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Lola's Commissary -- fantastic weekend brunch

TorontoJo | Jan 30, 201105:23 PM

I've mentioned Lola's in a couple of other discussions, but thought it deserved its own brunch thread. This is currently my favourite brunch in the city. The menu is fairly simple: 2 types of french toast (including a rather decadent stuffed version that I haven't been able to bring myself to order yet), a half dozen or so egg dishes (several versions of bennys and a couple of rancheros that are awesome) and a few savoury wraps.

Of equal importance is the fact that they make a fantastic cup of strong coffee (I'm guessing French press) and they SQUEEZE THEIR OWN JUICE ON SITE. For me to be able to get a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice makes me incredibly happy.

I am totally in love with their egg rancheros. A crispy corn tortilla topped with two eggs, cheese (an aged white cheddar), black beans, fresh guacamole, fresh pico de gallo and a wonderful tomatillo salsa. Crispy, savoury and spicy, hot and cool. Yum. They also have excellent bacon. I'm not so keen on their "sexy potatoes" and just stick with the salad or fries instead. The omelettes are generous and bursting with fresh ingredients.

The prices are not cheap, but very reasonable for the quality and quantity (e.g., the side of bacon is $3 and comes with 5 slices of good quality bacon). Brunch for two has averaged $25, before tip.

I love the space -- it's bright and cheerful, with a little funky thrown in. Check out the trompe l'oeil painting they put on the building out the back window.

And it's a wonderful change to go to a quality brunch and not have to wait in line. They open at 10, and have never been more than half full when we leave at 11. Mind you, that is not necessarily great for them, which is one reason I do want to spread the word, though perhaps not so much that I ever have to fight for a table. :)

So if you're not in the mood to stand in line at Le Petit Dejeuner or School or the Mitzis or Aunties and Uncles, give Lola's a try. (note that the weekend hours on the website are wrong! they open at 10)

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