our expectations. From the outside, it isn't clearly a restaurant so I thought it was a coffee shop. However, we found that they have a full menu, including a special brunch menu.
The brunch menu is quite large, and the rest of the menu is rounded out with sandwiches, salads, soups - maybe more. Everything is organic and there are tons of vegetarian options. My understanding is that just about everything is made on site.
We both had the pomegranate-berry lemonade which was unbelievably refreshing on such a hot day. I bit tart and very tasty - completely original.
My friend had the baked breakfast, which was a very thick fritatta-type concoction that was served with baked sweet potatos and (I think) salad. I think it also came with a little chipotle sauce, but I'm not quite sure.
I alost chose the breakfast quesadilla but ended up with a spinach wrap filled with veggies and house-made egg salad. The egg salad is very aromatic with lots of basil. Lots of carrots and cucumber in the wrap too. The sandwich came with a cup of chunky gazpacho which was very nice and garnished with avocado.
Total including tax and tip was about $30. The service provided by the 2 servers was excellent - very caring and attentive. Everything was amazingly fresh. Unfortunately, I don't live in Leslieville so probably won't get here too often but it is definitely a place to watch out for if you're in the area. There was a sign up regarding a liquor application so my guess is that is in the works. Not sure about their hours - might just be a breakfast/lunch place.