here are a few, ranked by ambiance, as the chow is mostly fairly standard:
- few can match the canary. at the southeast corner of front street east and cherry street. only building still standing in a run-down part of town used mostly for parking trailers for film studios. don't miss the solid oak refrigerator and the fake brick wallpaper. make this one number one on your breakfast list. several times i have spent more on the cab than the breakfast. i went by one day and saw a middle-class white couple having their wedding photos being taken in front of the door.
- vesta lunch. northeast corner of bathurst and dupont streets. sixty feet long and six feet wide, the vesta boasts about 15 stools at the counter for its breakfast lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.
- detroit city dinner, south side of danforth avenue somewhere east of logan. remarkable only for its obsession with the detroit red wings hockey team, complete with photos of when the stanley cup came to the diner sometime in the early 90s when a local boy was playing for the champion wings.
- victoria restaurant, southeast corner of queen street east and victoria street. "you wan' coffee? breakfast spessial?"
-mutual street deli (formerly tom's open kitchen), northeast corner of dundas street east and mutual street. after two or three breakfasts last winter, i went back for the first time recently, to be greeted with a hearty and heartfelt yet not imposing "long time no see, how are you doing?" from the presumed owner/operator as i paid the paltry tab at the cash by the door.