We're always on the lookout for new breakfast spots, especially places that open early (I hate waiting until 10 or 11 to have my breakfast on the weekends!). So I was happy to read that Cherry St. Restaurant was open and serving at 6 am. Hubby and I made our way down on Saturday morning and wondered how any restaurant would survive in a seriously industrial area.
The owners have done a beautiful job refurbishing the building -- the woodwork is beautiful, both inside and out. The ceiling, in particular, looks amazing. The sunshine was streaming in through the huge windows and the atmosphere was really great. We chatted with the proprietor for a little bit and he said business during the week has been super busy with the various offices nearby -- TTC, Toronto Hydro. There's a large patio that I'm sure will get great use come next summer. He also said they expect their liquor license in the next few weeks.
The menu is standard diner fare at surprisingly reasonable prices. The standard 2 egg/meat/potatoes/toast breakfast is $5.99, though I don't think it includes the coffee. Hubby had that and said it was solid -- they got his eggs just right, though the potatoes were lukewarm. He said the coffee was very good. I had a grilled cheddar and bacon with a side of french fries and gravy. I wanted onion rings, as they menu said they were home made, but sadly, they were out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the fries were fresh cut and made in house as well. My grilled cheese was just what I wanted and a total deal at $3.99 (only $2.99 without the bacon). The gravy was too sweet for my taste, but the fries were good enough on their own that I didn't bemoan the loss.
So standard breakfast, grilled cheese and bacon, side of fries and gravy, coffee and tea came to $17 and change, before tip. We'll definitely be back.
Note that they are closed on Sundays.